This is exactly the reaction that I had.

I even said “Wait. WHAT?”  Not that I cared; and I’m sure that I could come up with a plausible reason to explain that sudden revelation away if I was going to bother with distinguishing it from all the other, obviously not really that important, niggling details about Pacific Rim.  This is a movie about giant robots hitting giant monsters. You have to just go live in the Moments of Awesome for this one.

2 thoughts on “This is exactly the reaction that I had.”

  1. “Drifting” seemed to function in various ways as demanded by the plot. But, as you say:
    Giant mecha are
    Hitting Kaiju in the face.
    Plot is an excuse.

  2. No, no, no. Everyone on the internet who says this is wrong, because of super robot wars.
    See, the canon for all mecha media properties exists in the Super Robot Wars multiverse. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, SRW is a Japanese mecha crossover fanfic property that has the budget to license other properties for the games.
    Anyway, canon is cognate to the zeroth playthrough of the game, so the pilots don’t come upgraded with what you did to them in your last playthrough. Furthermore, earlier in the movie is a) corresponds to earlier stages, so fewer upgrades b) earlier in the stages means fewer kills. Both mean lower morale/will. The sword attack probably just has a high will/morale requirement.
    Seriously, this is actually pretty much exactly the same as what the other guys are saying.

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