Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor

Patlabor: The Mobile Police

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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
English: Patlabor: The Mobile Police
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 7
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 25, 1988 to Jun 25, 1989
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: DetectiveDetective, MechaMecha
Duration: 28 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.271 (scored by 1304213,042 users)
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Ranked: #27982
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Popularity: #3609
Members: 35,969
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As the human race evolves, so does its technology. Engineers have successfully created robots dubbed "Labors" for mass distribution, utilized by society for a number of everyday tasks. However, there are criminals who manage to get their hands on these Labors, using them for their own nefarious means.

To combat this new form of delinquency, police around the world begin using "Patrol Labors" or "Patlabors" to put a stop to Labor-related crimes. Rookie police officer Noa Izumi is drafted into a special Patlabor unit, getting her own mechanical suit to fight crime. Naming this machine Alphonse, Izumi works tirelessly alongside her peers to keep civilization safe from those who would use this advanced technology to harm others.

As Izumi becomes further ingrained within her unit, she must also learn how to navigate both her social and professional spheres with grace and wit. She befriends the aloof Asuma Shinohara, fellow pilot Isao Oota, and the other members of her brigade as she helps them to combat conspiratorial plots, workplace revolts, and supernatural beings.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Maki, Taro
Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Storyboard
Yoshinaga, Naoyuki
Itano, Ichirou
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Miraiha Lovers (未来派Lovers)" by Hiroko Kasahara

Ending Theme

1: "Then, Daybreak" by Kenji Kawai (eps 1)
2: "Megalocity Police" by Kenji Kawai (eps 2)
3: "The Limits of Illusion" by Kenji Kawai (eps 3)
4: "Tragedy of L" by Kenji Kawai (eps 4)
5: "TheLongest Day of the SV2" by Kenji Kawai (eps 5)
6: "Revolution" by Kenji Kawai (eps 6)
7: "Captain Gotoh's Report" by Kenji Kawai (eps 7)


Jan 22, 2022
"Patlabor" is a character-driven police dramedy with mechas that has a lot of heart, but lacks direction. The main characters are all likeable and complement each other well, with their interactions being the best part about this series. The technical aspects of the show are pretty good. Animation looks crisp and fluid, and the music is catchy and appropriate to the scenes it's used in. The upbeat opening theme, especially, fits the tone of the series well, and while the instrumental ending themes are not that memorable, they're not bad. As for the voice acting, it's decent, although the main character (Noa) inexplicably talks like ...
May 8, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Mecha as a genre is generally not considered to be grounded or realistic, mostly due to most mecha anime being influenced by imaginative sci-fi and the kaiju genre. Patlabor is an exception to this norm, an extremely grounded anime where the robots, named Labors, are not fighting in some epic war but serving in plenty of tasks to the general public.

In this OVA, the spotlight in set onto the formation of the SV2 Unit, a small patrolling unit entrusted with preventing and stopping any malicious or irregular use of the Labor units. The setting is clearly inspired by Japan during the 80s, rampant bureaucracy ...
Mar 27, 2018
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 ...

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