Pan’s Labyrinth. Cronos. The Devil’s Backbone. Blade 2. Even if you’re unacquainted with the work of lauded Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, you’ve probably heard of Pacific Rim, his upcoming giant monsters versus giant robots opus. Whether you’re a true-blue fan of del Toro’s brand of cinema magic, a general aficionado of mecha stories and kaiju pictures, or both, you probably don’t need to be sold on the film’s merits at all; you’re just counting down the days until release.

So what better way to prepare for the film’s imminent rampage through American multiplexes than by having a monster/robot movie marathon? Del Toro and his crew may not have directly referenced movies or shows in either category with Pacific Rim, but they’ve definitely hitched their film to the kaiju and mecha genres; seems like a good opportunity to brush up on the the titles you’ve missed, or just to rewatch your favorites!

Here’s our list of 10 movies and anime worth catching up on before Pacific Rim.

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