Live-Action PATLABOR Mini-Series To Feature Real Life Mecha

This is pretty cool! A real life, functional mecha will be featured in the live-action Patlabor mini-series from director Mamoru Oshii and star, Erina Mano. Check out a teaser of the Kuratas in action as we wait for the first installment in the Patlabor series to air in April.

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By Mark Julian - 1/16/2014
Suidobashi Heavy Industry's real-life, function mecha, the Kuratas will feature as a labor robot alongside the law enforcement's Ingram. A full size replica of the Ingram was constructed but it's not functional. You can check out the Kuratas in action below. The first installment in the seven-part Patlabor series will air in Japan on April 5, 2014.


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Live-action Patlabor movie poster

Patlabor also known as Mobile Police Patlabor, is a 1988 anime and manga that centered around the special robotics force of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as they solved various cases in a then-near-future of 1998. There have been several anime films, anime series, mangas, light novels and video games to date.

The film will not be a remake of Mamoru Oshii's (Ghost in the Shell) original anime but will instead tell a completely new story. The project has been dubbed Patlabor - The Third Generation and is set in 2013, where the Tokyo Metropolitan Police force has been disbanded. The TMP has been dispersed into two separate divisions, Section 2, "police robots" Division 1 and Section 2 "barely holding on, budget cut" Division 2. Former singer Erina Mano will play the lead heroine, Akira Izumino. Rounding out the cast are Seiji Fukushi as Yūma Shiobara, Rina Oota as Ekaterina Krachevna Kankaeva, voice-actor Shigeru Chiba will play his anime character, maintenance squad chief Shigeo Shiba, and Toshio Kakei as Captain Keiji Gotōda.

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AutoFreek - 1/16/2014, 4:26 AM
AutoFreek - 1/16/2014, 4:31 AM
I can't believe this getting any comments
Excel - 1/16/2014, 4:43 AM
I'm shocked and amazed first by the functional mech suit and then by Sid comment
AutoFreek - 1/16/2014, 4:44 AM
* isn't
thespork - 1/16/2014, 4:53 AM
DropAload - 1/16/2014, 5:16 AM
My burd. I want my burd.
marvel72 - 1/16/2014, 5:51 AM
this is so f*ckin cool,i saw that kuratas mecha video last year maybe the year before.

still always great to re-watch.
TheRealGoku - 1/16/2014, 5:52 AM
That's actually really good

@SidTheAstroSloth Yeah as Metal Gear Rex!
marvel72 - 1/16/2014, 5:52 AM
next movie made evangelion or more importantly mobile suit gundam.
Enphlieuwince - 1/16/2014, 6:06 AM
That is [frick]ing cool. Now I know what to do with this spare milli I got. That shit would really come in handy for the zombie out break...
InfiniteMonkey - 1/16/2014, 7:06 AM
This looks cool. Can't wait to see it.
Spidey91 - 1/16/2014, 7:44 AM
hey science, where the f*ck are my Gundams? get on it!
NateBest - 1/16/2014, 8:39 AM
I just finished making/ordering mine. I named it "Bubba". Only $2M US :)
Spock - 1/17/2014, 1:52 AM
This relates to APPLESEED, APPLESEED, APPLESEED ALL over it. Still Kool thou!

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