This is something that’s really interesting about the worldbuilding in Pacific Rim. The impression that I got wasn’t that Newt was comparable to a neo-Nazi or something like that in his obsession with the kaiju - no, that was the cultists who worshipped the kaiju. Newt, on the other hand, reminds me more of a friend of mine who got into abnormal psychology and criminal rehabilitation because she’s fascinated by psychopaths and serial killers. Her idea of a relaxing afternoon is sitting on the couch eating pizza and watching documentaries about Ted Bundy. And yet, she works with at-risk youth and kids in prison, she did a year as a parole officer, because she wants to understand what makes people tick and why they do terrible things, and, if she can, she wants to help them so that they don’t do terrible things. That’s more the vibe I got from Newt - fascinated with kaiju to the point of not always realising when it’s really not socially acceptable, but ultimately on humanity’s side.