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Patlabor On Television

Asuma Shinohara, Noa Izumi and Alphonse - Opening Animation

Patlabor On Television

Originally Broadcast 11 October 1989 to 26 September 1990

Staff

Series Director: Naoyuki Yoshinaga
Original Story: Headgear
Series Structure: Kazunori Ito
Character Designer: Akemi Takada
Mechanical Designers: Yutaka Izubuchi and Yoshinori Sayama
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production: Sunrise

The 47 part TV series is a completely different universe to the movies and Original OVA Series (AKA Early Days). For the most part there's a lot of comedy in these episodes mixed in with plenty of Labor battles, but usually only one per episode. Episodes range from drama, suspense, battles with monsters, science fiction parodies and even stories about the SV2's general day to day duties.

Quite a number of characters are introduced including several that had only previously appeared in the manga. Also several stories are borrowed from the manga including the Griffin saga (though considerably shortened).

The series was originally broadcast on Nippon Television Network (NTV) on Wednesday evenings from 5pm. I think this has to be one of the few robot anime TV series where them main robot of the show, Alphonse, gets his own credit during the opening credits. Disappointingly for fans of the series, the sound effect for the Labors sounded more like the stock standard "Gundam" robot effects rather than the familiar Labor sounds. In the Japanese home video release, the soundtrack was given a new stereo remix, dubbed the "Super Sound Remix" or "SS-Remix". The sound effects of the Labors were changed to match those heard in the Original OVA Series (AKA Early Days) and "Patlabor the movie". The background music was also tweaked. All video releases of the series contain the remixed audio, including all English language releases.

This version of the anime was very popular in anime clubs across the US, UK and Australia during the mid to late 1990's. A lot of anime fans including me, cite this series as one of the reasons they got into anime. Despite the massive popularity of the series in Japan and in anime clubs in the US, the success failed to follow on when it was released commercially in the US in 1998 on VHS. Most likely the causes were that there was no English dub, and that the animation was almost 10 years old at the time. Over three years after the initial VHS release, an English dub was slowly released on DVD in US by U.S. Manga Corps (Central Park Media), but they missed the boat completely on this one unfortunately. The fact that it took nearly five years to dub and release the entire series on DVD probably didn't help either.

On the final VHS tape and Laserdisc of the original Japanese video release of the TV series, there is a "48th episode". This is not an animated TV episode, but a special named "Koyasai Sanbonjime" (a sanbonjime is a Japanese clapping ritual done to honour the close of an event), which was a bonus collection of staff and cast interviews that was done after the final recording session for the series and was never aired on TV.

The series doesn't really conclude here. The 16 part New OVA Series completes the series, and resolves some of the issues not dealt with in the Griffin arc.

 

Episode Synopses
1 Ingram Activated
2 Kanuka Has Arrived
3 We're Special Vehicles Section 2
4 Head to the Evil Mountain
5 Rampaging Labor X-10
6 The Tower: SOS
7 Model 97's New Replacement
8 A Green Phantom
9 Red Labor Landing
10 Eve's Trap
11 Eve's Shudder
12 Ota's Afternoon of Puzzlement
13 Please Be Generous Your Highness!
14 You Win!
15 The Whale Who Sang
16 The Division Crosses the Sea
17 Captain Gotoh is the Target
18 I Love You Miss Noa
19 The Shadow of the Geo-Front
20 Dark Troubles Rising
21 The Phantom Returns
22 Flowers and Labors
23 Kanuka's Report
24 Goodbye Kanuka
25 Spring Storm
26 I am Takeo Kumagami
27 A Voice in the Darkness
28 The Suspicious Pair
29 The Destruction of the SV2
30 The Griffin Has Arrived
31 Tragedy in the Rain
32 Reunion
33 The Dogs of Schaft
34 Battle at the Castle Gate
35 The Fall of Griffin!
36 Noa's Big Adventure
37 I'm Selling Piece of Mind
38 The Underground Mystery Tour
39 Economy Model Plans
40 Orders of the Coast Guard
41 Save the Terrorists
42 The Men Who Returned
43 The Working Girl
44 Long Live CLAT
45 Vocational Options
46 His Name is Zero
47 Condition Green

 

Availability
In English

In March 2013, Maiden Japan in the US announced they had acquired the series released on DVD and Blu-ray in four sets. It must be noted that various English dubbed episodes on the first DVD and Blu-ray sets are are sourced from edited version broadcast on ImaginAsian (iaTV) around 2006. These edits amount to less than 30 seconds per episode. The Japanese version on the discs is uncut. Madman Entertainment in Australia announced in August 2011 that they had acquired the series. The first of two sets compiling the series will be released in February 2014 with the second set shipping in June 2014. US company U.S. Manga Corps previously released this series series on ten single DVDs and later as three DVD box sets with the full uncut English dub, original Japanese dialogue, English subtitles, and various extras including text interviews with director Naoyuki Yoshinaga and screenplay writer Michiko Yokote, as well as art galleries and other various additional extras. Please note this DVD version omits the new opening animation for episodes 35 to 47 (the opening song being "Condition Green"). In it's place is the previous opening song and animation. Oddly enough this opening animation and song appears in its correct place in U.S. Manga Corps' DVD and VHS version of New Series OVA and on the previous VHS version of the TV series release also released by U.S. Manga Corps. Also note that on the DVD version, episodes 43 to 47 (volume 11) were only available in the third box set. There was no single disc release for Volume 11. These DVDs were only available in the US, and therefore will only work on NTSC compatible region 1 DVD players (if you don't live in US or Canada, check your DVD player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). As of December 2006, U.S. Manga Corps deleted the series, but copies of the DVDs and  box sets can still be found at second hand stores. Please see the English Language TV Series Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications of this series in English.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor the Mobile Police the TV Series Volume 1 (Episodes 1 to 5) (US) [Out of Print] NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles USMD-2069
Patlabor the Mobile Police the TV Series Volume 2 (Episodes 6 to 10) (US) [Out of Print] NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles USMD-2172
Patlabor the Mobile Police the TV Series Volume 3 (Episodes 11 to 14) (US) [Out of Print] NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles USMD-2174
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 1 (Episodes 1 to 12 - English Dub is Edited Slightly) (US) NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0112
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 1 (Episodes 1 to 12 - English Dub is Edited Slightly) (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0113
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 2 (Episodes 13 to 24) (US) NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0117
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 2 (Episodes 13 to 24) (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0118
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 3 (Episodes 25 to 36) (US) NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0119
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 3 (Episodes 25 to 36) (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0120
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 4 (Episodes 37 to 47) (US) NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0137
Patlabor the Television Series Collection 4 (Episodes 37 to 47) (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ0138
Patlabor - The Mobile Police TV Series Collection 1 (Episodes 1 to 24) (AUS/NZ) PAL DVD, Region 4, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MMB904
Patlabor - The Mobile Police TV Series Collection 2 (Episodes 25 to 47) (AUS/NZ) [To Be Released 18 June 2014] PAL DVD, Region 4, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MMB905

 

In Japanese

This series is available in a separate two part DVD box release and as part of a Patlabor DVD box set which also includes both OVA series and the TV series, and as a two part Blu-ray box set release in Japan from Bandai Visual. These DVDs and Blu-rays do not come with English subtitles or an English dub. The DVDs and Blu-rays are only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 discs and region A Blu-ray discs (if you don't live in Japan, check your DVD's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). Please see the Japanese TV Series Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this series.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor on Television Series DVD Box  1 (Episodes 1 to 24) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-0600
Patlabor on Television Series DVD Box  2 (Episodes 25 to 47) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-0601
Patlabor on Television BD-Box 1 (Episodes 1 to 24) NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region A, Japanese Dialogue Only BCXA-0261
Patlabor on Television BD-Box 2 (Episodes 25 to 47) NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region A, Japanese Dialogue Only BCXA-0262

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