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Patlabor The Mobile Police Original Video Animation (OVA) Series [AKA Early Days]

Noa Izumi and Alphonse - Opening Animation

Patalbor Original OVA Series (AKA Early Days)

Released 25 April 1988 to 25 June 1989

Staff

Director/Storyboards: Mamoru Oshii (episodes 1 to 6), Naoyuki Yoshinaga (episode 7)
Screenplay: Kazunori Ito
Original Story: Masami Yuuki
Character Designer: Akemi Takada
Mechanical Design: Yutaka Izubuchi
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production: Studio Deen

The first anime outing for Patlabor. Originally intended as a six part direct to video series, a seventh episode was created to promote the first Patlabor movie in 1989. For the most part, these episodes are comedies with some robot action. Episode 5 and 6 are a two part political drama, which would later provide the basis for the second Patlabor movie. One of the reasons for the success of this series was the retail price point, 4,800, much cheaper than other OVAs at the time which were generally priced from 8,000 to 10,000. To beef up the budget and possibly because of nervousness of the producers wishing to recoup the costs of the production, an animated commercial which featured Noa and the Ingram for AXIA blank audio cassettes was inserted midway through each episode for the first six episodes. With the release of the 1995 Japanese laserdisc box set, the series was re-christened "Early Days" in every subsequent Japanese release to differentiate it from the 16 part New OVA Series.

 

 

Availability
In English

Maiden Japan released the series in the US on Blu-ray and DVD. Madman Entertainment in Australia released the series on Blu-ray and DVD. MVM Entertainment in the UK released the series on Blu-ray and DVD. All versions of the discs in each country include an English dub, original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles, but no extras. The Maiden Japan DVDs and Blu-rays are only available in the US, and therefore will only work on DVD/Blu-ray players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 1 DVD discs and region A Blu-ray discs. The Madman Entertainment DVDs and Blu-rays are only available in Australia and New Zealand, and therefore will only work on DVD/Blu-ray players that are both PAL compatible and will play region 4 DVD discs and region B Blu-ray discs. The MVM Entertainment DVDs and Blu-rays are only available in the UK, and therefore will only work on DVD/Blu-ray players that are both PAL compatible and will play region 2 DVD discs and region B Blu-ray discs. If you don't live in these countries, check your player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs. Please see the English Language Original OVA (AKA Early Days) Release 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: Original OVA Series Early Days (US) NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0173
Patlabor The Mobile Police: Original OVA Series Early Days (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0103
Patlabor - The Mobile Police OVA Series 1 the Early Days Collection (AUS/NZ) PAL DVD, Region 4, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MMA4387
Patlabor - The Mobile Police OVA Series 1 the Early Days Collection (AUS/NZ) PAL Blu-ray, Region B, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MMA4387BR
Patlabor Mobile Police OVA Series 1 Collection (UK) PAL DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MVD7080
Patlabor Mobile Police OVA Series 1 Collection (UK) PAL Blu-ray, Region B, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MBR7080

 

In Japanese

This series is available in on two single DVD releases, a single Blu-ray release and a complete Patlabor TV and OVA DVD box set in Japan from Bandai Visual/Emotion. These DVDs and Blu-rays do not come with English subtitles or an English dub. The DVDs are only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 DVD discs and region A Blu-ray discs (if you don't live in Japan, check your DVD's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). Please see the Japanese Original OVA (AKA Early Days) Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this series.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor Early Days Volume 1 (Episodes 1 to 4) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-0481
Patlabor Early Days Volume 2 (Episodes 5 to 7) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-0482
Patlabor Early Days NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region A, Japanese Dialogue Only BCXA-0259

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