Pacific Rim: The Black Episodes Review: An Anime That Truly Delivers


Pacific Rim: The Black is an animated show based off the hit franchise and boy does it deliver! Fans of the films will love this Netflix show.

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The Pacific Rim movies are some of the best from the Science Fiction genre — especially if you enjoy epic Kaiju battles and a whole lot of action! When the news of Pacific Rim: The Black first hit, lots of fans got excited, including myself. Now that I have had the opportunity to watch the first three episodes I cannot wait for more! 

I have to admit I was a tad nervous about how they could pull this off. Going from the big to small screen can be tricky, especially for a theme that involves a lot of futuristic things and giant monsters. I think the fact that they chose to go anime style is a huge plus and allows them to really spread their wings. 

In Pacific Rim: The Black is set in Australia where Kaiju now rule the land. They have completely taken over and there are very few human settlements left. The story follows a teenage siblings Taylor and Hayley as they try to find their missing parents while piloting an old, abandoned Jaeger. 

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What Works With Pacific Rim: The Black

There is so much to love about this series. Not only does it feel like it perfectly fits into the world of Pacific Rim, it has a very unique take on it all. As a mom, I rather enjoy the teenage sibling bonding — and rivalry — that is going on here. 

The first episode does a great job at world and character building, and setting up what can easily become a several season long story. Taylor and Hayley’s parents have gone off to get help, and they don’t come back for five years. When tragedy strikes they are forced to go out on their own and look for their mother and father. As far as pilot episodes go, this one is near perfect. 

The animation style is also something to applaud in Pacific Rim: The Black.  It goes full anime which makes me a happy camper. Like I said this is the perfect way to allow them to spread their wings and truly let imaginations run wild. Which is very necessary for a show like this.

One of my favorite parts is a particular set up in episode two that is likely to have lots of fans speculating exactly what is going on. Dropping something like this early on, with the likelihood of giving us no answers until much farther down the road, is a smart play. And I am here for it. 

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What Doesn’t Work With Pacific Rim: The Black

The first season of Pacific Rim: The Black takes place over seven 30 minute episodes. I was able to watch three of them and in those three, there is a bit of dragging going on. Not a whole lot, but especially in part of the second episode, I felt my attention drifting. This is often the case when setting up a new world and new characters, so I will allow it.

There are also some moments where the script is iffy, but again, that can happen with a first season of something — especially the first few episodes. I expect things to really start to come together as we near the end of the season, and I am hoping because of the low number of episodes, there really won’t be any filler.

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Overall Thoughts

Fans of the Pacific Rim franchise will be very pleased with this show. They bring us into a new part of the story, set in the future, and it is just incredible to watch. I loved being right back in the thick of Kaiju and Jaegers! 

There are a lot of parts that had me laughing out loud, and there is some great action as well. This show has the potential to last a very long time and bring us season after season of epic battles of monsters versus humans if it continues to go down this path. 

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About Pacific Rim: The Black

There was a time when Kaiju rose from the Pacific Rim only to encounter gigantic robots, Jaegers, built to fight them back. That time has passed. Now, Australia has been overrun by Kaiju, forcing the evacuation of an entire continent. Left behind, teenage siblings Taylor and Hayley embark on a desperate search for their missing parents, teaching themselves to pilot a battered, long-abandoned Jaeger to help in their quest and give them even the slightest hope of surviving.

Pacific Rim: The Black releases on Netflix March 4th.


  1. Actually u are wrong.

    i am a big fan of the movies, but the anime…. well it is pretty well made but i dont like it that much.

    there ist just too much errors in it wich do not fit in with the kontinuity of the set Universe.

    for example, Striker Eureka is shown to early, why are there multiple rifts all of a sudden, when allways only one was talked about. why is the jeager taking hit after hit and never has any real dmg (exept for the arm ok) small kajus now? a hybrid? srsly this is too much things that just happen so the story can happen and to have aktion than any continuity…


  2. It awesome to see an anime like this set in Australia, its just that I think that the writers have never actually seen or been here, except for Sydney which they only mention , I don’t recognise any of it. Note to outsiders, there is no such thing as meridian city..

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