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Reference Books, Artbooks and Film Comics Releases

Continuing below is a chronological listing of every Japanese Patlabor artbook, reference book and film comic release. Note: Please do not ask me to scan images from artbooks for you. I unfortunately do not have the time and do not own all of the books listed.

Labor in Action: Takuji Yamada Diorama World

Labor in Action: Takuji Yamada Diorama World Cover Publisher: Bandai
Pages: 127
Size: A5
ISBN: 4-89189-134-3
Release Date: 20 December 1990
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A book full of model Patlabor diorama photographs.


Patlabor 3D Show (Hobby Japan Special)

Patlabor 3D Show (Hobby Japan Special) Cover Publisher: Hobby Japan
Pages: Unknown
Size: A4
Catalogue Number: 08128-3
Release Date: March 1991
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A third special mook (magazine-book) filled with photos of Patlabor models in realistic settings and Patlabor dioramas.


Mobile Police Patlabor Illustration Book 3 (Entertainment Bible 30)

Mobile Police Patlabor Illustration Book 3 (Entertainment Bible 30) Cover Publisher: Bandai
Pages: 129
Size: Shinshoban
ISBN: 4-89189-121-1
Release Date: April 1991
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains information on Labors which appeared in TV episodes 25 to 47, a history of Labor development of non-Japanese companies and written instructions on how to obtain a Labor licence.


Labor Graphix (B-Club Special)

Labor Graphix (B-Club Special) Cover Publisher: Bandai
Pages: 128
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-89189-151-3
Release Date: 30 April 1991
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: An amazing artbook and reference guide for Labors. It contains colour Bandai model kit box artwork as well as Labor animation model sheets and specifications for every Labor seen in the anime up to the New OVA Series. Also included is a history of the development of the Labor as well as extensive Labor databases and tables.


Final Mobilisation: Patlabor After TV (AM JuJu)

Final Mobilisation: Patlabor After TV (AM JuJu) Cover Publisher: Tokuma Shoten
Pages: 95
Size: A6
ISBN: 4-19-669654-6
Release Date: 30 April 1992
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A pocket sized book which features images from the New OVA Series as well as a few new colour images mostly culled from Animage magazine.


Patlabor Special Collection "Play On The Piano"

Patlabor Special Collection "Play On The Piano" Cover Publisher: Doremi
Pages: Unknown
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-8108-0646-4
Release Date: February 1993
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A book of sheet music intended for keyboards and pianos.


Patlabor Phase III

Patlabor Phase III Cover Publisher: Onkyo-sha
Pages: Unknown
Size: A4
ISBN: Unknown
Release Date: Unknown
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A second book of sheet music intended for keyboards and pianos.


The Mobile Police Patlabor: Air (Dragon Magazine Special)

The Mobile Police Patlabor: Air (Dragon Magazine Special) Cover Publisher: Fujimishobo
Pages: 120
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-8291-9113-9
Release Date: 15 August 1993
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A second artbook featuring artwork from Akemi Takada. Included are full colour images from CD covers, video and Laserdisc covers, promotional images for the all from the TV series, New OVA Series and second movie, and some exclusive artwork for the book including a double sided poster. Also included is some black and white artwork mostly for the Patlabor Light Novels and a sketch history of how Noa has evolved over the years.


This is Animation: Patlabor 2 the movie Complete Setting Materials

This is Animation: Patlabor 2 the movie Complete Setting Materials Cover Publisher: Shogakukan
Pages: 257
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-09-101576-X
Release Date: September 1993
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains character and mecha format design sheets as well as location settings and some animation layouts.


Live - Noa Izumi Photographs (Newtype Illustrated Collection)

Live - Noa Izumi Photographs (Newtype Illustrated Collection) Cover Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Pages: 98
Size: B5
ISBN: 4-04-852386-4
Release Date: 1 September 1993
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains full colour images of Noa going through her normal day at work, shopping, walking around the streets of Tokyo, in a photographer's studio and at home, all rendered in a photorealistic manner. Some of the images have a candid look, while others look as if she is posing for a photographer. Artists who contributed include Nobuteru Yuki, Yutaka Izubuchi, Mahiro Maeda and Masami Yuuki.


Secrets of Mobile Police Patlabor

Secrets of Mobile Police Patlabor Cover Publisher: Data House
Pages: 217
Size: Shinshoban
ISBN: 4-88718-182-5
Release Date: 30 October 1993
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A small data book which contains information on just about every aspect of the Patlabor universe, mostly written as if it was a Police dossier.


This is Animation the Select: Patlabor 2 the movie

This is Animation the Select: Patlabor 2 the movie Cover Publisher: Shogakukan
Pages: 168
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-09-101519-0
Release Date: 10 November 1993
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains the film story for the second movie, character and mecha format design sheets as well as location settings, interviews with the staff, a Masami Yuuki art gallery with pictures for manga covers and some video covers, and a pull-out double sided poster (Shinobu Nagumo on one side, AV-02 Labor on the other).


Patlabor 2 the movie Film Comic

Patlabor 2 the movie Film Comic Cover Publisher: Shogakukan
Pages: 208
Size: Unknown
ISBN: 4-09-121874-1
Release Date: 15 January 1994
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A manga version of the second movie, done using colour images from the movie itself.


This is Animation: Patlabor the Movie & OVA Series

This is Animation: Patlabor the Movie & OVA Series Cover Publisher: Shogakukan
Pages: 258
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-09-101577-8
Release Date: 20 May 1994
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains the film story for the first movie, character and mecha format design sheets as well as location settings and some animation layouts of the first movie and "Early Days" OVA series and an interview with Mamoru Oshii.

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