Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is a fantasy come true for anyone who grew up in awe of mechs and other massive, humanoid characters from Japanese anime. The director was inspired by multiple pop-culture references, including the Gundam Series, for his battle between human mech pilots and oceanic aliens. And if you were too, here's a clip from Japanese television that will make you smile.
Del Toro was filmed with Pacific Rim stars Rinko Kikuchi and Mana Ashida wandering Tokyo, eating ice cream and staring longingly at 10,000 Gundam figurines in some kind of mech museum. He reveals that the Russian mech in his movie, Cherno Alpha, was inspired in part by Zack from the Gundam series. Del Toro is a kid in a candy shop when he spots a gigantic robot, bowing and smiling at it like he won the lottery. Adorable!
Be charmed by mechs and a delighted del Toro in the below video.
[Spotted via Kotaku]