What is the Pacific Rim cartoon actually about?

Guillermo del Toro explains how the Pacific Rim animated series ties into Pacific Rim 2

Striker Eureka in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim
Striker Eureka in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim

Speaking to Collider, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro expanded upon his planned Pacific Rim animated series and how it will tie in to the eagerly anticipated Pacific Rim sequel.

“It’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie,” explained del Toro.

“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.”

Director Guillermo del Toro on the set of Pacific Rim
Director Guillermo del Toro on the set of Pacific Rim

The geek auteur goes on to explain the basic format of the show and some of the territory that it will touch on, saying, “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,” del Toro continued, “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.”

You can buy Pacific Rim on Blu-ray for £8 at Amazon.co.uk. Pacific Rim 2 is set for a 2017 release.