I don't know where you heard he said it wasn't supposed to be reminiscent but I have seen an interview where he said he was heavily influenced by Japanese culture, though I don't think he called out any IP in particular.
Good movie, it had a cliche story line, but people really only want special effects these days, so they got what they wanted haha. HISHE Pacific Rim on youtube, watch it and rethink about the movie haha.
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As a big fan of any kind of mech title such as growing up with Gundam or anything like that or is the classic zone of the Enders I really enjoyed Pacific Rim anything like that usually grabs my attention to keep me entertained all the special effects are very top notch and fantastic can't go wrong with this movie everyone should see at least once