Characters: Patlabor

Note: Character descriptions sourced from Schaft Enterprises fansite and The Other Wiki's Patlabor 2 article.

Please head here for characters from the original series who still have involvement in the Next Generation movies.

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Officer Noa Izumi

Voiced by: Mina Tominaga (JP), Elisa Wain (EN), Briony Glassco (EN Manga dub of the first two films), Julie Ann Taylor (EN Bandai Visual dub of the first two films), Monica Manjarrez (Latin American Spanish dub)

Born in Tomakomai, Hokkaido in 1978, she is the pilot of the first Ingram in Unit 2 (first forward of Division 2). She loves Labors (to the point of obsession) and nicknames her Ingram "Alphonse" after her deceased pet dog and cat. A dedicated police officer, very easy going and cheerful, she never loses her cool. That is unless somebody damages her beloved Alphonse.

  • Ace Pilot: While she's not amazingly good, she's pretty reliable which counts for alot in the ultimate Real Robot series. She's also pretty skilled in hand to hand labor combat. During the selection tournament, she only lost to Kanuka in the finals because her battery ran out. Later on, her skill becomes well known enough that Schaft repeatedly singles her and Alphonse out to (illegaly) test Super Prototype combat labors in actual combat.
  • Action Girl: Noah is less of a badass out of her labor than in, but she's the only one who can last more than 3 seconds against Takeo in Judo. She lasts 8. And Noah also defeated a criminal who was armed with a knife, using only her bare hands.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She joined the police force in the hopes of piloting a Labor because she'd spent her childhood watching Mecha Anime, even if she knows a Labor is not quite like a Mazinger, a Getter or a mobile suit. Still she got pretty disappointed when she was told that no, a Labor does not fly.
  • Badass Adorable: One of the nicest girls you'll ever meet, so long as you're not a criminal or make the mistake of damaging Alphonse. Seriously, don't.
  • Berserk Button: Damaging her Labor, Alphonse.
    • Also in the manga, don't use Labors for criminal/terror acts.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She and Kumagami both keep their hair short, while Kanuka wears hers long and Captain Shinobu keeps hers in a ponytail while she's on the job.
  • Character Development: Invoked in the second movie, where the tells Asuma that she doesn't want everyone to think of her as just "that girl who loves labors".
  • Everyone Can See It: She forms a close bond with Asuma and they hang out, whenever they're off duty. Plus, they have chemistry. Needless to say, it isn't long before their squadmates start to think that their relationship goes deeper than "just friends".
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She doesn't drink often, but when she does, she goes all the way. Comes from being a liquor store owner's daughter.
  • The Hero: Except in the second and third films, where she's Out of Focus.
  • I Call It "Vera": Her beloved Alphonse.
  • Idiot Hair: On occasion.
  • Idiot Hero: She starts out being somewhat naive, but matures over the course of the series.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Maybe Ever After: The final episodes of The Mobile Police/New Files continuity vaguely imply that she and Asuma may be on their way to becoming more than friends.
  • Meganekko: In the manga version, she wears glasses when she's off duty. They don't seem to be prescription since she regularly pilots her labor without them.
  • Otaku Surrogate: For anyone who's into mecha.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Asuma, though their relationship starts to lean a little more toward being romantic, near the end of the series.
    • Subverted in The Next Generation, which serves as a Distant Finale for the OVA continuity, where it's confirmed that Noa and Asuma finally got together.
  • Plucky Girl: No matter what the task, Noa gives it her all.
  • Red-Headed Hero: More auburn brown, but close.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's red, Kanuka's blue.
  • Replacement Goldfish: As noted above, her patlabor is actually "Alphonse the Third".
  • She's Got Legs: Shown in chapter 5 of the manga version. It's no wonder those guys were hitting on her, check 'em out!
  • They Do: The Next Generation is set 15 years after the OVA continuity's conclusuion, during which, it's revealed that she eventually married Asuma.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy, Kanuka is the girly girl.

Captain Kiichi Gotō

Voiced by: Ryunosuke Ohbayashi (JP), Michael Schwartz (EN), Peter Marinker (EN Manga dub of the first two films), Roger Craig Smith (EN Bandai Visual dub of the first two films), Rafael Rivera (Latin American Spanish dub)

Gotō is the Captain of Unit 2 and was born in the Taito Ward in Tokyo. Although he may seem very laidback and even apathetic, but is quite a strategist, and knows how to get the best out of his team even if it means tricking them. He has gained the reputation of being very sharp and rumour has it he was purposely sent out to the SVU so he wouldn't cause any trouble. He still manages to do so anyway. Gotō has a crush on Shinobu, which is completely unrequited (poor Gotō...). Gotō is a heavy smoker, has athlete's foot and can often be seen wearing traditional Japanese wooden sandals around the office.

  • A Father to His Men: He can be manipulitive, at times, and his methods are unorthodox, but he always has his division's best interest at heart.
  • Author Avatar: For director Mamoru Oshii in the second movie.
  • Batman Gambit: He is a master of getting people do to what he wants by making them think it's what they want.
    • From the first movie:
    Goto has just manipulated Shinohara into putting his career on the line to find something out for him and then stepped in to get him off with 'just' a suspension.
    Shinohara: The only thing I don't get is how the commander found out about it all?
    Gotoh: (deadpan) Oh, that? I ratted you out, even the not wearing a helmet part.
    Shinohara: Commander!?
    ' Look at it this way, now you have enough free time to snoop around for me some more.
  • Big Good: The top brass may not care for him, but they still defer to him during an impending crisis. So does the JSDF, Detective Matsui, and his fellow captain, Shinobu, all of whom have learned to rely on Gotoh's decision making ability, and with good reason. He's a genius level tactician, having studied military strategy at the academy. He's also keenly observant and tends to pick up on things before others do, and notices details others might overlook. Shaft Enterprises and his old mentor, Kai, know this better than anyone.
  • Colonel Badass: Never underestimate Gotoh (see the preceding entry).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually directed toward his superiors and, occasionally, Asuma.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: At the end of the Movie continuity, Shinobu reluctantly arrests Tsuge but it is clear she still had feelings for him. Much to Gotoh's disappointment.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Is voiced by Captain John Kilpack in the original dub of the first two movies.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Shinobu, who strictly maintains a professional relationship between them.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: To say he an Shinobu have a strictly professional relationship, you'd swear these two were actually married. See the related entry in Shinobu's section, further down.
  • Mentor: To his division, mainly to Asuma.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Don't ever fool yourself and think you're getting anything by him, without him noticing. Asuma and the others get a not so subtle reminder, when they return from an undercover rescue operation and find he followed them. Gotoh even brought fries!
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Moreso than his superiors would like.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: SVU's headquarters is located on reclaimed land that's practically in the middle of nowhere, which why the higher ups have Gotoh stationed there, where he can't ruffle any feathers. So they think....
  • Supporting Leader: Along with Shinobu.
  • Team Dad: A...trickier one than most.
  • Theme Naming: He and Nagumo are both named after WWII admirals.
  • Troll: Some of the stunts he pulls to discipline his squad can be desribed as such. Kanuka calls him out on it on more than one occasion. So does Shinobu.
    Shinobu: (impressed) That was brave of you to face that Labor the way you did. Weren't you scared?
    Gotoh: (deadpan) No. Sakaki told me it was harmless.
    Shinobi: (disillusioned) Wha- So THAT'S why you were acting so bravely?
    Gotoh: (deadpan) Pretty much.
    Shinobu: (annoyed) I give up. So what'll your adoring public say, when they find out?
    Gotoh: (smirks at door) I wonder....?
    Asuma, Noa, Kanuka, Otah, Shinshi, and Hiromi: (eavesdropping outside door) THAT CHEAT!

Officer Asuma Shinohara

Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (JP), Dan Green (EN), David Jarvis (EN Manga dub of the first two films), Doug Erholtz (EN Banda Visual dub of the first two films), Benjamín Rivera (Latin American Spanish dub)

Asuma was born in Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture and is 21 years old at the start of the series. Asuma is the son of the owner of Shinohara Heavy Industries, the makers of the Ingram. So why is he a public servant? Apparently his father forced him into being one. A member of Unit 2, he provides backupnote  for Noa's Ingram and is her partner. He can be quite short tempered and sometimes gives the impression he would rather be somewhere else. Still he is quite a competent police officer.

  • Agent Mulder: If it involves anything supernatural, or paranormal, he's all for it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Asuma is familiar with most Labor models, both civilian those used by the police/military alike, since he's the son of the founder of SHI and has been exposed to the labor industry from a young age.
  • Brutal Honesty: In his manga portrayal, where he sometimes comes across as unintentionally rude, though he means well. Particularly during his initial interactions with Noa.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in regard to Otah and, sometimes, Noa.
  • Deuteragonist: Asuma is the second most pivotal character after Noa, since the series focuses largely on both their partnership as fellow officers and their friendship off-duty.
  • Everyone Can See It: Except him and Noa, for the reasons covered in her example entry. The last two or three episodes imply they may be headed toward a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Foil: To Otah, due to their conflicting personalities. Asuma alternates between trying to talk sense into him and either griping, or snarking, whenever Ota's trigger-happy tendencies creates problems for their division.
  • Hand Behind Head: Asuma's typical posture while chatting with Noa, usually with both hands clasped behind his head.
  • Honest Advisor: Which is the main reason Noa trusts him and doesn't mind it much when he snarks on her. In fact, it's when he doesn't that she starts to get worried.
  • The Lancer: To Gotoh.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Noa at the end of The Mobile Police/New Files continuity, though The Next Generation live action continuity ultimately subverts it by confirming they eventually did.
  • Mission Control: Though his position is "backup" for unit 01, his actual job is to cover Noa's blindspotsnote  and provide intel on enemy units. Asuma is also a capable strategist and always has Noa's safety in mind, so she trusts his judgement implicitly.
  • Non-Action Guy / Non-Action Snarker: See the Deadpan Snarker entry.
  • Nice Guy: He can be blunt at times and he often complains about being stuck as a public servant, but he means well and always has Noa's best interest at heart.
  • Not So Above It All: As per the Agent Mulder entry, and he's not above eavesdropping on the women, while they're in the bath, either.
  • Oedipus Complex: Relations between him and his father are so strained, that Asuma usually spends his vacations at the squad's barracks, rather than visiting home, like his teammates.
    • In the final episode of The New Files, he meets his father while visiting his older brother's grave, and speaks with him briefy. The only words we're allowed to hear, is when Asuma parts with his father, by telling him to take better care of himself; which suggests they may have begun to reconcile their differences.
  • Only Sane Man: Asuma shares this spot with Kanuka and, later, Kumagami, as they're the most sensible, levelheaded members of the team. Which often makes him a foil for Otah.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Noa, though their teammates think there's something more between them.
  • Sidekick: Effectively this, for Noa.
  • They Do: He and Noa are married by the time of The Next Generation, which serves as the OVA continuity's Distant Finale.

Officer Isao Ōtah

Voiced by: Michihiro Ikemizu (JP), James Wolfe (EN), Martin McDougal (EN, Manga dub of the first two films), Sam Riegel (EN, Bandai dub of the first two films), Richard Epcar (EN, WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3), Marcos Patiño (Latin American Spanish dub)

Ōtah is the 2nd forward of Division 2. He was born in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture and is 26 at the beginning of the series. He is a complete gun maniac and will almost always try to use force over all other options when solving a dispute. Though he is reckless and violent, he is an integral part of the team, and actually manages to end situations quicker than Noa.

Lieutenant Kanuka Clancy

Voiced by: You Inoue (JP), Angora Deb (EN), Tamsin Hollo (EN, Manga dub of the first film), Lisa Enochs (EN, Bandai Visual dub of the first film), Martha Ceceña (Latin American Spanish dub)

Kanuka is a Police Officer on loan from the New York Police Department and was born in Oahu, Hawaii. She is 21 at the beginning of the series. She is half Japanese, half Irish-American. She is a competent officer who does everything by the book and is often disgusted by the tactics used by the SVU. In Division 2 she acts as Ōta's backup. Though among the SVU there is a rumour that the NYPD sent her to them because she was a problem officer.

  • The Ace: Blackbelt in Judo, expert Labor pilot, and in disarming bombs, graduated with honors from MIT, you get the idea.
  • Action Girl: As much as Noa.
  • All There in the Manual: According to a booklet in a DVD box set, her father was a millionaire.
  • Brother Chuck: She disappears without comment in the second and third movies. Some fans assume she died at the climax of the first filmnote , but she probably just returned to the NYPD. (Given the tensions flaring up during the second movie, she may simply not have been able to get to Tokyo in time.)
  • But Not Too Foreign: Her grandmother was a Japanese immigrant, who married an American pilot stationed in Japan during the Korean War.
  • Cool Car: In the series, she drives a Porsche 911 in episodes 18 and 23 and a blue one in episode 44.
  • Fair Cop: All of the SVU's members are at least not ugly, but Kanuka is downright beautiful.
  • Identical Granddaughter: She looks exactly like her grandmother did.
  • Lady of War: Both in and out of her mecha. She's a crack shot and master of both judo and kendo.
    • Kanuka's combat skills, in and out of her labor are awe inspiring. The woman took down a courtyard of Yakuza, with a wooden sword while clad in a kimono. And, in the first film, Gotoh specifically called her in to assist SV 2 with the raid on the Ark.
      Customs Agent: Are you here to see the sights?
      Kanuka: No. Combat.
  • Mukoku Seki: Notably averted. It's ironic that the show's only American also looks the most stereotypically Asian (though she is at least half-Japanese).
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Tell me that her surname doesn't remind you of an American thriller novelist...
  • Not So Above It All: Kanuka's disciplined and takes pride in herself as an officer, but she can be just as juvenile as the rest of the squad, depending on the circumstances.
  • Officer O'Hara: ...well, she's a cop with an Irish surname who can drink heavily when the situation warrants, but that's about as far as it goes.
  • The Other Darrin: In Super Robot Wars Operation Extend, she's voiced by Yuri Amano, after her original voice actress (You Inoue) died some years ago.
  • Put on a Bus: She returns to New York about halfway through the TV series.
    • The Bus Came Back: ...and comes back for one episode in the second OVA. And for Movie 1.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's blue, Noa's red.
  • The Rival: She develops an intense but friendly rivalry with Kumagami when she comes back to visit the SVU, being fellow aces and all.
    • The TV series also seems to set her up as this to Noa at the start.
  • The Sixth Ranger
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the girly girl, Noa's the tomboy.

Officer Mikiyasu Shinshi

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Jonny Asch (EN), Ron Lepaz (EN, Manga dub of the first two films), Joey Lotsko (EN, Bandai Visual dub of the first two films), Enrique Mederos (Latin American Spanish dub)

Shinshi is the driver for the second carrier. He was born in Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture and is 29 at the start of the series. Originally Ōta's backup until Kanuka replaced him, he is a quite introverted man, but can become surprisingly violent if provoked enough. He is also the rather henpecked husband of Tamiko, who is rather possessive of him. Shinshi is the only married member of the team, which occasionally bites him in the ass.

  • A Day in the Limelight: He really only gets one episode where he's the focus, when a business takes note of his computer skills and tries to lure him away from the SVU.
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT insult his wife. Or the institution of Marriage.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shinshi seems to have... "issues".
    Shinshi: (with shining glasses and Slasher Smile) *whispering* "Cut, and cut, and cut, and cut..."
  • Happily Married: His wife Tamiko gives him a really hard time, but at the end of the day, they truly love each other.
  • Henpecked Husband: He is well and truly whipped. But he's deeply in love with Tamiko all the same.
  • Nerd Glasses: It sort of defines his character.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When his glasses start to shine, run.
  • The Smart Guy: He's a wiz with computers, he was even offered a management position at a high profile computer company.
  • Those Two Guys: Since their job is to just drive the Patlabors to crime scenes, he and Hiromi are often relegated to the sidelines. Additionally, they were introduced as a pair in the manga continuity.

Officer Hiromi Yamazaki

Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (JP), Gregory Wolfe (EN), Michael Fitzpatrick (EN, Manga dub of the first two films), C.J. Mills (EN, Bandai Visual dub of the first two films), Enrique Cervantez (Latin American Spanish dub)

Hiromi is the quiet giant amongst the members of the SVU, in fact the tallest member of the team, at two metres tall. He was born on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, and is 23 at the start of the series. Even though he looks rather intimidating, he is quite gentle in action and words. He tends the tomatoes in the greenhouse and looks after the henhouse at the SVU in his spare time. These duties actually provide a substantial amount food for the officers. His main duty in Division 2 is driving the first Labor carrier.

  • The Big Guy: Clocks in at around 2 meters tall, and has the physique to fire a 20mm anti-labor rifle standing.
  • The Chick: Despite being male, he's the most domestic member of the SVU and is there mostly for emotional support (and gardening, and driving the labors in a truck) than anything else.
  • Friendly Sniper: Played with in both movies when SV2 is deployed on the scene to provide anti-Labor support via anti-material sniper rifles.
  • Gentle Giant: There are two reasons why Hiromi wasn't selected to pilot a labor - he's too gentle to actually attack the enemy, and he doesn't fit in the cockpit.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He loves gardening and cooking.
  • Those Two Guys: With Shinshi.

Captain Shinobu Nagumo

Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara (JP), Adriana (EN), Sharon Holm (EN, Manga dub of the first two films), Karen Thompson (EN, Bandai Visual dub of the first two films), Alejandra de la Rosa (Latin American Spanish dub)

Shinobu is the Captain of Division 1 and was born in in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo. She is a professional, competent police officer. Basically the exact opposite of Captain Gotoh. She always keeps her mind on the job and never loses her cool. Often she talks back to her superiors when she disagrees with an order, and this is probably why she remains at the SVU rather being promoted to another job more worthy of her skills. She is often slightly jealous of Division 2's successes and the equipment they get, but she never really lets on.

  • A Day in the Limelight: She's really the hero of the second movie.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Gotoh's got it bad. Sadly, the feeling isn't mutual.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Unless given reason not to.
  • Christmas Cake: Shinobu's in her mid-late 20's and is a police captain, so her mother worries about her chances of marriage. While Shinobu appreciates her concern, she's dedicated to her career and appears to be in no hurry to settle down. Though given the way she and her fellow captain, Gotoh, relate to each other, you'd think she already was.
  • Colonel Badass: She may be by-the-book, but don't think for a second she'll allow herself to be railroaded, or that she won't question an order she finds suspect. As seen here.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually in regard to Gotoh's more questionable tactics (i.e. trolling), and his squad's reckless behavior.
  • Fair Cop: Though she usually dresses very conservatively (she is a police captain, after all), when dressed casually she's very pretty.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: The way she and Gotoh relate to each other, they could easily be mistaken for a married couple. She knows him like a book, especially when he's trying to charm her. Likewise, he knows when to tease, and when not to push his luck. This is best seen in both "The SVU's Longest Day" and the final episode of the OVA continuity.
    • In The New Files continuity, this is best seen in the Two in Karuizawa episode which focuses exclusively on them (covered extensively on the heartwarming moments page).
  • May-December Romance: In the second film, it's revealed that Shinobu once had an affair with her instructor while she was a cadet at the Tsuge Institute. She was 19 at that time, while Tsuge was said to be in his early 30's.
  • The Mistress: She fell for Tsuge, despite knowing he was married, which was both a breach of police protocol and ethics, which created a scandal. Though it isn't said whether his wife ever got wind of the fact he was cheating on her with one of his students.
  • New Old Flame: It isn't until the second film that we find out about her past relationship with Tsuge. Their history together becomes a subplot, as it reveals the reason she settled for a position with the SVU and creates part of the film's tension, since he leads the terrorist group that's laying siege to Tokyo.
  • Old Shame: It wasn't long before word of the affair got out, reaching as far as the top brass, which is why she eventually had to settle for a job at the SVU. A photo and the details are seen here, at the Other Wiki.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Alongside Gotoh in the SV2. She's a stickler for proper procedure and carries out her duties without fail, but if she has reason to question an order, or find your motives suspect, she won't hesitate to say so.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: For reasons covered in the Old Shame related entries.
  • She's Got Legs: Revealed in the 12th episode of The New Files, which features two lingering pan shots of them. Not to mention, Gotoh having to be told twice to keep his eyes on the road, instead.
  • Supporting Leader: With Gotoh.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Covered in the May-December Romance related entries.

Chief Seitarō Sakaki

Voiced by: Osamu Saka (JP), Frankie Rome (EN), Blair Fairman (EN, Manga dub of the first two films), Taylor Henry (EN, Bandai Visual dub of the first two films)

Sakaki is the head mechanic of the SVU. His training was in mechanics, and he doesn't really understand the electronics and computers in the Laborsnote . Though he's supposedly only the head mechanic, most of his job is to order the other staff around, primarily the maintenance crew but sometimes the members of Division 2. Easily the most respected member of Special Vehicles 2, he commands fear, respect, admiration, and loyalty from all who know him.

  • Cool Car: A green Shelby Cobra AC.
  • Cool Shades: He's never seen without 'em... even at night or at home! (Except once, close to the end of the TV series.)
  • Grumpy Old Man: It's usually subdued, but it's there.
  • Mentor: To a lot of people, from the Special Vehicles 2 maintenance crew to the higher-ups at the MPD, Sakaki is the God of Maintenance. On a day-to-day basis, though, he's grooming Shige to take his place.
  • Mr. Fixit: He's 62 - been doing his job since machines were invented. If he can't fix it, it ain't broke! (...Or Hoba did something to the software.)

Chief Shigeo "Shige" Shiba

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Curt Gebhart (EN) ??? (EN, Manga dub of the first two films), Peter Doyle (EN, Bandai Visual dub of the first two films)

Shigeo, or just plain Shige, is second in command of the maintenance crew at Special Vehicles 2. He is a man truly dedicated to his work, though sometimes he can go overboard. He is a proud member of the SVU, and makes sure the Labors work perfectly. He takes over from Sakaki when he retires (though is more than happy to defer to him if a serious need arises).

  • Gadgeteer Genius: Understands Labors from the ground up as well as or better than anyone - oh, and he built the Riot Gun Division 2 occasionally uses.
  • Hot-Blooded: To a point that it interferes with his job. Hot blood seems to be a trait common to the whole mechanic team, in fact.
  • Large Ham: Unlike Ōta, he's not "on" all the time, but when he is, he doesn't go halfway. (Shigeru Chiba is actually really good at this kind of role - it's especially clear during Shige's Mini-Pato episode.)
  • Older and Wiser: Is this to the new SV2 recruits in the mid 2000s.
  • The Smart Guy: It's not too obvious, given how he normally acts, but Shige not upgrading the AV-98s to the Hyper OS due to mistrusting it and, more impressively, creating a working computer model of vibration effects of the entire Tokyo Bay area drives the third act of the first movie. (He apparently also understands English pretty well, translating Kanuka's notes on Division 2 more quickly than Shinshi.)
  • Zany Scheme: He's usually in on them.

Lieutenant Takeo Kumagami

Voiced by: Keiko Yokozawa (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)

Kumagami is Ōtah's backup. She is Kanuka's replacement after she returns to New York. She was top of her class, and is an exceptional police officer. She was courted by several police agencies, but eventually chose the SVU because of the challenge. Kumagami seems to be very level headed and nothing seems to faze her, though the antics of her workmates sometimes annoys her. Kumagami has an irrational fear of the supernatural, especially ghosts as her father was interested in the topic and she heard many ghost stories when she was a child.

  • Action Girl
  • Agent Scully: She'll adamantly denounce the existence of anything supernatural, until it's staring her in the face; especially ghosts, because she was left traumatized by her father's ghost stories, when she was a child.
  • Bifauxnen: Kumagami is short, has a boyish haircut, and looks rather tomboyish (but still feminine). She's also an expert at judo.
  • Fainting: She's calm and composed in most cases, but her fear of ghosts and especially rats will make her check out on you.
  • Not So Stoic: When she's frightened, which thankfully isn't often. But when it comes to ghosts or rats, yeah.
  • Old Flame Fizzle: Would you believe she once had a thing with Richard Wong?
  • Only Sane Man: She shares this spot with Asuma, as they're the two most levelheaded and sensible members of the division; excluding their captains.
  • Replacement Sixth Ranger: In her debut episode, she has trouble fitting in because her teammates couldn't believe anyone with her credentials would willingly sign up for duty with the SVU.
  • The Rival: To Kanuka when they briefly meet.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Kanuka.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She keeps her hair cut short and excels in Judo. In fact, no one in division 2 has been able to beat her (including Ota). But she dresses femininely whenever she's off-duty and is afraid of dark places, ghosts, and especially rats. She's even prone to fainting when sufficiently frightened.
  • Why Did it Have To Be Ghosts?: One of the few things she's afraid of. When Gotoh jokes that there's a ghost behind her, she has a fullblown panic attack that makes her seem so vunerable, that it's actually cute. Noa even lampshades it.
    Asuma: (dull surprise) Hn. Who knew?
    Noa: (blinks stunned) Cute.

    Supporting Characters 

Detective Takahiro Matsui

Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP)

A detective with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Matsui once asked Gotōh for his help in strange case, but now is often called upon by Captain Gotōh for help on crimes which involve specialist investigation.

Tamiko Shinshi

Voiced by: Shinobu Adachi (JP), Veronica Taylor (EN)

Tamiko is the overbearing but loving wife of Mikiyasu Shinshi. She seems like the perfect housewife, but under her sweetness and light persona she can be a she-demon. Somewhat possessive of her husband, she can turn frighteningly mean if she thinks he has been hard done by. Strangely Tamiko and Mikiyasu seem made for each other.

Lieutenant Tsutomu Gomioka

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP)

Gomika Tustomo is the first forward in Division 1 of the SVU. He is an incredibly competent officer and Labor pilot. At the end of the series he becomes captain of the newly-formed Division 3.


Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura (JP)

Jitsuyama is head of the Shinohara Labor factory. His career in mechanics began when he started a business up with Asuma's father. To Asuma he is kind of like a substitute father and he often comes to him when he needs advice concerning Labors.

Momoko Sakurayama

Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Sonny Dey (EN)

Momoko Sakurayama is a tabloid television journalist who always seems to be there at the right time to get that scoop. After following the SVU to get several scoops, she later helps them in their Griffin Labor case.

  • Hot Scoop: If there's trouble and it's news, she'll be there in the middle of it. Not surprisingly, this almost gets her killed. See directly below.
  • Large Ham: Seen during her farewell speech to her devoted fans when she thought she was going to be crushed to death by a Labor. The pilot was a disgruntled patient who thought he was terminally ill.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She makes April O'Neil look timid.

Shigeki Arakawa

An intelligence officer assigned with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force chief of staff's office assisting Gotōh and Shinobu in locating and apprehending the terrorist Yukihito Tsuge into custody. Arakawa assists the SVU by providing pictures of Tsuge's assets via American military spy satellites and secretly meeting up with Gotōh to pass on him intelligence obtained on Tsuge, earning Shinobu's ire due to her suspicions about him and his intentions.

Captain Fuwa

Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (JP), Vibe Jones (EN)

Fuwa is an old friend of Captain Nagumo, and is her contact within the JGSDF. She's occasionally done favors for Nagumo, and has worked with SV 2 on several occasions. She pilots the ARL-99 Helldiver, a military paratrooper labor derived from the AV-98 Ingram.


Utsumi / Richard Wong

A very mysterious man working at Schaft Japan, in charge of the Griffin project. He seems to smile all the time and gives off the impression he's happy-go-lucky, but in fact he is very calculating, eccentric and cunning, and will stop at nothing to get the desired result. Utsumi is an alias; his real name is Richard Wong and he is from the Hong Kong division of Schaft.

  • Affably Evil: Well... he's certainly affable. As for the "evil" part... see the Laughably Evil, Man Child, and Troll entries below.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Right as he lays out a guard with a flying roundhouse kick!
    Wong: (apologetic) Sumi-ma- (punctuates last syllable with kick) SEN!!
  • Benevolent Boss: A stark contrast to his partner, Kurosaki.
  • Chessmaster: He even manages to get one over on Gotoh. Who then meets him at the airport as he's trying to leave...
  • Eyes Always Shut: Except for when it's important.
  • Friendly Enemy: He acts this way at least. If nothing else, he's very polite and considerate for a villain. He even took offense when one of his associates shot Kumagami.
  • Karma Houdini: After all the trouble he causes for SVU2 and his company, Schaft gives him his old job back 'cuz they need him.
    • Slightly subverted at the end of The New Files when he loses his job. But then, it wasn't like he cared. Not only do he and Kurosaki escape, they all but literally ride off into the sunset!
  • Laughably Evil: It's really hard to believe this guy's a villain sometimes, given his antics.
  • Man Child: A mild mannered version, but it shows in some of the stunts he pulls; like the troll entry below.
  • Old Flame Fizzle: In The New Files, it's revealed that he and Kumagami were an item. It doesn't work out, as seen in the troll entry below.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: It doesn't have the usual effect, in his case. It's just there to remind you that he's the bad guy.
  • Troll: Toward his boss at Schaft and his ex: Kumagami! When she confronts him in The New Case Files, he tells her he intends to turn himself in, allegedly because of his feelings for her. It was a lie, naturally. The moment she drops her guard, he scoops her up and literally dumps her... in a laundry basket, then makes his escape!
  • Undying Loyalty: Wong absolutely refused to abandon Bado, even at the insistence of his partner, Kurosaki; despite jeopardising his own chances at escape.
    • Finally subverted in the second OVA, where after repeated attempts to reason with Bado, he cuts his losses and bails on him.


Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)

Kurosaki is head of the Phantom labor project, and later second in command of the Griffin project. He seems to be a rather cold man and like Wong will do what ever it takes to get the result he wants.

  • The Dragon: To Wong, human-scale.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Which contrasts him with the typically soft-spoken Wong.
  • Jerk Ass: A stark contrast to his partner, Richard Wong.
  • Karma Houdini: He's considerably more violent than Wong, yet never pays for it.
  • Obviously Evil: Seriously, with all the evil smirks, smugness, and the light always glinting off his glasses just so, he might as well wear a tag that says: "Evil Bastard".
  • Smug Snake: See the preceding entry directly above.

Badrinath Harchand / Bado (Bud) Renard

Voiced by: Takuma Gouno (JP), Jamie Mc Gonnigal (EN)

Bado is a very young Indian boy (about 12 years old) who is the pilot of the experimental Griffin Labor. A very competitive young man, his main aim seems to be beating Noa and her Patlabor rather than actually testing the Griffin. He can be very short tempered, and thinks his work for Schaft is just a game rather than actual work.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: He behaves this way when he's bored or doesn't get what he wants. Otherwise, he's really not that bad.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: In Super Robot Wars Operation Extend.
  • Expy: He looks like Nadia with longer hair.
  • Kid Looks Like a Girl: Exactly what it says. Bado can easily pass for a girl even without a disguise. Wong even uses this to their advantage when he and Bado make their escape at the end of the Griffon Arc.
  • Improbable Age: The kid's an ace Labor pilot at age 12. More importantly, he can also survive the physical effects merely operating the Griffin would have on most anyone else.
  • The Other Darrin: In Super Robot Wars Operation Extend he's voiced by Tomoe Hanba, after his original voice actor (Takuma Gouno) becomes too old to reprise that role, as he voiced him when he was a kid.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Bado refused to back down or listen to reason, despite being out-numbered and low on power, all because he didn't want to give Noa the satisfaction of making him withdraw a second time. She invokes her 'Big Sister' rights and put's him in his place, by body slamming him and his Humongous Mecha on the tarmac!
  • The Dragon: To Richard Wong, Labor-scale.
  • Worthy Opponent: Bado eventually comes think of Noa this way.
  • Undying Loyalty: Bado may complain about alot of things, but he knows that, when it comes down to it, Wong's got his back. So he gives him the same in return.
    • Finally subverted in The New Files, where Wong cuts his losses and ditches Bado, who refused to withdraw from his rematch with Noa.

Eichi Hoba

A software programmer who worked for Shinohara Heavy Industries, Hoba designed a revolutionary new operating system that was quickly implemented in almost every labor in the Tokyo area. After completing his work, Hoba commits suicide, and shortly later it becomes apparent that his new OS contains a virus that causes labors to go berserk—which due to their ubiquity, threatens the entire Tokyo metropolitan area.

  • As the Good Book Says: He leaves numerous biblical quotes for the investigators to find, and his name ("E. Hoba") is the Japanese pronunciation of "Jehova" (which, being a corruption of the original pronunciation, delights him).
  • Evil Genius: So much so, that it took three other geniuses combined (Gotoh, Asuma, and Shige) to stop his plans from succeeding.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Right before taking a swandive from atop the Ark.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning/Thanatos Gambit: Kills himself after setting things up, but before the chaos begins. A slight variation in that the plan (itself not really clear, as Hoba left very little evidence of it besides the virus and biblical quotes) would have advanced with or without him, but him being dead means that the police can't easily piece things together, and certainly can't whip up an anti-virus in time. Gotoh suspects he killed himself in complete confidence that it would succeed.
  • Never Found the Body: But guess what? He really is dead. ...As far as we know.
  • Posthumous Character: The only time we see him alive is as he's getting ready to jump.
  • Secret Test of Character: Speculated by some fans. He attached his employee badge to his pet raven to set off a Never Found the Body-paranoia, and give his pursuers a Secret Test of Character. Division 2 is only able to prevent the destruction of Tokyo because they decide to try and save Hoba when they think he's alive. They wouldn't have made it to the backup-system in time if they had decided to collapse the Ark with him still in it.
  • Xanatos Gambit: If the police don't stop his plan, then labors (including those in nuclear plants and underground construction sites) run amok and kill thousands. If they do stop it, then the Babylon Project is cripplednote . Either way, he wins.

Yukihito Tsuge

An ex-JGSDF lieutenant colonel who went missing after his UN Labor platoon was attacked by armed guerrillas in the Southeast Asian forests, Tsuge changed his brown hair to white and plotted terrorist activities in the Greater Tokyo Area under the assumption of a revolt from the ranks of the Self-Defense Forces. His main motive was for the people to see the reality that he had gonett through during his UN peacekeeping tour. He has a history with Shinobu.

  • The Chessmaster
  • May-December Romance: He had an affair with Shinobu (who was 19 at that time), whereas he was in his early 30's.
  • New Old Flame: Revealed during the events of the second film, as noted by the preceding entry.
  • Start of Darkness: In the prologue of movie 2, a JGSDF labor patrol in Southeast Asia under his command came under attack by anti-UN guerrillas, and is almost completely wiped out, while they're ordered to hold their fire.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Tsuge was Shinobu's instructor, at the time they were together. At the end of the second film, she reluctantly arrests him but it is clear she still had feelings for him.
    • Your Cheating Heart: The affair created a scandal, because it was a clear breach of police protocol, made worse since he was married at the time. Though it isn't said whether his wife ever learned he was cheating on her with one of his students.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: From his point of view, though some fans disagreed... including Hayao Miyazaki!