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Patlabor The Mobile Police Original Video Animation (OVA) Series [AKA Early Days]

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Patalbor Original OVA Series (AKA Early Days)

Released 25 April 1988 to 25 June 1989

Staff

Director/Storyboards: Mamoru Oshii (episodes 1 to 6), Naoyuki Yoshinaga (episode 7)
Screenplay: Kazunori Ito
Original Story: Masami Yuuki
Character Designer: Akemi Takada
Mechanical Design: Yutaka Izubuchi
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production: Studio Deen

The first anime outing for Patlabor. Originally intended as a six part direct to video series, a seventh episode was created to promote the first Patlabor movie in 1989. For the most part, these episodes are comedies with some robot action. Episode 5 and 6 are a two part political drama, which would later provide the basis for the second Patlabor movie. One of the reasons for the success of this series was the retail price point, 4,800, which was much cheaper than other OVAs at the time which were generally priced from 8,000 to 10,000. To beef up the budget and possibly because of nervousness of the producers wishing to recoup the costs of the production, an animated commercial which featured Noa and the Ingram for AXIA blank audio cassettes was inserted midway through each episode for the first six episodes. With the release of the 1995 Japanese laserdisc box set, the series was re-christened "Early Days" in every subsequent Japanese release to differentiate it from the 16 part New OVA series.

 

 

Availability in  English
On Streaming Services

Hidive and VRV are currently streaming the entire series in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dubbed version. Hidive current streaming rights only include Canada and the United States of America. VRV's current streaming rights only include the United States of America.

Format Region Serviced
Streaming Company
Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles and English Dubbed Versions Canada, United States of America
Hidive
Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles and English Dubbed Versions United States of America VRV


Physical Home Video Releases

Maiden Japan are currently the only company in the world with English language physical home video rights to the Early Days OVA series. Currently it is only available on the "Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition" blu-ray box set, which also includes the TV series, the New OVA series and all three anime films. The Maiden Japan blu-ray set is only available in the United States of America, and therefore will only work on region A blu-ray players. If you don't live in United States of America, check your blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play them. Please see the English Language Early Days Series Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications of this series in English.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A. Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJB-PTL010


Availability in Japanese
On Streaming Services

Bandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan are currently streaming the entire series in JapaneseBandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan's current streaming rights only include Japan.

Format Region Serviced
Streaming Company
Japanese Dialogue Only
Japan Bandai Channel
Japanese Dialogue Only Japan Amazon Prime Japan
Japanese Dialogue Only Japan Hulu Japan


Physical Home Video Releases

This series is available in on two single DVD releases and a single blu-ray release in Japan from Bandai Visual. These DVDs and blu-rays do not come with English subtitles or an English dub. These DVD sets are only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 discs (if you don't live in Japan, check your DVD or blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). All Bandai Visual blu-ray discs are region free. Please see the Japanese Original OVA (AKA Early Days) Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this series.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor Early Days Volume 1 (Episodes 1 to 4) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-0481
Patlabor Early Days Volume 2 (Episodes 5 to 7) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-0482
Patlabor Early Days NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue Only BCXA-0259

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