The Live-Action PATLABOR Series Releases First Trailer

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.

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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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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