In spectrum with Kuratas, I'd like to present, Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 AKA メタルスキンパニック MADOX-01 Metaru Sukin Panikku Madokkusu Zero Wan which is THE 1988 OVA anime released, directed and written by Shinji Aramaki . MADOX-01 was animated by Hideki Anno as well and famous for other titles as well.MADOX-01 has been licensed in the U.S. by AnimEigo owned by Robert Woodhead . The storyline revolves around a mechanic/student named Koji Kondo who incidentally comes across the Madox-01 by it dropping into his small one room apartment/garage. The MADOX-01 is a small mecha akin to a heavy industries EXO-FRAME designed to fight as a anti-ground vehicles/personnel weapon.
The Madox-00 is armed with a rifle that fires large caliber rounds, a spear in the left hand, and a grapple claw located in the pelvis. With regards to "Kuratas" instead of a tow like grapple hook, and built in chainsaw, Kuratas has a dual BB mini gun and a water powered 4 silo Missile launching pod and a face recognition software pilot interface and is also 3G WIFI compatible as well.
During the demo against remote tanks the Madox-01's mini gun is removed and armed with a twin anti-tank rocket system and wing mounted mini missile launchers. At the end of the Madox-01 OVA is a documentary where they discuss the large array of addition weapons that were used and deployable on the MADOX-01 which came a Blackhawk Helicopter. At the demo at WonderCon you can see Kuratas's demonstration of the weapons in action and the "Smile" function with the miniguns which was a personal favorite of mine and a water powered 4 chambered Missile launching pod.
I explained to my friends that I used to RPG with on gurps and mekton back in 1989, that within 30 yrs of our lifetime we will see mecha brought from pulp and lead to Silicon and steel, did they believe me? Nope but where are we "right now?" at that threshold is where we are now just under the 25 year anniversary of MADOX-01 and it's thanks to Suidobashi Heavy Industries and more so to Kogoro Kurata. So where our parents and people who thought we were just a bit obsessive with dreams of piloting giant robots as a reality? Who's laughing now?