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Patlabor Ezy (In Production)

To Be Released 2024 (Tentative)

Runtime: 60 mins x 8 Episodes

Staff

Series Director: Yutaka Izubuchi
Screenplays: Kazunori Ito
Original Story: Headgear
Music: Kenji Kawai (Unconfirmed)
Production: Genco

Announced by production company Genco in 2017, this eight part series will comprise of 60 minute episodes. However it is unknown if it is a TV series or movie series. Set sometime in the mid 2030's with some of the original characters returning, the series takes place in the TV series universe. Still images released from 90 second pilot film show a modified AV-98 Ingram and a general look similar to the 2016 short film "Patlabor Reboot". The full pilot film will be shown at various events from 13 August 2022. So far the confirmed staff includes Yutaka Izubuchi as series director, Kazunori Ito as screenwriter, and longtime graphic designer for the franchise, Teruhisa Tajima, credited with unspecified design work for the series. The series is scheduled to be released in 2024.

Below is a reverse chronological event history of the information released about the series so far. This page will continue to be updated as new information about the project is released.

24 July 2022 
At the "Mobile Police Patlabor Buccake Talk!" event at Wonder Festival Summer 2022, three still images from the pilot film were released (click on images below for larger versions). The look of the pilot film still seems rather similar to the 2016 "Patlabor Reboot" short and fans noted the subtle changes to the new AV-98 Ingram's design, most notably the flashing police lights. The third image seems to show a character that is very similar to the captain from "Patlabor Reboot". Izubuchi stated that as labors are expensive equipment, the AV-98 Ingram is upgraded time and time again as the police department can't really afford to keep buying new models. This seems to a be a similar concept to the reuse of AV-98 Ingrams in "The Next Generation - Patlabor -". Izubuchi also stated that it had been a difficult journey to get to this point with the project but could not discuss what had happened. longtime graphic designer for the franchise, Teruhisa Tajima, was also confirmed as working on the project in an unspecified design work role. Multiple mecha designers are working on the series from Izubuchi's original designs. Currently storyboards for the individual episodes are being worked on. One fan report stated that the first episode had been completed, but I am unable to confirm this. I suspect the storyboards for the first episode are complete, not production on the episode itself.


16 July 2022 
The official Patlabor website has announced that stills from the Patlabor Ezy pilot film will be shown at the "Mobile Police Patlabor Buccake Talk!" event at Wonder Festival Summer 2022 on 24 July 2022. The talk's hosts will be Yutaka Izubuchi and graphic designer for the franchise since 1988, Teruhisa Tajima. Izubuchi will be discussing the future plans for the Patlabor Ezy project. The full pilot film will be avalible for members of the Official Patlabor Fanclub to view at a special event in Akihabrara on Saturday 13 August 2022. The pilot film will also be screened via the "Pato Info Special Edition Patlabor Day Commemorative Talk Show" event in Tokyo and to be streamed on the same day for members of the Official Patlabor Fanclub. The pilot film will also be screened also at the "Patlabor 30th Anniversary Exhibition Featuring TV and Patlabor 2 the movie" at Lucbus gallery and museum in Osaka from 14 August 2022 to 21 August 2022.

7 May 2022 
At an event held by the Jungle Mecha Store in Nipponbashi in Osaka, 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.

8 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.


10 August 2018 
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.

13 July 2018 
Images and news 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 (click image below for a larger version).


13 June 2017 
Patlabor Ezy was first announced by production company Genco 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 (see main image used at top of this page). 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...".

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