Patlabor Ezy (In Production)
This project was first announced by
production company Genco on 13 June 2017 at the International
Animation Film Market (MIFA) at the Annecy International
Animation Film Festival in France. A promotional poster image
was also tweeted by
producer Taro Maki mimicked the 1989 movie poster
and even uses the exact same background. Later the same day,
Headgear member and screenwriter Kazunori Ito also announced
on his Twitter account that he would be involved in the
project, saying "I have been working on a thing like this.
Though it won't be realised anytime soon, I am working on it
anyway. It won't be realised anytime soon...".
On 13 July 2018, images and
new came out online that Patlabor Ezy merchandise was being
sold at the Tokyo Anime Centre at DNP Plaza in Ichigaya as
part of the Anime and Railways exhibition. The merchandise
included phone and iPad cases, t-shirts, decals, train pass
cases and other items. The exhibition also included a Patlabor
Ezy "train pass" ticket to the exhibition. All of the Patlabor
Ezy merchandise only included the logo and no other images or
information about the project was revealed. Other Patlabor Ezy merchandise released
later that year included a new promotional image of an Ingram
and command car in the rain.
With the opening of a new
Patlabor website and fanclub in August, it was revealed in a
timeline on the website that Patlabor Ezy fitted into the TV
series and New OVA timeline and possibly took place after
those two series. Taro Maki also revealed that the series
would take the form of eight one hour episodes, but did not
specify if it was a theatrical project or TV broadcast.
In August 2021 at the
Patlabor Artworks Exhibition being held at Shibuya Marui
department store, a new promotional artwork was displayed.
Created by Teruhisa Tajima, who has designed most of the
posters, album and home video packages for the franchise, it
was a CG image depicting a young schoolboy looking at a
refection of an Ingram in puddles after a rainstorm. No other
information on the project was forthcoming.
At an event held by the Jungle Mecha Store in Nipponbashi in Osaka on 7 May 2022, special guest Yutaka Izubuchi revealed he was the series director for the project. He also said that Kazunori Ito would be the main screenwriter with his scripts completed. Storyboards and a new pilot film were being produced. The anime will be set in the mid 2030's with some of the original characters returning, though some had already left the SV2. The project will most likely be released in 2024.
This page will be continue to be updated as new information about the project is released.
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