Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: On Television

Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series

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English: Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series
Synonyms: Kido Keisatsu Patlabor, Mobile Police Patlabor ON TELEVISION
Japanese: 機動警察パトレイバー ON TELEVISION


Type: TV
Episodes: 47
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 1989 to Sep 26, 1990
Premiered: Fall 1989
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, PolicePolice
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.681 (scored by 76357,635 users)
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Ranked: #11042
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Popularity: #3223
Members: 30,398
Favorites: 352

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In the future, advanced robotics has created heavy robots ("labors") for use in a variety of functions: construction, fire-fighting, military, and more. However, though the robots are only machines, their operators are also only human—and humans sometimes turn to crime. Since a heavy labor unit can be a dangerous weapon, the police of the future are set to fight fire with fire, using advanced patrol labor units, "patlabors." This is the story of the Second Special Vehicles Division, a motley crew of patlabor policemen and women doing their best to fight crime and live a normal life.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yoshinaga, Naoyuki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Takamatsu, Shinji
Episode Director, Storyboard
Harada, Nana
Episode Director
Oshii, Mamoru


Opening Theme

#01: "Sono Mama no Kimi de Ite (そのままの君でいて)" by Yuuko Nitou (eps 1-34)
#02: "Condition Green ~Kikyuuhasshin~ (コンディション・グリーン~緊急発進~)" by Hiroko Kasahara (eps 35-47)

Ending Theme

#01: "Midnight Blue (ミッドナイト・ブルー)" by KISSME QUICK (eps 1-34)
#02: "Paradise no Kakuritsu (パラダイスの確率)" by JA-JA (eps 35-47)

Jun 26, 2011
CrimsonGlaive (All reviews)
I have no interest in writing reviews, but I felt that Patlabor deserved something more positive. So here is one that is short, simple and from the heart.

Patlabor the TV series is not about excitement or being heavily psychological. It is a very human show. It’s less about getting hyped up over battles and more about relaxing with your buddies Special Vehicles Section Two. The simple actions and gestures of various characters are well thought out, making them truly believable. The whole cast have their own individual personalities and ways of reacting to things. None of them seem like cardboard stand-ins in the background, something read more
Dec 15, 2008
Bishounen_Hunter (All reviews)
Patlabor is a pretty famous anime from back in the early 90s [I think even part of the 80s]. This was when Mecha animes were at an all time high and it was all about military or police mecha and stuff. Patlabor really stood out because they didn't go off the deep end with the fantasy—meaning, they don't transform, they don't talk, they can't fly [usually] go into space or the deep ocean, they don't carry endless racks of catch my drift? YEAH, it's pretty obvious that Patlabors don't exist but my point is that this story kind of handled it read more
Jan 6, 2020
roastbeefbeef (All reviews)
Some light spoilers for some episodes

Patlabor is a gem in the trash heap of mecha shows. It sets itself apart by being human in a dehumanizing genre. Despite being a huge hit when it came out, it is now mostly forgotten, a true shame, but not surprising considering the state of anime today.

Patlabor was created by a team of artists known as Headgear, with the most notable members being Mamoru Oshii(Ghost in the Shell) and Masami Yuuki. Yuuki came up with the original concept in the early 80s, and Oshii directed the first OVA and the first two movies, which are an entirely different beast read more
Nov 28, 2015
BowlingJD (All reviews)
Standing at 47 episodes with an alternate expanded story from the original 1988 OVA series, Sunrise Studio 1 (MSG, Votoms) continued the fun and unique mech anime. It was directed by Naoyuki Yoshinaga (Maison Ikkoku) and script was by Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor OVA, Ghost in the Shell). This leads to believe right away, the animation should be decent; the characters should have more development, and the story should hold up to the original run. It does.

Mechs, called LABORS, are used primarily for construction, and a crime division is made for the police force, dubbed Special Vehicles Division. The show focuses on the rambunctious division 2 read more

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