Fans of the Patlabor series will be delighted to know that a special “Mobile Police Patlabor 30th Anniversary Exhibition ~ 30th HEADGEAR EXHIBITION ~” will be held from 13th to 24th December 2018 at the Ikebukuro Marui in Tokyo. Original scripts, setting materials, concept sketches, and models will be on display.


“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.