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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.

WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 Maniaxx

WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 Maniaxx Cover Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Pages: 112
Size: B5
ISBN: 4-04-721376-4
Release Date: 30 March 2002
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains an introduction to the story of the film, a look at the mecha and characters, the background of Patlabor, interviews with staff, a look at "Minipato" with synopses, a look at the real world settings of the movie, staff and cast lists and a look at the movies and books which could have had an influence on the film.


Mobile Police Patlabor the 3D Book

Mobile Police Patlabor the 3D Book Cover Publisher: Hobby Japan
Pages: 134
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-89425-272-4
Release Date: 20 June 2002
Availability: Out of Print

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


This is Animation Visual Selection: WXIII Patlabor the movie 3

This is Animation Visual Selection: WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 Cover Publisher: Shogakukan
Pages: 223
Size: B6
ISBN: 4-09-101560-3
Release Date: July 2002
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A manga version (film comic) of "WXIII Patlabor the movie 3" and "Minipato", using colour still images from both.


This is Animation: WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 Complete Setting Materials

This is Animation: WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 Complete Setting Materials Cover Publisher: Shogakukan
Pages: 258
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-09-101565-4
Release Date: September 2002
Availability: Out of Print

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


Mobile Police Patlabor Perfect Book

Mobile Police Patlabor Perfect Book Cover Publisher: Takarajimasha
Pages: 127
Size: B5
ISBN: 4-79-663245-X
Release Date: 10 April 2003
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains synopses for all versions of the anime, an interview with Mamoru Oshii, character and Labor profiles.


Patlabor Movie Archives

Patlabor Movie Archives DVD/Book Cover Publisher: Emotion Plus [Bandai Visual]
Pages: 240
Size: A5
Catalogue Number: BCBA-1847
Release Date: 25 February 2004
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: DVD and book set. The book contains an explanation of all of the plots of the Patlabor movies including "Minipato", reproductions of movie programmes, republished interviews with Mamoru Oshii, Kenji Kawai, sound director Shigeharu Shiba, Ryunosuke Ohbayashi (Kiichi Gotoh) and Yoshiko Sakakibara (Shinobu Nagumo) as well key animation sketches. The DVD is 93 minutes long and contains "After the Movie Remix - Making of Patlabor the Movie", "Making File Remix - Making of Patlabor 2 the Movie", "WXIII - Supplemental Movie Digest", "Minipato - Supplemental Movie Digest".


Patlabor OVA + TV Archives

Patlabor OVA + TV Archives DVD/Book Cover Publisher: Emotion Plus [Bandai Visual]
Pages: 240
Size: A5
Catalogue Number: BCBA-1848
Release Date: 25 February 2004
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: DVD and book set. The book contains the history of the development of the Labor, maps and explanations of where the story takes place, reproduction of a 1992 concert programme, a look at real world robots of today, the development of the Patlabor concept, reprinted interviews with Masami Yuuki, Yutaka Izubuchi, Kazunori Ito, Akemi Takada, storyboards for the "Early Days" pilot film, synopses for every episode for both OVA series and the TV series as well as staff and cast lists, interviews with Kenji Kawai, Naoyuki Yoshinaga and Michiko Yokote and reprints of the "P-Club" booklets that came with the video release of the TV series. The DVD is 100 minutes long and contains "The Future of Tokyo - Outlook of Patlabor's World", Patlabor trailers and every opening and closing animation and "SV2 Characters" featurette.


BS Anime Night Tales Volume 3 - Mobile Police Patlabor

BS Anime Night Tales Volume 3 - Mobile Police Patlabor Cover Publisher: Kinejun
Pages: 143
Size: A5
ISBN: 4-87376-643-5
Release Date: 16 November 2006
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Collected information from a program called "Anime Night Tales" which airs on NHK BS-2 satellite station.

 

Secrets of Mobile Police Patlabor Renewal Version

Secrets of Mobile Police Patlabor Renewal Version Cover Publisher: Data House
Pages: 217
Size: Shinshoban
ISBN: 4-88718-908-7
Release Date: 23 January 2007
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Updated version of the 1993 book. 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.

 

Patlabor On Television Perfect Establishment Data Vol. 1

Patlabor On Television Perfect Establishment Data Vol. 1 Cover Publisher: Ichijinsha
Pages: 215
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-7580-1080-3
Release Date: 26 July 2007
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains a collection of images from the anime, eyecatch and mecha gallery, mecha database, character and mecha format design sheets as well as location settings and new cover artwork by Yoshinori Sayama.

 

Mobile Police Patlabor Chronicle

Mobile Police Patlabor Chronicle Cover Publisher: Takarajimasha
Pages: 143
Size: B5
ISBN: 4-7966-5936-6
Release Date: 21 September 2007
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains synopses for all versions of the anime, interviews with all of the Headgear members, character and Labor profiles, Akemi Takada illustration gallery.


Patlabor Setting Material Collection

Patlabor Setting Material Collection Cover Publisher: Movic
Pages: 88
Size: A4
Catalogue Number: MOVIC-1954
Release Date: 13 December 2007
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains character and mecha format design sheets as well as location settings and some black and white magazine and promotional image layouts.


Patlabor OVA Perfect Establishment Data Vol. 2

Patlabor OVA Perfect Establishment Data Vol. 2 Publisher: Ichijinsha
Pages: 200
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-7580-1100-1
Release Date: 3 April 2008
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: Contains a collection of images from both OVA series, eyecatch and mecha gallery, mecha database, character and mecha format design sheets as well as location settings, a gallery of unused Patlabor concepts with commentary by Masami Yuuki and new cover artwork by Yoshinori Sayama.


Patlabor the Movie Perfect Establishment Data Vol. 3

Patlabor the Movie Perfect Establishment Data Vol. 3 Publisher: Ichijinsha
Pages: 120
Size: A4
ISBN: 4-7580-1111-7
Release Date: 24 July 2008
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A third book in the series from Ichijinsha which focuses on the first Patlabor movie.


Patlabor: The Labor Industry (Another Century Chronicle Vol. 3)

Patlabor: The Labor Industry (Another Century Chronicle Vol. 3) Publisher: Gakken
Pages: 148
Size: B5
ISBN: 4-05-605088-0
Release Date: 24 February 2009
Availability: Out of Print

Notes: A book detailing the history of the Patlabor universe. This book is part of a series which takes a look at the universes in selected robot anime series. The first two in the series looked at the Universal Century Gundam universe.

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