Following earlier announcements of the upcoming live-action series reboot of the classic Japanese property for The Next Generation -Patlabor- and further announcements within the past year, Anime News Network has forwarded the latest dates for the pending seven-part series leading up to the production of the feature film by 2015. The dates are as follows, kicking off the live action series at Japan’s Shinjuku Piccadilly theater:
Following the development of the humanoid work machines called Labors, technology propelled forward at a high speed, eventually resulting in the use of Labors in all facets of society. With global warming causing the rising of sea levels around Tokyo, and the 1995 great earthquake causing mass destruction around the city,the Babylon Project was developed. It was designed with the intent of fixing the problem concerning the overwhelming lack of land, Labors from around the country were pulled into the city to begin work on the project.
With such a large number of the machines in one area, Labor crimes began to increase at an alarming rate. In order to combat this new problem, police headquarters made the call to introduce Labor into their special units. This was the birth of the Patlabor unit.
Fast forward to Tokyo, 2013. The first stage of the Babylon Project has been completed. Due to a long term recession and the amount of time and money they cost to maintain, Labors have been discarded. The First Labor Platoon of the 2nd Division has been disbanded, leaving behind the Second Labor Platoon to inherit their work. The Type 98 Ingram has been left to this new generation.
This is the story of the 2nd Division and their struggle to stay afloat. This is the story of the 3rd generation.