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Sep 19, 2013 4:54 AM
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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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The excellent conclusion to this mini-arc. Goto outfoxes Kai with the help of the Maritime Police and the American military that lend him a sub. From what Kai said at the end, it's implied that in the past Goto shared some of his political views which makes him even more interesting in my view.

They still manage to keep some of the humour though. When Kanuka get's hold of the super gun, Ota's reaction is priceless.
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Oct 25, 2013 8:58 AM

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5/5

Episode very good, the plot presents us with a day to the Cold War, thanks allla OST always spot on. Narration adrenaline, too bad the part about the clash hard too little, but on the other hand we have a more than good performance on the movements that animate these actions!
Design, characters and animations very beautiful!
I wanted to give 4/5, but 5/5 I think it's the right fit!
 
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Jul 6, 2014 7:09 PM

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Marzan said:
[b] From what Kai said at the end, it's implied that in the past Goto shared some of his political views which makes him even more interesting in my view.

I came to that same conclusion, but I also took this from his last words; Crime will never end as long as there's tommorow. I consider that a cliffhanger-esque ending, even though it really wasn't.But this episode was the original ending for the ova. The 7th episode was just a bonus episode with a different director. So I would assume that Oshii intended to leave us hanging in order to increase the potential for continuing the story into a movie. Which is what I heard they did for Patlabor 2.

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Dec 10, 2014 5:52 AM

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Gotou is petty much the standout character so far.
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Jul 22, 2016 10:22 PM
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It's impressive how well they are able to transition between comedy and intense action/thriller.
 
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Aug 14, 2017 9:16 PM
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that was entertaining and even had some funny moments. Though kinda felt like it abruptly ended. Maybe this kai guy will be back.
 
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Feb 9, 2018 12:43 PM

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Yeah, it ended kind of suddenly. Still good ep though.

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I thought this was building up to something bigger, but oh well, still a great episode.
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Great story arc that seemlessly shifts from character based dynamics (like Asuma trying to find a place to crash) to American-style action movie, even if Kanuka and co.'s exploits end in glorious failure. It's not a political thriller till the terrorists seize a nuclear weapon :D

Kanuka's mention of wanting to visit her grandmother during the vacation seems to be the seed for the relevant Patlabor TV series episodes.

Shinobu truly shines here in her dialogue defying her orders based on her conviction.

The coup d'etat in Patlabor, released in the twilight year of the Showa era, indirectly deals with the period of government by assassination in which Imperial military officers committed acts of terrorism to destroy the civilian government, such as the May 15 incident of Stand Alone Complex infamy. The Tokyo police were complicit in these acts of terrorism; Shinobu's commitment to defending the liberal state of Japan with an equal zeal in Patlabor seems to me like kind of metaphorical apology for the actions of the Tokyo police in the early Showa years.
This arc also seems to reflect a skepticism about the purpose of the JSDF in the state of Japan.

The use of Kai's face for the credits seems to me to be an odd directorial choice. Isn't he the bad guy? Why are we looking at him during the credits? Perhaps I am looking at this too much from American movie conventions, and as dj22319 suggested, his visage is meant to remind us that the problem will continue. Or maybe the animators really just liked the painting they made.
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