It's been a long, hot, and extremely humid summer here in Japan. The weather, the economy, and the general mood has been depressed and languid to say the least. As I have mentioned before, a lot of the plans for regular robot competitions, like ROBO-ONE, had to be cancelled or postponed indefinitely after the triple disasters (earthquake, tsunami, & nuclear) that took place on March 11th.
All of that is about to change big time, and all the pent-up robot energy and enthusiasum is going to explode on the scene over the next few weeks in a frenzy of exciting competitions with a new mega robot battle double-header that promises to totally blow away all standing records.
The new robot event, "Hobby Robot Colosseum", promises to be like a crazy, hybrid fusion of ROBO-ONE, Robot Survival, Wonderful Robot Carnival, Robot Pro Wrestling and much, much more, all rolled into one.
The event will be held concurrently with the 50th Japan SF Convention at the Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center "Granship" located next to the JR Higashi Shizuoka train station. Given the tremendous overlap between Science Fiction and robot fans, we're sure that the crowds will be standing room only. Shizuoka is the center for hobby activities here, especially plastic models, and has also become a kind of robot mecca for Gundam fans from all over the world.
Robot Survival, as regular readers will remember, is a multi-legged robot warfare game where the robots are equipped with airsoft guns and impact sensors. Their pilots can only see the battlefield via cameras mounted on their robots. In some ways it's similar to Mech Warfare, but was developed totally independently and includes some unique Japanese twists on the game.
Many of the most well known Japanese hobby robots have already been confirmed as particpants including NAKAYAN's Leghorn, Stallone, Chrome Kid, Dr. GIY's Myanoi, AeroBattler, Kenta's Zaura, HolyPong's Gundam AutoMode, among others.
The fun is scheduled to kick off at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 3rd and run until 6:00 pm on the first day. Sunday's events, which will culminate with a major ROBO-ONE qualification battle, are scheduled from 10:00 am through 3:00 pm.