Japanese-Language Channel FAMILY GEKIJO U.S. Airs Space Battleship Yamato III Anime, The Next Generation -Patlabor- Live-Action Series
posted on by Karen Ressler & Alex Mateo
The 24-hour Japanese-language channel FAMILY GEKIJO U.S. began airing the Space Battleship Yamato III (Uchusenkan Yamato 3 or Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars) anime and the The Next Generation -Patlabor- live-action movie series this January. Space Battleship Yamato III is airing two episodes every Monday to Friday at 11:00 p.m. EST. The Next Generation -Patlabor- is airing Monday to Friday at 3:00 a.m. EST. Both series are in Japanese with no subtitles.
The 25-episode Uchusenkan Yamato 3 anime aired in 1980-1981. FAMILY GEKIJO U.S. already aired Uchusenkan Yamato (Star Blazers) and Uchusenkan Yamato 2 (Star Blazers: The Comet Empire).
The Next Generation -Patlabor- project is not a remake of the earlier Patlabor anime stories, but a completely new work. The story is set in Tokyo in 2013, and it represents the "third generation" of Patlabor. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has disbanded its Section 2 Division 1 of police robots, and Section 2 Division 2 barely survived the budget cuts due to the long recession.
Sources: Email Correspondence, Press Release