Wrapped up in the announcement that Guillermo del Toro is making a sequel to Pacific Rim, the director also revealed a nifty animated series that’ll bridge the gap between the films. So, what can we expect?
Del Toro opened up in an interview with Collider about his plans for the anime-styled animated series, and the more we hear, the more excited we are to see this come together. The series will feature some crossover from the films, though it’ll largely be populated with new heroes, Jaegers and kaijus.
Del Toro revealed they’re eyeing an initial 13-episode run, though additional seasons could be ordered if the show succeeds. He also teased how he loves anime series that have a “long arc,” and he doesn’t want to go with the inconsequential “weekly adventures” model sometimes employed by other shows:
“We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation. We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, [we’re] casting the writers room. What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun …
We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.”
If there were ever a world we want to see further explored on the small screen, it’d be Pacific Rim. In addition to the world-building that can take place, you also open up the possibility for even crazier battle scenes once you change the format from live action to animated. Win-win.
What do you think? Would you check out a Pacific Rim animated series?