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The Patlabor series has always struck a chord with me… Police mecha, dishing out tickets to speeding (jogging?) robots, mediating complaints between road-raging industrial mech pilots and getting pet cats out of trees… with robots. By the time I came across the first OAV series in the 1990s, I had been knee-deep in mecha (Super and Real) for years and was thrown for a bit of a loop by the story of the 2nd Unit of Tokyo’s Mobile Police.
On one level, Mamaru Omshii and Kazunori Itō’s iconoclastic story came in like thunder, seemingly swinging a heat hawk against all the sacred cows of the mecha genre.
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