start with the first Patlabor would have to be one of my all time favourite
movies and upon seeing it again you can really see that the animation at that
time was quite primitive compared to todayís standards. Although the people
animation was a bit higher than Astro Boy standards you will find that the
animation of the Patlabors them selves (the machines) is phenomenal, the
amount of detail that goes into creating these huge machines is really
intense, and when those action scenes come on the animation team really have
something to be proud of.
The story revolves
around a precinct of police officers, the officers arenít just ordinary beat
cops these cops drive the most sophisticated domestic armoured Patlabors
around, they patrol the streets of Tokyo, and
with a new threat in the city theyíre job just got harder. The terms Patlabor
sabotage has become a common term used in todayís society and recently a term
will be added, with Patlabors going completely crazy and even being unpiloted
still manage to get command from their HOS
(Hyper Operating System) .
majority of Patlabors around have just been upgraded to a new and
sophisticated operating system named the H.O.S (Hyper Operating System). The
new system was devised by a young brilliant systems analyst who has just
recently committed suicide. It is believed that the young analyst was a bit
crazy but the government didnít mind because the new HOS interface improved
the Patlabors power output level by 30% making the Patlabors faster and more
they didnít realize was that the young analyst actually built in a virus that
allowed all Patlabors with the new operating system to go on a rampage and
destroy the world. The police must now find the trigger for the virus and try
their best to remove it from as many Patlabors as possible. This makes for an
amazing ending and with many plot twists and turns I guarantee that if youíre
into the action type animation movie Patlabor 1 you canít go past.
second movie, Patlabor 2 really doesnít push as many buttons as the first, you
will find that the animation and the sound quality is just as good if not
better, but the story line is very much more intense, you will have to pay
attention, you canít just watch bits and pieces and expect to understand
whatís going on, in other words donít watch it with guests unless they are die
hard anime fans like yourself.
The story is more of
a government conspiracy after the end of Patlabor 1 and how they intend to
quell the Patlabor shortage in the world and also the way that certain
government agencies have manipulated the Patlabor crisis to make the city of
Tokyo a target for attacks and a real fuel
for the coming war.
Someone is trying to start a war and the crack team that prevailed in Patlabor
1 is out trying to solve the mystery and catch the culprits. Iíd have to say
that the movie isnít as good as Patlabor 1 but it still holds a great presence
and you really canít go without seeing both, just seeing one of the Patlabor
movies would be an insult and you would surely suffer, this great double pack
is fantastic value for money and anyone out there that enjoyed either of these
movies, I urge you get out there, get the double pack and enjoy the ride.
Donít miss out on the extras there are some pretty sweet trailers of
mechanoid series, the second disc includes a
making of the Patlabor movies, itís very good except you have to read
everything because all the animators are all Asian dudes and so are the
writers, so to that effect you have to read subtitles, but still pretty cool
the way they involved real life scenes to create the Patlabor world.
Patlabor 1 & 2
Making of Patlabor