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Jun 10, 2015
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Bros, meet Isao Machii, a legit master swordsman who's also a Guinness World Record holder (for fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts). He's basically the closest thing we have to a real-life Kenshin Himura.


Video via kinsei1560

Watching Samurai X reruns and Isao in action had us thinking: How would he compare to a robot programmed to slice things up? Like for instance, the contraption below, the Motoman MH24 industrial robot?

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai

OMG, PLEASE STOP TRAINING ROBOTS TO USE WEAPONS!

Before you lose your shit, however, let us remind you that the Motoman MH24 is technically just an arm and doesn't have the AI capability of a Terminator or Wall-E. Rest assured that it's not going to hunt you down and fillet you.

Still, we can all agree that it's scarily awesome as heck:

robot vs samurai

So, who would win if the two were placed in a man vs. machine slice-off? Apparently, Japanese power company Yaskawa Electric Corporation was as interested as we are, so they did the most logical thing: place the Motoman MH24 and Isao Machii in one venue and have them slice stuff like there's no tomorrow.

A recap of the "duel" up ahead!


The match has four parts. The first part was the "Diagonal Cut" challenge:

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai

Both very impressive techniques!


The second part involved the two in a "Rising Cut" challenge:

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai

As expected, the two delivered clean cuts that put our kitchen knife skills to shame.


The third challenge was all about horizontal slicing:

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai

Man, a sword fight against any of the two is nothing short of a death sentence; it's still pretty much a stalemate!


The fourth and final challenge was a race to 1,000 cuts. Will Isao raise humanity's flag or will the Motoman MH24 proclaim that the Age of the Robots has come?

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai

It's a nip-and-tuck affair but you can clearly see Isao getting tired as the match progressed:

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai

robot vs samurai


And the winner is: Motoman MH24! Run for your life,
este, bravo, engineers!

robot vs samurai


Still a splendid performance from our man Isao. He battled a freakin' machine that doesn't get tired! #Partida

Here's the full video:


Video via 【安川電機】e-メカサイト

Here's to hoping this won't be the start of the arrival of our "roboverlords."

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