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 1126511,265 users)
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Ranked: #26722
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Popularity: #3450
Members: 30,954
Favorites: 168

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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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Maki, Taro
Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Storyboard
Yoshinaga, Naoyuki
Itano, Ichirou
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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!
Aug 2, 2018
Yas- (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
Jul 7, 2014
dj22319 (All reviews)
The first anime installment of the Patlabor franchise delivered one hell of a good time. The first six episodes were directed by the grand master himself, Mamoru Oshii, who would also direct the first and second film adaptations. The seventh episode served as a bonus with a different director by the name of Naoyuki Yoshinaga. From what I took of it, the seventh episode tried to make up for a lack of action evident throughout the OVA. I was fine with that, but the sixth episode still serves as a fitting ending.
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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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