An exciting series of trailers has been released for the upcoming live action adaptations of the Patlabor series, titled The Next Generation. A series of films expected to run 13 total episodes, the chapters will be directed by Mamoru Oshii, Takanori Tsujimoto, Hiroaki Yuasa, and Kiyotaka Taguchi. The first chapter is set to be released in Japanese theaters later this week with the final chapter set for sometime in the Spring of 2015.
As a massive mecha fan, particularly of this long and storied franchise, I’m personally looking forward to this series with no small amount of anticipation. The live action segments seem to carry the jovial atmosphere and character pieces of the animated TV series and the Labor designs have come to life terrifically care of good CG.
Cast: Erina Mano, Fukushi Seiji, Rina Ota, Toshio Kakeia, Shigeru Chiba, Yoshinori Horimoto, Shigekazu Tajiri, Kohei Shiotsuka, Yoshikazu Fujiki