Yoshihiro Shibata was totally amazed when he witnessed the Mech Warfare Hardcore competition staged during RoboGames 2011 in California. The idea that robot designers could battle with rocket equipped humanoids was something beyond his imagination.
He decided immediately that as soon as he arrived back in Japan work would start on a new robot specifically designed to literally blow the competition away. He set his sights on Che Edoga's rocket wielding female robot that took the gold medal (see video below).
Now, four months before RoboGames 2012 kicks off in April, he feels confident enough to lay down a serious challenge to Edoga.
It isn't an accident that Nagare Gold bears a distinct resemblance to Godzilla in robot form. In fact, it even roars like Godzilla. But Thunderbolt, the latest creation of ROBO-ONE humanoid robot designer Yoshihiro Shibata, doesn't get intimidated easily. And, he's got a few tricks up his sleeve - or, more accurately, mounted on the top of his head. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but you would be well advised to watch the video of their Robot Pro Wrestling match below very closely around the 5:50 mark.
Rumbles have become a tradition at most robot events here. The first one I can remember seeing was during an early ROBO-ONE competition in 2004. The concept is simple. Usually all of the robots start off in the ring and try to push, shove, or kick their opponents out of the ring without falling out themselves. Sometimes, when there are a large number of robots, their entry into the ring can be staged.
For a highly produced event, like Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10! there may even be script or storyboard. Rumbles, either free form or scripted, are hilariously funny.
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The set of photos I took at last Sunday's Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10! event is live on Flickr.
As I mentioned before, Christmas Day for me here in Japan involved one of the most over-the-top robot events in the world, Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10!
The competition is pure robot entertainment, a robotized version of professional wrestling that includes all of the fun, excitement, thrills, and laughs of its human counterpart. The major difference is that no blood is spilled and no brains are scrambled.
Luckily, I had a ringside seat for the Main Event, pitting MONSTER against SAAGA, and am able to share the video with you below.
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It may seem a bit odd, but as the saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Since I'm in Japan, I'm going to spend Christmas Day in Tokyo watching Dekinnoka 10 - Robot Pro Wrestling!
The event will take place at the Buddhist Hall in Tsukiji. Doors open at 16:30 and the action kicks off right on schedule at 17:30.