so in the pacific rim novelization it is blatantly stated that the kaiju wanted to kiDNAP NEWT TO INTERROGATE HIM
otachi wasn’t sent to kill him
she was sent to collect him
and newt almost let it happen because the hive mind suggested that lives would be spared if he sacrificed himself
oh shit this is awesome!
And the only reason he doesn’t actually go through with it is the sound of a certain Jaeger’s warning horn distracts Otachi and it turns away.
That’s so lovely. I wish this had been in the movie—and maybe it was! They did cut an hour of it ultimately. And Otachi coming to collect him is hinted at strongly in pretty much everything Hannibal says about Newt drifting with the hive mind.