Bigger. Meaner. More molelike? New Kaiju are coming
MEET HAKUJA, RAIJIN and Shrikethorn, on the rampage through 2035 Megatokyo. According to the classification system set up in Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 original, Hakuja (left) and Shrikethorn (right) are Category 4 Kaiju, while, Raijin, the big brute in the middle, is a Category 5 badass.
“Raijin is bi-pedal, more T-rex-like,” explains visual-effects supervisor Peter Chiang. “He’s almost got a Venus-flytrap head that enables him to close up in defence mode. He has the ability to absorb energy from any attack and then use it to power his body to use it as a weapon.” Hakuja, meanwhile, is a “praying-mantis/ mole/alligator-type thing that burrows”, and Shrikethorn “has plasma spears he can fire”. To make things worse for human stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, the Kaiju are also sharper. “They are more connected,” says Chiang. If this trend continues, expect Pacific Rim 3 to centre on a Kaiju Whatsapp group.