News and Updates Archive 2012
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2 December 2012 - Two More
"My First Big Special" Manga, Madman makes Some Progress on Patlabor
and Live Action Patlabor Actually "The Last Druid: Garm Wars"?
Shogakukan will release two more Patlabor tankobon in their "My First
Big" imprint; "Mobile Police Patlabor - Division 2's Case Files",
due 14 December 2012 costing ¥600 (ISBN 4-09-107815-X), and "Mobile Police
Patlabor - Griffin Returns", due 11 January 2013 costing ¥680. The second
book has yet to be officially solicited, so I have no retailer links or even the
On the region 4 (Australia/New Zealand)
front, Madman has posted this
rather encouraging message on their Facebook page. One can only hope they get
the entire series out in 2013.
With Mamoru Oshii announcing
his new live action project,
"The Last Druid: Garm Wars" (a project originally titled “The Record
of Garm War” which we first saw as a pilot film in 1997), I think we've been
duped on the rumours of the live action Patlabor. I'd be very surprised to see
an announcement of any more Patlabor material, live action or anime ever again.
8 November 2012 - More
"My First Big Special" Manga, Clarification On Live Action Patlabor,
Cospa Re-releases and No More English Manga
Shogakukan will release a third Patlabor tankobon in their "My First
Big" imprint; "Mobile Police Patlabor - Industrial Waste Product No.
13", due tomorrow, 9 November. The cost will be ¥840 and the ISBN will be
4-09-107796-X. Other than that, I have no idea what new material these books
will contain (if anything).
Also I didn't mention this when the Oshii directed live action Patlabor rumour
surfaced a couple of months back, but Crunchyroll
posted a clear translation of
the dialogue between Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki and Mamoru Oshii at a
17 September 2012 Nico Nico Live talk show event;
Suzuki: "I've heard this from someone..., are you going to make another
Oshii: "What's that?"
Suzuki: "Patlabor. A live-action film. That's what I've heard. I've heard
it from Ishii." [producer Tomohiko Ishii]
Suzuki: "Is it true?"
Oshii: "I can't say anything to that, of course!!"
Suzuki: "So you're working on it! I've got it!!"
Oshii: "Actually, I'm also working on so many other projects now. I've
suddenly became very busy. I haven't done so much in the past three years,
Suzuki: "I've also heard a foreign company will invest money. They liked
your old materials that you showed to them."
Oshii: "That's another project."
Make of that what you will. I'll believe it when I see it. The "other
project" Oshii is talking about is presumably a live action Hollywood
"Ghost in the Shell" which has been in the works for a while.
Cospa has yet again decided to re-release a select few Patlabor items over the
next couple of months. See "Upcoming Product Releases" above. And to
finish off, I have also noticed that the Right Stuf have removed their listing
of both Patlabor graphic novels. Viz was never really interested in continuing
with the series anyway (or any of Masami Yuki's other manga unfortunately). I
think this is finally the end for all Patlabor products in English in the US.
Everything Patlabor is out of print In English besides the DVD and BD releases
of the movies in Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. Sorry for the sporadic updates.
First there isn't much news about, and second I was overseas for a bit. Yes,
Japan. I did manage to get a Patlabor t-shirt from the Cospa shop in Akihabara
and get some Patlabor artbooks from Mandarake I've been wanting, but that was it
in terms of Patlabor. I did see a lot of Gundam stuff while I was there, like
Gundam Front Tokyo in Odaiba.
18 September 2012 - Mamoru
Oshii Having Another Stab at a Live Action Patlabor Movie?
Some very curious news via Anime
News Network (by way of Cinema
Today) today. At a Nico
Nico Live talk show event on
17 September, Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki asked Mamoru Oshii if the
Patlabor franchise was getting a live action movie. The response was surprising
(culled from the ANN article); “Oshii answered "Like I'd be able to
tell you that!" but followed up by noting that he had "suddenly become
busy." Suzuki then suggested that the project he suggested would be
foreign-funded, and Oshii replied by saying "That's a different story"”.
When quizzed on the matter, Masami Yuuki denied
any knowledge of any future Patlabor works,
and surprisingly said that he wished
people would not make "political moves like that".
I’m not exactly too sure what that means. I always thought as Patlabor was
owned by all members of Headgear,
then they all had to agree on future projects. Perhaps Oshii has decided not to
consult the other members and Yuuki is annoyed? Who knows? If this is more than
just banter between Oshii and Suzuki, this will be the third time a Patlabor
live action film has been planned. You may recall that in
1998 Oshii created a two minute live action Patlabor pilot film
(it was created alongside another pilot film called “The Record of Garm War”
which later morphed into the feature “Avalon”). But it was never entirely
clear why this pilot film was made. In 1997, "Brotherhood of the Wolf"
and "Silent Hill" director Christophe Gans stated
he was going to make a live action Patlabor film,
however the project was shelved due to budgetary concerns.
17 September 2012 - New "My First Big"
Tankobon, Cospa Re-releases and All Quite on the Madman Front
As you can see, not a great deal of Patlabor news this year. However this month
Shogakukan have released two new Patlabor tankobon in their "My First
Big" imprtint. The series was originally being released under this imprint
but stopped after 10 tankobon in 2002. The first volume, "Brocken
Assault" (ISBN: 4-09-107752-8) was released on 14 September 2012. The
second, "Ingram VS Griffin" (ISBN: 4-09-107777-3) will be released on
12 October. Both retail for ¥650 each. The first tankobon has over 550 pages
and judging from the cover there is a little bit of new material in form of
interviews. Other than that, I can't find much info at all about these releases.
In other news, Cospa has yet again re-released some of their Patlabor range. See
"Upcoming Product Releases" above. And finally Madman Entertainment
has surprisingly not resolicited the "Patlabor - The Mobile Police OVA
Series 1 the Early Days Collection" DVD after cancelling in back in April.
Not sure what the hold up is, but I'm kind of doubting the series will be
released this year.
20 May 2012 - More Cospa Re-releases
A bunch of Cospa Patlabor items have been put up for pre-order on a number of
websites this week. They include the Shinohara Heavy Industries nylon jacket,
lanyard, and iron-on and velcro patches, and SV2 iron-on and velcro patches and
the SV2 coffee mug. See the product schedule release list above for details. All
of the items are due to ship in late June.
29 April 2012 - Japan Airlines To Introduce
"Sky Manga" On International Flights
Japan Airlines as of April 2012 have introduced digital
manga on their Magic-V in flight entertainment system
on international Boeing 787 flights (English version here).
A list of manga available on flights can be found here
(pdf) and the titles are in Japanese only. The first three volumes of the
Patlabor manga are included in the list.
25 April 2012 - Update on Cospa Re-releases
Cospa continue to re-release a number of Patlabor items. I've now updated the
ones which Hobby Search have pre-orders for in the product release schedule
above. Some of the ones in the pervious updates seems to be no longer available,
which is odd seeing as they were scheduled for a early May release. I'm having
trouble finding other online shops who have these items up for pre-order, so I
only have links to Hobby Search so far.
17 April 2012 - Madman's Early Days OVA Collection
"Delayed Indefinitely" + Re-releases Galore
On Friday, Madman Entertainment announced
on it's blog that "Due to
unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we regret to announce that until
further notice we will be indefinitely delaying the release of PATLABOR OVA THE
EARLY DAYS COLLECTION from release in June". Unfortunately I only
discovered this today. There has been no other comment from the company and
curiously no other releases from that month have been pulled. I can only assume
the series will be solicited again at a latter date.
Also Cospa and Kotobukiya are re-releasing
a number of Patlabor items starting from May. Unfortunately I can't find many
online shops which have the products up for pre-order. I'll do a bit more of a
search and post an update sometime before the weekend (hopefully).
1 April 2012 - Early Days OVA Collection Available
for Pre-Order on Madman's Website and Extras Revealed
"Patlabor - The Mobile Police OVA Series 1 the Early Days Collection"
up for pre-order on Madman Entertainment's website.
Also the retail price is a little cheaper than what I expected, AU$34.95. Other
than Madman and EzyDVD.com.au, no one else has the series up for pre-order. I'll
add shops to the product release list as I find them. Madman's B2B website has
the set's extras.
Unsurprisingly all seemed be culled from the old CPM DVD set; a commentary
track on episodes 1 to 3 by Mamoru Oshii with Shigeki Mori, English
dubbing outtakes and what seems to be US promotional trailers for the TV series
23 March 2012 - Madman's Early Days OVA Collection
Ezy DVD have put up their pre-orders for June today, and it shows that "Patlabor
- The Mobile Police OVA Series 1 the Early Days Collection" (MMA4387) will
be released on 6 June 2012. The retail price should be AU$49.95, but currently only
Ezy DVD has the set up for pre-order.
The Classification Board also released the ratings for the set late yesterday;
"PG" with the consumer advice "mild animated violence, nudity and
coarse language". The only "nudity" I can remember is from the
fourth OVA, "The Tragedy of L", however there's no nudity in the OVA
5 March 2012 - Artwork for Madman's Early Days OVA
Collection DVD Released
Artwork for Madman Entertainment's release of the original 1988
Patlabor OVA has emerged
on their website (via
post on the
Madboards). The artwork reveals that the TV series and two OVA series
will most likely be released separately and not together in one set as
previously reported by Anime News Network. According to a
mid February post by Madman
Entertainment's Assistant Brand Manager, Sylvester Ip, the set will probably
come out in June. Intriguingly Madman are using the Japanese title of
"Early Days" for the OVA series, a name which was only given to the
series with the 1995 Japanese laserdisc box set re-release and all subsequent
Japanese releases. Perhaps this is due to the insistence of the the licensor.
The artwork for the release is also interesting. Rather than the rather awful
CPM artwork they have gone with the artwork from the very first Japanese
laserdisc and VHS/Beta of the first OVA in the series. The artwork was also
reused for the "Patlabor the Mobile Police Collect 1" laserdisc and
VHS compilation of the first half of the OVA series from 1993 and the 2005 DVD
rental version. There's no price or actual date for the set yet. The catalogue
number will be MMA4387.
10 February 2012 - M-System to Sell Patlabor
Inspired Wireless Network Towers
And in really unexpected and weird
Patlabor news today... Japanese company M-System has announced that it will
Patlabor wireless network towers.
A Ethernet and CC-Link version of the towers will be released in February and a
wireless LAN version in April. The devices are 67 centimetres in height and 6
centimetres wide. The towers supposedly resemble the Ingram's "ear"
antennae. Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea where you can order these or
how much they will cost.
6 January 2012 - The End of Beez Entertainment
Earlier this week, Bandai
Entertainment, the US releasing arm of Japanese company Namco Bandai, announced
it was pulling out of the home video distribution market.
According to an
interview with Bandai Entertainment CEO Ken Iyadomi,
this was due to a fit of company rationalisation by it's parent in Japan. Now
today comes the news that it's French
based European home video distribution arm, Beez Entertainment, has suffered the
same fate. Beez released the
first two Patlabor movies in the UK. Buoyed by the success of the international
release of "Gundam UC (Unicorn)" and obviously not impressed with the
dwindling profits from the US and European markets, it would seem that Bandai
Visual wish to release and market anime to English fandom in the "Gundam
UC" way (i.e. Japanese prices through limited distribution channels). While
I doubt many titles except a very limited high tier anime will be released this
way, this new way of releasing anime to an English audience doesn't make me