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Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor

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English: Patlabor: The Mobile Police
Synonyms: Patlabor The Mobile Police: The Original Series, Kido Keisatsu Patlabor: Early Days, Mobile Police Patlabor
Japanese: 機動警察パトレイバー


Type: OVA
Episodes: 7
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 25, 1988 to Jun 25, 1989
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Original
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.341 (scored by 6,301 users)
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Ranked: #23422
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Popularity: #3241
Members: 17,113
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In the future, rapidly advancing technology gives birth to giant robots known as "Labors," so named for their usefulness in heavy industry. However, this also gives rise to "Labor crimes," resulting the need for a new branch of law enforcement equipped with and dedicated to the policing of Labors. When Izumi Noa, a female police officer, becomes the newest recruit of Special Vehicle Division 2, she and her top of the line "Patrol Labor" (or "Patlabor") Alphonse are swept into a series of adventures featuring crazed construction workers, eco-terrorists, and sea monsters.

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Maki, Taro
Oshii, Mamoru
Yoshinaga, Naoyuki
Itano, Ichiro
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Aug 2, 2018
Yasaal (All reviews)
“For Pete’s sake, this isn’t some Mecha anime” - Goto Kiichi

There's a multitude of Mecha shows that are talked about now and before, Gundam, GitS, and with this year we had FranXX, Gundam (again) and Planet With. As is obvious to an avid anime fan, Mecha shows are very big in Japan and as such we see a lot of buzz on such shows. Sometimes though, some shows do not get the love they deserve, especially when they're in many ways superior than most, this is where Patlabor comes in.

Patlabor is perhaps the best sense I found for Mecha, in policing and the law, no, read more
Jan 6, 2013
Shura-shurato (All reviews)
In my opinion a very good introduction to the patlabor anime saga and WAY lighter content compared to the movie, as well the early mecha designs that later on would be praised via movie 1 and overall. The persona in here is quite good , the 1st meeting with some collegue´s , their backgrounds and involvment in everyday life , as well the villians story´s and out come of it, bit too bad that the serie´s was short but that makes it all up with 3 more movie´s and more serie´s inbetween!
Mar 27, 2018
gabrielrroiz (All reviews)
Patlabor is a classic. The term comes with a lot of responsibility, and believe me, I truly do not like to take or give it lightly, but throughout the years Patlabor has cemented its name as one of the more well recognized and critically praised mecha franchises of the 80s. Managing to stand not that far away in terms of importance and influence, to the likes of Gundam or Macross. Sadly, my experience with it has been nothing short of underwhelming, basically making for a highly frustrating disappointment overall. On this analysis I will attempt to shed some light to what I consider to be read more
Jun 7, 2016
Mobile Police Patlabor is a multimedia franchise founded in the late 80s by a bevy of then relatively unknown talent. Most notable among these names is director Mamoru Oshii, the philosophical tech-mind behind other works such as Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh, and The Sky Crawlers. Being both fairly convinced of his talent and a mecha fan, I dropped in to give the much lauded Patlabor franchise a try. The Early Days OVA starts one of two anime continuities which the first two movies continue.

This 7-episode 1988 OVA is a brief but effective peek into the world of Patlabor. A Japanese rookie police squad is read more


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