|Patlabor: The TV Series|
Patlabor: The TV Series first DVD cover
(Kidō Keisatsu Patoreibaa)
|Genre||Action, comedy, police drama|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Naoyuki Yoshinaga|
|Produced by||Tarou Maki|
|Written by||Hiroyuki Hoshiyama|
|Music by||Kenji Kawai|
|Original network||Nippon TV|
|Original run||October 11, 1989 – September 29, 1990|
Patlabor: The TV Series (機動警察パトレイバー) is a 1989-1990 anime television series. It was created by Headgear, animated by Sunrise, and based on the Patlabor anime franchise. The story focuses on Second Special Vehicles Division (SV2), a group of Patlabor policemen who fight and investigate crimes. The TV series is an alternate timeline to the original Patlabor OVAs and films, with an all-new origin story.
The television series was animated by Sunrise and was directed by Naoyuki Yoshinaga.
With success of the first movie, Patlabor became one of the first OVAs to be ported to TV. Originally planned for 24 episodes, (up to the end of Kanuka's practicum at SV2), the series was extended twice. First to 36 episodes, to cover the conflict with Schaft, and then to 47 episodes in order to conclude the series. Later in the story, Kanaka Clancy leaves and a new character is introduced, exclusive to the television series, named Taeko Kumagami. The Patlabor: The New Files OVAs are a follow up to the series.
At the request of the sponsor, toy manufacturer Bandai, the TV series was to include some action with labors. (Labors are the heavy construction equipment after which this series is named.) However, the toys made for the series did not sell as well as expected.[ citation needed ]
In the original broadcast, the labors were making more metallic "kshang!" sound, but were revised to motor whirring sound like that of the movie when the whole series was released on Laserdisc.[ citation needed ]
The 47 episodes aired on Nippon TV from October 11, 1989 to September 29, 1990.
Bandai Visual has released the television series on Laserdisc, VHS, and DVD. Two Blu-ray box sets that contain two halves of the series were released on August 27, 2010and September 24, 2010. Central Park Media released the series (under their U.S. Manga Corps label) on subtitled VHS from July 7, 1998 to February 8, 2000, spanning nine volumes. They later released two dubbed VHS volumes from August 14, 2001 to June 11, 2002 and later dropped the rest of the VHS releases. CPM also re-released the series on DVD, spanning 11 volumes and three box sets (with the 11th volume on the 3rd box set) from August 14, 2001 to August 9, 2005. All of the DVDs are now out of print. The English dub was produced at Matlin Recording in New York City, New York. Maiden Japan re-released the TV series in North America on July 16, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray.
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