Original “Patlabor” creators Headgear have announced a new “Patlabor” project dubbed “Patlabor EZY”, with the official website opening tomorrow 10th August at 8:10 AM (Japan time).
The timing in particular has special significance, as the numbers 8 and 10 can be read in Japanese as “Pa-to”, as in “Pa-to-labor”. While no timeline has been given for the release of the new project, a new line of official merchandise has already been revealed!
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“Patlabor” is an anime and manga franchise created by Headgear, composed of manga artist Masami Yūki, director Mamoru Oshii, screenwriter Kazunori Itō, mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi, and character designer Akemi Takada. The original TV series was broadcast in 2002, and spawned a TV series, a manga retelling, two OVAs, three films, two light novel series, and a short film compilation.
“Patlabor” follows the adventures of Division 2 of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2, set in an alternate future where manned robots called “Labors” are used in various industries such as construction, logistics, and the police force.