Patlabor TV Collection 1 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Sunday, April 13, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
One of the most classic television series in the history of anime is finally on DVD and with the first four volumes in a box no less.
Audio: For a show like this being over ten years old, the audio really isn't that bad. I much prefer the subtitled version over the dub because there are some moments when the dub was off-sync with the mouths.
Video: The video quality is about the same kind of quality you would see in Ranma 1\2. Not perfect, but not all the terrible either. I don't have any complaints about how CPM transfered the video. Good effort.
Packaging: This was a change from the string cardboard boxes I've been seeing a lot lately. It's a pretty sturdy plastic box that actually feels kinda smooth. Also, you'll notice that there is a new cover for Volume 1 to make it blend in with the other volumes. Sadly, none of the content on that disc has changed.
Menus: The first disc's menus were pretty lousy, but the rest were very interactive and were pretty easy to navigate through.
Extras: There are tons of extras including interviews with both English and Japanese staff as well as lots of galleries. I really can't complain about how many extras on are on these discs.
Content: You could always just read the reviews for each seperate volume, but I'll just give you a quick run down for those who don't want to.
Episode 1 (B+): Noa Izumi joins Division 2 only to have her Ingram stolen. Now, Izumi must reaquire her Ingram on a solo mission.
Episode 2 (B-): A tournament is held to decide which officers of Division 2 will pilot the two Ingrams.
Episode 3 (C+): Division 2 must save their fishing boat while preventing the lead engineer from finding out.
Episode 4 (B-): Division 2 must hunt down some weird animal that has been terrorizing a local forest.
Episode 5 (A-): When a secret military Labor goes berserk, it's up to Division 2 to put it to bed.
Episode 6 (A): Noa and Otta must pilot their Ingrams to save many people who are trapped in a tall building.
Episode 7 (B+): The new model 97 Labor is introduced and Division 1 takes it out for a trial run on a crime scene.
Episode 8 (B-): A contruction site is disturbed by what some call an ancient devil from long ago. So Division 2 is called in to stop this phantom.
Episode 9 (B): Noa and Asuma are sent out to help deal with an arriving Russian Labor, but are actually being played as pawns for the Soviet Union.
Episode 10 (B+): Kanuka's grandmother from Hawaii arrives in Tokyo, but ends up dissapearing for something having to do with Christmas. Also, German Labors start popping up ad causing trouble for Division 1 and 2.
Episode 11 (A-): While Kanuka's grandmother is finally found, Division 2 is still dealing with the German Labors.
Episode 12 (B): Otta gets an arranged marriage and everyone in Division 2 pitches in to help Otta out.
Episode 13 (B+): A prince from a middle-eastern nation visits Tokyo for the sole purpose of piloting an Ingram. However, some more German Labors pop up again.
Episode 14 (B+): Noa and Kanuka get into a fight and Captain Goto decides to solve this by taking everyone out for drinks. Hilarious results ensue.
Episode 15 (B-): Hiromi is reminded of his home when a whale sneaks into Tokyo Bay. Thus, Hiromi does everything he again to save the whale.
Episode 16 (B+): A bunch of Labors help out with the Winter Festival, but some politics over the Babylon project get in the way and terrorists attack.
Episode 17 (A-): Goto is the target for one of his old enemies. However, his old enemy isn't very smart either.
Episode 18 (B): A media pop-star is sent to Division 2 to practice using a Labor for a parade, but becomes a target for a mafia. Also, this pop-star starts to have a crush on Noa.
Overall, these were some great episodes and each have some replay value, some more than others. It's also a good bargain. I'd recommend this series to anyone, reguardless of their tastes in different genres of anime.
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Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: A-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Central Park Media
Running time: 440
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2