Hey there sport, you look like you just finished watching the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim, opening this July in theaters everywhere!
You: Yeah, I did!
That’s great! Did you like it?
You: I thought it was pretty interesting, but I noticed that it gave me a sudden sense of deja vu, so I put approximately zero thought into the matter and came up with the strong belief that this movie is a ripoff of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Did you know that the giant robot and kaiju genres have been around for a long, long time? Did you know that Evangelion is not the first nor the most popular series to utilize giant robots (that aren’t even robots, I can’t stress that enough)? Did you also know that there are very few actual similarities between the Eva units and the Jaegers from Pacific Rim?
You: Yeah but I don’t know all those/I really liked Eva/my mom said I was smart so obviously I’m right about this.
Take a look around the giant robot/kaiju film lists, you might be pleasantly surprised, and find something new you like. You’ll also probably notice the same passing similarities to Pacific Rim that you saw before, because PR is a nod to both genres—like a love letter, I believe it was described. That means it’s supposed to have a few vague similarities. It wouldn’t be a very good tribute if it didn’t! (Also your mom was probably just saying that because otherwise the 16 years she’s spent taking care of you would be meaningless but that doesn’t mean you’re not smart you just need to find out from an objective third party who hasn’t ever wiped your ass.)
You: But maybe I’m the first person to realize these similarities, and I really think the internet should know.
Trust me, you’re not. People have been crying about similarities between fully-robotic mechs piloted by two grown humans and organic creations that spit in the face of god piloted by 14 year old children since the movie was announced. If it makes you feel any better, the Power Rangers fans have started speaking up recently, too.
You: I read somewhere that Guillermo del Toro was trying to make an Evangelion movie once.
I think you have him confused with Peter Jackson, who was attached to talks (possibly just rumors) of an Evangelion film in conjunction with Weta Workshop. It’s an easy mistake to make as they both look remarkably like long-lost brothers who just emerged from an isolated cabin for the first time in two decades.
Author’s note: Jackson recently lost a bunch of weight, making him look a lot less like del Toro’s twin, and a lot more like a hobbit who just emerged from a hobbit hole for the first time in two decades.
You: I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life now.
Well, since you seem to be a fan of giant robots, or giant sort-of-human clones wearing armor with children inserted into their spines to make them SEEM like giant robots, maybe you could branch out and discover more of the giant robot and kaiju genres? I’m sure you’ll find lots of things you like!