In other sad robot news, MegaBots, a U.S. robotics company, has challenged a Japanese robotics company (Suidobashi Heavy Industries -- the maker of the Kuratas personal mech) to a giant robot battle. Now I'm not much of a betting man (I'm a former gambling addict, among a bunch of other kinds of former addict) but I'm pretty sure when it comes to robots you bet your money on Japan. They seem to be really ahead of the curve on that shit. And, with that in mind, there is no question in my mind I will fall off the wagon and bet my family's entire life savings on Japan.
Keep going for a video of the challenge being issued, as well as some footage of the U.S. battle mech in action.