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Pacific Rim Gets A Sequel and Animated Series

Last year's Pacific Rim was one of the most clearly anime influenced films to date. Crossing classic giant robot action with Godzilla-style Kaiju, it's perhaps the closest we're going to get to a live-action Neon Genesis Evangelion anytime soon. Director Guillermo Del Toro has finally announced that the movie will get a sequel in spring 2017. Not only that, but the franchise will also be getting it's own animated series.

In certain circles, the original was of the best received films of 2013.  Unfortunately, this didn't translate to mainstream success, and it underperformed at the box office in the US and UK. Fans remained hopeful that the film's greater success in foreign markets would be enough to secure the hoped-for sequel, but it was never a sure thing. So this confirmation is very welcome news indeed.

Details about the animated incarnation are thin on the ground other than the fact that it will apparently continue the story started in last year's comic series. The comic (published by production company Legendary's own comics imprint) was a prequel, so we can assume the series will follow suit. Other than that, who knows? Collaboration with a top Japanese studio would seem like a no-brainer. We can only imagine what the likes of Production I.G.or Madhouse could bring to this project. You can be sure we'll certainly be keeping a keen eye on this project....