In celebration of Mamoru Oshii's birthday, I explore three of his films — Patlabor 2, Ghost in the Shell, and Jin-Roh — to uncover the ways Oshii has made predictions and philosophical inquiries that are shockingly relevant to today. Let’s dive in!
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.
Celebrate the anniversary of manga and anime series Patlabor with a sweet SEIKO watch! The special design evokes the series's main robot, with engraving and glow-in-the-dark accents. Check it out, and find out where to buy one, 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.
Japan continues to show its love for Wonder Woman -- and this time, some anime legends are in the mix! Artists from Patlabor, Sword Art Online, and Kill la Kill are offering up their spins on the mighty Amazon, as is Takara Tomy's fashion doll Licca. Take a peek after the jump!
Early news out of Annecy International Animation Film Festival is that the booth by Japanese company Genco at the MIFA film market sports a poster for an anime adaptation of Pluto, Naoki Urasawa's mature remake of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy classic "The Greatest Robot on Earth." The Eisner nominated manga was released in North America by Viz.
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.
After presenting it for limited theatrical screenings last month, the Japan Animator Expo showcase of shorts from Dwango and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara is now streaming Mobile Police Patlabor - Reboot on its site. The mecha anime is being presented with available English subtitles through February 28, 2017.