Patlabor Returns – “But Why As Live Action…”


Classic mech-police drama Patlabor is finally to return in 2014 – but as a live action project, a decision which seems to have rankled those hoping for more of the anime.

Production is by Omnibus Japan, the CG and post-production company credited on such classics as Evangelion 2.0 and Oppai Ballet, and Tohokushinsha, their parent company and the producers of the original Patlabor anime, as well as Saikano and the original Appleseed OVA.

The decision to use live action (although given the content of the show “CG action with live actors” looks likely to be a more appropriate description) rather than anime already looks to have won the show few takers amongst fans, with “Patraper” quips accompanying complaints about both the quality of Japanese mecha-CG and the universally underwhelming nature of anime-live action adaptations.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 21/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'll give it a chance, but for the love of god why didn't they just go with anime instead?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:41 21/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    So they could ruin it by using jpop singers & other hacks as cast members.

    Comment by Anonymous

    And over a franchise that has had success turning garbage.
    I do not know what it is happening with the medias nowadays ,probably get easy money even if the franchise is over.
    A good story wasted that will look like a power rangers!
    Give a chance? This is another omen of failure and unhappiness for old fans ...........

    Comment by Anonymous

    cause 3d>2d nuff said

    Comment by Anonymous

    They're going for that "broad appeal," as opposed to, you know, Otakus and losers. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "broad" mean hipsters and wannabes? as opposed to badass MOFO otakus

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:31 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Implying that Otaku are losers on an Otaku news site? You are not even trying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    are u a hipster that got butthurt?? apply some vapor rub on the hurting area and you'll be fine

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 21/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Might work, Patlabor is as much about the drama as it is about the mecha.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I don't mind as long as the stories as good as the 2nd movie.

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    Comment by Imyou
    12:10 21/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well, Japan can make some epic bad live-action movies, but if they're not directed by Oshii, at least there may be some humor in them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    gantz was good, also samurai x is good too. death note did a pretty awesome job
    Casshern was awesome too... DMC was an OK movie...
    can you specify which of the live action is bad?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:47 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You thought Gantz was... good!? huh!? And C-Cashern... was awesome!? WTF!?


    Comment by Anonymous
    18:27 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok, then what would you consider a good live action adaptation???????

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    Comment by caiooa
    20:20 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the only live actions i remember to like was gto and kerberus saga stuff. But gto manga was much better

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are forgetting awesome GTO :D the live action wasn't all that bad

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    Comment by Imyou
    05:56 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Casshern, Battle Royale 2, Ring 2, Eko Eko Azarak, Kouga Ninpouchou Basilisk - The Live-Action ("Shinobi: Heart Under Blade"), really a huge portion of Japanese movies I have seen that were not directed by Kinji Fukasaku or Akira Kurosawa, did not feature Takeshi Kitano, or were not comedies.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Some? More like makes A LOT of bad live-action films. And don't use 'epic', that shit is so played out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Why indeed... I guess at least it's not Hollywood?

    I wonder who'll be Noa. Tomboyish look on a Japanese woman has the potential to yield epic results.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 21/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Who else? Aya Hirano of course XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah... Fuck you, too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The one who doing Nodame?
    On Nodame Cantabile Live Action?

    She look's good
    And has Boyish Aura , just like her role on Last Friend~

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:28 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    OH YES PLEASE to both of them

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, wrong comment, I meant to reply to anon @ 18:52 21/03/2013, #comment-1271048... how the hell did this happen?

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    Comment by Yamato
    11:10 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. So long as those assholes at Hollywood keep their grubby mits off of them, live-action adaptations of Japanese properties tend to be watchable at the very least. Hell, a cheap Chinese knock-off seems like it would be better.

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    Comment by Myballz
    15:54 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's hope Pacific Rim doesn't suck other wise Guillermo del Toro won't be directing this movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Pacific Rim trailer already indicates great amounts of suckage, and I don't know how to interpret your mentino of completely and entirely unrelated-to-Patlabor Guillermo del Toro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    what the... I mean *mention of course

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's おっぱいバレー as in Oppai Volleyball, not Oppai Ballet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i would love to see Natsuna Watanabe playing the lead role or maybe Yumiko Shaku (also piloted a Mechagodzilla in a Godzilla movie)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    OH YES PLEASE to both of them.

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    Comment by Geno-nii
    12:04 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, why not? I'd love to see this live.

    At least it's not a movie by Hollywood.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well I always thought of Patlabor has a strong live action vibes. Especially the ova and series. Almost realistic in nature and drama at heart.

    most of japan live action movies sucks when they try to emulate Hollywood <-- by majority vote from production committees and bigwig sponsor.

    Always Sunset franchises was good, but look what they do to Yamato live action.

    Japan film are sometimes hit and miss. The bigger the budget sometimes means lots of sponsor thus leads to poor executive decision.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cant wait until they decide to live action monster franchises like Pokemon, YGO or Monster Rancher. So much butthurt will be had...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ill enjoy it, as long as its not fr hollywood

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want Oppai no Oppai!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    haven't we seen enough atrociously bad live-action adaptation of anime classics already... It's madness, madness I tell you...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Urrrrg, as a long long time fan of Patlabor, I don't like this new development one bit...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothing personal.. but casherns fighting animation looked kinda gay to me. maybe i just prefer a more fast paced (less pictures, frames, time per move) fighting style. or maybe it was his skinny tight suit which made him look that way.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Classic mech-police drama Patlabor is finally to return in 2014


    >– but as a live action project,

    Don't know if want. Anime to Live-action doesn't always go well . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    GTO did an awesome job...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    GTO did not require a special effects budget, bad comparison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will be interesting to see how Pacific Rim fares first. The designs are nothing at all alike, but if it's successful, it'll at least show that a live action giant mecha movie is feasible.

    If they can produce a movie that doesn't require people to watch with a large amount of suspension of belief, it would be incredible. And no cheating where the mechs are hardly featured at all like the second movie.

    After that, who knows, live action Macross or dare I say Evangelion? Just so long as they don't completely ruin the license...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    dat pacific rim feels like a EVA failed project

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    All these studios should like collaborate and finally make a Gundam live action movie >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can still keep their jpawp idolatry, and instead of doing it in-country, ship off the FX work to places like ILM.

    And maybe get Michael Bay on board, for once his shit could come in handy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    sure micheal bay... his formula for a movie is
    hot babe with huge knockers + slowmo (to focus on thos tatas) + explosion = hit movie

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that's what Patlabor needs. If it's the traditional format, then the movie is going to be 80mins of people talking and random police/detective snooping, 10min robot-on-robot fight.

    If I want to watch some slab blab for an hour, she'd better have knockers ready the go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    see. this is why i like anime over japanese live action. as a matter of fact. most japanese movies are just bad. except the horror movies

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    7 Samurai, Yojimbo, In the Realm of the Senses, Sansho the Bailiff, etc...

    There are plenty of AAA Japanese films.

    Live action remakes, however, are always diarrhea incarnate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The Kenshin Live action adaptation was incredibly awesome as was the Yamato movie.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    23:41 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was a little disappointed by the Yamato movie they veered too far from the story line.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    23:44 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed it seems live action remakes are rarely any good no matter who does them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Departure is a very good Japanese movie.

    It rather a serious toned movie, but packed with many interesting side of Japanese culture. It won 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and 13 other awards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    japanese movies isn't bad, they have good storylines and good directions. the 'bad' parts are the 99% of actors and actresses.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    23:42 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wooden acting can be a problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Special effects & stage design are ass too. Just look at either live-action adaption of Grave of Fireflies. Worst post bombing scenery ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently horror is the only thing they can get right when it comes to live action.

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