Review: Pacific Rim: The Black - Season 1 (2021)
After Kaiju ravage Australia, two siblings pilot a Jaeger to search for their parents, encountering new creatures, characters and allies.
Pacific Rim: The Black is an original anime produced by Netflix. Based on the Pacific Rim film franchise, this anime explores the events occurring after Operation Blackout. Although its hard to tell when exactly the events in this anime occur in relation to the films within franchise, it definitely occurs sometime after Pacific Rim: Uprising due to references to Herc Hansen, from Pacific Rim; and the Uprising Wars, which took place during the sequel. The animation is pretty good and the story really does justice to the source material and delves deeper into the lore. It’s a fascinating blend of epic Jaeger and Kaiju fights and post-apocalyptic dystopian adventure. Even though Uprising was a bit of a disappointment, the Pacific Rim franchise has always fascinated me. From the franchise's inception, there were numerous detailed Jaeger bot specs and Kaiju datasheets that could be found online that indicated there was a much larger and more immersive world than that which was presented in the first film. The best thing about Pacific Rim: The Black is that you don't necessarily have to have watched the first two films or be familiar with the franchise to appreciate it. Even though it does contain numerous references to other films, The Black is really quite enjoyable even on its own. I really hope this series helps to generate a renewed interest for the franchise and we will see more big bot and big monster fights on the Netflix and the big screen.
Directed by: Masayuki Uemoto, Susumu Sugai, Takeshi Iwata
Supervising directors: Hiroki Hayashi, Jae Hong Kim
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 7