There’s going to be a Pacific Rim anime. I repeat, there is going to be a Netflix anime adaptation of perhaps the most underrated action film IP of the last decade, Pacific Rim. It is so early days but hot damn, between a Carly Rae Jepsen Christmas single and this news, my serotonin levels are off the charts. The Pacific Rim: The Black series is coming to us via Legendary and digital animation studio Polygon Pictures and I am v here for this. Some will recall the first chatter around the project from an announcement back in 2018, but now we finally have some visuals and a cast member!
The series is set to air in early 2021, actress Gideon Adlon shared with Syrup. Adlon will be playing one half of the sibling duo main characters. The story follows a brother and sister who are making their way through an evacuating Australia. The pair find a disused Jaeger (the giant mechs 😍) and battle their way across the continent.
Based on the fact this is set “long” after humanity defeated the kaiju (the giant monsters 😍) we’re imagining this is going to be much more of a “lone rangers hunting monsters and fighting demons” vibe than the ensemble films Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim: Uprising. (I’m ignoring everything about Uprising except John Boyega getting a cheque okay? Let’s just not speak of it.)
At this stage, it doesn’t look like director Guillermo del Toro, who helmed the first film in 2013 is attached to Pacific Rim: The Black. We do know, thanks to Adlon however, that at least two seasons are coming. The first is set for release in early 2021, with the other following vaguely after.
Netflix’s anime offering has been super fun recently. The absolutely charming likes of The Great Pretender and the oddity of Ezra Koenig’s Neo Yokio come to mind as some standouts. If this Pac-Rim anime is at least vaguely successful, maybe we might see a third live-action film? Some fans would be very keen. 👀