The live-action anime spin-off The Next Generation -Patlabor- is going to have an interesting guest star.
First reported back in July 2012, a Japanese technician group called Suidobashi Heavy Industry has been working on the 3.8-meter tall mecha called "Kuratas KR01," and a starter kit recently on sale for 139,809,241 yen/1,353,500 USD. This mech has been painted yellow and cast as a construction labor, fighting the Ingram police mecha.
Mamoru Oshii, who will be directing the project along with Takanori Tsujimoto, Kiyotaka Taguchi, and Hiroaki Yuasa, said that was no need to create a CGI or a prop because the Kuratas possesses the qualities of a labor. In addition to CG, the movie will use practical effects like a full-sized Type-98 AV Ingram.
The project's New Year's pic
The first chapter which consists of the episode 0 and 1 hits theaters on April 5, 2014 for two weeks only, followed by the second chapter on May 31. The 100-minute feature film written/directed by Mamoru Oshii will be released in Golden Week (between the end of April and the beginning of May) of 2015.