Later today, there's going to be a giant robot fight. Between Japan and the United States, of course. So for this week's Big Question, I couldn't help but ask: if you had to pick a giant robot to save your arse, which one would you pick?
The fight, in case you're wondering, is between MegaBots and Suidobashi Heavy Industries. The robots involved are Eagle Prime, a 12-ton monster that costs $US2.5 million, and Kuratas, which weighs half as much as Eagle Prime and is a few feet shorter.
If you want to stream the actual fight, that kicks off at 1300 AEDT (1100 AWST, 1200 AQST, 1230 ACST). We'll have a post on the site so we can all watch it, because who doesn't want to see giant robots kicking the shit out of each other.
But until then, let's wind this back a bit. Say you're in need of a giant robot to play bodyguard for you.
What robot would you choose?
I'd be tempted to steer clear of the Evangelion series, with their shitty five minute battery life and temperamental 14-year-old pilots. And while it's easy draw inspiration from one of the many mecha anime over the last few decades, or maybe even the Transformer series, I think I'd prefer a robot that's a little less emotional.
So I'm going with one of the Gears from Heavy Gear 2. Their armour is a little thinner, but their arms can punch, they're more agile, they can fling swords around and they're under 5 metres tall, which is a little more practical for day to day protection.
What robot would you want to guard you?