I haven't seen it, but the trailers for Pacific Rim make it look a whole lot like an Americanized live-action version of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Has anyone who has seen it also seen NGE, and if so, can you comment on the comparison? Based on the trailers and some reviews, they sure seem to carry a lot of common characteristics:
- Human-made large robots fighting large monsters.
- The human pilots in NGE are mentally linked to their craft (which in NGE are actually organic, not robots) and have to deal with emotional trauma. In PR, the two pilots are linked to each other.
- Dramatic tension between leading male and female pilot.
Stylistically, a bunch of the stuff in the PR trailer looks exactly like NGE. In particular, there’s an in-the-water fight that looks like the NGE battle against the sixth angel Gaghiel, and the fight at night in the midst of a crowded city looks like the first fight against the third angel Sachiel.