'Episode 0' Of The Live-Action PATLABOR Series Premieres In March

The prequel installment in the live-action Patlabor mini-series airs next month in Japan. Check out the latest new images from the project including a peek inside the iconic cockpit of the Ingram mecha.

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By Mark Julian - 2/5/2014
With the prequel episode of the seven-part live-action Patlabor mini-series airs next month. This means we should be getting our first glimpse of actual footage very, very soon. Till then, here are some new stills to hold you over. The production built a real-life, full-scale working model of the show's iconic Ingram mecha to use in certain shots in addition to using a CG model for action scenes.

Live-action PATLABOR Ingram_01








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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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faazil786 - 2/5/2014, 4:26 AM
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DestroyallTrolls - 2/5/2014, 4:52 AM
MILK!
CorndogBurglar - 2/5/2014, 4:52 AM
This looks awesome!

If anyone knows how to do mechs right, its the asians. I mean that in as non-racial way as possible. Kind of like a compliment, if you will. As in, not to be taken as an insult. Hurtful is not the word I would use to describe the meaning of this comment. What I'm basically trying to say is...good job Asia!
SuperCat - 2/5/2014, 5:04 AM
Fourth!! YEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

loki668 - 2/5/2014, 5:10 AM
Obviously, they haven't seen the size of the Kaiju or that thing would be a hell of a lot bigger! ;)
mikesinuman - 2/5/2014, 5:15 AM
so its not just a movie we are getting but a series? correct me if i am wrong.
loki668 - 2/5/2014, 5:20 AM
@Pasto

You forgot the onions. COME ON MAN!!!
InfiniteMonkey - 2/5/2014, 5:32 AM
Can't wait to see this!
Looks like a riot!
marcvader1 - 2/5/2014, 6:00 AM
So the scale of the mech is off as you see the size of it being larger in the cockpit image then it looks smaller in the group shot. There's no way that little girl standing directly in front of the robot can fit in the torso the way it looks in the top image. They should of gone a bit larger or cast midgets.
MarkJulian - 2/5/2014, 7:14 AM
@mikesinuman The prequel ep is airing on tv, it's only 15 minutes or so. Then the 7-part mini-series is being released in theaters with each installment clocking in at about an hour. Then a film is being released in 2015. This thing is massive!
CorndogBurglar - 2/5/2014, 8:09 AM
MarcVader doesn't know how special effects and set pieces work.
marcvader1 - 2/5/2014, 9:28 AM
The practical model in the bottom poster should be larger if we are to believe that a human will be inside its torso like the top picture is showing. Get it now Corndogburglar?
e93gsx - 2/7/2014, 7:45 AM
Hmmm quality seems only slightly better then Power Rangers but I still think it looks cool. Would love to get more news on this.

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