For this, the second in our series on essential viewing for fans of Pacific Rim (read the first), I caught up with award-winning indie musician and “sexiest nerd on the planet” Da’Shade Moonbeam to discuss why the film is getting so much love from the nerd community, and how you can indulge your inner sexy nerd with more monster vs. robot films:
“I have seen Pacific Rim three times, and will continue to go and see it. Why? Because they got it right as far as robots and monsters fighting on film goes! It makes me angry when I see negative reviews from critics of this movie.
What were they expecting to see, Othello? The Shawshank Redemption, perhaps? I don’t remember the monster flicks of the late 60’s focusing on deep plots and in-depth character development. I remember Godzilla knocking over buildings until another monster joined in, and it didn’t stop until they got tired or killed one another!”
Da’Shade Moonbeam’s Top Five Monster vs. Robot Battles
1. Gurren Lagann (Final Form) vs. The Anti Spiral
What began as a robot head the size of a VW Beetle turned into a fighting robot so huge it could literally hurl galaxies at its enemy, The Anti Spiral! Check out the video below for the top four moments from the Gurren Lagann animated television series.
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2. Unicron vs. Cybertron
Unicron is a Transformer the size of the Transformers’ home world, Cybertron. It has to consume planets in order to survive! Watch the epic final battle from 1986’s The Transformers: the Movie.
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3. Voltron (5 Lions) vs. ANY Robeasts
Voltron was released in 1984, a few days before Transformers. And in my opinion, as far as human pilots taking on alien creatures goes, THIS is where it began! Watch a clip from Voltron: Defenders of the Universe.
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4. Neon Genesis Evangelion
In this animé series, a robot the size of a skyscraper is piloted by a young female who kills large angel-like monsters in post-apocalyptic Tokyo!
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5. Ultra Man vs. Fake Godzilla
A robot humanoid vs. the greatest fake monster of ALL TIME!!! It wasn’t really Godzilla … but it looked just like him. Watch the glorious battle below.
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