The 4DX version of Patlabor The Movie was released in 56 theaters in Japan on July 17, 2020, earning an impressive 26 million yen on 10,000 ticket sales in its first three days. The film was initially set for April 17 but had been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Hit the jump for more details.
GENCO Corporation, which manages the copyrights for the Mobile Police Patlabor series, and United Cinema Corporation have announced that they will begin showing the 4DX version of Patlabor The Movie in 48 theaters in Japan from April 17, 2020. The 4DX offers motion seating, effects of wind, fog, rain, lighting, snow, scents and rain storm during the screening. Hit the jump for more details.
December 17th marks the birthday of Noa Izumi, professional giant robot cop and the heroine of Patlabor The Mobile Police, and we're celebrating with a look at what makes this ordinary woman such an extraordinary character within the "real robot" subgenre of mecha anime. Hit the jump to learn more.
Headgear is continuing its 30th anniversary celebrations for Mobile Police Patlabor, a long-running science fiction / comedy series about blue collar cops trying to prevent giant robot crime in near-future Tokyo, with a new art exhibition installation at the Osaka Nanko ATC venue in August of 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Patlabor: The Movie, part of Headgear's long-running mecha/police procedural series about underpaid civil servants policing robot crimes in near-future Tokyo. Join us as we remember this landmark movie and celebrate what makes it so special even three decades after its initial theatrical release. Hit the jump learn more.
In commemoration of the Mobile Police Patlabor franchise's 30th anniversary, Japan Post started accepting pre-orders for the memorial stamp and postcard set in three editions (Yuuki Masami Selection, Akemi Takada Selection, Yutaka Izubuchi Selection) at its 24,700 post offices across Japan and online store today. Check out details of the special items after the jump!
Science fiction / police procedural / office comedy franchise Mobile Police Patlabor is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, and to pave the way for the festivities a special art exhibition will be held from December 13 - 24, 2018, at the Ikebukuro Marui venue in Nishiikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Japan Anniversary Association officially recognizes August 10 as Patlabor Day from this year. On that memorial day, GENCO opens an official website, Twitter account, and Instagram for the Mobile Police Patlabor franchise's new project "PATLABOR EZY." Hit the jump for more details.
As part of the "RECORD STORE DAY" campaign being held in Japan today, Japanese idol Yuko Nitou's fourth single "Sonomama no Kimi de ite" gets reissued on vinyl. The song was used as the OP theme for the first 34 episodes of Mobile Police Patlabor: The TV Series aired in Japan from 1989 to 1990. Hit the jump for more details.
After GENCO's announcement at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 62-year-old Kazunori Ito confirmed on his official Twitter that he has been attached to the Patlabor EZY project. He is one of the five members of Headgear, the team who created the Patlabor franchise, and worked as the main scenario writer for its anime series. Hit the jump for more details.
On Wednesday, anime producer Taro Maki (Tenchi Muyo!, In This Corner of the World) took to Facebook and teased the announcement of a new Mobile Police Patlabor project. Could more misadventures be in store for Special Vehicle Section 2? Hit the jump to learn more.