it’s respect


pacific rim valentines!!

send one (or two, depending) to your copilots this friday! spread the love image


Sometimes I think about Mako and Raleigh doing glossy magazine interviews and associated photoshoots and Mako getting mad when they airbrush out Raleigh’s scars




I wasn’t able to draw at the time the Pacific Rim sequel was announced, so to compensate, I animated all the drift compatibles dancing horribly in celebration of the upcOMING ANIMATED SERIES 8V



PACIFIC RIM POST-FILM AU → (for cuddlybitch)

The cold wind died down only to be replaced by falling snow. Mako almost regretted walking instead of driving, but part of her just needed to get out into the crisp, fresh air. The road curved up ahead and a small driveway was visible to her left. This must be it, she thought.

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Find a Raleigh, or a Mako. Find someone who will support you, back you up, give you constructive criticism when you need it, and looks at you like you are the heart of the universe, and the most wonderous thing eyes can behold.



Raleigh looking at Mako

#to fight monsters we created soulmates

sometimes i think about mako’s reaction this this whole situation (the bilingual stubbly supportive golden retriever situation) and i laugh and laugh and laugh because if anyone has mused on the many consequences on drift partnership it’s mako mori being as it pretty much informs her ENTIRE LIFE even if she didn’t want to be a pilot ‘more than anything’ it’s still the underlying relationship of every important person in her life the good (tams and stacks) the bad (hansens v1.0) and the ugly (hansens v2.0) all her friends are either part of a drift pairing or study drift pairing or work to facilitate drift pairings’ safe to say she’s read up on the subject and she KNOWS to pilot Danger she has to pair up and she KNOWS if this unseen becket person is being brought in that he’s going to be her drift partner and just considering all the possibile styles of human that she’s prepared to accept in order to pilot and this guy turns up? it’s like the universe said ok mako we know we’ve given you a bad deal: the world kind of ended before you really got a chance to enjoy it and then we took your parents and then we gave your new dad a terminal illness so yeah fair enough you’re heavy in the minus column but here WE GOT YOU A PRESENT HE’S BRAVE AND TRUE AND LOVES YOU LIKE THE SUN MOON AND STARS TOGETHER AND HE’S TALL AND WELL-SHAPED AND HE’S A LITTLE BIT BROKEN BUT STILL GOOD YEAH STILL GOOD (and oh. no. now i’ve created an AU where mako is stitch claiming her little broken stacker and raleigh family don’t look at me) (oh noooooooooo) (tags from harrietvane)


"Team Striker," Vanity Fair, August 2022

A little something from the universe where Chuck and Mako are co-pilots. Credit to mayqueen517 for the blue drivesuits, which I’ll never be over.
(View full-size, please. Wallpaper-ish download here.)


"Team Striker," Vanity Fair, August 2022

A little something from the universe where Chuck and Mako are co-pilots. Credit to mayqueen517 for the blue drivesuits, which I’ll never be over.

(View full-size, please. Wallpaper-ish download here.)

"I’m a massive, massive Browncoat and I’m a massive fan of Chuck." - Rob Kazinsky, Nerd HQ 2013



I love that Pacific Rim, a movie that as an “action blockbuster” most directors would have lazily decided to market to men, this movie pretty much says “naw son…we gonna do this fair”. There are plenty of monsters and robots punching each other. Fun for everyone. But where a typical action movie would have had a woman in a shower or some low cut outfit or panned over her curves, that never happens in Pacific Rim. Mako is never sexualized. She’s adorable and smart and you understand completely why Raleigh is immediately smitten with her, but the movie never stoops to trying to convince you of her appeal because she’s “sexy”. You like Mako for the same reason Raleigh does…because she’s amazing. You like her as a person, not an object. Raleigh doesn’t objectify her and neither does the audience. She’s not some prize Raleigh gets for being a bad ass.

Meanwhile, the only person the movie really objectifies at any point is Raleigh, (you could argue that they’re showing the scars, but he’s shirtless three separate times including this scene SOOOO…some one liked how Charlie looked sans shirt). It verges on ogling because Charlie Hunnam is built like a brick house. It’s even more glaring because so much of the time Raleigh is covered up. He’s constantly in over sized sweaters and jackets, so his shirtlessness is very noticeable. You could argue that Raleigh might be Mako’s “prize”, but I think it’s deeper than that. Raleigh isn’t an object either. I have to say from my perspective, I liked Mako so much I loved that she got such a full package deal of a guy who adored her. It’s not good enough that Raleigh is just some cardboard cut out good guy that Mako gets in the end. Mako gets the adoration of a guy who is not only a stud, but who is sweet, supportive, kind, encouraging, a bad ass, and a survivor just like her. Raleigh works to be her friend and impress her, not the other way around. Raleigh is ostensibly the main character of the movie, but he spends his time in awe of Mako, not the other way around. His hero’s journey is pretty much done the moment he meets Mako, her’s isn’t done until she deals with the kaiju that haunt her. Raleigh gets back in a jaeger and moves on immediately. Mako’s transformation takes longer and has more focus.

So we LIKE Raleigh, but we’re rooting for Mako because Raleigh is pretty much getting his life back together. So you’ve got a secondary character actually making the hero’s journey and the main character working how a supporting “love interest” does most of the time. What it ends up in is a couple that isn’t official that has a LOT of people invested in them by the end.