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Division 2 wrecks it's last Labor during an arrest,
it's time for an upgrade. Captain Gotoh sends Asuma
and Ota to the Shinohara Heavy Industries factory in
Hachioji to send the old Labor back for repairs. They
meet a young police cadet named Noa Izumi who is
sitting a Patrol Labor aptitude test. That is if she
can find the right building it's being held in.
Meanwhile somebody steals the new Patlabor, the AV-98
Ingram and it's carrier. Noa certainly isn't going to
let somebody steal her "pato-chan", and gives chase
with Ota and Asuma following.
Quite a good opening episode. This episode is
essentially an introduction to the Ingram Labor, the
carrier, the support car, the Ingram's weapons, and
the main characters. Noa seems a little too ditzy in
this episode, and her character design is a little too
cute when compared with the rest of the series. There
is a colour error on Asuma's old control car, which in
this episode is painted red and white instead of the
usual black and white. Screenplay by Kazunori Ito.
Originally broadcast 11 October 1989.
2 Kanuka Has Arrived
Division 2 are sent to
the Police Academy for Ingram Labor training. A woman
from the New York Police Department arrives,
apparently to train on the labors with Division 2 for
the next six months. Her name is Lieutenant Kanuka
Clancy, a Japanese born American woman. The final day
of training involves a Labor Combat Tournament that
will determine who will pilot both Ingram Patlabors.
Is Kanuka vying for a Labor pilot position? With Noa
and Kanuka in the final round, will Noa lose her dream
to pilot "Alphonse"?
Besides the introduction of Kanuka, Shinshi's
overbearing and short tempered wife, Tamiko, makes her
first appearance. Also for this first time we see the
name Alphonse on the Unit 1 Labor, which is a mistake
on the animator's part, as she doesn't mark the the
Labor with that name until episode 3. Screenplay by
Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 18 October 1989.
3 We're Special Vehicles Section 2
Noa is introduced to
life at the SV2. Her initiation involves manually
loading her Patlabor onto the carrier, which she
almost fails to do. With the hanger for the SV2 being
out on a vacant lot in the middle of a piece of
reclaimed land virtually in the middle of nowhere, the
SV2 has to improvise when dealing with food. When the
crew is off duty they fish, raise chickens, grow
tomatoes and do the odd spot of weeding. Unfortunately
while fishing the mechanics run the police speedboat
aground. Ota goes in to free it, but ends up sinking
his Labor. It's up to Noa to pull both the Labor and
speedboat out, but Sakaki, the head mechanic, is
making an unscheduled trip back to the hanger and is
sure to be quite angry at the mess that they've
caused. It's up to Division 2 to create some
diversions to stall Sakaki. Screenplay by Mamoru
Oshii. Originally broadcast 1 November 1989.
Head to the Evil Mountain
A group of hitchhikers
find a number of trees knocked over and a damaged
Labor in the forest in the mountains. But then they
see a large creature, which apparently was the cause
of the damage. They report it to the police, but they
are rather sceptical since the Labor has now vanished.
That is until the mysterious beast returns. The Tokyo
Metropolitan Police hand the case over to the SV2. But
is it just a Labor in disguise or a real monster? The
local police want Division 2 to capture the monster
alive so it can be used as a tourist attraction. But
with Ota itching to kill the creature they may have to
settle for a stuffed monster.
I'm not sure if it is completely intentional or not,
but the monster looks an awful lot like Mughi, Kei and Yuri's
very large pet cat, from the 1985 TV series "Dirty
much larger. Sunrise who produced the Patlabor TV
series also produced "Dirty Pair". There's also a
couple more "Dirty Pair" references later in the
series. Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally
broadcast 8 November 1989.
5 Rampaging Labor X-10
Division 2 are
mysteriously called to the base of Mt Fuji by
headquarters, but are given no orders. They are soon
given instructions to stop a Labor. Despite the fact
the the military try to disguise the Labor by throwing
yellow paint on it, It becomes apparent that it is in
fact an unmanned experimental military Labor. It's up
to Division 2 to stop it as it's programmed to destroy
the first city it comes across. But if the military
failed to stop it, how can they?
This episode uses almost the same Labor design as the
unmanned Labor from the first movie. In fact the
sequence where it fights the military looks very
similar as the opening scenes of the first film.
Screenplay by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama. Originally broadcast
15 November 1989.
The Tower: SOS
A foreign minister is
inspecting Tokyo's Tower City Project, a one kilometre
tower under construction, when an explosion and fire
breaks out. The SV2 rush to the scene to help out.
Unfortunately as the fire department have accidentally
had two of their Labors stuck in the only entrance a
Labor could fit in, the only way in is to be lowered
from a crane above. Not helping matters is Ota, who
decides to use force and almost injures media and
rescue crews below with falling debris as well as
getting entangled in the wires that was supporting his
Labor. If that isn't enough, Division 2 is being
watched by the international media. Apparently the
police chief thinks this might be good public
relations if they manage to save the foreign minister.
It's now up to Noa rescue the survivors.
In this episode, we meet Momoko Sakurayama, a
reporter, for the first time. She'll make several
appearances in the TV series. Screenplay by Naoto
Kimura. Originally broadcast 22 November 1989.
97's New Replacement
are ready to take on a new prototype Patrol Labor, the
SRX-70. Equipped with a 42mm gun, it outclasses the
Ingram in every department and proves it's worthiness
in patrols. Strangely, the company sends it's own team
of mechanics to service the Labor rather than letting
SV2's mechanics service it. Captain Gotoh smells a
rat. Sure enough he finds out with the help of Asuma
that the company providing the Labor, Toyohata,
is a front for Labor maker Schaft. They want to steal
the labors pattern movements and data to help develop
a military Labor. Captain Nagumo of Division 1 is
forced to decide between using the old outdated '97
Patlabors, or the new prototype, which the data from
it will most likely be used for miliary purposes.
In this episode, Schaft makes it's debut. Screenplay
by Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 29 November
8 A Green Phantom
Asuma, Hiromi, and Noa
are sent by Captain Gotoh to the village of Onifuri to
investigate possible sabotage in the construction of a
new highway. They soon discover that there is
apparently a sacred tree in the way of the highway
that will have to cut down. Villagers say that the
demons are protecting the tree and they will be cursed
if they move it, but Asuma suspects Labors are
involved. Is it just a scam by the land owner to get
the government to buy more land off him and forcing
them to build the highway around the tree, or is there
something more to this curse?
This episode highlights Hiromi's superstitions about
traditional legends and spirits.
Legends of this sort as shown in this episode are
quite common in Japan. I am unsure if the legend here
is based upon an real legend or not. Screenplay by
Naoto Kimura. Originally broadcast 6 December 1989.
9 Red Labor Landing
Public Safety agents
visit the SV2 and ask for help on a case. Itchoku
Inubashiri, an ex-military Labor pilot turned
terrorist of the militant anti-Babylon project group
"Home of the Sea", has injured one of their agents,
stolen his gun, and hijacked a taxi to Sakata. They
tell Captain Gotoh that he is going to hijack the
Soviet Attack Labor L99, code named Doshka, that will
be secretly docking on a boat in Sakata en route back
to Russia. Home of the Sea want to steal it to further
their cause. The agents need the SV2's help as it
involves Labors. Gotoh smells something fishy with
Public Safety's story but lends Noa and Asuma, and
tells them they're on a mission to buy
Hatahata of all
things. It soon becomes apparent that every spy in
Japan is in Sakata, and they're not here to buy
Hatahata. Is there more to this case than the Public
Safety Agents are letting on?
I thought the old glass fuses in the Soviet Attack
Labor L99 were rather a cute touch. Screenplay by
Mamoru Oshii. Originally broadcast 13 December 1989.
It's Christmas Eve.
Kanuka's grandmother has gone missing. She leaves a
note to Kanuka saying she's looking for the Christmas
of 50 years ago. Fearing the worst, Noa, Asuma and
Kanuka search for her, but are called back to duty to
the SV2. Detective Matsui has asked the SV2 to help
him on a case. Vehicles have been going into the Tokyo
Port Tunnel but none have come out, including patrol
cars. Also some is trying to disrupt communications
around the area. Matsui wants the SV2 to do something
before the military get involved. But the military
have already been mobilised. Division 1 enter the area
but fail to make contact with Division 2 at the agreed
time. Noa and Ota enter the tunnel only to find the
remains of Division 1's Labors and not a trace of
their crew. Suddenly Schaft Brocken Labors surround
Division 2 and begin to attack...
This is the first episode we see Schaft's Kurosaki and
Captain Fuwa of the Military Labor Squad. This is also
the first time we see Schaft challenging Division 2.
At the beginning of the episode there is a flashback
sequence involving Kanuka's grandmother. In this
sequence an old 1950's bomber that flies past, on the
fuselage we see written "Lovely Angel". This is
actually the name of Kei and Yuri's ship and their
code name in the anime series "Dirty Pair". Kei and
Yuri also make an appearance themselves in a early
scene where Kurosaki is following Kanuka through a
crowded street. Kei and Yuri are wearing the same
civilian clothes they wore in the OVA "Dirty Pair: Conspiracy of Flight
005". Both the OVA and this episode of
Patlabor were in production around the same time and
produced at the same studio, Sunrise. Screenplay by
Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 20 December 1989.
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