"The year is 1999, and Tokyo's Mobile Police have a new weapon in the war on crime - advanced robots called Labors are used to combat the criminals who would use the new technology for illegal means. The suicide of a mysterious man on the massive Babylon Project construction site sets off a cascade of events that may signal the destruction of Tokyo. What is the connection between the suicide, the new Mobile Police AV-XO Zero Labor, and a beserk prototype tank? When Patlabor cops Noa Izumi and Azuma Shinohara investigate an unexplained wave of rogue Labors rampaging across the city, they uncover a sinister revenge plot to infect Tokyo's eight thousand Labor population with the deady BABEL virus. With the future of the city hanging in the balance and a typhoon poised to trigger the devastation, Noah, Azuma and their team-mates must destroy the source of the virus - the giant Babylon Project tower in Tokyo Bay - in a die hard battle to the finish."
Director: Mamoru Oshii Screenplay: Kazunori Itoh Character design: Akemi Takada Mecha design: Yutaka Izubuchi Animation: Studio Deen Copyright: Headgear/Emotion/TFC Language Format: English Language/Japanese Language, English subtitles Running time: 99 mins Certificate: PG/PG Label: Manga Video Catalogue no: MANV 1080/MANV 1091 Price: £13.99/£13.99 Release Date: 5th/19th June 1995 The English version is also available in a box set with Patlabor 2 for £19.99 (MANV 1102).
Guns! (Lots of them!). Renegade robots running amok! Put-upon heroes! Conspiracies! Cliché upon cliché!
Not that Patlabor is done badly, indeed, it is done very well and is a pleasure to look at, it's just that is all been done before so it's only worth watching if you're new to the scene or you like this genre and want to see a good example. [Marlon Seton]