This section is here to explain where the main parts of
the story of Patlabor take place, and to show how isolated the Special Vehicles
Section 2 is from of Tokyo, and the rest of
the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
SV2 Station House
The SV2 Station House is situated on a recently claimed lot of land
on Tokyo Bay. Essentially it is a gigantic hanger built to house both Division 1
and 2's Labors, equipment, personnel and the mechanic's personnel and equipment.
The quarters are cramped but somehow there seems to be enough space for everyone
and everything. Due to necessity, on the side of the Station House is a
greenhouse where Hiromi grows tomatoes. There is also a coup for chickens, where
Hiromi tends for them and collects their eggs. The rear of Station House backs
on to Tokyo Bay. Luckily the SV2 has a speedboat in their possession which
unofficial gets used for fishing by the mechanics. With their isolation from
Tokyo, food is a major problem, hence their reliance on tomatoes, eggs and fish.
A direct highway (which hardly seems to have any traffic on it), passes right
past the front of the station house. As you can see from the satellite map
above, the station house is just a few kilometres away from Tokyo International
Airport (directly south of the station house), which is why planes can be
frequently seen flying overhead in the anime.
The closest source of food to the SV2 Station. It takes around 10
minutes on a moped to get there though. So unless you've brought you lunch,
you're not going to eat.
(3) Artificial Islands and Babylon Project
Sandwiched between Kawasaki Artificial Island 1 and Kisarazu
Artificial Island 2, is the main Babylon Project Dyke. The eventual plan is to
drain the area behind to create more space for the ever growing city of Tokyo.
(4) The Ark
Though the Ark is only mentioned in the first movie, I still thought
it was important enough to mention here. The Ark sits closely to one of the
major construction projects, the main dyke of the Babylon Project. The Ark is a
massive set of platforms about 500 metres in length and 150 metres tall. Construction Labors are
manufactured, tested and repaired there.
(5) Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
You might have noticed that the "beloved" Special Vehicles Unit
Section 2 is situated quite a long way from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police
Department (TMPD). To a degree the SV2 is not liked within the TMPD and some
higher-ups consider it to be a dumping ground for problematic officers. This and
possibly space issues within Tokyo is probably why the SV2 have been placed way
out on the outskirts of the city.
(6) Shinohara Heavy Industries Hachioji Factory
This is the main factory that designs, tests and manufactures
Shinohara Labors in Japan. Shinohara is the biggest producer of Labors and
supplies the Ingram 98-AV to the TMPD. It is also the place that the SV2 have to travel to
repair Patlabors that are damaged beyond the SV2 mechanic's expertise. So you
can see that this is something that they don't want to do that often considering
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