Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor the Movie

Patlabor: The Movie

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Synonyms: Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor Gekijouban, Patlabor 1: The Movie, Patlabor: The Mobile Police, Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie
Japanese: 機動警察パトレイバー the Movie
English: Patlabor: The Movie
German: Patlabor: Der Film
Spanish: Patlabor: La Película
French: Patlabor: Le Film
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 1989
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 1 hr. 39 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.551 (scored by 2091520,915 users)
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Ranked: #16772
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3206
Members: 49,007
Favorites: 257


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The Babylon Project is a massive renovation of Tokyo's neighborhoods, including the creation of artificial islands in the Bay. Utilizing "Labors," or robots created for the express purpose of doing work, architects and construction crews are able to more efficiently progress development of the overhaul. When a key figure in the Project's conception is found dead after committing suicide under mysterious circumstances, Captain Kiichi Gotou's Patlabor police unit is tasked with getting to the bottom of the bizarre situation.

As several Labors begin to go haywire and a hacked AI program endangers the people of Tokyo, young pilot Noa Izumi and her Patlabor Alphonse work under Gotou's orders to save the city and the entire nation from a massive biblical conspiracy.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Storyboard
Sawai, Kouji
Episode Director


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Sep 12, 2022
Patlabor: The Movie is the best thing that nobody has watched, and I imagine a lot of that comes from the fact that it’s an old anime movie that isn’t Akira or Ghost in the Shell and is tied to a pre-established mecha franchise. Even though it is canonical to the broader Patlabor series, I cannot stress enough that you do not need ANY prior knowledge of ANYTHING Patlabor before you watch this or its sequel film Patlabor 2, which is equally superb. While watching something like Char’s Counterattack mandates you have some knowledge of the prior Gundam meta, Patlabor: The Movie is a true ...
Oct 21, 2021
Patlabor the Movie is a wild and fun ride. Especially for someone coming off hot from the heels of the TV anime series or the OVAs.

The movie balances the more anime like aspects of its art retained from the TV plus the OVAs into its movie setting. Lending a certain charm when contrasting it with its later sequel patlabor 2 which handles its art style in a more realistic fashion.

The music is top notch and puts a stupid grin on your face, if only more anime would devote this much heart and soul to its music.

I love this movie. It just feels like ...
May 21, 2024
Mixed Feelings
This film was created during the peak of the Japanese economic bubble, so a lot of resources were put in anime in general back then and you can tell by both the art and animation that this anime is great even by today and even future standards, however what this film excels in those two aspects, it lacks in story. The whole mystery going on here is so simple and uninteresting that reinforces how unappealing the story is, so watching this for the story is a bad choice, however it isn't all bad, as I previously said, the art and animation are superb, you might ...

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Poll: Patlabor: The Movie Episode 1 Discussion
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Anyone know where I can watch this?
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