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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
Ota 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 smoothly.
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!
The 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
Division 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
A 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.
The Division Crosses the Sea
Division 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.
Captain Gotoh is the Target
Out 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
18 I Love You Miss
Idol 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
19 The Shadow of the Geo-Front
Workers 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
Originally broadcast 28 February 1990.
Dark Troubles Rising
Private 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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