The single most memorable line of the Pacific Rim franchise came in the first movie when Idris Elba’s battle-armored mech marshal, Stacker Pentecost, proclaimed, “Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!” In the first season of Pacific Rim: The Black, which hit Netflix on March 4, Stacker’s name is now relegated to Easter-egg status among a new generation of Jaeger pilots. They have big blue doll eyes, anime-style no-noses, and chins so sharp you could lance a Kaiju Skinmite with them.

Animated by Polygon Pictures — the Japanese studio known for its 3DCG Godzilla trilogy — The Black jumps forward to some indeterminate point in the monster-filled future. In doing so, it skips over what seems like a crucial bit of narrative: namely, said apocalypse. Apparently, it was rescheduled and happened mostly offscreen. What’s left in these seven easily-binged episodes is a post-apocalyptic Australia, straight out of Mad Max, with a dash of The Walking Dead thrown in. Hostile human survivor camps? Check. There’s even a guy named Shane and a truck convoy that kicks up dust as it rolls across the desert like a band of latecomers to the Fury Road war party.

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pacific rim the black trailer

In Pacific Rim: The Black, our scrappy heroes will be battling all manner of monsters in a devastated dystopian world. But did you know that the real monsters….aren’t the rampaging Kaiju? Well, they’re pretty bad too. But so are humans, as the new Pacific Rim: The Black trailer likes to remind us. Watch the new official trailer for the Netflix anime below.

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Pacific Rim The Black Trailer

The Kaiju-busting world of Pacific Rim lives on in Pacific Rim: The Black, a new anime series from Netflix. Since Guillermo del Toro‘s original film drew heavily on anime influences, it’s only appropriate that things have now come full circle. The first movie involved humans piloting giant robots called Jaegers to battle massive monsters known as Kaijus. The series follows the events of the films and focuses on teen siblings who train themselves to use an abandoned Jaeger during their quest to find their missing parents. Watch the Pacific Rim: The Black trailer below.

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pacific rim the black teaser

Pacific Rim has gone full circle. Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 sci-fi monster movie was a love letter to mecha animes and kaiju flicks, genres that started in Japan before making their way across the globe. And now, Pacific Rim has returned to those roots with the upcoming Netflix anime series Pacific Rim: The Black. Netflix has released the first teaser for Pacific Rim: The Black, along with an official release date. Watch the teaser below.

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Pacific Rim Anime Photos

Guillermo del Toro‘s sci-fi action blockbuster Pacific Rim took inspiration from many anime series that came before it. The idea of giant monsters taking on massive human-controlled robots is an integral part of the Japanese animation arena, and now Pacific Rim will head directly into that territory with Pacific Rim: The Black, a new anime series coming to Netflix in 2021. To tease the forthcoming adaptation, Legendary has released the first Pacific Rim anime photos, showing off the two new main characters in a Jaeger and a hulking kaiju. Read More »