Pacific Rim: The Black Review

Pacific Rim: The Black by Brandon Campbell is available to watch today on Netflix. Whether you loved the movies or hated the movies this animated series is a story all on its own. This show takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions while keeping the tone comedic and fun. It was definitely a much-needed reboot to the series of movies. 

The story follows the lives of Taylor and Hayley Travis after the Kaiju have ravaged Australia. Their parents, who are copilots of their own Jaeger, go out to try to find help to bring the people living there to somewhere safe away from all of the Kaiju. Fast Forward 5 years later and they have a thriving community in their hideaway. Hayley grew up to be a rebellious teenager always looking for a way out and Taylor grew to be a super-serious Teenager always looking to keep his sister out of trouble. When a Kaiju finds their camp they find a Jaeger that was hidden from the world and use it to search for their parents and survive the danger of The Black. They soon find out that the worst danger in the Black is not always the Kaiju. 

As is prevalent in shows like this it is a little predictable. You can pretty much guess what’s going to happen next as the episodes roll on. There were a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting and it led to a show I just couldn’t stop watching. (Literally watched all episodes in one night) I found myself wanting more when it was over. The show really spent time developing the characters and you can see their personalities evolving as they are dealing with the world crisis and the emotions within. 

Personally, I would watch this again and I hope there is a second season. I thought it really was better than the movies as a whole. Granted the movies didn’t have time to flesh everything out and the show also leaves quite a few questions unanswered it was an entertaining binge session I’m more than happy to do again. If you have a love of Kaiju and Mecha I definitely recommend giving this show a try!

DVS Rating 8.5/10

Diablo and Overwatch Rumored to get Animated TV Adaptations

Overwatch Animated Shorts

Since Overwatch’s launch, Blizzard has released some stunning animations to show players the character lore and to explain essential events in the world’s history. We’ve seen a deathly dual between Hanzo and Genji, the reunion between McCree and Ashe, the loss of Mei’s team, and many other heart-wrenching scenarios revolving around the heroes and villains of the game.

After watching these animated shorts, it’s no surprise that an animated show based on Overwatch’s lore may be in the works. While nothing is confirmed yet, some leaked information may prove that both Overwatch and Diablo may be on more than just our computer screens in the future.

McCree from Overwatch animated “Reunion” Courtesy of GameSpot

The Reveal

According to the LinkedIn profile of Nick van Dyk, the co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, he states that he worked on both a Diablo and an Overwatch series. It seems that Diablo will get an adaptation “rendered in anime style,” which is in pre-production and will release globally through Netflix. Based on this rudimentary description, I imagine it will be artistically comparable to Castlevania’s adaptation currently on Netflix.

Further down, van Dyk also lists that he “developed and sold an animated series based on Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise.” There is no confirmation about this project, and it’s not yet clear who bought the series, but it does suggest potential in a future animated show.

Even if this information is accurate, it does not mean we’ll ever see these shows. The Overwatch series has only been bought, not greenlit, and the Diablo show can only be said to have been in pre-production at some point. If we do see some new animated series of the two, they will join the ranks of video game turned show along with games like Castlevania and The Witcher. Both show a lot of potential.

Blizzard has not yet made an official announcement surrounding either project.