There’s a lot of speculation on where Del Tor acquired his inspiration for the fighting machines known as Jaegers in the film Pacific Rim. It’s obvious from interviews with the iconic Director as well as those familiar with Japanese Anime, where many of the ideas and concepts depicted in Pacific Rim might’ve spawned from. What is especially interesting is the widely, varying opinion as to where Del Toro nabbed the concept of ‘Drifting.’ The idea that to even be able to pilot the Jaeger fighting machines, there must be 2 pilots, joined via neural link. I have seen many suggestions as to the source of Del Toro’s ideas. Let me add another.
Speculation on the origin of Del Toro’s inspiration for Pacific Rim, The ‘Drift’, the Jaegers and the Kaiju have swung from one end of the Anime universe to the other. And, as close as some seem to get, it is quickly becoming apparent that inspiration might very well of come from bits and pieces of all the suggestions currently being discussed across the Web. Not borrowing too much from one series, but taking and idea here and an idea there from a number of popular shows. Here are the ones being discussed across the digital word-of-mouth stream:
Neon Genesis Evangelion
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In the end, only Del Toro really knows what inspired him to create the masterpiece, that is Pacific Rim, but that doesn’t need to stop us from having fun speculating on which one of our fan favorite Anime series most influenced him. If there is another you feel should be on this list, mention it below in the comments so we can discuss!