Patlabor (OVA) [Blu-ray]
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Top Customer Reviews
The picture quality is quite amazing. I'd never seen an anime with such clean and pristine quality that you can literally see the paint and quality of the animation cel in some scenes. It is phenomenal!
The show itself is quite surprising, I thought it may have a a serious tone, coming from Mamoru Oshii of Ghost in the Shell fame, but the OVA is quite lighthearted. Not to mention, there is a considerable lack of mecha action from what looks to be primarily a mecha anime. It is focused on the the formation of the police unit that utilize the Patlabors to curb Labor (robot) crime. Quite a different spin on the genre.
The show is two handfuls of episodes plus three movies within this part of Patlabor canon. The TV series exists on its own.
Great Blu-Ray, great purchase!
The main reason I wanted to write this review is to applaud the video transfer. The blu-ray release is just fantastic! Many thanks for re-releasing this, and doing such a superb job.
Of course, "Patlabor" doesn't take place in 1988 (when this was originally released), but ten years in the "future" in 1998 (and 15 years now in the past for us - confused yet?).Read more ›
In 1988, the artist group Headgear (consisting of director Mamoru Oshii, screenplay writer Kazunori Ito, manga artist Masami Yuki, character designer Akemi Takeda and mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi) all formed to what is now known as Patlabor. This seven-episode OVA was the first of their endeavors. The show was animated by Studio DEEN (Urusei Yatsura, Ramna 1/2). It episodes vary in the sense of comedy and drama, set up against a police mecha background. All of the character are unique and their chemistry and dynamic are what makes the show interesting. My favorite character is Captain Goto.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The goofiness of the characters is sometimes too much and I have to fast forward scenes.Published 5 months ago by ILoveSciFi
Whoever says that this was an excellent transfer is false. If you compare this to Bandai's release back in 2010 you'll realize that section 21 did a s***ty job at hte transfer to... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Garion
Looks beautiful on Blue-ray; you can hardly guess this show was made in the '80s. Buy this so we can get the full Patlabor series and movies.Published on August 19, 2013 by Sean P McGrath