Minipato Theatrical Shorts
Roar Revolver Cannon!
this episode, Captain Gotoh introduces the audience to the guns that the
Patlabor units use, and discuses the ammunition the guns use and the
impracticalities of the guns. There are cameos in this episode from Eiichi Hoba
and a crow from the first Patlabor film, and Arakawa Shigeki from the second
The old anime being parodied at the start of the episode
Z". Released 30 March 2002.
2 Ah, Victorious 98 Model AV
introduces the audience to the Ingram AV-98 Patlabor, and discusses how
the robot came to be. He also explains to the audience how robot shows
have evolved over the years, why the Patlabor anime was a revolutionary
idea, and suggests the mechanics should have been the stars of the show.
There are a ton of cultural and anime references in this episode. AV is a
common term meaning 'Adult Video' in Japan (in Patlabor it's an
abbreviation for "Advanced Vehicle"). When Shige refers to Mobile Suits
and Armoured Troopers, he is referring to "Mobile Suit Gundam" and
"Armoured Trooper Votoms". The Ingram combination sequence is a parody of
"Combattler V". When Shige discusses the various types of robots, one of
them is a parody of the Guntank (from "Mobile Suit Gundam"), one is a
powered suit from "Dallos" and another looks like the Evangelion mass
production units. The cutaway image of the Ingram includes three electric
motors commonly found in Japanese plastic model car kits. In the scene
where Shige is posing with a woman in a swim suit, this is a parody of
"Space Adventure Cobra". Shige has a 'psycho gun' on his arm in this
scene. Matsui and Arakawa Shigeki from the second Patlabor film are inside
the Shanghai Restaurant when it is blown over. In the final scene the
Babel Virus and Eiichi Hoba and a crow from the first Patlabor film make a
cameo appearance. Released 6 April 2002.
3 The Secret of Special Vehicle Unit 2
reports on the main problem with the SV2: food. She tells the story of how
the members of the SV2 became addicted to dried Goby. To solve Goby
shortages, Gotoh practically turns the fishing and drying of Goby into an
industry, and ends up marketing Goby over the internet.
Shinobu's opening monologue is very similar to Kamagumi's opening
monologue in "The Dungeon - Again". There are lots of parody images
through out the episode of famous scenes from the first and second
Patlabor movies. Detective Matsui and Arakawa Shigeki from the second
Patlabor film again make cameos in this episode. There is also a parody of
the final scene from "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Released 13 April 2002.
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