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
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: DetectiveDetective, MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 1 hr. 39 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.551 (scored by 1971719,717 users)
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Ranked: #16012
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Popularity: #3139
Members: 46,345
Favorites: 238


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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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Oshii, Mamoru
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Sawai, Kouji
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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 ...
Aug 14, 2022
The film is structured with an emphasis on mystery, the first third establishing the mystery, the second third developing the mystery, and the final third providing the action-centric climax. However, the obvious problem is that the mystery itself is hyper simple, underdeveloped, and without thematic nor character-relevant significance. Despite this, the film uses every chance it gets to state and even restate details about this weak plot intrigue with nearly no development to the cast nor introduction of events with consequence the entire way through.
The entire destruction of the arc facility in the climax proceeds smoothly, with Hoba's crows interfering being the only "twist," which ...

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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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