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5 July 2017 – Labors to Appear in Forthcoming “City Shrouded in Shadow” Video Game
Japanese gaming news site Famitsu has announced that the forthcoming
PlayStation 4 game “City Shrouded in Shadow” will include three Labors from the Patlabor franchise; AV-98 Ingrams, Type 5Q/2C Grau Bear and CRL-98 Pyro-Buster. The game, to be released by Bandai Namco on 19 October this year, is set in a fictional metropolis called Ichi city which is attacked by giant monsters. Players can choose between two characters; Ken Misaki or Miharu Matsuhara, with the objective being to attempt to escape the city. Other well-known characters to make appearances in the game announced so far include Ultraman, Godzilla, Gamera and one of the
28 June 2017 - Groove Garage Release SV2 Tool Boxes
Groove Garage continue to release more "The Next Generation - Patlabor -" merchandise with the addition of
toolboxes; one in grey and one in a tan colour. Both are due to ship in August and retail for ¥5,400 each.
25 June 2017 - New TV Series "Patlabor EZY"
and Future Updates
I'll get to the lack of updates in a minute, but first the big news; on 13 June
at the International Animation Film Market (MIFA) at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival
in France, production company Genco announced they would be producing a new
Patlabor anime called "Patlabor EZY". The promotional poster mimics
the 1989 movie poster and even uses the exact same background. It is believed
this project will be a TV series. Producer Taro
Maki released an image of the poster on his Twitter account.
Headgear member 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 realized anytime soon, I am working on it anyway. It won't be realized anytime soon...".
Of note is the "Headgear Presents" title at the top of the poster and
Headgear copyright in the bottom right hand corner. No other information is
known about the project at this stage.
I have had a six month break from this site, but not
voluntary one. I went overseas back in March and came back to a family crisis
where both my parents will have to be placed in permanent care. Luckily one is
already in permanent care at the moment, however the other has been hospitalised
since April. So at the moment I'm currently trying to organise the finances for
my parents and going through the legalities of setting up financial management
orders and guardianship orders for the both of them (no, I haven't got power of
attorney for either of them), plus trying to run their household while I try to
organise my own life and work, some 200 kilometres away from where they live.
I'm not going to have this stuff sorted for at least 12 to 18 months. However I
still want to update this site and work on it over that time (mostly as a
distraction from what's going on). So if this site is neglected over that time,
it's not deliberate. I have also updated the upcoming product releases. Several
Bandai figures (including two Premium Bandai website only figures) and lot of
Cospa merchandise has come out since December. I want to update the merchandise
section of the site to include all of the Cospa stuff, but that's a long term
4 December 2016 - New Robot Spirits Brocken and Ingram
Unit 2 Figures
Some belated news; Bandai will be releasing numerous Patlabor figures as part of
it's Robot Spirits <Side Labor> line. First up is Ota's Unit 2 Ingram
which was only
available to order on the Premium Bandai website.
Unfortunately I noticed this too late and pre-orders have already closed last
week. It will ship in March 2017. The second figure is the Type
7 Brocken which comes with three kinds
interchangeable wrists, a 40mm quick fire machine gun, a 105mm cannon gun and traffic light and guardrail accessories. It
retails for ¥7,560 and is available for pre-order now at the usual places. It will also ship in March 2017.
25 November 2016 - New Patlabor Project in the Works
Producer Taro Maki announced on his Facebook page yesterday that
work on a new Patlabor project has commenced. In the post he also jokingly wondered how many years it would take to complete. Other than this short Facebook post
there are no details as to what this project may be.
23 November 2016 - Patlabor Reboot Streaming Legally
with English Subtitles
The Japan Animator Expo (aka Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition website is
streaming "Patlabor Reboot" for free in Japanese with optional English
subtitles until 28 February
2017. The streaming page also includes character and colour design reference
sheets, mechanical design sheets, backgrounds and a full staff credit list.
10 November 2016 - The Blu Collection to Release
Patlabor Movies Blu-ray Sets Up for Pre-Order
The three disc set of Patlabor anime films from South Korean video company The
Blu Collection is now up for
pre-order on KimchiDVD. It comes in two different versions; a
lenticular version and a
Both sets don't seem to have a boxes to hold all three discs, but
with the "Minipato" theatrical shorts and booklets. As I previously
mentioned, both sets are limited to 600 copies each, so if you want a copy, order now.
9 November 2016 - The Blu Collection to Release
Patlabor Movies on Blu-ray with English Subtitles
South Korean video company The
Blu Collection will release
all three Patlabor movies in a very limited quantity of 600 each. Each disc will
cost ₩33,000 and come with a number of bonus items such as stickers and mini
posters. All three discs will have the original Japanese audio, Korean and
English subtitles. The discs will be released on 30 November 2016. The only
place you can buy the discs seems to be KimchiDVD,
however pre-orders won't open until 10 November 2016. I'll post more details as they come to
6 November 2016 - Site Updates
I have created a new section, The Next Generation - Patlabor - Merchandise,
which as it sounds lists nearly 120 items of various merchandise that were sold
as part of "The Next Generation - Patlabor -" franchise. I really
don't know if they made a profit on any of that stuff considering the rather
lukewarm response to the series. When I compiled the list, I was pretty surprised
at the amount stuff they put out for sale. Sometime between now and the end of
the year, I hope to compile and complete a new section on the promotional items
made for the series.
2 October 2016 - Site Updates
I have pretty much finished the section on "The Next Generation - Patlabor - Final Battle in the Capital
(aka Tokyo War)" (more or
less). Other than adding some some additional trivia and some minor edits, all
the work on the "Next Generation" project is finished. I don't usually
editorialise, but it was an absolute chore to sit through the movie version of
that series. It's an utterly frustrating film not helped by the fact it draws immediate
comparisons to "Patlabor 2 the movie". It's just a pale imitation of
the anime version and a far, far inferior one at that. I despise the film more and
more each time I watch it. Anyway I've also managed to
update the fix up the rest of the site so it looks a bit nicer. I want to update
a number of sections and will be doing so over the next few months.
13 September 2016 - "Patlabor Reboot" Blu-ray
and DVD to Include English Subtitles
There is a little bit of conflicting and confusing information, but the Bandai
Visual website is stating that the Blu-ray
versions of "Mobile Police Patlabor" will contain English subtitles.
The weird bit is that it's listed under special features, not the actual disc
specifications. However all of the previous Japan Animator Expo (aka Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition) short films
have been streamed with English subtitles, so it would be strange if this short
didn't receive the English subtitled treatment as well. The short will now be 8 minutes
long and the discs will contain 40 minutes of extras.
11 September 2016 - Figureheads x Patlabor Collaboration,
Bandai Visual's "Patlabor Reboot" and Patweb Websites Revamped
mission has been added to
Square Enix's online strategy mecha shooter game "Figureheads".
From 14 September to 17 November 2016, players will be able to select a mission
involving the Ingram and Griffin from "Patlabor". Both Labors are
modified "Sports Type" versions. Players will be able to use various weapons
while piloting the Ingram including the Revolver Cannon Shotgun and Stun Stick.
Bandai Visual has updated their Patlabor
Reboot website to include a new visual for the short as well as
very short comments from
Yasuhiro Yoshiura, Yutaka Izubuchi
and Kazunori Ito. Bandai Visual has
also completely revamped their Patweb site which now includes sections on all
the Patlabor anime and synopses for every episode.
19 August 2016 - "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
Box Sets to Be Released with Director's Cut of Episode 12
Happinet Pictures will be releasing box sets of "The Next Generation - Patlabor -" on
in Japan on 2 December 2016. The sets will
feature discs identical versions of the single seven disc releases (same on disc
content and features) of the series plus an eighth bonus disc which will contain a 51 minute director's cut of episode 12, "Great Expectations". The DVD set will cost ¥15,500 and the Blu-ray version costs ¥18,500. Like the single disc versions, the
box sets will only contain Japanese dialogue.
29 July 2016 - Japan Animator Expo's "Patlabor
Reboot" Short Film Announced
You have probably already heard the big news today; a new 10 minute Patrlabor short called
"The Mobile Police Patlabor
Reboot" will be released on 15 October 2016 to cinemas as part of a
compilation film named "Screening of Go Go Japan Anima(tor)'s
Exhibition". This compilation film contains 12 short films from the Japan Animator Expo (aka Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition) short films series that has been streaming on Niconico since 2014. The series is collaboration between Studio Khara (set up Hideaki Anno to produce the "Rebuild of Evangelion" film tetralogy) and Japanese telecommunications company Dwango. While those films were previously
streamed with English subtitles, "The Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot" is going direct to the cinema with a home video release (with no English subtitles announced) straight after. No streaming release has been announced.
The short film's story is currently unknown, however the footage from the trailer
shows a heavily influence from the first two Patlabor films. Yasuhiro Yoshiura ("Time of Eve", "Patema Inverted") will be directing and storyboarding. He will also be writing the screenplay with Kazunori Ito. Naoyuki Asano ("Mr. Osomatsu") will be doing the character designs based off Masami Yuuki's original designs. Kenji Kawai will of course be providing the music and Yutaka Izubuchi is credited with mechanical designs. Megumi Hayashibara (Rei in "Evangelion", Lina Inverse in
"Slayers") and Koichi Yamadera (Spike Spiegel in "Cowboy Bebop") are credited as voice actors in the short. "Screening of Go Go Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition" will screen from 1 October 2016 to 21 October 2016 only at the Shinjuku Wald 9 cinemas in Tokyo and Umeda Burg 7 cinemas in Osaka. Tickets will cost ¥2,000. Cinema patrons will be able to buy a special theatre only edition of "The Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot" on Blu-ray in cinemas for ¥6,482. The following week Bandai Visual will release retail versions of the short on Blu-ray (¥5,000) and DVD (¥3,000). This will mark the first time one of the Japan Animator Expo short films has been released to physical home video. I have written up a bit more detail
on the film in the short's
section here. I plan to update the section and the
info on the BD and DVD releases over the
weekend. I really like Yasuhiro Yoshiura's
work and based on the trailer this short looks fun.
5 June 2016 - Site Updates
I have finally finished the section on "The
Next Generation - Patlabor -"
movies series. It's taken a little while to complete it. I don't think I'll be
making many corrections to the section other than some minor editing for grammar
and spelling and some other minor edits regarding guest actors and trivia.
Next up will be the section on "The Next Generation - Patlabor - Final Battle in the Capital (aka Tokyo War)",
but that one is going to take a white complete. I'll also be updating other sections
as I go and attempting to clean up a lot of stuff. I also want to do a separate
section on "The Next Generation - Patlabor -" merchandise sometime in
1 June 2016 - “The Next Generation: Patlabor - Tokyo War” Director’s Cut Edition Available on
Blu-ray in English + Tamashii Nations Ingram Figure to Ship in October
A couple of recent news items; first on 27th May, Panorama in Hong Kong have released the
Director’s Cut Edition of “The Next Generation: Patlabor - Tokyo War” on
Blu-ray format only. This is the longer 119 minute version released five months after the original 94 minute theatrical feature. Like their previous “The Next Generation - Patlabor -“ releases, this disc will be coded region A and will have the original Japanese dialogue, a Cantonese dub and English and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) subtitles. It’s selling for
HK$239. Like the other discs in the series, for some unknown reason Yesasia isn’t selling the disc (the usual place I buy my Hong Kong DVDs and BDs from), so I only found out about this release by accident yesterday. However you can buy the disc from Play Asia and
Secondly Tamashii Nations (Bandai) have announced a Patlabor figures as part of their Robot Spirits series. The series will be released under the <Side
Labor> name with the
Unit 1 AV-98 Ingram to be released in October 2016. Features include fully possible arm and leg joints, Revolver Cannon, leg cover opening for the Revolver Cannon, arm manipulator, face amour and hand replacement parts, Stun Stick and Type 98 Command Car. The figure stands 125mm and retails for ¥7,200. Tamashii Nations have also
announced a special campaign where you can buy additional parts to convert the figure into Unit 2.
21 May 2016 - Apologies and Site Updates
Due to a number of reasons, I just haven't been able to update this site for
over two years now. In the last month or so I've finally pulled my finger out and
tried to make a start on updating everything. I've started with "The Next Generation
- Patlabor - " with updates to the
movie series as well as the
concluding full length theatrical feature.
I've also made a few updates here and there. It's going to take a long time to
fix up stuff, there's going to be a few broken links and whatnot, so bare with
me. As of last month, the entire franchise, including "The Next Generation
- Patlabor - " series and film is available on Blu-ray in English. Maiden Japan
has released the New OVA Series and the three films as well as "Minipato"
on Blu-ray in the US. In Hong Kong, Panorama released "The Next Generation
- Patlabor - " with English subtitles. You can get copies from DDDHouse and
Play Asia. For some reason YesAsia is only stocking the DVD versions. At any
rate the subtitles can be a bit spotty on the discs, but are reasonable (like
the series). To be honest the series was OK in spots and had flashes of brilliance,
the movie version I didn't like much at all. I don't understand why Oshii
decided to remake a substandard live action version of "Patlabor 2 the the
movie". In the end neither was a patch on the anime versions. But go out
and watch it yourself and make your own conclusions.