Back in 2010 when I wrote Thirty Days of Anime I picked Patlabor: The Mobile Police as my favourite mecha series. So I was very happy  to see a blu-ray of the original OAVs on the shelves in Canberra.
This is where Patlabor started, and it’s been a long time since I last watched these episodes .
So how did they stack up to my fond memories? The answer is surprisingly well, and with some new insights into how Patlabor evolved through its various iterations. Continue reading
Mecha are a heavily, and quite possibly over, used trope in anime. Therefore there are generally two things I’m going to look for in a mecha show before I fully approve of it:
1) The mecha make logical sense within the universe; and
2) The show is about the characters using the mecha, rather than about the mecha.