Patlabor TNG “May At Least Be Sexy!”


The not uncontroversial Patlabor movie The Next Generation -Patlabor- has finally gained some credibility with the involvement of Mamoru Oshii and sexy idol Erina Mano…

Aside from the obvious promise of Ghost in the Shell production veteran Mamoru Oshii (who also directed the original Patlabor) as director, ex-Hello Project! idol Erina Mano’s casting as lead heroine Noa Izumi has enthused those who like cute girls atop their giant robots:












The movie itself is due a series of theatrical releases in 2014, to be followed up with a full-length movie release in 2015.

Not all are convinced however:


“Not Oshii…”

“This’ll be another load of incomprehensible philosophical tripe…”

“He’ll just turn this into another one of his onanistic films.”

“Guaranteed not to sell.”

“Her face is a perfect fit.”

“She does look absolutely perfect for Noa.”

“She’s cute but I wonder if she can pull off the role?”

“I still think this will end horribly.”

“Considering the huge budget I can’t help but think they should have just made another anime…”

“They are just going to blow the entire budget on CG so they may as well have done an anime.”

“Expect an overly long drama with barely any ‘labor action.”

“I wish they’d stop making Japanese live action adaptations of anime. And this is hardly Oshii’s strong point either.”

“It is doomed.”

“Japanese live action movie. Oshii. I don’t have a good feeling about this.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 28/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow, she's landing a nice role after her graduation. But hell yeah for a proper Hello Project idol to star in it. The idol agency that actually has cute and genuinely sweet girls in it, unlike a certain one that's popular right now for some reason.

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    Comment by Vishy
    04:58 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My god! This is one of my childhood anime T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No worries, with Oshii directing, she's not going to have to act. Just brood about whatever until the last 10 minutes of the movie where she gets to kill things.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    04:57 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I like what I see on the female casting front, I'm just hoping, at some point, they will wear orange safety vesst/jackets like on the anime and not those khaki green fatigues.

    Who is the other girl supposed to be, Shinobu Nagumo or Kanuka Clancy?

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    Comment by Imyou
    04:55 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oshii's actually good at doing his own works... but whenever he gets his hands on someone else's story he absolutely fucking butchers them. I think the only thing he'd have a chance of adapting well is Eva.

    Everything else, Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Urusei Yatsura(?!), he just sucks the life out of them and leaves the mortal husk twitching on-screen. No joy. No comedy. No fanservice. No fun. Dark, high-contrast lighting, and lots of characters sitting around brooding. The man could do a version of Pani Poni Dash that makes people kill themselves.

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    Comment by Bakamoichigei
    10:52 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Uh, Patlabor _is_ one of Oshii's own works; he's a member of Headgear. Other than that, I agree with you. His work on the Ghost in the Shell movies is a goddamn war crime.

    The second Patlabor movie is a masterpiece though, it's like a Tom Clancy novel with giant robots. It's also got some very beautiful cinematic sequences not unlike the Ghost in the Shell movie (Which he made like right after), but they don't feel as out of place because there's still stuff going on that's telling the story, it's not just scenerybation.

    After having recently seen it for the first time in years when it came out on bluray, it's quickly become one of my favorite anime films.

    The first Patlabor film is good too, but I actually prefer the more realistic look of the second movie.

    The third movie...holy shit. That is a total crapfest. Only good thing about the third movie, is that they made Mini-Pato to accompany its theatrical run, and Mini-Pato is fucking hilarious. :U

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    Comment by loplop
    23:01 28/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Agreed about the 2nd Patlabor movie. It really is that good and I got the same Tom Clancy vibe from it. It, along with Macross Plus, is what turned me into a fan of Anime as a art form. It's a anime that you can show non-fans and get them interested in the genre.

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    Comment by Imyou
    02:29 28/09/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    That's interesting... I was looking at the manga and TV series as the originals, which he wasn't credited for. I actually haven't seen the original OAV, so I can't comment on what he did there. I just saw the usual rift between the manga/TV and movies as with Urusei Yatsura or GITS.

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    Comment by Anonynonymous

    2nd Patlabor movie was all atmosphere and scenery but very little actual substance. Plot moved at a painfully slow pace, you really don't need to show quiet city covered in snow for more than 3/4 of the movie to get your point across.

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    Comment by Bakamoichigei
    19:24 29/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You seem to be confusing it with GitS's utterly pointless 'moody scrolling sequences' that-- while visually pleasing --add almost nothing to the story.

    There's only two that immediately come to mind in Patlabor 2, and one acts as backdrop for a monologue, and the other is meant to show Tokyo's 'new reality' under martial law (and how little the general public cares.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She's not playing Noa. The only returning character in the live action series is Shiba, the mechanic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, it's called "next generation" for a reason.

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    Comment by Dia
    23:50 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    She could be a gender swap of a certain Starcraft god in some pictures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    that giant robot sure is sexy.(no clue where it's from though, I generally don't watch animes with giant robots, I find them boring with generic robot fight scenes here and there)

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    Comment by Bakamoichigei
    13:46 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow, she is just... Those first two pictures... She's adorable! <3

    I love how that short hairstyle rounds out her face and gives her this sort of everyday 'girl-next-door' cuteness which is *super effective* on me. With long hair she literally just looks like every idol...

    It's a shame they're a new cast of characters, because she really would make a perfect Noa with that look.

    Either way, I can't wait to see how this movie turns out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This will be Japan's Bayformers, instead of getting tons of enjoyable-if-excessive explosions, you get tons of existential inflection.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Her role will be a different character as a next generation character Akira Izumino not Noa Izumi. Sheesh,get your facts straight Sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see the Japanese version of Phoebe Cates there in picture 3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    She looks like Fuuka from Yotsuba&! manga with a hairstyle and puffy face

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    07:31 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    indeed - she's hot and cute and quite sexy,...

    says the little black creepy old neko - smoking a cig...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    r those labia I see in pic 1?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is 'rabiya' honollabre gaijin-san

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    08:31 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oshii used to do good films, until he started adding philosophical bullshit babbling into all of his films. I have nothing against philosophical stuffs in films, but when that's all your film does, it becomes preachy and condescending.

    Great films pass on philosophical messages without the viewers even realizing it until they finish digests the contents after viewing. Shitty films just babble it on and on none stop without even trying to dress it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mano-chan! fap fap fap

    Comment by sanimej
    05:57 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Mano in Spanish is Hand, so it works out perfect!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they had no acting skills (at all), at least they should look good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really don't understand the obsession of people trying to bring Anime to Live Action...

    WHY??? Explain it to me! Anime is Anime, leave it as Anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:55 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The same reason Hollywood does remakes and "re-imaginings" of films that were already good and don't need to be redone: to squeeze a few extra bucks out of it.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    08:58 26/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Anime is still considered the province of kids, weirdos, and other delusional sub-normals by "mainstream" society. Making it live-action is an attempt to bring legitimacy to anime in eyes of those who look down on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Idunno about that. To me it's just kinda like, it's neat to see what your favorite cartoons would look like in real life, I guess? Kinda similar to western comic book movies.

    Though I personally don't like live action anime adaptations, while I do enjoy comic book movies. So, meh. Idunno.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    01:18 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Non-anime side lacks creative ideas. Specially Hollywood!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't mind anime being made into live action, but the quality of anime live action mostly very disappointing.

    Most of the time, they failed to bring out the anime's characterization into live, the actor/actress look nothing like the anime's character, the setting is far from similar to the one in anime, the special effect is not as good as it should be,and the director adding some plot that not possible in the anime part.

    Goku as horny teenager, Muten Roshi that is neither old nor bald, Roshi live in an apartment (wtf), the fighting was meh and Goku is a high school student.. really?

    The only similarity was the movie name, and the seven ball.. even Shen Long look more like a lizard than a dragon.

    I'd be fine if it was done properly, but when everything change for the worst, I can't help but to hate the live adaptation.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    04:41 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mamoru Oshii doesn't make movies! All he does is jerk off on Tape and pretend its a movie...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then his cum is better than what most of Hollywood spits out. Damn.

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    08:39 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Nice to see at least somebody's buying Oshii's bullshit. Go take philosophy class if you're into some guy babbling on and on about whatever his view of the world is. At least in a class you'd often have a 2 way dialogue of discussion with the speaker. Where in a movie it'd just be a one way street of some know-it-all bullshits.

    Great film present their messages in subtle doses, until it all comes together in audiences heads in a sudden moment of realization. Wannabe great films just condescendingly babbles on and on and on and on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh god, someone who's had their first semester of college, suddenly thinks he can critique everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    shut up, both of you! the two of you make perfectly sensible arguments, oshiis films can be a bit cerebral for most "normal" people but it is exactly that whats make them good for more intelligent people, sorry about my english but im from southamerica

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    10:43 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god, someone who's a total stranger to me on the internet suddenly thinks he know me and profiled me with a complete fictional background that he pulled out of his ass. On top of that, he can't even make any cohesive and sound counter arguments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    She'll do just fine,I liked her In Kamen Rider OOO/ Fourze Movie Megamax. She's quite cute. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "“Expect an overly long drama with barely any ‘labor action.”

    That's what made Patlabor good in the first place, it wasn't a teenagers wet dream.

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    Comment by Bakamoichigei
    19:06 29/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're public servants, people! Public servants!
    What do you think you're piloting? Great Mazinger? Dangaioh? This isn't some robot anime where the protagonist is an autistic kid or some punk!

    Comment by Anonymous

    nice body, but that's it

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    04:05 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Dem Teeth doh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes they seem thatll they really hurt when she gives head to you... wait she IS your gf and is giving head to you cause thats the only reason i see to complain about her teeth

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one is born with perfect teeth, thats a dentists plastic surgery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see nothing wrong with them. Are you another one of those fags or fujoshi who love Free?

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    Comment by Anonymous

    shes nothing special whats the big deal?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    at least she got recognized. i thought she is dead!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    You think this is Sexy? wtf

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    07:29 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ^^ this comink frum an "ANON" - - really,...

    of course this sheit is sexy!
    wut do the other lurkin nekos thinks?

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    07:55 26/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very fuckable Grade-A ass, I might be a 2D advocate but I can tell a sweet tail when I see one. Anon is probably gay or is talking about the robot, in which case, no that is not sexy.

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    Comment by Palmtop Tsundere
    10:40 26/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    >robot not sexy

    What, are YOU gay?

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