Seems that the minds behind some major Japanese mecha/kaiju franchises are putting their praise to Pacific Rim. To kick things off, Hideo Kojima, the dude behind Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders, and character designer on Godzilla Final Wars had the following to say on twitter:
I have never imagined that I would be fortunate enough to see a film like this in my life. The emotional rush I had inside me was the same kind I had when I felt the outer space via “2001: A Space Odyssey” and when I had touched the dinosaur in “Jurassic Park”. Animation and special effects movies and shows that I loved in my childhood days – they all truly exist in the screen.
Director Guillermo del Toro offers this spectacular vision of massive kaijus and robots in PACIFIC RIM. This film is not simply a film to be respected, but most importantly, it let us dream the future of entertainment movies. Pacific Rim is the ultimate otaku film that all of us had always been waiting for. Who are you, if you are Japanese and won’t watch this?
I hope you would accept this inspirational love letter that had traveled across the Pacific, written by Director Guillermo del Toro.
Evangelion and Gunbuster‘s character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto “compared the film to a huge, satisfying feast with the best prime cuts from Japanese tokusatsu and anime works”, and Fumito Ueda (Shadow of the Colossus) said that “Japanese tokusatsu films burned an indelible mark on his impressionable mind when he saw them as a child. Years later, he said that this film has battle scenes that surpass those images etched into his nostalgic memories.” Lastly, none other than god-tier mangaka Go Nagai (best known for his kaiju manga Garla, amiright?) stated:
I was overwhelmed by the intense kaijū vs. giant robot action. It was fun!
That’s high praise coming from the guy that invented the whole dang super robot genre.
Also: Check out the poster that Metal Gear/ZOE art director Yoji Shinkawa did for the film. Regal Cinemas is giving these away at 3D showings of the film this weekend.
Tough call, that or Sergio Grisanti’s Imax first showing giveaway poster?
In other news, I just got a chance to check out the Asylum’s mockbuster Atlantic Rim, now under the title Attack From Beneath. Somehow I don’t think it will achieve the same level of adulation.