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on October 19, 2012
Weak sister of the trilogy of Patlabor films, it's actually a decent story (and taken from the original Kido Keisatsu Patlabor manga). Beautiful animation and solid storytelling, fully comparable to the previous two films. The problem came in when the writer and director chose to shift from focusing on Detective Matsui's investigation to reducing SVII's presence to a brief cameo appearance toward the film's end. Think of, for example, an episode of Star Trek where two secondary characters who appeared in one or two episodes are given a whole film, set on an unfamilliar ship or planet--and we only get to see one or two of the primary characters for about two minutes 90% of the way of the film. They *might've* pulled it off in an episode of the TV series, or even an OAV...but not here.

There's been no new Patlabor on film or videro since. ('MiniPato' really doesn't count as it's more affectionate parody than anything else.) A sad finish to a truly decent anime series.
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on April 27, 2003
for those of you who already saw ,and know abnout the patlabor previous movies,let me tell you that this one is as good as part 1 and 2.thanks to masami yuuki's story-who is one of the patlabor creators-and miki tori's script.cuse that what really makes patlabor movies so great,the story.and when they combine that with a talented director,they get a masterpiec.
this time around though,captain goto is guest appearing,and his chubby, police detective buddy kusumi is leading the ivestigation,with his young -i don't recpect the eldery that much -partner hata,who we so in part one.also guest appearin are noah and azuma.
it's a genetic engineering crime this time,it may sound [weak],but yuuki turned it -as always- into a political thriller.a military sponsored experiment turned wrong,so, the cover up starts,and the investigation starts.it's the same style as goto's detective work ,but without acting dumb like columbo.he is serious .i really missed goto at the begining,but kusumi is not bad at all.he looks older and skinnier this time ,with grey hair and a healing broken leg.
don't watch this film if you're tired or sleepy,you need concentration to follow up the clues with the detective.but usually you'll end up watching the film again,that is way i like patlabor.
no mamoru oshii behined the camer.it's fumihiko takayama.he gave us the enjoyable city strolling scenes and longshots,not as oshii's,but still good.
if you liked 1 and 2 you'll like this one too.
as for first timers,if you like clancy and doyle ,you'll enjoy this film.
the extra's trailler tells of a new oshii project (minipato).there are also some pioneer previews.
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on March 30, 2003
True, it is a slow-pace movie. However, that aspect is major part of the story. In this movie, action is not the genre. So if you assume this is another mech action flick, it will disappoint you so badly and make you say it aint worth to buying or even watching. Because unlike other 2 movies and TV episodes, camera focuses on two detectives not 2nd team of labor department to lead.
Pro:
1. Beautiful and stuning visual
2. Nice study of biology
3. Detail background of both surroundings and characters
4. Great story line
Con:
1. No memorable music score
2. Mixed genre to may confuse most American audiences
3. Less action than any other
I waould say this is another master piece from Patlabor saga, and give it 5 stars without any question.
This review is based on theatrical release.
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on December 19, 2009
Let me preface this by saying that the first time I saw this movie I had no idea about the previous Patlabor movies.

This is actually one of my favorite anime movies. High quality production and great story. It has pretty much NOTHING to do with the other Patlabor movies except for about 10 minutes of the movie where the "labors" are used.

Instead of getting giant fighting robots and a crazy/wacky police force you get a reserved detective and his partner trying to solve a mystery. It stands on its own as a solid, entertaining movie.
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on July 21, 2013
I was never a fan of the Patlabor series, but I love giant robot movies. Having said the I know a little something about Patlabor and this has very, very little to do with any of it. BUT if that doesn't bother you then its a great movie. The story's cool, the animation is awesome and the action is really good. I give it high marks.
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on June 17, 2013
WAY BETTER THAN EXPECTED! i am in love with this series. I dont understand why people arent so keen on this movie. it has patlabor, a great plot, a oschii style mystery plot, great pacing, and a kaiju monster!
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on November 6, 2015
Not like the older ones or the great OVA and The TV but ok
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on January 20, 2013
Well they really switched the plot up on this one. Didn't really love it but was good to watch. The movie itself was not bright, seem to be dark and gloomy.
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on March 19, 2015
Excellent as always.
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on September 15, 2013
A great addition to my anime collection and I'm glad it's mine. It's not like the previous movies but that's okay.
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