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  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Us Manga Corps Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C52FR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. P. DuQuette on July 11, 2004
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Yes, Patlabor movies 1 and 2 are both way better in quality and storyline then this, the original OVA series. However, much like Cowboy Bebop, Patlabor was obviously a fan-driven experiment. Like Bebop, the stories are interesting because the characters are, and there is also a shared abuse of 'over-the-top' comedy at times, the inexplicably goofy sea-monster episode being the worst 'offender' (yes, I loved it). What started out as a Gundam parody bait-and-switch for mecha fans (for a show featuring such cool and detailed mecha designs, the action scenes are very few and far between) mutates into a frighteningly realistic portrait of near-future Japan, filled with social unrest and political intrigue. And you can observe director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) developing rapidly (by the "Longest Day" episodes, you can see his trademark 'static conversation in cars cut with short, hyper-real action' style in full swing). Like the Hakkenden, an imperfect, but heartfelt gift to intelligent anime fans of the day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maximillian Galer-Cail on January 29, 2013
This is a great introductory Anime for those who are looking to get into the genre and it's quite the gem. From the director of Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii) comes a different kind of giant robot anime. As an Anime fan, I love the big spectacles like the massive Gundam franchise, Evangelion, Gurren Lagaan and Big O, but this show really brought me down to earth. This OVA (original video animation) is a lead into the three films that followed, along with a massive 50 episode spin off series that came along later. A private police force is formed and uses their massive Patrol Labors to take down criminals that terrorize Japan. If you watch the entire series, all of the characters get a chance to shine, the animation is wonderful and it actually takes a refreshing route and focuses more on character development than action at times. Is this a bad thing, not in the slightest? Equal time is spent on getting to know the crazy team of pilots, mechanics and the chief's. It also takes a a few political stabs at red tape of Japanese government and the running joke of them never having a budget. The show excels in every department, humor (both slapstick and political), office romance, drama and action.

The only downside is that this set is now out of print and is sold at an ungodly price, but have no fear, this April the show returns to DVD and will also be on Blu ray for the first time! If you missed out on it before, now's your chance to own this classic show again, don't miss out, I certainly won't.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2004
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While many may give Robotech or older Anime (pre-Akira) props for making them anime fans, this series was the one that had me hooked. The characters were just like people you knew or have known, and the storylines were well written. If you like Anime with good doses of humor (and there's an abundance, yet it's not overbearing and does not detract from the stories), then give this one a try.
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By Kindle Customer on December 24, 2013
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Husband was happy for this one. They are great and no problems with the dvds. The packaging was not as shown but it was still in awesome condition. Plus, ours came with a patch.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Clay on September 20, 2005
Takes place in a future Tokyo (the late 1990's)! where giant, pilot-operated construction machines called Labors do all the work but are increasingly employed by criminals, requiring a police force of Patrol Labors, dubbed 'Patlabor', to combat them.
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