History Anime / Patlabor

13th Jun '16 6:26:07 PM Beiahnu
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Set in the not-so-far-off future of 1998, this late-80s/early-90s anime, ''Mobile Police Patlabor'', is the story of police officers fighting crime with giant robots. The [=SV2=]'s Division 1 are a corps of competent, hard-working police who always get their man -- but ''Patlabor'' isn't about them. No, it's Division ''2'' that gets the spotlight, that scruffy, rag-tag band of half-competent cops with a propensity towards massive property damage.

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Set in the not-so-far-off future of 1998, this late-80s/early-90s anime, ''Mobile Police Patlabor'', is the story of police officers fighting crime with giant robots. The [=SV2=]'s Special Vehicles Unit's Division 1 are a corps of competent, hard-working police who always get their man -- but ''Patlabor'' isn't about them. No, it's Division ''2'' that gets the spotlight, that scruffy, rag-tag band of half-competent cops with a propensity towards massive property damage.
11th Jun '16 7:11:02 AM rafi
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* {{Badass}}:
** BadassAdorable: Noa
** BadassCrew: Division 2. Everyone has a little bit of Badass in one form or another.
** BadassGrandpa: Sakaki. Even the labor pilots fear Sakaki. Considering he's in charge of the mechanics that maintain their machines, their fear is somewhat justified.
** ColonelBadass: Gotoh was too observant for his superiors' liking and they didn't want him underfoot, [[ReassignedToAntarctica so they reassigned him to a command position with Special Vehicles.]] Which, as Detective Matsui observed, [[BatmanGambit "is right where he wants to be."]]

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* {{Badass}}:
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BadassAdorable: Noa
** * BadassCrew: Division 2. Everyone has a little bit of Badass in one form or another.
** * BadassGrandpa: Sakaki. Even the labor pilots fear Sakaki. Considering he's in charge of the mechanics that maintain their machines, their fear is somewhat justified.
** ColonelBadass: Gotoh was too observant for his superiors' liking and they didn't want him underfoot, [[ReassignedToAntarctica so they reassigned him to a command position with Special Vehicles.]] Which, as Detective Matsui observed, [[BatmanGambit "is right where he wants to be."]]
justified.


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* ColonelBadass: Gotoh was too observant for his superiors' liking and they didn't want him underfoot, [[ReassignedToAntarctica so they reassigned him to a command position with Special Vehicles.]] Which, as Detective Matsui observed, [[BatmanGambit "is right where he wants to be."]]


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* MundaneFantastic: It's a cop show with giant robots.
29th May '16 1:09:54 PM Winter
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* DrumBathing: [=SV2=] uses a bath cobbled together from a propane burner and an oil drum until the propane tank has an accident, forcing the officers to use a distant public bath.



* PublicBathhouseScene: Episode 7 of ''The New Files'' has the officers of [=SV2=] searching for a bombing suspect at a bathhouse after their improvised bath explodes. All they know is that the suspect has three moles in the right armpit, so the search turns into a naked brawl. [[spoiler: The bomber turns out to be a woman, meaning the men never had a chance of finding her.]]



** Um, except that the TV series has in its main story arc a flying shiny black giant robot with wings that wouldn't look out of place in a latter-day Gundam show, and a labor with ''FrickinLaserBeams'' ''[[AustinPowers attached to its head]]''.

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** Um, except that the TV series has in its main story arc a flying shiny black giant robot with wings that wouldn't look out of place in a latter-day Gundam show, and a labor Labor with ''FrickinLaserBeams'' ''[[AustinPowers attached to its head]]''.
28th May '16 2:22:16 AM Winter
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* AndYouWereThere: Shige's bizarre dream visit to New York is mostly populated with blonde American versions of [=SV2=] personnel, down to the old maintenance chief threatening to chuck people into the Hudson.
24th May '16 9:19:14 PM jormis29
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* RunningGag: Noa frantically running from something, almost fainting, quickly recovering. Happens at least three times in the course of the series. Usually from something monstrous--like albino sewer crocodilians.

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* RunningGag: Noa frantically running from something, almost fainting, quickly recovering. Happens at least three times in the course of the series. Usually from something monstrous--like albino sewer crocodilians.{{sewer gator}}s.
24th May '16 5:05:38 PM Winter
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* SewerGator: [=SV2=] encounters large albino alligators underground on two occasions:
** In the TV series episode "Underground Mystery Tour", the team learns of sewer-like tunnels beneath the reclaimed land while investigating a series of thefts at the station. Inhabitants include a horde of rats, numerous feral cats, the homeless culprit, and a giant alligator that chases everyone for the last third of the episode.
** In the New Files OVA series episode "The Dungeon Again", after a giant albino alligator is captured in the tunnels beneath [=SV2=], some of the mechanics hear a rumour that it secreted a giant pearl somewhere down there. They go missing, a rescue team is sent in, they run into booby traps left by a crazy sewer-dweller, and [[spoiler: the "pearls" turn out to be eggs]].
18th Feb '16 5:39:26 PM Prfnoff
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Watch ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms'', or ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' if you are interested in more RealRobotGenre shows. Compare with ''[[Anime/MazingerZ the]]'' ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Mazinger]]'' ''[[UFORoboGrendizer trilogy]]'', ''Manga/GetterRobo'', ''Anime/VoltesV'' and ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'' to have an idea of what the SuperRobotGenre is about. Contrast with ''Anime/GunBuster'' or ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' to see what the opposite end of the scale is.

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Watch ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms'', or ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' if you are interested in more RealRobotGenre shows. Compare with ''[[Anime/MazingerZ the]]'' ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Mazinger]]'' ''[[UFORoboGrendizer ''[[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer trilogy]]'', ''Manga/GetterRobo'', ''Anime/VoltesV'' and ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'' to have an idea of what the SuperRobotGenre is about. Contrast with ''Anime/GunBuster'' or ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' to see what the opposite end of the scale is.
5th Feb '16 4:31:44 PM MiinU
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* AdaptationDistillation: Captain Nagumo is an awful lot more bubbly in the manga adaptation.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Captain Nagumo Shinobu is an awful lot far more bubbly expressive in the manga adaptation.adaptation, as opposed to the anime where she's a DeadpanSnarker instead.
10th Dec '15 12:39:43 AM Smeagol17
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A live-action project, set in 2013, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-06/live-action-patlabor-to-feature-real-life-mecha is a sequel]], not a reboot, of the series. Known as ''Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor'', thirteen episodes were shown in theaters in seven parts, and a feature-length film is airing in spring 2015.

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A live-action project, set in 2013, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-06/live-action-patlabor-to-feature-real-life-mecha is a sequel]], not a reboot, of the series. Known as ''Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor'', thirteen episodes were shown in theaters in seven parts, and a feature-length film is airing airied in spring 2015.
16th Nov '15 1:44:25 PM madcapguy
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Although very popular over in Japan, ''Patlabor'' never really took off in North America, although it has a cult following among anime fans. The first two movies were dubbed by Creator/MangaEntertainment in the mid-90s, and released to VHS and DVD in English-speaking countries around the world, but the OVA and TV series weren't imported and dubbed by Creator/CentralParkMedia until more than a decade after they ended their Japanese run. In addition, [[Creator/{{Geneon}} Pioneer]] released the third movie, [[Creator/BandaiEntertainment Bandai Visual]] re-released the first two movies with new dubs, and recently, Maiden Japan (sister company of SentaiFilmworks) has licensed the franchise and is currently re-releasing it to remastered DVD and Blu-ray. Surprisingly, the only part of the anime franchise that hasn't been dubbed in English is the last 12 episodes of the "New Files" sequel series. As for the manga, only the first two volumes were released in the U.S. and Canada. For French-speaking areas, only 18 out of 22 volumes were released.

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Although very popular over in Japan, ''Patlabor'' never really took off in North America, although it has a cult following among anime fans. The first two movies were dubbed by Creator/MangaEntertainment in the mid-90s, and released to VHS and DVD in English-speaking countries around the world, but the OVA and TV series weren't imported and dubbed by Creator/CentralParkMedia until more than a decade after they ended their Japanese run. In addition, [[Creator/{{Geneon}} Pioneer]] released the third movie, [[Creator/BandaiEntertainment Bandai Visual]] re-released the first two movies with new dubs, and recently, Maiden Japan (sister company of SentaiFilmworks) Creator/SentaiFilmworks) has licensed the franchise and is currently re-releasing it to remastered DVD and Blu-ray. Surprisingly, the only part of the anime franchise that hasn't been dubbed in English is the last 12 episodes of the "New Files" sequel series. As for the manga, only the first two volumes were released in the U.S. and Canada. For French-speaking areas, only 18 out of 22 volumes were released.
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