Patlabor Producer Taro Maki: New Patlabor Project Starting
posted on by Karen Ressler
Patlabor the Mobile Police producer Taro Maki announced on Facebook on Wednesday that "a new Patlabor the Mobile Police project is starting." He joked that he wonders how many years it will take.
Maki posted a link to the "Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot" anime short, which debuted in Japan in October and began streaming on the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition's (Japan Animator Expo) official website on Tuesday.
The Patlabor franchise's original concept of police officers piloting robotic mecha (patrol labors or "Patlabors") was developed by HEADGEAR, a group consisting of director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Sky Crawlers), script writer Kazunori Ito (.hack, Dirty Pair), mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi (Eureka Seven, Mobile Suit Gundam franchise), character designer Akemi Takada (Kimagure Orange Road, Urusei Yatsura, Fancy Lala), and manga creator Masami Yuuki (Birdy the Mighty). The franchise spawned two original video anime, a television anime series, and three anime films. The last anime film, Patlabor WXIII, was released in theaters in Japan in 2002.
The live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- project, which debuted in 2014, consisted of a seven-part series and a feature length film.
Maiden Japan has licensed the Patlabor OVA series, Patlabor The Mobile Police: The New Files OVA, Patlabor: The Movie, Patlabor 2: The Movie, and Patlabor WXIII.