Live-Action PATLABOR Part 2 Trailer Begins Streaming

The trailer for the second installment of Mamoru Oshii's seven-part, live-action Patlabor series (Patlabor: The Next Generation) has begun streaming in Japan. Be sure to check out our anime section for all the latest kaiju, mecha and shonen news.

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By Mark Julian - 4/16/2014
The first trailer for Part 2 of Mamoru Oshii's live-action Patlabor series has been released. Titled, "98-Shiki Sakidō Seyo" (AV-98, Relaunch!), Part 2 will air in Japan on May 31st.

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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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SuperCat - 4/16/2014, 4:10 AM
A comedy????

Thelastdalek - 4/16/2014, 4:25 AM
@SuperCat

The original series was a comedy so why are you so surprised that this is?
TheRealSupaMan - 4/16/2014, 4:33 AM
Meh, not my thing really. It's not that I think it looks bad, but a little too Goofy I guess. Would like to have seen how an action scene looked though!
SuperCat - 4/16/2014, 4:50 AM
@ Thelastdalek

I'm surprised because I know little of the series. Notice the headline reads, "Live-Action." Don't see "comedy" anywhere on the article. Thanks for answering my question.
Thelastdalek - 4/16/2014, 5:13 AM
@SuperCat

Fair enough.

Just don't expect to see to much of the mechas if it's anything like the original series.

Fun fact most the characters a based on the cast of police academy.
SuperCat - 4/16/2014, 5:13 AM
@ Thelastdalek

Thanks! Trailer looks like it's worth checking out.
grif - 4/16/2014, 5:26 AM
looks like a complete joke.

what a shameful act of blasphemy
InfiniteMonkey - 4/16/2014, 6:11 AM
@SuperCat Yo mate, you listen to Tablo? Or did you just find that first gif?
SuperCat - 4/16/2014, 6:13 AM
@ InfiniteMonkey

Just found it, bud :)
InfiniteMonkey - 4/16/2014, 7:00 AM
@SuperCat Ah, no worries then. South Korean rapper if you must know.
SoundWave - 4/16/2014, 7:28 AM
Emm... part 2? Where the Part 1 I can find to watch? oO
RonnyYagami - 4/16/2014, 7:58 AM
Better than transformes, it will be a smart comedy, not an american pie made ​​porn meaningless.
GURILLAPUD - 4/16/2014, 8:38 AM
Love Pat Labor, but can we get a live action Macross please.
plasticman - 4/16/2014, 8:47 AM
So if we're going to start making live action jaeger movies then I want Big O. Now there's a story that would look good if the right production team got ahold of it. I would love to see David Fincher on that project.
LEEE777 - 4/16/2014, 9:41 AM
Didn't know about this... very cool!
BlindJustice - 4/16/2014, 9:57 AM
This looks like crap. I remember people getting all excited when it was announced, but I'll wait for Ghost in the Shell thank you very much!
BlindJustice - 4/16/2014, 10:02 AM
@SuperCat - Live-Action just means it's not animated. It'd be nice to see a seriously action-packed anime brought to life though...and given some justice. So many animes just waiting to be turned into live-action. Robotech is another that comes to mind.
RetroFit - 4/17/2014, 9:57 AM
OH my God that looks [frick]ing terrible. Just absolutely [frick]ing terrible!

RetroFit - 4/17/2014, 10:01 AM
"Fun fact most the characters a based on the cast of police academy."

This makes Police Academy look like Oscar material by comparison. Good Grief!

Thelastdalek - 4/18/2014, 9:51 AM
@RetroFit

If you don't like it fine but stop posting obnoxious gifs the exist solely to antagonise people who do like it.

The original Patlabor series is considered a classic.

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