Animator Expo Site Streams 'Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot' Short Anime
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The eight-minute short screened as a bonus during Japan Animator Expo's one-week screening event at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and Osaka's Umeda Burg 7 theaters in October. The theaters sold a special "early theater edition" Blu-ray Disc, which includes art by Naoyuki Asano and storyboards by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. This Blu-ray Disc also includes a soundtrack CD and costs 7,000 yen (about US$67). A limited edition Blu-ray Disc with the same extras will ship on December 26 for 5,000 yen (about US$48), and a DVD will ship on the same day for 3,000 yen (about US$29). The limited edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD was previously slated for October 26.
Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve, Patema Inverted) is both the director and director of photography, and also handled storyboards. Kazunori Itō, who worked on the screenplays for various earlier Patlabor anime, collaborated with Yoshiura on the script. Naoyuki Asano (Mr. Osomatsu) adapted Masami Yuuki's original character designs, and also served as animation director. Kenji Kawai (Patlabor the Mobile Police, Ghost in the Shell) composed the music. Studio Khara handled the animation.
Other staff members include:
- Mechanical design, editing: Yutaka Izubuchi
- CGI animation director: Yūsuke Matsui
- CGI director: Manabu Kobayashi
- Color setting: Terumi Nakauchi
- Art director: Yūji Kaneko
- Sound director: Yō Yamada
- Executive producer, planning: Hideaki Anno
Like the other Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition shorts, the Patlabor reboot stars Kouichi Yamadera and Megumi Hayashibara.
The Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition shorts streamed on the project's website for three seasons and a total of 35 episodes.
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.