for the Original OVA Series (AKA Early Days)
Second Unit, Move Out!
one of the formation of the the second division of the
Special Vehicles Unit 2 (SV2). Unfortunately the team
seems to be a bunch of misfits. Noa, a girl that loves
labors a little too much; Asuma, a cadet who doesn't
want to be there; Ota, a gun maniac; Shinshi, a hen
picked husband; and Hiromi, a gentle giant of a man.
Leading this squad is Captain Gotoh, a man who seems
rather laidback, but is quite a strategist and an
excellent cop. Unfortunately their new Patrol Labors
(or Patlabors) are stuck in traffic, and they are
forced to do some weeding around the hangers. Soon
they are dispatched to apprehend an armed terrorist
Labor, but first they'll need to retrieve their
Patlabors en route to the crime scene from the middle
of a traffic jam. After a rather disastrous pick up,
they head off to trap the Labor in Ueno park, but both
Ota and Noa's Labors are attacked, losing a head and
an arm off their Labors respectively. Asuma tells Noa
to turn her rage back on the criminal. The criminal
has no chance of escaping Noa's anger now.
A very funny first episode. This episode not only
introduces the main players and showcases their
personalties, we also get quite a bit of Labor action
in the second half of the show. We also get a great
deal of information about how badly the SV2 is viewed
by the public and within the police force, and also
the general state of Japan. At the beginning of the
episode, Asuma compares the SV2 to three old Toho WWII
films; "Farewell Rabaul", "Zero Fighter" and "One
Family". While the members of the SV2 are watching TV,
in the background a news report says that a pregnant
woman named Akemi Ito went into labour as a result of
explosions set off by terrorists. This name of this
woman is of course a combination of the name of the
Patlabor character designer, Akemi Takada, and
Kazunori Ito, the writer of the screenplay for
Patlabor. Ito and Takada are married to each other.
Noa makes reference to her Labor, Alphonse, being
turned into the "one armed man", which may be a
"Fugitive" reference. According to the "Patlabor
Perfect Manual vol. 1" book, this episode takes place
one day in March 1998 between 9:00am to 1:00am the
next morning. This OVA was originally released 25
of New York is coming to Tokyo to inspect the Babylon
Project - a long term land fill project to reclaim
Tokyo Bay. All of the Tokyo Police force are assigned
to protect the mayor including the SV2. To help them,
the New York Police force has sent Kanuka Clancy, an
American-Japanese woman who immediately causes
suspicion amongst the SV2, and much interest amongst
most of the male squad members. The SV2's mission is
mainly for show, but they soon find themselves in the
middle of a terrorist plot. Asuma discovers a fake
Police Mobile Command Centre filled with missiles.
It's up to Asuma to diffuse it with Kanuka giving him
instructions over the the police radio, but he has
only 10 minutes to do so, and no previous experience.
This episode introduces Kanuka Clancy as well as
explaining the Babylon Project and the various
terrorist groups trying to stop the project. According
to the "Patlabor Perfect Manual vol. 1" book, this
episode takes place in June 1998. This OVA was
originally released 25 June 1988.
3 The 450 Million Year Old Trap
of incidents occur in Tokyo Bay including a damaged
undersea cable, and a car being pulled off a pier.
Could this be the work of an actual sea monster?
Detective Matsui of the Metropolitan Tokyo Police
Department asks Captain Gotoh for help. Shige and
Saksaki help pilot a remote control Labor, to search
for what caused the incidents. The Labor is destroyed,
and Shige is convinced that the monster exists. The
SV2 are given orders to kill the monster, however they
discover something even more bizarre.
In this episode we meet Detective Matsui for the first
time. This episode is an obvious homage to "Godzilla" (1954), right
down to the scientist with the eye patch, and the "Oxygen Destroyer". The
target Ota shoots at for target practice is the Baltan
alien (aka Barutan Seijin) monster from
"Ultraman". In the crowd
scene where they cheer on Division as they set out to
capture the monster, a stone Easter Island head (or "Moai") can be seen in
the crowd. The Moai is the symbol of Emotion, Bandai
Visual's video label that distributed this series.
According to the "Patlabor Perfect Manual vol. 1"
book, this episode takes place in July 1998. This OVA
was originally released 25 July 1988.
The Tragedy of L
are called upon to help with a hostage situation at a
video shop, but Ota's temper gets the better of him,
and he blows away half of the shop as well as stopping
the criminals. Gotoh decides that his team need
retraining and sends them back to the academy. They
arrive but strangely there are no cadets there. The
team decides to take a bath, but the water soon fills
what looks like blood. They later discover that it is
in fact paint from a paint bullet, which bizarrely
scares the instructor. Later that night, Ota is
haunted by a ghostly girl who only says "Don't Shoot",
and the others see a Labor with a skeleton pilot that
seems to be roaming the grounds. The next day, Noa and
Asuma ditch their training to go to the local shop.
There Asuma meets the shop owner, an old man he knew
when he was a cadet training at the academy. The old
man tells him that an accident occurred several months
ago. A young woman who was one of the spectators at a
mock battle was hit and killed with a paint bullet
from a Labor gun. Is the academy really haunted by her
spirit? Note that the criminal in the video shop is
named "Kazunori". Kazunori Ito wrote the screenplays
for the series. Amusingly Captain Gotoh compares the
antics of his underlings to characters in two old
robot anime; "Dangaio" and "Great
Mazinger". According to the "Patlabor
Perfect Manual vol. 2" book, this episode takes place
between 19 August to 22 August 1998. This OVA was
originally released 25 September 1988.
5 The SV2's Longest Day (Part 1)
Unit are on vacation. Most of the team have a place to
go except Gotoh, who just seems to want to hang around
the office with Shinobu, and Asuma who decides to go
to his father's factory. He meets Jitsuyama, the
manager of the factory, and family friend. He
discovers that Shinohara Heavy Industries are building
a prototype military Labor. Asuma is quite disgusted
by this. Jitsuyama suggests that he should see his
father more often, but Asuma says that he had already
seen him today, and they already fought. He decides to
visit Shinshi and later Kanuaka, but gets the feeling
he's not wanted. He only option left is Noa, he calls
only to discover that she lives in Hokkaido, and he'll
have to catch the train to get there. Meanwhile in
Tokyo, a police road block stops a truck. One of the
policemen become suspicious when they see a Labor
under the truck's tarp. He asks to see the Labors's
permit, but the truck runs the road block. The police
give chase, but the Labor in the back of the truck
fires upon them destroying all the police cars
following. It is a Japanese military Labor.
Asuma is waiting in a restaurant for Noa to meet him.
A very distinguished man in his 40's enters the
restaurant and orders a bowl of cold noodles and,
covers them with Cayenne pepper. He
finishes the bowl quickly and looks straight as Asuma
with a cold glare. Noa finally arrives to pick him up
and take him back to her parent's house. Back in
Tokyo, Gotoh lets on to Shinobu that the real reason
that he has stayed behind is because some very
suspicious men are watching the SV2. The men discover
that Shinobu and Gotoh are watching them back, and
speed off in their van. Pre-empting their moves, Gotoh
asks Sakaki to take one of the Labors back to the
factory. Later that night, Gotoh calls Shinobu outside
her house. He tells her that a truck with a military
Labor ran a road block and shot up several police
cars. With the Japanese military in the middle of war
games, it will take several days for them to account
for all their Labors. Are the military trying to stage
a coup? Gotoh asks Shinobu to help him in his plan to
The next day, military rebels invade Tokyo. They take
over the SV2, but Gotoh has already shipped out the
Patlabors back to the factory via the bay, away from
the prying eyes of the men who have been spying on
them for the last few days. Shinobu and Division 1 are
at Police HQ and are blocking the path of the
military. She states she won't move until the siege is
over. Noa and Asuma watch the situation on TV. They
show a picture of the ringleader. Asuma is shocked to
discover it was the same man he met in the restaurant.
He is Kiyoteru Kai, a man that Captain Gotoh knows
quite well. Like the rest of Division 2, Noa and Asuma
rush back to Tokyo to help. This episode and the
following one were a prototype for "Patlabor 2 the movie".
The episode title comes from the 1967 Toho film "Japan's Longest Day".
According to the "Patlabor Perfect Manual vol. 2"
book, this episode takes place between 10:30am 1
February 1999 to 6:00am 3 February 1999. This
OVA was originally released 10 November 1988.
The SV2's Longest Day (Part 2)
have made a very temporary headquarters at the
Shanghai restaurant. It is the second day of the
siege, but the rebels have not made any demands yet.
Kanuka disguised as a delivery person from the
Shanghai restaurant, asks the mechanics for help.
Sakaki tells Kanuka that the police academy has a
Patrol Labor prototype they could use. One of the
mechanics says he overheard one of the rebels say that
have a nuclear weapon. Kanuka returns to the
restaurant and tells Gotoh the news. Meanwhile Shinobu
has a video conference with the police chiefs. They
tell her that the US military will be coming to end
the coup before it becomes a civil war, and she should
step down. She tells that she won't give into their
bluff, and refuses to carry out their orders. The
chiefs suspect Gotoh as he knew about the siege and he
was friends with Kiyoteru Kai in college. The police
have a warrant out for his arrest. Disgusted by their
actions, Shinobu forcibly leaves the confence after an
officer attempts to take her into custody.
Ota, Kanuka and Shinshi decide to "raise some hell"
with the stolen Police Labor from the academy and a a
helicopter machine gun that Kanuka borrowed from one
of her connections in the US military. They don't get
very far, and are caught at a military blockade. The
Labor is completely destroyed the ensuing chaos.
Asuma and Noa arrive in Tokyo. Asuma tells Gotoh that
he saw Kai in a restaurant in Hokkaido. Upon hearing
the news, Gotoh thinks he has Kai's plan figured out.
Gotoh asks Matsui to help him. They contact the
Maritime Authority who tell them that a ship named the
Safflower has been acting suspiciously off the coast.
Another ship named the Pacific is in the area too, and
judging from US spy photos of the ships, both have
missile launchers mounted on them. A short range
missile has been stolen from the US military. This
means one of the launchers is fake, but which one?
Gotoh calls the ship that Kai is on to try and call
his bluff. It doesn't work, and Kai sends out an
ultimatum to the government; dissolve the Diet (the
Japanese Government), ban all political parties, and
suspend the constitution. If they don't do as he says,
he will fire the missile. But Gotoh has a plan. He
enlists the help of the US military and Shinohara
Heavy Industries. Will he be able to stop Kai with a
submarine and a prototype military Labor? This episode
and the previous episode were a prototype for "Patlabor 2 the movie".
The episode title comes from the 1967 Toho film "Japan's Longest Day".
According to the "Patlabor Perfect Manual vol. 2"
book, this episode takes place between 8:15am to
8:30pm on 3 February 1999. This OVA was originally
released 10 December 1988.
Go North, SV2!
A truck at
a petrol station is stolen, but when the attendant
tells a passing police man, the driver of the truck
doesn't want the police chase after it. The police
suspect something fishy is going on and arrest him. He
is in fact a sympathiser for the terrorist group the
Beach House. He stole the truck which was carrying a
Labor from the Tokyo Labor show. Unfortunately the
manufacturer, Schaft Enterprises Europe, is keeping
tight lipped about what exactly is in the truck. The
SV2 attempt to capture the truck in front of a tunnel.
The truck escapes with the help of the terrorist
sympathiser in the Labor, who breaks trough the
trailer after not being able to get into contact with
his friend in the truck. Later, the man who stole the
truck drives off the highway only to discover that he
is helping a terrorist sympathiser. The theft of the
truck from the petrol station was just a opportunistic
crime to get a ride home. He's just a seasonal worker,
he doesn't want to be involved in this. But the
terrorist persuades the man to help him. Unfortunately
for them Schaft will do anything to stop the truck and
it's contents. This episode was created to promote the
then forthcoming "Patlabor the movie" in 1989. This
OVA was originally released 25 June 1989.
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