|"Alphonse" the main mobile police unit or "patlabor" featured in the series. It is an "Ingram" model The head is roughly the size of an average adult person.|
|The men and women of Special Vehicles Unit 2.|
All in all I found the series quite enjoyable (I mean I watched the whole thing right? That's 47 episodes by the way!) and a rather plausible vision of a future in which mobile suits are widely implemented in society. Though the series is lacking an abundance of robot battles, its subtlety was actually kind of refreshing as a kind of break from the seizure inducing, physics defying battles that we're used to in this genre (I'm not saying I don't enjoy that stuff... I'm just saying its nice to see something different from time-to-time). The characters are likeable and though filling the usual anime and police drama archetypes, actually act like real people for the most part. Especially the main character, Noa Izumi, actually acts like a REAL woman who would be doing a job like being a labor pilot. For example, she is both strong AND feminine rather than just totally submissive, weak and girly or cold and emotionless two common opposing archetypes in anime. Seriously, some female characters in anime seem like they were written by people who have heard of women and seen them on TV but never actually interacted with one on any sort of intimate level (I'm just sayin...). So yeah, my verdict is: Check this out if you want to see a plausible, character-driven, somewhat realistic mobile suite anime from the 80's which is light on emotional investment. Certainly not the best anime I've ever seen, but certainly not without it's charms. I'll be watching the aforementioned faithful manga adaptation mini-series in the near future so I'll tell you how that goes.
PS: I LOVE the way the ingrams are designed! frickin awesome!