Down in some part of the world unseen, in some shady circle in a shady place, I found the thrill I was looking for. I knocked on the steel door, blackened with alley grime. An angry eye gave me a once over then tagged in a hard hello: semi-automatic and fully loaded. I pulled a chip out of my coat, a chip with a bee on it, and brought both hands up to wave back. He grunted once and the door groaned open. The other side was cleaner than a rat's nest and just as brightly lit. He beckoned me down a hallway and I followed him through the flickering LEDs that were already announcing the premier event. I heard the rumbling of the arena before I saw the man, the man I'd been looking for since I was a boy. He didn't look my way but I knew it was him when I heard him say,
"It's time to Rooooobattle!"
A friend just sent me a video of these super speeding sumo bots and lemme just say that they are crazy amazing. Here is the cutting edge making quick and deadly ninja slices. The future is now, and the future has got me JAZZED.
Anyone who knows me knows that I talked up Megabot vs. Kuratas for years and, to be fair, they did deliver.
It really was a historic moment in giant mecha battles even though some of it was faked but, hey, so is wrestling and that doesn't make it any less entertaining. I still follow their stuff and they recently shouted out another cool project about giant exo-suit racing which looks and sounds prodigious, so, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for the world of the giant mecha.
That's one small step for a Zoid, one giant leap for zoidkind.
But what's got me so excited about the sumo bots, even while seeing all of this, is that one day in the future I think we could see this as a street sport. Maybe one day, a kid will pick up a bumblebee chip and activate a medabot like kids are assembling their beyblades today, you know? This is real and it's only one of many projects paving the way to bring robots into our lives.
Anyways, wish us luck as we submit our own contender into the sumo robo circuit. We're sending in our boy: