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Kuratas Mech: Real or Fake, It’s Still Awesome

by Shane McGlaun

I’m going to start saying that I’m taking this with a huge grain of salt. This robot looks very realistic, yet has a somewhat cheesy and viral attempt feel to it at the same time. Watch the video for yourself and see what you think. The video is supposed to be a how-to video from a company called Suidobashi Heavy Industry.


The video goes over how to ride a robot called the Kuratas. The 13-foot-tall wheeled robot is clearly a nod at the Mechwarrior series of video games and any number of Japanese animated shows. In the video, you can see petite Japanese woman climbing into the chest cockpit cavity of the robot and going over the controls, including a remote smartphone-operated mode.

The controls look easy-to-use and seem realistic. You’ll note on the left arm there are twin multi-barreled cannons. How scary would it be as a soldier on about film to have one of these massive robots come walking up? The video claims the top speed of the bot, which has a torso and two arms but rolls on wheels, is 10 km/h. The bot uses a diesel engine and can be driven in high or low modes. The missile launcher appears to be packed with water bottles and will “from time to time” hit its target.

If this is just a fake viral video, it’s extremely well done. If it’s real, we could soon have mechs walking the streets of Tokyo.

[via Daily Mail]

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Comments (15):

  1. Squilsch says:

    Hi there,
    I think I can answer your question in the title: it’s real. Look at this page, there are more information about the company producing it: http://io9.com/5930029/now-you-can-buy-a-13-million-japanese-mech-over-the-internet
    It’s so crazy, but I love this kind of shit :-)

    Greetz from Germany

  2. The Truth says:

    …because the world needs more million dollar killer robots.
    cures for diseases? when would we ever need something like that?


    • Dartfin says:

      You do realize that the companies making these are robotics companies and engineering companies right? That’s like shaking your head at each Disney release and lamenting how they could be curing X instead. These companies COULDN’T because that’s not what they specialize in. They hire engineers and computer scientists or animators, or chefs or other specialized experts. NOT biologists and pathologists. Also, it’s not a killer robot because it has a missile launcher that shoots water bottles and gattling guns that fire BBS. Not many wars being fought with those two things.

      • hoedownman says:

        It doesn’t mean some guy won’t get this machine and replace all the non-lethal weapons with lethal weapons. Let the Japanese company make it and let the terrorists install some of their own missile launchers and miniguns.

    • Spooky says:


    • Jojo says:

      You do know when you spend money, it circulates back into the economy. Money doesn’t “disappear” or burn away. Dumbass.

  3. ExlpoderFace says:

    Watch the Kuratas in motion and see the stark contrast of the visuals of its surroundings and the Kuratas itself. It’s so fake it’s insane

  4. FakO 5000 says:

    This video and the robot in general are definitely a joke! The idea of making the robot is great, but it seems like the video was done as a school project or something like that. The robot structure is cool, but the way it operates, the buttons to open the hatch and enter, and finally the “smile shot” come on!!! hahaha
    Nevertheless, I’d like to have one of those prototypes just for fun… even though it has a “plastic-bottles-filled-with-water” launcher!

  5. Kuratas Robot Fan says:

    No it’s not fake for more info, visit: http://kuratasrobot.com/

  6. kalish says:

    It is so obviously fake, you are really fools. It depends what you call fake, but I swear noone will never ever see this operating. First for the features allowed by the robot, that are simple moves, no real hand, and a screen with facial recognition, this is very very expensive. Second, the movies one can see while it drives in the city are CG.
    Third the facial recognition feature looks really manga.
    It does have some robotics into, but very basic. Not talking about the smile shot, this is very very fake, how can you still believe in those things once you saw thousands of things like that in the internet area?
    For military purposes however, it would be so less effective than a tank, and so much expensive…

  7. kalish says:

    sorry “internet era”…

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