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Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: On Television

Alternative Titles

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
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Members: 23,401
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Both of these shows revolve around using giant mech in an official capacity to protect the people. 
report Recommended by alexzyuy
Nothing similar really, but there are mechatronic robots 
report Recommended by joosche
Both shows are sci-fi oriented, and there are alot of simmilarities with the lead heroines, they got simmilar looks and behaviour, they both are affiliated with the police force, and they both adore the machine they operate. Both shows have a lot of comedy in it, although Patlabor is more nuanced, while Dominion is straight up comedy. 
report Recommended by Tyrraell
Both shows are about the adventures and oftenly misadventures of Japaneese policemen from certain section, although Patlabor has a decent chunk of Mecha element in it. 
report Recommended by Tyrraell
Active Raid is like an updated, funkier silly copy of Patlabor in many aspects. You'll probably find your self comparing not only the main plot but also many characters of these series if you watch them both. If you enjoy slice of life shows accompanied by mecha action and a bunch of mismatched eccentric characters you may enjoy Patlabor to the fullest.  
report Recommended by Sooru
Both are action comedies that revolve around hapless divisions of the Tokyo Police department with plucky female officers as the leads. 
report Recommended by AccipiterF1
Shows have the same type humor, and similar main characters. both also from the early 90s  
report Recommended by term7
What brings these two vintage anime series together more than anything is how the series mixes comedic episodes with darker stories. Episodes can be cool or silly, which can be problematic if silly humour bore you. For most people, Lupin III and Mobile Police Patlabor will not be their first entry into both franchises. As such, the shift in tones will like be a shock when compared with their more popular movies. Luckily, you'll be prepared for that!  
report Recommended by lancelot200
Although a decade separates their release, Patlabor and Master Keaton are adapted from manga created using the same mangaka ethics. They are character driven shows that avoids fast faced, action oriented techniques used in mecha or adventure anime/manga. They have no overarching plots, but instead tell simple and concise stories. Both series would have a hard time connecting with a modern (male) audience if they were widely available today. Yet, Patlabor and Master Keaton have their charms that makes them beloved by old-school anime watchers.  
report Recommended by lancelot200
These anime both depict characters with relatively mundane lives in extraordinary settings, and provide a counterpoint to other shows within their specific subgenres. Patlabor is to mecha as Planetes is to hard sci-fi. As a contrast to most other shows of these types which involve constant strife and warfare, these shows depict how humanity can live peacefully with advanced technology and noticeably put emphasis on human drama instead of epic battles, although both do eventually take more dramatic twists. 
report Recommended by Cheesyhoboe