You’re gonna kick yourself when you see it. I did.
This is Anchorage, during the Knifehead engagement.
And this is Hong Kong, during Pitfall:
Q: What’s the difference, here? A: Look at how they ID the Jaegers.
In Anchorage, it was GD-34 against a kaiju. During Pitfall, they labeled them Striker Eureka and Gipsy Danger. I went looking for other mid-deployment screens and through the film itself to check, but I don’t think this was a mistake in post-production. I’ve got a theory.
Q: How many Jaegers were built? A: At least thirty-four.
At the beginning of the film, G. Danger’s walking around with the number ‘34’ emblazoned on both shoulders. After Mako’s restoration and refit, the right arm still says '34’, but the left shoulder’s wearing a '5’. (I didn’t see numbers on any of the other Jaegers in-film except for ADF-06 on Striker, and I looked.) I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I think G. Danger was part of a production run, but what’s the likelihood that the fifth Jaeger ever built was built to the exact same specs as a Mark-III produced however many years later?
Q: How many Jaegers were built in each generation?
I don’t know that I necessarily think there were upwards of thirty factory line-produced Mark-III’s (how many kaiju came through the breach, jesus), but there were certainly a hell of a lot more Jaegers than we saw on-screen, enough that it was an impressive person who knew all their names and numbers. Enough Jaegers, possibly, that after they started losing them, it got to be painful to look at letters and numbers on a screen, that it was a reminder that 08-14 and 17, 19, and 21-33 were dead and gone. Enough Jaegers lost that it wasn’t hard for anyone to remember the names of the ones that were left.
Q: So how many Jaegers and Jaeger pilots went down in the five and a half years between Knifehead and Pitfall?
Kingdom Hearts II release date: December 22, 2005.
ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 2003. RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 2005 after TWO YEARS of SILENCE, with Nomura saying in MAY 2015 there was a release period in sight.
WAIT TIME BETWEEN RELEASE PERIOD IN SIGHT ANNOUNCED AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF RELEASE DATE: FOUR MONTHS.
WAIT TIME BETWEEN RELEASE DATE CONFIRMATION WITH ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: THREE MONTHS.
*FUN FACT: NOMURA HAS SAID KINGDOM HEARTS II WAS ANNOUNCED ‘TOO EARLY’. SOUND FAMILIAR???*
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep release date: January 09, 2010
ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 2007. RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED OCTOBER 2009.
WAIT TIME BETWEEN RELEASE DATE CONFIRMATION AND ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: FOUR MONTHS.
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance release date: March 29, 2012.
ANNOUNCED JUNE 2010 as Kingdom Hearts 3D. Formally unveiled JANUARY 2011. RELEASE WINDOW ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 2011 FOR SPRING 2012. ON DECEMBER 2011, Kingdom Hearts 3D was confirmed for a MARCH 2012 RELEASE DATE.
WAIT TIME BETWEEN RELEASE DATE CONFIRMATION AND ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: THREE MONTHS.
Kingdom Hearts III Release Date: TBA
ANNOUNCED JUNE 2013. RELEASE WINDOW revealed JUNE 2015. RELEASE DATE HINTED TO BE ANNOUNCED NOV 2015.
GUYS. DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M GETTING AT HERE? WITH EVERY MAIN GAME ANNOUNCED, THE WAIT TIME BETWEEN THE RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE ACTUAL RELEASE OF THE GAME HAS BEEN THREE TO FOUR MONTHS.
WITH KINGDOM HEARTS II, THEY HAD A RELEASE WINDOW IN SIGHT IN MAY 2005, WITH THE RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED FIVE MONTHS LATER.
IN JUNE 2015, KINGDOM HEARTS III SET A RELEASE WINDOW. NOVEMBER 2015 IS FIVE MONTHS AFTER THIS. IF WE GET THE RELEASE DATE THIS NOVEMBER, OUR WAIT TIME COULD BE AROUND THREE TO FOUR MONTHS FROM THEN, WHICH MAKES FOR A FEBRUARY MARCH 2016 RELEASE DATE.
WE REALLY COULD BE GETTING KINGDOM HEARTS III WINTER 2016!!!