Pacific Rim (2013)
Here’s the latest crop of photos from Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi spectacle, Pacific Rim. Early screenings of the film generated a fairly positive buzz around the net, including a wonderful nod from Looper director, Rian Johnson: “Go into Pacific Rim preparing to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much.”
I hear ya, Mr. Johnson. There is a strong, powerful love for this film growing within me. With little more than kick-ass trailers and a bevy of production photos to go on, I’m truly hoping that Del Toro can show the world just how a modern monster film should be made, and with nary a lukewarm review in sight, it seems that the famed director will do just that.
Pacific Rim crashes into theaters on July 11th.
I’ll keep this short and sweet, since I bet you’re probably salivating from the images alone. Remember when we met Vaudeville, the breathtaking mech-in-progress by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, and learned that a pilotable mech would be available in the near future? Well, it’s time to get acquainted with Kuratas.
Here are the facts: Kuratas can travel six miles per hour, weighs almost 10,000 pounds, and can be remotely controlled by any 3G device. He costs a cool $1.3 million, comes in a variety of colors, and has both an H₂0 rocket launcher and a BB gatling gun controlled by smiles.
This means just one thing, friends: mechs are officially on the market. The real question is, what would you do with one?
The latest shots of Kuratas from Suidobashi Heavy Industry.
Japanese Politicians Consider Building Real Life Gundam
It seems that the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan is in talks to bring working Gundam to life. Notable party members Tadamori Oshima and Bunmei Ibuki are scheduled to appear tomorrow on a popular Japanese video broadcast, Nico Nico Live, to discuss the possibility and benefits of creating and employing bipedal mecha and real Gundam.
The rapid development of mecha in the past few years makes it seem as though this was bound to happen. We’ve seen a few fully-functioning ones in the past, but when you have legitimate government officials contemplating such an endeavor, it’s hard not to wonder why.
Of course there’s the possibility that they could be used for defense or something along those lines. On the other hand, Japan is buried under a great deal of debt - why waste the yen on creating these things for such a rudimentary purpose?
Everything right now is just speculation, though. The party members of the LDP will hopefully shed some light on the rumors tomorrow during their broadcast. No word yet on when the interview will be recorded, but if they announce the start of the mech wars, we’ll be sure to let you know.