|Toshio Furukawa||Voice Only|
|Michihiro Ikemizu||Voice Only|
This is a movie devoted to telling a story in the old-style school using modern settings and people. The characters alone are drawn fairly realistic - none of the big-eyed slant nosed generic silliness of Saturday morning cartoons. Action fans who only like action will be bored; people who like mysteries, people who like characters who don't save the world for breakfast every day, and in general someone looking for what could be considered a smart, entirely human setting and plot will be satisfied. The goal was to create an atmosphere, a sense of reality, a feeling that these people were ordinary people just doing their job. The plot has already pretty much been covered: stop a ''mad genius'' who is terroizing Japan and causing disruption. There is some action in the effort to do so, and action sprinkled here and there, but in the end, the bad guy ends up in handcuffs, not in some duel-to-the-death dramatic final fight where he's killed. Motorheads who like futuristic machinery may also have fun, as long as they don't have to have it slung in their faces every other shot.
''Patlabor 2'' is one of the best animes I have ever seen next to ''Akira''. This completely cerebral movie has sharper color and a better plot than the original ''Patlabor: The Mobile Police''. The characters are well designed and thought out. What I like about this movie is that this is not a general plot of ''catch-the-bad-guy-without-destroying-the-earth''. ''Patlabor 2'' presents a perfectly original plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat through the entire movie. ''Patlabor 2'' stands head and shoulders above the competition and blasts the other weak animes to. . .well, you know.
I don't have much to add to what the other reviewers said, except for a warning. Do not watch this if you are new to the Patlabor franchise, you will be completely lost. Start with the original series or the TV series, then come back to this. Believe me, you will be glad you did.