I watched Pacific Rim last night and oh man was it all sorts of AWESOME! I don’t know if it’s just me and my fascination for stuff like that–robots, monsters and apocalyptic settings–but I can say without a doubt that it was the best movie I’ve seen in a long while.
Guillermo Del Toro, the supremely brilliant director of the film, said that it was a homage to monster films he watched in his youth like Godzilla. But I think it drew inspiration from many other titles, including Neon Genesis Evangelion–the iconic mecha anime series notable for its cool robots and serious contemplations of human existence. There’s just no way Pacific Rim’s Mako Mori isn’t an homage to Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami. They’re both Japanese pilots of giant robots and their hair looks the same. Mako’s hair even has blue highlights, which, to me, is Del Toro’s obvious hat tip to Rei’s character design.
Well, I’ve always loved Rei Ayanami’s design. I used to draw her all the time back when I was still into drawing anime and manga. Watching Pacific Rim launched me into a Mako Mori drawing frenzy because she looks so much like Rei. The drawing above was quickly drawn on my iPad using the Tayasui Sketches app while the sketch below took a much longer time to draw on my sketchbook.
Hope you guys like both! And watch Pacific Rim–you’ll have a great time! 🙂