And saying so other wise makes me want to smack someone. The reason is simple.
Unless you have a severe case of AnimeFanbotosis THIS:
LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THIS:
LOOK EVEN REMOTELY SIMILAR TO ANY OF THESE:
In fact, Gipsy Danger reminds me of this:
Now, I might have already convinced you why Pacific Rim is an original Mecha film born from the great imagination of director Guillarmo Del Toro. But I’ll keep going, just in case you think Pacific Rim is still a “rip off” of Evangelion, an anime series Del Toro has never even watched.
Lets compare what Pacific Rim has in common with Evangelion.
1/Giant robots fight monsters====> YES
2/Main character is a 14 year old with daddy issues ====> NOPE
3/Supporting character is a 14 year old girl with people issues ===> NOPE (Mako is extremely active in the story arc and ISN’T emo. Just because she is Japanese doesn’t mean she is Rei.)
4/Giant robots are actually creatures, can only be piloted by kids ====> NOPE
5/Giant Robots are godly and have supernatural powers ===> NOPE
6/ Monsters are godly and have supernatural powers ===> NOPE
7/Giant robots 250 feet tall can easily cartwheel through the air =====> NOPE
8/Story is exceedingly complicated and at points just confusing ====> NOPE
9/Politicians (Seele) are pulling the strings behind entire series ====> NOPE
10/Pilots pilot robot sitting in a seat and pushing buttons =====> NOPE
11/Main character is a melodramatic wreck who likes boys ====> NOPE
12/The “robots” have teeth and intestines……. ======> NOPE
13/World almost gets destroyed because main character does something stupid ===> NOPE
I think that should be enough. I don’t want to keep going. Considering the fact that only thing Pacific Rim has in common with Evangelion is that Giant robots fight monsters….. well. Ya I’ll just leave it at that.
I write this post because this movie is getting hate from these uber-enthusiastic Eva fans who have just started with the series after it’s reboot with the animated films. They fail to notice the other 10000000 Mech/Kaiju Anime/movies produced in Japan. One person even had the audacity to claim that the robot designs were copied from Evangelion! The Jeagers (what the robots are called in Pacific Rim) are destructible, vulnerable, and only good as their pilots. They don’t have a MAGIC MODE where they erupt into fury and consume half of the planet. Their cockpit also takes much more inspiration from Power Rangers than anything else. Every movement of the Jeager is accompanied by mechanical noises: the winding of screws, the creak of metal on metal, the shout of a million horse powers operating each of the arms as they pound and punch, the audible crack, cringe and shriek of machinery as the Jeager falls to the ground or slams into the water after being hit, all of these characteristics are the very antithesis of gigantic monsters doing cartwheels in the air (ahem Evangelion). If that is not enough….
Might I also add that the monsters in Evangelion-Angels-look Nothing like a Kaiju.
I grieve for you if you think THIS:
LOOKS ANYTHING LIKE THIS:
And finally, to put the icing on the cake, you must be on some drug if you think THIS:
LOOKS ANYTHING LIKE THIS:
EVA fans, I know you are mad and depressed that there has never been an awesome LIVE ACTION Evangelion film and Del Toro hit it out of the park with an original mecha film in Pacific Rim. But don’t worry, maybe if you quite down and appreciate what Pacific Rim is as a film, maybe, just maybe you will get Evangelion live action.
PS: I am a huge EVA fan, but credit is given to where credit is due. Pacific Rim is the BEST film this summer. That is all.