News and Updates Archive 2013
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6 April 2014 - TNG Patlabor Chapter 1 Reviews + Episode
0 and Star Channel Special Legally Streaming for Free
A day after the screening of the first chapter and the reviews are in. Certainly
not a scientific or comprehensive poll, on Yahoo! Japan Movies, Chapter 1 has so
far received a
score of 2.73 out of 5 from 11 users. Make of that what you will.
You can make up your own mind on Episode 0 at least by checking
it out on Nico Nico Douga for free
(Japanese dialogue only). The video includes the entire special that was
broadcast on Star Channel on 8 March 2014.
5 April 2014 - TNG Patlabor; Chapter 2 Trailer
Released, Original Soundtrack to Be Released in May
The trailer for Chapter 2 of TNG Patlabor apparently
went up on Wednesday, but I
only just realised that now. Strangely the official website didn't announce it!
Also VAP will be releasing
the Original Soundtrack to the
series on 28 May 2014. The CD retails for ¥3,240. Today is the premier
screening of Chapter 1. I note that a few of the early sessions in some cinemas
are pretty much sold out. I hope the series is a success for the producers, but
I can't help thinking it is a bit of a risky project, especially with the
slapstick nature of the series. I'm not sure how the fans will react to it.
Again I haven't updated the site during the week, but I should on Sunday.
31 March 2014 - Chapter 2 Poster Unveiled, Naoto Takenaka
to Guest Star in Episode 3
The poster for chapter 2 was publicly unveiled a few hours ago. It revealed that Naoto Takenaka would be guest staring in the
third episode "Iron Fist Akira". Takenaka provided the voice for Arakawa Shigeki in "Patlabor 2 the movie" but is better known for his roles in live action films such as "Shall We Dance?", "Shinjuku Incident" and "Tokyo Fist".
Please see the TNG Patlabor news section here
for an image of the poster.
30 March 2014 -
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -" Updates
I haven't had much time to update the site recently. Unfortunately the amount of
info coming in about TNG Patlabor is making the section on it kind of unwieldily.
I've tried to improve it a bit and will work on it a bit more in the next week
or so. I expect the week leading up the screening of the first chapter to be
info heavy. I'll do my best to keep up. All news relating to TNG Patlabor will
be posted here.
Seriously, when I started this site I thought it was a dead franchise and didn't
really expect I'd be updating the site to include a new series, let alone a live
15 March 2014 -
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -" News for the Week, Team Strike! To
Release 1/64 SV2 Mini Patrol Car Garage Kit
First up all of the "TNG Patlabor"
news of the last couple of days; The full sized Ingram prop and carrier will be
displayed at "The Next Generation - Patlabor -" booth at AnimeJapan
2014 from 22 March to 23 March 2014. The convention is being held at Tokyo Big
Sight at Odaiba in Tokyo. The
booth number will be J17 if
you're going. And the news gets weirder. The Roke-Ben
Festival in Skytree Town (next to Skytree in Tokyo of course) will be opening
a temporary "Shanghai Tei" restaurant (which is the
fictional restaurant in the series) from 11am to 6pm, 1 April to 13 April 2014
in Sky Arena area of Skytree Town.
Unfortunately a menu isn't available online yet. Also some crappy merchandise is
being sold. Groove Garage will be releasing
the first piece of TNG merchandise; a
folding container. The size of
the container is 530mm x 366mm x 334mm (folds down to a height of 95mm), has an
internal volume of 50.1 litres and weights about 2.65 kg. It's due for release
in late April 2014 and costs ¥6,250. And finally Kadokawa
announced the sale of the second light novel.
It will be due for release on 25 April 2014, but isn't up for pre-order yet.
section has been updated with
all the news of the week, plus images of the new footage of the series from the
Star Channel Special broadcast on 8 March 2014.
Team Strike! has announced a new 1/64
resin garage kit of the SV2 Mini Patrol car.
The kit contains parts to build the Movie version or the TV version. The kit
costs ¥3,000 but can
only bought from their website
and which unfortunately only ships out to Japanese residents.
10 March 2014 - Episode 0 Thoughts, Madman Solicits Second TV Collection and
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -" Info Galore
Unfortunately I haven't been able to update the website over the last week or
so. There is just too much Next Generation news (most of it on the promotional
side), so I have compiled it on the TNG
section. The highlights
include a new virtual tour of the SV2 hanger on the official website and an announcement
of a satellite broadcast of the series on Star Channel only three weeks after
the theatrical releases. Madman Entertainment have solicited the second volume
of the anime TV series. The set will be released on 18 June 2014, will include
episodes 25 to 47 and will cost AU$69.95. None of the online stores have it up
for pre-order yet
And finally Star Channel in Japan
broadcast "Episode 0" on 8 March as part of a 26 minute special on
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -". As you can imagine, it's out there
online already. Seriously it's not as bad as I expected. It's very Oshii with
some atmospheric shots as Shigeo Shiba gives a run down of Labors, the SV2 and
what happened after the completion of the Babylon Project. It looks great, the
actors, including Erina Mano aren't too bad (admittedly only Mano, Shigeru Chiba
and Yoshikazu Fujiki appear in the episode), but my hopes were dashed when the
mechanics began singing... I'll see how the other episodes pan out before making
a final judgment. Hopefully there's a little less silliness and a bit more
seriousness, but I doubt it.
24 February 2014 -
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -" Light Novels To Be Released from 25
A few listings have popped up for the first volume of a light novel version of
"The Next Genration - Patlabor - ". The Ami
Ami website states that the
release date will be 25 March 2014. The Neowing
website is stating that Mamoru Oshii is the author.
The price will be ¥462 and will be published on Kadokawa's Bunko imprint.
Despite the listings, none of the them are currently live, so it looks like it's
not actually up for pre-order yet.
20 February 2014 - Erina Mano To Perform Theme Song for
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
In slightly unsurprising news, the official website has announced today that idol singer Erina Mano, who plays Akira Izumino in the series, will perform the themes song for the series. Titled "Ambitious!", the song was written by Ryuji Sakai (of the Japanese rock band the Arrows) and was composed and arranged by Tomohiro Nakatsuchi. The single will be produced by Taisei of the pop/rock band Sharam Q, who also produced Erina Mano's debut recording (post Hello! Project), "My Piano" in 2008.
Surprisingly there has been no announcement of an actual release of the song on any format yet.
14 February 2014 - Web Newtype "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
Newtype magazine's website has posted
a new article on TNG Patlabor.
It covers a shoot on 24 December 2013 near the Wakasu Park camping ground in
Koto, which is in Tokyo Bay. The article states that the media were used as
extras that day and includes a few new photos of the shoot.
10 February 2014 - New "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
Blu ray and DVD Extras
I thought I'd just mention the extras to be included in the first volume of the
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -" Blu-ray and DVD; physical bonuses
include a booklet and slip cover (which is limited to first pressing only).
Video extras include a 50 minute "making of", an interview with Erina Mano,
teaser and theatrical trailers. "The
Next Generation - Patlabor -"
section has also been
7 February 2014 - New "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
Trailer + Video Schedule
I haven't been able to update the website this week which is unfortunate as
there has been a lot of news. First up, there's a
new 70 second trailer. Looks
like there's a bit of humour which I expected, but luckily it's not slapstick
stuff. Surprisingly it doesn't look too bad. I expected a lot worse to be honest.
The other big news is that the DVD and Blu-ray schedule has been released; Volume 1 Episode 0 and 1: 26 April 2014, Volume 2 Episode 2 - 3: 28 June 2014, Volume 3 Episode 4 - 5: 2 August 2014, Volume 4 Episode 6 - 7: 27 September 2014, Volume 5 Episode 8 - 9: 8 November 2014, Volume 6 Episode 10 - 11: 26 December 2014 and Volume 7 Episode 12: 31 January 2015.
As expected, no mention of English subtitles. The discs are up for pre order at
Amazon.co.jp and other online shops. I hope to have links up over the weekend.
24 January 2014 - "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
to Be Broadcast on Star Channel
website (which bizarrely seems
to be a online make up shop) is reporting the broadcast satellite station Star
Channel will screening the "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
series from (northern hemisphere) Spring 2014.
20 January 2014 - 13 New Stills From "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
"The Next Generation - Patlabor -" official website has published
13 still shots from the first episode.
Three of these have been previously been published (two via the teaser trailer,
the third is from the Kuratas press photos). I think an additional one was
previously published on the "In
& Up!" Facebook page.
19 January 2014 - "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
Chapter One Home Video Release Date
There's been a couple of reports via Twitter in regard to the first home video
release of "The Next Generation - Patlabor -". Happinet Pictures will
be releasing the first volume on 26 April 2014. The Blu-ray will cost ¥5,800
(catalogue number BIXJ-0121) and the DVD will cost ¥4,800 (BIBJ-8461). No
retailers have the discs up for pre-order yet. I seriously doubt these releases
will include English subtitles.
7 January 2014 - Real 4 Metre Tall Commercial Robot to
Be Used in "The Next Generation - Patlabor -"
Yesterday afternoon, Eiga.com
posted an article that stated that Suidobashi Heavy Industry's 4
metre tall "art piece" robot, Kuratas, would feature in
the project. The website also posted two new images which feature the Kuratas in
the film. The second shot shows the robot holding a hapless man by his leg. The
article states that after the production staff saw the robot, they thought it
looked like a Labor and decided to use it in the project. Mamoru Oshii
stated that now that they have the Kuratas, there would be no need to use CG
shots it was in. Though an "art piece", Kuratas has limited movement
and has a wide range of functioning robotic accessories. 100 million yen robot
was unveiled to the public in 2012 and is built to order with a variety of paint
and accessory options.. The robot was designed and created by Japanese
blacksmith Kogoro Kurata, who is most famous for creating a full sized Armoured
Trooper from the 1983 anime series "Votoms".
21 December 2013 - New Patlabor Shoulder Tote Bags From
Cospa will be releasing a SVII
Shoulder Tote Bag
and a HOS
Shoulder Tote Bag in December 2013.
The bags will cost ¥2,100 each and the size of the bags is 40cm
x 36cm and 13cm deep. The bags feature an inner pocket which can be closed with
a press stud, and is big enough to hold commuter pass or mobile phone. Currently it is only available
to buy via Cospa/Gee! Store outlets and on the Cospa website, however it will be
sold in other shops from February 2014.
20 December 2013 - First "Next Generation - Patlabor
-" Trailer, Episode Directors and Theatre Listing
First the the most important part, the
trailer. I must say it looks a
lot better than I thought it would be. Very slick. The episode directors have
been confirmed too; Takanori Tsujimoto ("Bushido Man") will direct episode 2,
4 and 8, Kiyotaka Taguchi (assistant special effects director for "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack"
and "Godzilla x Megaguirus") will direct episode 3, 5 and 11, and Hiroaki Yuasa
(director of photography for "Assault Girls") is handling episode 9
and 10. A list of cinemas screening the series can be found here.
The films will play in Shinjuku, Kanagawa, Kawasaki, Yokohama, Ebina in Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama,
Utsunomiya, Isesaki in Gunma, Hokkaido, Sapporo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Miyoshi and
Hakata in Fukuoka. The screenings will be limited to two weeks for each part.
The Next Generation website has also been updated
has been launched.
17 December 2013 - "Next Generation - Patlabor
-" Theatrical Dates, New Poster, Titles for First Two Episodes + New Cast
An absolute info dump of material today on the live action project. First, go here
for the new poster. Second, the dates for all seven parts have been announced; Chapter
One: 5 April 2014, Chapter Two: 31 May 2014, Chapter Three: 12 July 2014, Chapter
Four: 30 August 2014, Chapter Five: 18 October 2014, Chapter Six: 29 November
2014, and Chapter Seven: 10 January 2015. The Youkids News blog is
saying the titles for the first two episodes are;
Episode Zero: "Glory to Special Vehicles Section Two (Eikoo no Tokusha Ni
Ka)" and Episode One: "Mobilize the Third Generation (San Daime
Shutsudoo Seyo)". They have also listed four new characters (who appear on
the new poster); Otawara Isamu played by Horimoto Yoshinori, Yamazaki Hiromichi
played by Shigekazu Tajiri, Shinji played by Kohei Shiotsuka and
Buchiyama played by Yoshikazu Fujiki. I think I may have screwed up some of the character
names (I'm sure I've got the actor names right) and maybe the titles of the
episodes as Japanese is certainly a language I'm not fluent in at all. If anyone
wants to correct me, feel free.
14 December 2013 - Yutaka Izubuchi Art Prints, Next Generation
Phone App CG Labor Footage + Site Updates
The Tokuma Shoten Art Gallery
has released a number of high quality framed art prints by Yutaka Izubuchi.
These include two Patlabor prints; "Multilegged Walking Police Robot"
and "Black Evil One".
Both were pieces used as exclusive artwork on the cover of "Patlabor the movie - Limited Collector's Edition"
DVD box set originally released by the ill fated Bandai Visual USA in 2006. Both
prints measure 388mm x 297mm and cost ¥23,310 each.
On to Live Action news; on 23 November
2013, the Next Genertaion - Patlabor - website announced a new smart phone app
which included a whole 6 second CG sequence of an AV-98 Ingram walking backwards
on to it's service platform inside the SV2 hanger. As
you can see, it's not the most
exciting piece of footage. I haven't been able to update the site at all of the
last month which has been a bit frustrating. I'm expecting to be able to fix few things
up by the start of the new year or hopefully a little earlier. Over the next
month or so, I
expect more promotional material for the live action project start to be
released to the public, with an avalanche of material from February onwards.
I'll endeavour to update the site, but I recommend checking out the "In
& Up!" Facebook page
as well as the "In
& Up!" blog for
behind the scenes photos of the shoot. It's a bit odd, but western fans don't
seem to be linking to these sites, but instead are more interested in other
western fan sites compiling the same images, often weeks after they were first
23 November 2013 - New Patlabor Messenger Bag from
Cospa will be releasing a Shinohara
Heavy Industries reflective messenger bag
(courier bag) in December 2013. It will cost ¥4,410 and the size of it is 48cm
x 27cm and is 16cm deep. It can hold up to 5kg of weight. Currently it is only available
to buy via Cospa/Gee! Store outlets and on the Cospa website, however it will be
sold in other shops from January 2014.
18 November 2013 - Madman Solicit First TV Collection +
Delete the 2 Disc Movie Collection
Work has finally eased off, but I still haven't found much time at all to update
the site. Luckily not much has happened in the last month or so! Today the first
Patlabor TV set appeared
on Madman's B2B site. A 3D
mock up of the package can be found here.
Titled "Patlabor - The Mobile Police TV Series Collection 1", it will
retail for AU$69.95 and contain the first 24 episodes on DVD only (4 discs in
total), so it looks like the series will be complete in two sets. Apparently the
extras will include; "Meet the Director", "A history of Patlabor", "Meet the characters" and "Art
gallery". We'll see if any of those actually appear on the final product. I
wouldn't hold my breath, but as Maiden Japan isn't actually involved in this
release per se, maybe we might get lucky. Currently there is no word if the dub is cut or not on this
release. No retailers have the set up for pre-order yet. Also of note is that
the two disc movie collection had vanished from Madman's site, presumably out of
print for good. This is notable as it was the only version still in print which
had the original 2.0 stereo Japanese audio (which was completely rerecorded in
1998 and never issued on DVD or BD in Japan) and Manga Entertainment's English
21 October 2013 - Site Downtime and Future Updates +
Live Action Film Shoot in Atami
You may have noticed that the site was down from at least Friday until Sunday
night. The hosting company said it had to do with changing of servers, but I
thought that had been completed in July, so I'm not sure what to make of it all.
Hopefully everything is sorted now. Not much news to report except that there
was some filming for the live action series in Atami (Shizuoka Prefecture) from
13 October to about 15 October 2013. There were a number of photos of the shoot
that appeared on Twitter from onlookers but also from Kazunori Ito's Twitter
account (who I don't believe is working on the film, at least not in terms of
screenplays). I want to upload them, but unfortunately work is eating into any spare
time at the moment. Hopefully I'll have time at the weekend.
5 October 2013 - Maiden Japan Solicit Final TV BD and
DVD + In & Up! Facebook Page Asking For More Extras
Maiden Japan have recently solicited the last volume in their Patlabor TV
release. The DVD and Blu-ray versions will have episodes 37 to 47 and as per
usual no extras whatsoever. As per the previous collections, the DVD set will retail for US$59.98 and BD set will retail for US$69.98. Both will be released on
7 January 2014, and of will have CPM's English dub (uncut, I hope) as well as the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles.
The cover artwork comes from the second volume of the original 1990 Japanese VHS
and LD release (see here
for Maiden Japan's covers). See Upcoming Product Releases above for retailer
links. One can only assume that the the New OVA Series (aka New Files) will be
released in March 2014. I also note that there hasn't been a peep out of Madman
Entertainment since June regarding their DVD only Australian release. I suspect
the cut dub is causing problems for them. I have also noticed that the "In
& Up!" Facebook page
is asking for more extras for the live action project. The extras are needed between
10 to 14 October 2013.
26 September 2013 - Patlabor – The Next Generation Nico Nico Live Press Conference Wrap Up
I've just got enough time to give a reasonably thorough run down of the information which came out in the last day or so. As has been previously reported via leaks and as hinted by the project’s title, the project is not a remake of the original but a new story set in Tokyo 2013. The production staff refer to the characters in the project as the third generation of the SV2. Somewhere in the intervening years between 2002 (“Patlabor 2 the movie”) and 2013, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police disbanded Division 1, but Division 2 managed to survive despite budget cuts due to a long recession. However Labor crime is still rampant in the city. Division 2 consists of a new set of officers which seem just as oddball as the original first generation officers (in the original anime).
Akira Izumino (played by Erina Mano) is the first Labor pilot. She loves Labors and Police TV Dramas. Apparently she’s also a genius gamer who enters a state of super concentration when “in the zone”. Captain Keiji Gotoda (Toshio Kakei) is Captain Kiichi Goto’s successor. Like Goto he is resourceful and cunning. Because of these attributes he is considered to be like a reincarnation of Goto. Yuma Shiobara (Seiji Fukushi) is Akira’s backup. According to his profile
he is a gun otaku and can be found drinking on duty and making plastic models. Ekaterina Krachevna Kankaeva (aka Kasha, played by Rina Ota) is a Russian officer on loan to train with the SV2. She is back up to the second Labor. She drinks heavily, owns an AK-47 and rides a Ducati bike. Finally we have Shigeo Shiba (played by Shigeru Chiba, who voiced the original character in the anime). Seemingly the only surviving member of the original SV2 in this project, he took over Seitaroh Sakaki’s job as head mechanic sometime before “Patlabor 2 the movie”.
The project is split into two parts. The first part is a 12 part series of 48 minutes each with a 10 minute “Episode Zero” prologue. Confusingly the series will be released in seven sections as limited “Roadshow” theatrical screenings beginning in April 2014. The total budget of the project is 2 billion yen with principal photography running from June 2013 to December 2013. Two full size AV-98 Ingram Labor props were built at a cost several tens of millions of yen. Mamoru Oshii will be chief director of the project (with other directors directing individual episodes) and he noted that the series will have a “slapstick ambience”. Oshii and Kei Yamamura are writing the screenplays for the episodes. Oshii will also be writing directing a full length (around 100 minutes) theatrical feature due for release in 2015. The feature film is presently untitled. Kenji Kawai will compose music for both projects. Shochiku will be distributor of the films and the official website notes that Shinjuku Piccadilly cinema complex will premier the theatrical feature in 2015.
25 September 2013 - Patlabor - Next Generation Nico
Nico Live Press Conference
Unfortunately due to work commitments, I'm going to be really lazy and direct
you to ANN's
coverage of what was announced
today. There's some really interesting stuff in the report, but a lot of it has
already been leaked. I will do a proper write up this weekend. Sorry! Also I
have just noted the Patlabor
- Next Generation website has
been updated with a lot of information about the project.
21 September 2013 - In & Up! Blog and Facebook Page
Linked to Live Action Project Website
Yesterday the Patlabor
- Next Generation website updated
it's splash page to link to the previously mentioned "In
& Up!" Facebook page
as well as an "In
& Up!" blog. Both
have the same content. New behind the scenes photos are posted daily on each
site. Nico Nico Live has put up a
new announcement page about
the live action project which will be streamed live at 11am on 25 September 2013
(Japanese time). Apparently cast members for the project will be announced.
Hopefully I'll be able to update the section on the project this weekend.
17 September 2013 - Live Action News: Nico Nico Douga Announcement and Facebook Page with Behind the
Scenes Photos Appears + Anime News: Patlabor TV on Hulu
The special 15 September announcement regarding the live action project (previously
mentioned on Mamoru Oshii's "Ticking off Half the World" blog on the Nico Nico Douga site)
yield a few new nuggets of information; Takanori Tsujimoto ("Bushido Man") will be the director and Noa and Asuma won't
feature in the project at all. A further announcement will be made on 25 September 2013 on Nico Nico Douga site. In the last couple of days there has been a bit of buzz about
a new Facebook page called "In &
Up!". Quite a number of photos with rather vague
descriptions have been posted since June 2013. All of the shots seems to be from the sets of the Patlabor live action project. Some of the more
interesting photos include a fake convenience store and courier, a smashed police car and what seems to be details of the
interior of the SV2 hanger. Of note is that Takanori Tsujimoto himself has liked one of the
posts, so it seems legit. And finally Hulu is now streaming the first 20 episode of the Patlabor TV series
(available to US residents only).
12 September 2013 - New Live Action Project Info;
TV Drama Episode Count, Oshii to Director + Partial TV and Movie Staff List
The Youkids News blog has posted some new info relating to the live action Patlabor project, and some of it is quite
surprising. The TV drama will be twelve parts long and will be broadcast towards the end of (the northern
hemisphere) Autumn 2013. Mamoru Oshii will be the supervising director and Takanori Tsujimoto ("Bushido Man"), Kiyotaka Taguchi ("Neo Ultra Q") and Hiroaki Yuasa (director of photography for "Assault Girls") will be episode directors. Mamoru Oshii will be the director of the movie version which is due for a summer 2014 release. Takahide Sano and Isao Kaneko
(assistant director on "Avalon") will be assistant directors on the film. Izumi Kazuyoshi is the line
producer for the project. Cinema Sound Works are credited with recording and a company called Dummy Head will provide Special makeup design. There are no sources listed on the blog for this information, but going on the past record of the blog, I'd say most of this info, if not all, is probably correct.
5 September 2013 - Patlabor Live Action TV Drama First,
Then Movie + Cast to Include Erina Mano, Fukushi Seiji and Toshio Kakei
According to the Nikkan
Daily Issue website the cast for the
upcoming Patlabor live action project will include Erina Mano (pop idol formerly associated with
idol unit Ongaku Gatas. In 2008 she embarked on a solo idol career), Fukushi Seiji
("Swing Girls", "Nodame Cantabile" TV drama series and
movies) and Toshio Kakei ("Bayside Shakedown", "Space Travellers").
The article doesn't mention their actual roles. The website also seems to
confirm the rumours that the project will first be TV drama, then a movie will
be made. It also mentions that principle photography will wrap up in October.
Also according to Mamoru Oshii's "Ticking
off Half the World" blog on the Nico Nico Douga
site, he will be making a special announcement
about the project on 15 September. And finally, I have updated the section
on the live action movie a couple weeks
back. I suspect I'll be updating it quite regularly from now on.
15 August 2013 - New Official Live Action Movie Images
for the forthcoming Patlabor Live Action film has been publicly shown at the
TFC booth at the 14th Taiwan International Comic Expo. Also the official live action
Patlabor website, patlabor-nextgeneration.com, has changed it's background image
again. This time it shows an Ingram Labor out on Tokyo Bay.
Both images show a new logo for the project.
4 August 2013 - Full Sized Live Action Movie Labor
Props Spotted in Yokohama + New Live Action Patlabor Promotional
number of photographs have appeared on twitter apparently yesterday
showing a full sized Ingram, it's carrier and a command car. It is assumed these
are for the live action Patlabor film which is currently in production. The
photos were shot in Yokohama in the Nanbushijo area. And in slightly more prosaic
live action movie news, the official live action
Patlabor website, patlabor-nextgeneration.com, has a
new background image showing mechanics
inside the SV2 hanger. Unfortunately nothing else has been added to the webpage.
3 August 2013 - MVM Entertainment's "Early Days" OVA
Release Date, Price Point and Pre-Order
MVM Entertainment's Anime-On-Line.com
website has revealed the release date for the "Early Days" OVA, 18
November 2013. The retail price for both the DVD and Blu-ray will be £24.99.
See Upcoming Product Releases above for retailer links.
1 August 2013 - MVM Entertainment to Release
"Early Days" OVA in the UK
MVM Entertainment announced
on their Twitter account today that they
will be releasing the "Early Days" OVA series on DVD and Blu-ray in
the UK in November. No price point has been announced. Most likely the Blu-ray version
will be a dupe of the discs that Maiden Japan and Madman Entertainment released.
It's plausible the DVD version will also be a dupe of the Madman release.
26 July 2013 - Maiden Japan
Solicits Third TV Collection, No Extras On Collection 1 Discs + Guillermo del Toro Admits Patlabor Influenced Pacific Rim
Maiden Japan in the US have solicited the third collection of the TV series. This collection covers the episodes
25 to 36 of the series. As per the two previous collections, the DVD set will retail for US$59.98 and BD set will retail for US$69.98. Both will be released on
5 Novemberr 2013, and of will have CPM's English dub (uncut, I hope) as well as the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Currently only the Right Stuf has the sets up for pre-order (see Upcoming Product Releases above for
links). As to the extras on this set and the other two, well there are none. The
updated artwork for collection 2 doesn't mention any extras and despite the
cover stating collection 1
contains clean opening closings, they don't actually appear anywhere on any of
This is old news, but I thought I might
mention it anyway; in an
interview on Ain't It Cool News
in regards to the film "Pacific Rim", director Guillermo del Toro
states that Patlabor was an influence on the film as well as "Tetsujin 28 (Gigantor)",
"Voltron (Go Lion/Dairugger XV)", "Space Giants (Ambassador Magma)"
and "Ultraman", but he
didn't "consult them like a Bible". He also states that "the DNA of Patlabor is in the DNA of how we conduct business in the Shatterdome
(i.e. the headquarters of the Pan Pacific Defence Corps in the film)".
Having seen the film, I can say that the Shatterdome is nothing like anything
depicted in Patlabor at all. The only comparison
you could make is that the SV2 hanger and the Shatterdome are both used to repair and store giant robots,
that's it. Finally I've been as sick as a dog during the last week and also have
been exceptionally busy at work, so don't expect many (any?) updates at all for
quite a while.
13 July 2013 - Maiden Japan's Patlabor TV Sets Have
Edited English Dubs
Now to the almost never ending saga that is the current English language release
of "Patlabor On Television"... Hard as it is to believe, according to this
post on the Fandom Post forums,
the English dub on the first set of Maiden Japan's release of the Patlabor TV
series is edited. According to the post, the edited dub is from a TV broadcast
from seven or eight years ago. The differences between the original Japanese
version and edited dub are dealt via seamless branching, so it seems the
Japanese version is presented uncut. There are warnings presented on screen and
in an insert inside the case in regards to the edited dub. But of course this
info is NOT printed on the outside of the disc case, so you'd have no idea until
you bought it. You may remember I previously questioned the solicitation for
this release in regards to the disc listing an extra labelled "Undubbed
Footage". Well, this extra compares the edited English dub with the uncut
Japanese footage. Mystery solved. Why Maiden Japan couldn't get the uncut
English dub from the original CPM DVD releases is beyond me. I should be able to
confirm the post on the Fandom Post forums next week when I get my copy. However
I will say that this current release (both Maiden Japan's and Madman
Entertainment's) is turning out to be a bit of a dog's breakfast.
5 July 2013 - Mamoru Oshii "Involved" in Live Action Patlabor +
Disappearing Extras on Patlabor DVDs and Blu-rays
Although this was previously
announced back in March by Japanese
news blog Hobbylog, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) announced at its booth at the 14th Japan Expo in Paris that Mamoru Oshii is involved in live action Patlabor
project. Though in what capacity, who knows? Remember that Oshii is currently working on "The Last Druid: Garm Wars" which is due for release sometime next year. I would guess that his role would be only
a supervisory one, but who really knows. Rumours in April also had Kiyotaka Taguchi (assistant special effects director for "Godzilla X Megaguirus" and "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack", episode director for "Neo Ultra Q"), Takanori Tsujimoto (director of "Monster Killer" and "Bushido Man") and Hiroaki Yuasa (cinematographer for "Monster Killer" and Mamoru Oshii's "Assault Girls")
attached to the project. In May casting director Junichi Tayama set up a blog calling for
volunteers as extras and and as part of production team. TFC also updated the
project's website to read "Mamoru Oshii
X The Next Generation -Patlabor-". I'm hoping to update the live action
section of the website this weekend with most of this information.
And now more news on those disappearing extras on the new Patlabor releases in
the US and Australia. Having seen a copies of Madman's DVD and Blu-ray releases
for the "Patlabor Early Days" I can confirm both do not contain a
single extra on them besides trailers for other titles. Also a reader has helpfully pointed out to me
this post on the Fandom Post's
forums from Maiden Japan's Janice Williams. She states the previously solicited extras for the
second collection of
their Patlabor TV release are actually for a completely different title they're
releasing; "Medaka Box". This was apparently a "cut & paste error". I should have twigged
when I read the first extra being "Jump Festa Promo". The Patlabor manga was published in
Shonen Sunday, not Shonen Jump for starters... The
company is still stating that the first BD and DVD set will include clean opening
and closings, but I'd bet London to a brick that the sets will not contain these.
18 June 2013 - Madman Entertainment Not Releasing TV Series on Blu-Ray + Geoblocking on Maiden Japan’s TV
Some really disappointing news on the Patlabor Blu-Ray (BD) front. First is Madman’s
announcement that they will not be releasing the TV series on BD. The TV series will still have a DVD release.
Bizarrely it seems they still confirmed they are releasing the New OVA Series (released by CPM as the “New Files”) on BD. Only four of the sixteen OVA episodes were ever dubbed in English (unless Maiden Japan has plans to dub the other twelve, which I find highly unlikely). The company’s statement
also said that they will only release the movies on BD if the Early Days OVA BD does well. Seeing as the movies are far, far more popular than the Early Days OVA series,
and can be enjoyed without having seen the OVA series, Madman Entertainment’s reasoning
seems really flawed and downright stupid. Luckily Australians can purchase all three movies on BD from Amazon.co.jp
complete with English subtitles and English dubs (the third film doesn’t have an English dub on the BD), and avoid this nonsense.
And now to Maiden Japan... A major problem with Blu-Ray and anime is that Japan and US are both Region A. This means Japanese anime fans can import cheaper versions of
anime BDs. There have been various methods to attempt to stop “reverse importation” such as locked
subtitles and the occasional "English dub only" disc, but now there is a new method; geoblocking
for a discussion on the Fandompost.com forums). Apparently some US BDs are able to detect if the BD player is not a US player and will refuse to play the disc. The good news is that it only seems to apply to Japanese players. However this may not be true for all discs. The unfortunate news is that the first Patlabor TV BD from Maiden Japan has geolocking. Currently there is no information as to if the discs in this set will play on players outside the US and
Japan. Early reports on some other discs (such as the Funimation BDs) seem to
indicate there won't be a problem.
31 May 2013 - Maiden Japan Solicits Patlabor the
Television Series Collection 2 DVD and BD
Maiden Japan in the US have solicited the second collection of the TV series. This collection covers the episodes 13 to 24 of the series. The solicitation curiously says the sets are two discs each rather than the four disc DVD and three disc BD that collection one was. The DVD set will retail for US$59.98 and BD set will retail for US$69.98. Both will be released on 10 September 2013, and of course will have CPM's English dub as well as the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Currently only the Right Stuf has the set up for pre-order (see Upcoming Product Releases above for links). Again, there’s weirdness in the solicitation’s mention of extras. This time around the discs will supposedly include; Jump Festa Promo, Teasers, Home Video Spots, Clean Opening Animation and Clean Closing Animation. Yet the Japanese BDs didn’t include this material. In fact only the home video spots have ever made it on to a home video version of the series anywhere in the world. Considering that the clean opening and closings never materialised on the Maiden Japan’s “Early Days” release, I seriously have no hope that these extras will appear either. The preliminary artwork for collection 2 can be seen
here. This time
they've used the artwork from the original “Patlabor on Television P-5 LD and VHS” release from 1991 (click
here for the LD cover). The final artwork for the first collection can be seen
here. It’s not that much different for the preliminary artwork. Of note however is the
new listing for the extras which now read “Undubbed Footage” (whatever that means) the usual non-existent clean opening and closing
15 May 2013 - Live Action Production Team Call For Extras
and Behind The Scenes Volunteers
A blog called patlaborextra.com
has been set up by casting
director Junichi Tayama. On the blog he is asking
for volunteer extras to appear
in the forthcoming live action Patlabor film. Filming will take place from June
2013 and the production staff require extras to play the parts of labor crime
witnesses, people passing by, policemen, detectives, fire fighters, ambulance
officers, self defence force officials and various others. The blog says you
don't need previous acting experience and that age and gender doesn't really
matter. Though you won't be paid, you will get a small souvenir for your
efforts. The registration
page also mentions the
production team is after volunteers to who have experience behind the scenes.
The deadline to register seems to be by the start of June.
25 April 2013 - 25th Anniversary of Patlabor, 10th Anniversary of Schaft
It’s a little hard to believe, but on this day a quarter of a century ago, Bandai Visual released the first OVA episode of “Mobile Police Patlabor”. Incredibly there is still interest in the series with numerous merchandise releases in Japan, and even Blu-ray and DVD releases of the series in the US and Australia this year. And of course there is the forthcoming live action Patlabor film due for release sometime in 2014.
This year also marks a decade of this very website. Of course as I originally explained in the website’s introduction page, I built the site because there was practically no information dedicated to the series when I searched for info on the web. Looking back through the stats, it seems that nearly 1,500 people visit the website monthly and surprisingly the amount keeps increasing every year. It sort of mystifies me as to why this would be. There hasn’t been any new Patlabor anime since the rather lukewarmly received “WXIII Patlabor the movie 3” in 2002, I haven’t really updated the site for a number of years, and websites dedicated to anime series are really old hat in this age of Wikis, Tumblr and Twitter. Embarrassingly this site has become a “go to” site for Patlabor information. It is even referenced on various Wikipedia pages as a source and even my synopses for the TV series episodes have been copied verbatim into
At any rate I will continue to keep this site running into the foreseeable future and have no plans to shut it down (and um, update much of it to be honest…). I plan to keep plugging along with news updates, making the site look less ugly (working on that slowly) and continue updating the section on the forthcoming live action film. Thanks for the emails of support over the years as well. Who knows, the website may well celebrate another decade in
24 April 2013 - Patlabor Live Action Movie Rumours
Some very interesting rumours concerning the forthcoming Patlabor live action movie
have been posted on the Youkids News
blog, apparently from an actor who auditioned for the
production. Principal photography for the project is scheduled from May to October 2013 with a release date of (Northern
Hemisphere) Summer 2014. Not only that, there appears to be a TV version as well.
Unfortunately my Japanese language skills are pretty hopeless to nonexistent (closer
to the latter), so It's a little confusing as to what is being said on the blog. It seems to suggest a TV version will be
broadcast version sometime after (Northern Hemisphere) Autumn 2013 and there's mention of an original anime, but I'm
uncertain what has actually been written. Rumoured to be attached to the project are Kiyotaka Taguchi
(assistant special effects director for "Godzilla X Megaguirus" and "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack", episode director for "Neo Ultra Q"), Takanori Tsujimoto (director of "Monster Killer" and "Bushido Man") and Hiroaki Yuasa (cinematographer for "Monster Killer" and Mamoru Oshii's "Assault Girls"). There is no source for this story
other than the unnamed actor nor where the blogger sourced the information from, so as the Youkids News blog post says in closing, take the
rumours with a giant grain of salt.
22 April 2013 - No Extras On Maiden Japan’s "Early Days" Release
It’s been confirmed on the Fandom Post forums (by people who received their copies early), that Maiden Japan’s BD and DVD releases of “Patlabor The Mobile Police: Original OVA Series Early Days”
do not contain the clean opening and closings. This is not all that surprising as no Japanese home video release has included clean opening and closings of any Patlabor anime (either the OVAs or TV series), let alone the “Early Days” OVA series. Not only that, the Maiden Japan sets do not include any extras at all. Compare with the U.S. Manga Corps (CPM) 2003 DVD set which contained audio commentary from Mamoru Oshii with Shigeki Mori for the first three OVAs, dub outtakes and even a sew on cloth patch! As Madman Entertainment is probably using the same authoring as Maiden Japan for its BD version, I would expect the same lack of extras on their release, or at least no audio
commentaries. I would be highly surprised if Maiden Japan's Patlabor TV series
sets contain clean opening and closings as the pre-order info says.
14 April 2013 - Patlabor Novels Reissued and New Madman
Artwork for Early Days OVA
Numerious light novels in Kadokawa's Sneaker Bunko and Fujimi Shobou's Fantasia Bunko series are to be reprinted and sold via Animate, Gamers and Shosen book stores. This will include the first five Patlabor light novels which were originally released
between 1990 and 1993 and written by Michiko Yokote (who wrote most of the the TV series screenplays), except the first novel, an
adaptation of the first movies, which was written by Kazunori Ito. The first novel, "Mobile Police Patlabor: Wind Speed 40 Metres Per Second", goes on sale on 20 July. "Mobile Police Patlabor: Syntax Error" and "Mobile Police Patlabor: Third Mission" will be issued on 20 August and the final two books, "Mobile Police Patlabor: Backjack Part 1" and "Mobile Police Patlabor: Backjack Part 2" will be released on 20 September. The price of each novel will be ¥672,
except for "Mobile Police Patlabor: Syntax Error", which will retail for ¥693. Currently only Animate has the books up for
Madman have issued new cover art for their forthcoming "Early Days" OVA release. The DVD artwork is
here, the BD artwork
here. As you can see, it mirrors the Maiden Japan release.
30 March 2013 - Patlabor To Appear In "Super Robot Wars Operation Extend" PSP Game + Site Updates
Banpresto's PSP game "Super Robot Wars Operation Extend",
due for release during (the northern hemisphere's) summer 2013, will include
both Noa and Ota's AV-98 Ingrams from the Patlabor franchise. The game will be released
in eight separate downloadable parts. The first chapter of the game will cost
and following chapters will be
each. The full set of eight chapters costs
A promotional video for the game will released in May.
In other news I have included a new
section for the
forthcoming live action film
and and corrected and updated the section on Oshii's
1998 live action pilot film.
The site does need a major clean up and does look rather crap in Internet
Explorer 10, so I'll be fixing up sections as I see problems (i.e. very slowly).
29 March 2013 - Maiden Japan Solicits Patlabor On
Television Collection 1 DVD and Blu-ray Sets + Preliminary Cover Artwork and
Maiden Japan in the US have solicited the first collection of the TV series. The
collection covers the first 12 episodes of the series. The four disc DVD set will
retail for US$59.98,
while the three disc BD set will retail for US$69.98.
Both will be released on 16 July 2013, have CPM's English dub as well as the
original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Curiously the solicitation also
mentions the extras will include creditless
opening and closing animations (never included in any Japanese video releases as
far as I'm aware), but bafflingly states that the set will included "Deleted Scenes".
Um... What...? Again, as far as I'm aware no Japanese release of the series on
any home video format has included these "Deleted Scenes", so I'm sort
of wondering if this is a mistake in
Maiden Japan's solicitation. The
company has also issued the initial artwork for the cover of the first
collection (which can be seen here).
The cover artwork is edited from the VHS and Laserdisc artwork for the original
"Patlabor on Television P-7" release in 1991 (a shoddy scan of the VHS
cover can be seen here).
Currently only the Right Stuf has the set up for pre-order (see Upcoming Product
Releases above for links).
23 March 2013 - Preview Up For Mobile Police Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Publisher Takarajimasha has put up preview pages for it's forthcoming “Mobile Police Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book”.
The preview can be accessed by clicking the book symbol under the image of the
cover of the book on this
book will compile material mostly from thier 2007 book "Mobile Police
Patlabor Chronicle" as well as their 2003 book "Mobile Police Patlabor
Perfect Book". The new book will be released on 23 March 2013, around 191 pages
long and in B6 sized format. The price will be ¥1,575 and the ISBN is
21 March 2013 - Tohokushinsha Film Corporation Announces
Live Action Patlabor Project For 2014
2013 has been a bit of strange one for so far for Patlabor news. You may remember
back on 17 September 2012 at a Nico Nico Live talk show event,
Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki asked Mamoru Oshii if Patlabor live action
movie was in the works after apparently hearing a rumour from Production I.G
producer Tomohiko Ishii. Oshii didn't really confirm or deny it was happening,
but with the announcement of Oshii's live action project "The Last Druid: Garm Wars",
I dismissed the Patlabor live action movie rumours completely. Looks like I was wrong.
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) have announced at first day of Tokyo
International Anime Fair that they will be launching a Patlabor live action
project in 2014. A website entitled patlabor-nextgeneration.com
has been set up, but currently only shows a splash page. Omnibus Japan is
co-producing the feature. No director or screen writer has been mentioned nor is there
any information that any members of Headgear will be involved.
Back in September 2012, Masami Yuuki denied any knowledge of
the project, and surprisingly said that he
wished people would not make "political moves like
that". In 1998 Oshii created a two minute live action Patlabor pilot film (it was created
in tandem with the two pilot films, one anime, one live action, for “The Record of Garm War”).
At the time it was never clear why Patlabor pilot film was produced as no live
action feature what ever announced. Prior to that, 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. This new announcement from
TFC is very intriguing, and though I really have a lot of doubts considering the
poor quality of the majority of Japanese live action adaptations of manga and
anime, I am looking forward to finished film.
21 March 2013 - Maiden Japan Announces Patlabor On
Television DVD and Blu-ray Sets
While a complete given, it does come as a small surprise that US distributor
Maiden Japan has announced
that they have the rights to the Patlabor TV series.
I was a little surprised that the series is being released on Blu-ray as well as
DVD. Central Park Media/US Manga Corps
did take almost five years to release the series on DVD a decade ago and we know
it was a poor seller for them, so this re-release on BD baffles me somewhat. Not
that I'm complaining. It'll be very nice to have the series on BD in English
(and I already have it on VHS, Laserdisc and DVD...). And hopefully the second opening
theme will be in it's right place, unlike the the US Manga Corps release. The TV series will be
released in four
sets every other month starting
form 16 July 2013. The artwork for the first set should show up within a week or
20 March 2013 - Madman Resolicits Early Days DVD and
BD, New Artwork for US DVD and BD Releases and Cover Artwork 25th Anniversary
While I was away overseas, a bunch of Patlabor related stuff happened, and I had
no way of updating the site. Oh well. The biggie is Madman Entertainment has resolicited
the Early Days OVA series not only on DVD, but on Blu-ray as well. The release
date will be 19 June 2013. Maiden Japan has issued new artwork for their release
of the Early Days OVA series, this time inexplicably choosing the artwork for
the original 1988 release of the third OVA "The 450 Million Year Old
Trap" (VHS cover here).
Kinda boggles the mind... Interestingly the new back cover artwork shows a
timeline of the OVA and TV series which strengthens speculation that not only do
Maiden Japan have the rights to both OVA series and the TV series, but also the
movies. You can see the updated artwork at the
Fandom Post. Takarajimasha has
released the cover artwork for their upcoming “Mobile Police Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book”.
It can be seen on Amazon.co.jp.
27 February 2013 - Mobile Police Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
On 25 April this year, Patlabor will have clocked up a quarter of a century since it's first OVA release. Publisher Takarajimasha is getting in early
on the celebrations and will publish “Mobile Police Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book” on 23 March 2013. The 200 page book will cover everything in the franchise from the manga, all the anime and the
novels, and will feature input from all of the members of Headgear. The price will be ¥1,575 and the ISBN is
8 February 2013 - The Final "My First Big Special" Manga
The final volume in Shogakukan's "My First Big" imprint of Patlabor manga will be "The Decisive Battle of Reclaimed Land" ("Umetate Chi no Kessen" - my shoddy translation is
probably wrong...), due on 8 March 2013 with a price tag of ¥650. At this stage no one has it up for
17 January 2013 - Maiden Japan Patlabor Early Days OVA
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date, Artwork and Pre-Order
Maiden Japan has already set release dates for their upcoming Patlabor Early
Days OVA DVD and BD; 30 April 2013 (just a couple of days after the 25th anniversary
of the release of the first Patlabor OVA). The DVD will retail for US$29.98, the BD
will be US$39.98. The assumption is that the
discs will include CPM's English dub from 2003, but this hasn't been confirmed.
The artwork for the sets have also been posted
on the Fandompost.com forums. At
this stage (the artwork is only tentative), they are using the same artwork as
the second DVD from Bandai Visual's 2000 DVD release. Also of note is that they
also using the "Early Days" title for the OVA. The Fandompost.com is
reporting that the sets will have the clean opening and closing animation as
extras, which is odd as they have never been released on any Japanese home video
release as far as I'm aware. Only one retailer has
put the series up for pre-order so far, the Right Stuf. I'll add more to the Upcoming Product Releases
as retailers list them.
16 January 2013 - Maiden Japan
to Release Patlabor Early Days OVA on DVD and Blu-ray
Well here's something that's really out of the blue; US anime company Maiden Japan (one of the many video companies that appeared out of the
ashes of ADV Films), will be releasing the original Patlabor OVA series (known as "Early Days" on every Japanese release since 1995) on Blu-ray as well as DVD and online sometime this year. This announcement probably explains why Madman put their release of the series on hold in April last
post seems to indicate a resolicitation
from Madman soon, perhaps on BD). I do find it rather astonishing that someone actually decided to release OVA, and re-release it on BD, since it never did very well for previous
distributor Central Park Media (CPM). In fact CPM cancelled the dub of the last 12
episodes of the New OVA series. It's pretty much a given that the CPM dub will appear on Maiden Japan's release. I suspect that Maiden Japan will also announce they're
releasing the TV series and New Series OVA. At the very least, this announcement allows people to purchase the series without being ripped off by Amazon sellers who are
charging more than $200 for a well worn used copy of CPM's DVD set.
12 January 2013 - The
Next "My First Big Special" Manga and More Cospa Re-releases
The next volume in Shogakukan's "My First Big" imprint is; "Mobile Police Patlabor -
Schaft Vs Utsumi", due on 8 February 2013 costing ¥680 (ISBN 4-09-107854-0).
Unfortunately it's not up for pre-order at Amazon.co.jp yet. And in further predictable
Patlabor news, Cospa has reissued a number of their Patlabor T-shirts as well as
a business card holder and tie pin. See the "Upcoming Product
Releases" section above for details.