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Mobile Police Patlabor

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Synonyms: Patlabor The Mobile Police: The Original Series, Kido Keisatsu Patlabor: Early Days
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: 7.431 (scored by 4,516 users)
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Ranked: #18802
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Popularity: #3243
Members: 11,284
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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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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
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!
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.
The premise read more
May 24, 2012
Suyomizzle (All reviews)
This particular OVA starts out relatively slowly but quickly picks up. It is very much in the style of shows that favor one-off stories, rather than an important overarching plot, to enhance character development. However, in the last three episodes important details begin to emerge about the universe that raise questions that set up for further entries in the series.

The early episodes serve their purpose of character introduction and development dutifully, and are really quite funny on top of that. Amongst the early episodes, episodes 2 and 3 are particularly strong, 3 probably being the funniest of the entire series.

Episodes 5 and 6 are the read more


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