The Live-Action PATLABOR Series Releases First Trailer

Check out the first official footage from the live-action Patlabor series which kicks off with a 15-minute televised prequel in March, followed by a seven-part theatrical mini-series that starts in April.

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By Mark Julian - 2/7/2014


Here's a translation of what the narrator [Shigeru Chiba as Master Chief Shigeo Shiba of the Patlabor police robots] says, courtesy of Anime News Network:

"Due to the prolonged recession, even the Labor business has experienced a downturn. Then, why is Special Vehicle Division 2 still hanging on? There is history here.

After the glorious first generation, we now have this incompetent third one. But, we still have what we haven't lost.

Everyday life on standby alert, over and over again. Each day of idleness which lasts forever.

However, the situation abruptly breaks down.

Can the incompetent third generation mobilize without a hitch?

Handle the Labors with care."


What do you think? You can compare the footage to the anime's opening in the video below.

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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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JoeMomma29 - 2/7/2014, 12:53 PM
Looks like a full fledge comedy!
amxt - 2/7/2014, 12:55 PM
Does it fly? or move? or do they just roll it around whenever there is a parade?
GUNSMITH - 2/7/2014, 12:58 PM
COMEDY
beto - 2/7/2014, 12:58 PM
Just for Gusto

soforizo - 2/7/2014, 1:01 PM
Freaking disappointing. These guys are still stuck in the Power Rangers era.

It looks like I'll be collecting social security by the time a live-action Gundam movie gets made.
Cassowarysaur - 2/7/2014, 1:07 PM
You can always trust the Japs to make something that they invented themselves look absolutely terrible.
blkchi - 2/7/2014, 1:16 PM
Japs??? oh well havent even married my asian wife yet and im defending them..anyway always loved the aci fi element robotech and gundam but the story is too soap opery..anyway id watch if for no other teason ti see hot asian chicks
WruceBayne - 2/7/2014, 1:33 PM
This looks like a waste of somebody's investment.
NinjaKickTheDamnRabbit - 2/7/2014, 1:34 PM
Glad to see it kept the comedy aspect like the original OVA's.
NinjaKickTheDamnRabbit - 2/7/2014, 1:37 PM
All the haters bitching about comedy not working with giant mech's has never even seen the series. Avengers has comedy, Thor has comedy, Capt America has comedy. Everyone on this site suck's marvels d#$k and doesnt bitch about the comedy in those movies.
Bam - 2/7/2014, 1:41 PM
The fact that they put "Patlobar on Television" in the title for the anime opening is enough to make me wanna watch
ComradeGrey - 2/7/2014, 2:13 PM
Holy shit that is Japanese.
fanDomX - 2/7/2014, 2:34 PM
@NinjaKick, Where the hell have you been??????????? All these guys on this site do is cry about Marvel movie having comedy!!!!
GURILLAPUD - 2/7/2014, 3:24 PM
Look good, just like the anime. Frack Gundam movie.
TankD - 2/7/2014, 3:30 PM
@ninja the marvel films have small spurts of comedy throughout the film and its not bs Japanese brand comedy where they think yawning is cute and lean over shit in stupid poses. I like anime as much as the next guy but keep that shit in the anime.

if you make something live action, you want realism to it. thats what they mean by realism and gritty in the real world. that if something like superheroes in our world existed what would they be like? Our world is dark and brutal and tragic. Thats what I want to see.
princevegeta31 - 2/7/2014, 3:46 PM
I like it, it's Japanese, and I love anime!! We have to accept it for what it is.
Pathogen - 2/7/2014, 4:03 PM
um....yeah. annoying japanese humor, not for me.
FOOM - 2/8/2014, 1:02 AM
You should here what the Japanese say about some of the film/TV sheet America pumps out.Total Recall 2070 anyone?

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