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Patlabor New OVA Series

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Patlabor New OVA Series

Released 22 November 1990 to 23 April 1992

Staff

Series Director: Naoyuki Yoshinaga
Original Story: Headgear
Series Structure: Kazunori Ito
Character Designer: Akemi Takada
Mechanical Designers: Yutaka Izubuchi and Yoshinori Sayama
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production: Sunrise

This 16 part OVA series follows on directly from the TV series. The episodes in this series can be truly odd but still extremely enjoyable. The first four resolve the Griffin saga from the TV series. Most of the remaining 12 are quite frankly oddball comedies. The themes of the stories range from toothaches, lost kittens, amnesia, love motels, albino alligators who lay giant pearls and even a parody of the final episode of the original "Ultraman" TV series. One of the oddest ones was written by Yutaka Izubuchi. "Snow Rondo", one of the few stories here which isn't a comedy, is an odd tale about Asuma having a series of encounters with an old school friend whom he once had a crush on. It's definitely Twilight Zone material. The last episode, "All Quite at the SV2", goes out on a perfect note. An excellent way to end such a superb series.

This series was originally released in Japan as single episodes coupled with three TV series episodes on laserdisc and VHS as a "Perfect Edition". These original release volumes were labelled "P1" to "P16", while an alternate VHS release mostly for the rental market called the "Standard Edition" only contained one OVA per tape. In western fandom during the 1990's, the OVA series was sometimes referred to as the "P-Series" because of the labeling on the laserdisc and VHS releases. Also in it's original release, the first seven episodes were confusingly released in a different order (episodes 5 to 7 alternated with the four Griffin episodes). When the series was released in an laserdisc box set in December 1995 in Japan (and for subsequent re-releases in Japan, as well as all English language releases), the order of episodes were changed so that the four part Griffin arc was at the beginning of the series. To avoid confusion, I have written the episode synopses in this new order as shown below. In the US, this series was released before the TV series. Since many of the episodes in this series follow on directly from episodes in the TV series, parts of it must of been confusing to new viewers.

 

 

Availability in English
On Streaming Services

Unlike the majority of the anime franchise, this series is not available to stream legally anywhere in English.

Physical Home Video Releases

Maiden Japan are currently the only company in the world with English language physical home video rights to the New OVA series. Currently it is only available on the "Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition" blu-ray box set, which also includes the Early Days OVA, TV series and all three anime films. Please note that only the first four episodes of the series were ever dubbed into English. The Maiden Japan blu-ray set is only available in the United States of America, and therefore will only work on region A blu-ray players. If you don't live in United States of America, check your blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play them. Please see the English Language New OVA Series Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications of this series in English.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A. Japanese Dialogue and English Dub (English Dub for episodes 1 to 4 only) with English Subtitles. MJB-PTL010


Availability in Japanese
On Streaming Services

Bandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan are currently streaming the entire series in Japanese. Bandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan's current streaming rights only include Japan.

Format Region Serviced Streaming Company
Japanese Dialogue Only Japan Bandai Channel
Japanese Dialogue Only Japan Amazon Prime Japan
Japanese Dialogue Only Japan Hulu Japan


Physical Home Video Releases

This series is available in a single DVD box release and a single blu-ray box set release in Japan from Bandai Visual. The DVD and blu-ray sets do not come with English subtitles or an English dub. These DVD sets are only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 discs (if you don't live in Japan, check your DVD or blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). All Bandai Visual blu-ray discs are region free. Please see the Japanese New OVA Series Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this series.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor New OVA Series DVD Box NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-0602
Patlabor New OVA BD-Box NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue Only BCXA-0260

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