The Next Generation: Patlabor

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The Next Generation: Patlabor  is a Japanese science fiction live action series and part of the Patlabor franchise. It was produced by Tohokushinsha and distributed by Shochiku. It consists of a drama series and movie, both of which have not been released outside of Japan.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor

The story takes place in the Patlabor world’s version of 2013 Tokyo, taking place after the TV series and movies. The completion of the Babylon Project led to disuse of Labors, and Japan is in the midst of a recession. Labors falling into disuse mean there is also no place for the patrol labor squads, which have been shrunk to only one division.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor  is a Japanese science fiction live action series and part of the Patlabor franchise. It was produced by Tohokushinsha and distributed by Shochiku. It consists of a drama series and movie, both of which have not been released outside of Japan.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor

The story takes place in the Patlabor world’s version of 2013 Tokyo, taking place after the TV series and movies. The completion of the Babylon Project led to disuse of Labors, and Japan is in the midst of a recession. Labors falling into disuse mean there is also no place for the patrol labor squads, which have been shrunk to only one division.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor

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Patlabor is a live action adaptation of the mecha anime and manga franchise of the same name. The film also serves as the introduction to the Generation 3 series Patlabors.

Tohokushinsha, the production company of the GARO series, will be working on the special effects of the film.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor

To promote the film, a seven part “Episode 0” will be shown in April, consisting of a 10 minute short as well as twelve 48 minute episodes which will be shown in theaters followed by the film’s premiere on May 1st, 2015.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor

The film’s budget is reportedly over $20,000,000 US and features two life size 26 foot Ingram mechs as props for the film.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor

Set in the not too distant future, armored robot suits called “Labors” are used for daily tasks such as industrial construction. When crimes and accidents happen involving Labors, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department send out their own Labors called “Patlabors” (Patrol Labors) to combat the problems of the city.

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The Next Generation: Patlabor

The story in the film is a continuation of the franchise rather than a reboot, taking place several years after the Great Recession of 2009. The police are forced to deal with budget cuts to the Patlabor squads and the shutdown of some of their divisions. Meanwhile, a giant monster is attacking the city.

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