Friends, it certainly seems like yesterday was a banner day for trailer releases – from a new Victorian science fiction series entitled The Nevers on HBO, a brief snippet of M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, the remake of 1997’s Cube, Justice Society: World War II, and Netflix dropping quick looks at both Godzilla: Singular Point as well as Pacific Rim: The Black. And while the truth is that I am very interested in all of those, especially the animated Justice Society film or the fact that freaking Jet Jaguar is in the new Godzilla show – it is the animated series based on the cinematic Pacific Rim universe that has me chomping at the bit.
When Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was released back on July 12th of 2013 – the staff and friends of the arcade were treated to the Thursday night preview showing. It would absolutely be an understatement to say that I was blown away by the film. I just felt that the epic mash-up of Kaiju and Mecha genres really delivered – and it would seem I was not alone as the picture managed to rake in over 400 million dollars worldwide at the box office. Over the years there have been a staggering amount of toys, a couple of graphic novels, and even a video game produced – with Pacific Rim: Uprising being released to theaters in 2018. It was near the tail end of that year that it was announced that an animated series set in the Pacific Rim universe would be produced by Netflix – possibly for two seasons.
The official synopsis for Pacific Rim: The Black states:
“There was a time when Kaiju rose from the Pacific Rim only to encounter gigantic robots, Jaegers, built to fight them back. That time has passed. Now, Australia has been overrun by Kaiju, forcing the evacuation of an entire continent. Left behind, teenage siblings Taylor and Hayley embark on a desperate search for their missing parents, teaching themselves to pilot a battered, long-abandoned Jaeger to help in their quest and give them even the slightest hope of surviving.”
We fans of Pacific Rim do not have a whole lot to go on before Pacific Rim: The Black is released on Netflix on March 4th. Although considering that in the first film it was the Jaeger Striker Eureka and others that protected Australia – this series probably takes place during or around the time of Pacific Rim: Uprising. In closing out this article, why not dive deeper into the history of Striker Eureka?