Pacific Rim is definitely Guillermo del Toro’s homage to both flavors of the Japanese fascination with the gods; expressed as giant monsters or giant piloted robots as they have been in film and anime for decades. He didn’t choose, he went for both, and I think this movie is going to be a lot of fun. At least, the first time I saw this trailer, I shouted It’s Gojira Season right out loud and jumped up and down, wishing that I could be riding the god-robots with them to save the Earth. We have to wait until July of 2013 to see this one, but otaku that I am I am looking forward to it.
The Annular Eclipse that happened earlier this week was amazing, but those of us who saw it from North America only got a little tease of the event. If you got to see if from Japan, like Danny Choo, then perhaps you got to see it in its full glory. Here is a picture or two to put it in perspective for you. The first image is Danny in his Filter Facemask, which will hopefully protect him from having his retinas burned out by staring into the sun. To me, the scary bit is he reminds me of Friend from the movie trilogy 20th Century Boys, a wonderful Sci-Fi sequence based on the Manga. The second image is what he was staring at. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can either travel to the next event half way around the world in 50 years, or stay where you are and wait for it to happen there again, in 300 years.