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fights the the Brocken labors, but Kanuka and Ota's Labors are defeated. The
Phantom Labor has appeared and through the use of Electromagnetic waves causes
the Ingrams to cease functioning. The Labor also has a beam weapon which has
already destroyed the arm on Ota's Labor. Ota is captured and taken away by one
of the Brocken Labors. Noa is forced to retreat as she is out numbered. She soon
bumps into Captain Fuwa of the military. Fuwa is on a covert mission to stop the
Labors. Ota soon finds himself in a hotel room locked up with the missing
Division 1 members, other police officers and civilians. Meanwhile the remaining
members of the SV2 regroup and Captain Gotoh decides it's time for a new
strategy. Gotoh believes that the head of this operation is hiding nearby and
orders the SV2 to find them. Detective Matsui and Shinshi who have
been ordered to find Kaunaka's grandmother finally locate her. She tells them
that she doesn't want to see Kanuka die in battle like her husband did in the
Korean war, and wants to take her back to Hawaii. Noa goes back into battle
helping the military, but soon ends up facing the Phantom Labor alone...
Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 27 December 1989.
12 Ota's Afternoon of Puzzlement
has been set up to meet a young woman by his Aunt. Ayano Fuji is a young
beautiful woman who is apparently into Labors. After a disastrous first meeting,
Ota is surprised she would like to see him again. Is this the start of a great
romance? What does she see in him? As always though, true love never runs
An excellent episode which shows that Ota is more than just a one-dimensional
character. This episode also highlights arranged marriage, or as they are know
in Japan, "Omiai". Surprisingly nearly 10% of couples still meet and marry this
way in Japan. As in Ota's case, it's usually a relative that sets it up,
particularly if the person seemingly has no desire to obtain a spouse. Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 10 January 1990.
13 Please Be Generous Your Highness!
SV2 are hosts to the young Prince of Oasis, a middle eastern country rich in
oil. The prince is here to observe how the Patrol Labors work, and hopes to set
up something similar in his own country. The prince's presence ruffles a few
feathers at the SV2, but the Prince soon takes a shine to Noa and Alphonse, and
a friendship soon develops between the two of them. Meanwhile someone has stolen
one of the captured Brocken labors from the Tokyo Port Tunnel case. Could this
be connected to the prince's arrival? Is someone out to harm the prince?
From this episode, a slightly altered opening credit sequence begins, with an
animated computer graphic sequence explaining the workings of the Ingram AV-98,
in place of the back-story to "Patlabor". There is also a animation error early
in the episode. As the prince gets acquainted with Alphonse, in one scene his
hair is painted the same colour as Noa's.
Screenplay by Naota Kimura. Originally broadcast 17 January 1990.
|14 You Win!
2 are forced to enter an all Police Judo Tournament and are being beaten quite
badly. In the middle of the match they are called to duty. Only problem is Ota
has a sprained ankle, and Asuma can't even speak. Captain Gotoh instructs Kanuka
to give orders to Noa. This doesn't go too well, and Noa disobeys Kanuka's
orders to shoot the labor and the situation gets out of hand. Noa and Kanuka get
on even worse than before after this incident. Captain Gotoh can see only one
solution to bond the team together; take them out to a bar. A drinking
competition immediately begins between Noa and Kanuka, and the rest of Division
2 are drunk too. Will Gotoh's plan really work? Screenplay by Mamoru Oshii.
Originally broadcast 24 January 1990.
15 The Whale Who Sang
Humpback whale enters Tokyo Bay and causes a ruckus in the media and the general
public. The bay is polluted and not really fit for a whale to live in. Under
public pressure, the government decides to rescue the whale and forms a
committee. Division 2 is called into to provide crowd control due to the fact
hundreds of onlookers are on the shore of the bay. The rescue committee try
several times to lure the whale out into open waters, but it keeps coming back.
Why does the whale keeps coming back to the heavily polluted waters of the bay?
Yes it is a bit bizarre to think that the Japanese Police Force would be
protecting whales. At the time of broadcast, Japan was being attacked for
slaughtering Minki whales in great numbers for "scientific purposes".
I've read articles that during the late 1990's it became rather unfashionable to
eat whale. In fact whale meat consumption per person dropped dramatically during
the 1980's. Perhaps this the episode was one of the things which caused people to
look at the Japanese tradition in a different light. Momoko Sakurayama makes a
brief appearance, but for some reason Megumi Hayashibara does not provide her
voice. Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 31 January 1990.
|16 The Division Crosses the Sea
2 are assigned duties at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido. A splinter group
of the terrorist group Earth Defence Force is planning to attack the festival.
Two Labors have been stolen, so the chances are they will be used in the attack.
Apart from the terrorists, the SV2 have to deal with a small child who is making
trouble for them. He has just moved from Tokyo where apparently his house was
destroyed by a Labor. He used to like Labors, now he hates them. Noa is quite
upset that may have been Alphonse that crushed his house.
At the beginning of the episode, Noa makes mention of a movie called "Gondam",
which is an obvious reference to "Mobile Suit Gundam".
One of the snow sculptures featured in the show is of Mughi, Kei and Yuri's very
large pet cat, from the 1985 TV series "Dirty Pair".
Asuma leaves Noa, a can of "Sunrise Café", which I'm assuming should be Sunrise
Coffee. Sunrise were the studio who animated the series. Screenplay by Tetsuko
Takashi. Originally broadcast 7 February 1990.
|17 Captain Gotoh is the Target
of the blue, Captain
Gotoh begins to receive death threats, somebody tampers with his lunch and his
finds cat excrement in his shoes.
While he tries to figure out who is after him and why, the rest of Division 2 try to
account for his bizarre behaviour by testing him out to see what exactly is
wrong with him. Things get serious when someone drops a pot plant on Gotoh's mini-patrol car and
one of the SV2's missions is sabotaged when the hydraulics on one the carriers
is damaged. Division 2 now know
somebody is out to get the Captain, but only Gotoh figures out who it is, and
apparently he has nothing to fear.
I think this the only episode ever in Patalbor to feature a home made Labor.
Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Originally broadcast 14 February 1990.
18 I Love You Miss Noa
singer Kana Matsumoto joins the SV2 for a week to learn how to use an Ingram.
It's a blatant public relations exercise by the police chiefs, but Noa is a little
apprehensive having Kana piloting Alphonse. Everyone else seems delighted to
have such a big star staying as the SV2, especially Ota, who is her number one
fan. After Kana almost wrecks Alphonse, she
pleads with Noa to train her. Noa does grudgingly at first, but soon takes the
task seriously. Unfortunately a criminal group is out to kidnap Kana, but
accidentally kidnap Noa instead. They want to trade her for one of the Ingrams.
Division 2 have to sort out this mess before Captain Gotoh finds out.
The chant the mechanics cry when Kana first arrives is a rather stereotypical
chant that fans (mostly men) yell at Japanese Idol concerts.
Screenplay by Hibari Arisu. Originally broadcast 21 February 1990.
19 The Shadow of the Geo-Front
on the underground Tokyo Geo-City Project uncover a series of limestone caverns. However
one of the workers is a member of the Earth Defence Army, militant anti-Project
Babylon terrorist group. He has set off a bomb and threatens to set off more in
a aim to destroy the project. The SV2 are called in to help. Noa along with
Kanuka who has anti-terrorist and bomb disposal training, set off in their
Labors to defuse the bombs and apprehend the
criminal. While searching for the bombs they come across a large creature in the
water which attacks them. Meanwhile Captain Gotoh manages to apprehend the criminal.
He discovers that he has set up a large bomb near the ocean entrance of
Tokyo Geo-City that will cause the whole area to be flooded. Unfortunately Division 2
has lost contact with Noa and Kanuka and they can't tell them about the bomb.
Meanwhile Kanuka and Noa have their hands full trying to get away from a monster
that keeps attacking them. Screenplay by Yutaka Izubuchi.
There's a number of Tokyo-centric and specific Japanese culture references in
this episode. Gotoh and Hiromi climb out of the caverns into a small shrine at a
Shinto Temple. Kanuka makes mention of the
Tomb of Masakado and Gotoh mentions the
Tokugawa Era (AKA the Edo Period, 1603 to 1868)
Originally broadcast 28 February 1990.
|20 Dark Troubles Rising
security firms have started to use Labors in security work. One of these firms
is Holly Security Services, who have been invited to test out their new Labor
the Saturn (formally Schaft's SRX-70) against the Self-Defence Force. But Holly
Security Services (HSS) is actually another front for Schaft. Kurosaki is here
incognito as a negotiator for HSS to test out the new version of the Phantom, providing him the perfect
alibi. Destruction of a military Labor by the Phantom Labor hits the front page
of every newspaper. Meanwhile at the SV2, the spare Labor is going back to the
factory for improvements. Jitsuyama is on hand to pick up the Labor, and
suggests Asuma should visit his father. Asuma is a little upset with this and
walks away in a bad mood. Noa tries to talk with Asuma about it, but he won't
open up and this causes a major fight between the two of them. Meanwhile The
Phantom Labor appears off the coast of Oshima. Captain Fuwa of the military is
called in again to fight the Labor covertly. Division are ordered to take on the
Labor, even though Captain Gotoh knows the who thing has been set up to provide
battle data for the Phantom Labor. Before heading off to Oshima, Gotoh sends
Asuma to the factory to pick up the Labor. He won't be there to help Noa. Noa is
quite upset at the fact she hasn't patched things up with him yet, and that he
won't be there. Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally broadcast 7 March 1990.
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