Live-Action Patlabor's Life-Size AV-98 Ingram Robot Rolls Through Tokyo
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Videographer darwinfish posted a recording of the full-size AV-98 Ingram robotic mecha being wheeled into and erected at Tokyo near Kichijoji Station on Sunday. The life-size model is one of two created at the cost of several tens of millions of yen (several hundred thousand US dollars) for the live-action The Next Generation -Patlabor- project.
Crowds of onlookers snapped pictures of the Ingram (and some Patlabor cosplayers) and posted them to Twitter:
原寸大98式イングラム&ケロロ軍曹♬ pic.twitter.com/FjvO4SRgkM— 情景師アラーキー/荒木さとし (@arakichi1969) April 13, 2014
吉祥寺の実物大イングラムは立った時より、周りにリアル整備班とリアル警官がいた時の方が燃えた。まさにパトレイバーの世界。 pic.twitter.com/YlLeKzRrH0— ザン・ウー (@Zan_Woo) April 13, 2014
吉祥寺駅前北口、パトレイバー、イングラム起動まであとわずか。すごい人混みです! pic.twitter.com/WH22EuHeUm— 鈴井匡伸 インディーズゼロ (@suzui_idz) April 13, 2014
立った!立った!イングラムが立った!(bφ▽φ)/ pic.twitter.com/2HbczIzgMF— ソノヤマ･タカスケ/T.SONOYAMA (@T_SONOYAMA) April 13, 2014
吉祥寺の実物大イングラム、股間のナンバープレートを拡大してみたら「品川88と20-22」だった。 pic.twitter.com/ejuXudtvuw— ザン・ウー (@Zan_Woo) April 13, 2014
吉祥寺での実寸イングラムのデッキアップイベント。様々なコスプレをした人のパレードも同時に開催されていたのだが、アニメ版の特2課の格好をしたメンバーとイングラムとの奇跡のショット!。真横を通過する際に一斉に敬礼していたのが印象的でした。 pic.twitter.com/tfoWPyEwMI— 情景師アラーキー/荒木さとし (@arakichi1969) April 13, 2014
Part 2 of the live-action project (comprised of episodes 2 and 3) will premiere in Japan on May 31 with an appearance by actor Naoto Takenaka who voiced the pivotal role of Shigeki Arakawa in Oshii's 1993 Patlabor 2: The Movie.
Former Hello! Project singer and actress Erina Mano stars as pilot Akira Izumino (as opposed to the earlier anime's heroine Noa Izumi). The cast also includes Seiji Fukushi as Yūma Shiobara, Rina Oota as Ekaterina Krachevna Kankaeva ("Kasha") from Russia, Shigeru Chiba reprising his anime role as maintenance crew chief Shigeo Shiba, and Toshio Kakei as Captain Keiji Gotōda (the successor to the anime's Captain Kiichi Gotō).
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 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 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.
The production is budgeted at 2 billion yen (US$20 million), and principal photography ran from June to the end of December. The two life-size Ingram robots were built at the cost of several tens of millions of yen (several hundred thousand US dollars). The production also used Suidobashi Heavy Industry's real-life rideable robot Kuratas.
Oshii commented that the seven-part series will have a "slapstick" ambiance, while the feature film will be serious. Oshii and Kei Yamamura are writing the scripts for the series, and Kenji Kawai is returning to the franchise to compose the music for both the series and the feature film.
The production company Tohokushinsha Film Corporation announced at France's Japan Expo in July that Oshii is involved in this year's live-action project of HEADGEAR's Mobile Police Patlabor anime. Omnibus Japan, an audio and computer graphics studio tied to Tohokushinsha, is co-producing the new project. The company worked on the graphics in Ghost in the Shell and the Evangelion films.
Central Park Media released the OVAs and television series in English before filing for bankruptcy in 2009. Manga Entertainment, Bandai Visual USA, and Geneon released the three films stateside but are since out of print. The North American licensing company Maiden Japan announced last year that it acquired the Mobile Police Patlabor television anime series. The same company announced the rights for the video anime series last year.