The Next Generation -Patlabor- is a live-action Toku film series written and directed by Mamoru Oshii (with some other movie episodes done by Takanori Tsujimoto & Hiroaki Yuasa) with music done by Kenji Kawai as a sequel to the Patlabor series, specifically to the three animated movies. It's divided into thirteen episodes, separated into seven parts released in 2014 and 2015 and a final film released in spring 2015. This also includes novels published for the film series.
Set in the year 2013, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has made some drastic changes to its labor forces after the Babylon Project was finished due to the global recession. The TMPD was forced to get rid of Division 1 and its personnel, although Division 2 was kept due to the need of having labor-trained officers in case of situations where they are still needed. Most of the Division 2 personnel have retired from the force, with Shigeo Shiba and Yoshikatsu Buchiyama as the only veterans in charge of the maintenance department.
The Next Generation -Patlabor- provides example of the following tropes:
- All There in the Manual: Some background details are known in greater detail in the novels.
- The Cameo:
- Voice actors Mina Tominaga (Noa Izumi) and Toshio Furukawa (Asuma Shinohara) voice offscreen radio personalities in the third part of the series. Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, has a role as a shady agent in part four.
- In the film, Yoshiko Sakakibara reprises her role as Shinobu Nagumo, dubbing over an actress whose face is never seen.
- Easy Logistics: Subverted. Due to the Babylon Project and other similar projects done around worldwide, major companies that make labors don't see the need anymore of using labors. It's because of this that Division 2 has a hard time in keeping up with maintenance to the point that they sometimes clean the labors up to make them presentable.
- Expy: The new Division 2 members share some similarities in their backgrounds as their original counterparts.
- Multinational Team: Everyone in the new SV2 is Japanese, except for Kasha since she's a Russian of Japanese descent.
- Mythology Gag:
- Shiba's talk with Akira Izumino in Episode 0 over how the Ingrams aren't like the super robots in popular media is similarly done to how Noa had her encounter with Sakaki before she joins Division 2 in the manga adaptation.
- SV2's deployment to take on the kaiju in Episode 6 is a reference to the manga and to Wasted XIII when the old SV2 is also deployed alongside the JSDF to subdue a rampaging kaiju near the outskirts of Tokyo.
- The SV2's involvement against armed terrorists using helicopter gunships outfitted with stealth camo is pretty much based on the Patlabor 2 movie, except that the new SV2 is called in and gets caught in fighting throughout the Greater Tokyo Area.
- Passing the Torch/You Are in Command Now: The main background for Episode 0 in the eyes of Shiba, having taking the helm of the maintenance department of Division 2 in 2013.
- Police Procedural: Still a part of it in the Patlabor verse since they get called in to solve situations involving Labors.
- Role Reprisal: Shigeru Chiba is Shigeo Shiba, a rare case where a voice actor portrays his original role (since this is a sequel that happens in the close future of the original events of the series) in a live action setting.
- Time Skip: The Next Generation takes place in 2013, 15 years after the original setting of Patlabor.
- Urban Warfare: The feature film has this when the Ingrams engages the terrorist-manned helicopter gunships stolen by Tsuge sympathizers in the JSDF.