Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book Review

Posted By yonghow on July 14th, 2013

Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book

“Patlabor : 25th Anniversary Memorial Book” is a publication to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the highly acclaimed franchise, which includes a manga, a TV series, two OVA series, three feature length movies, and an upcoming live action film/series.)

Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book

The first 10 pages or so of the book features beautiful illustrations by character designer Akemi Takada, manga artist Masami Yuuki and illustrator Jun Suemi.

Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book

To me, the true value lie in the above mentioned illustrations. The rest of the book includes content which have been featured in previous Patlabor publications like this and this, and in greater detail as well. It’s not exactly fluff in here, but we’ve seen them before.

The last part of the book contains fairly in-depth interviews with members of Head Gear, including Oshii Mamoru, but they’re of little interest unless one can read Japanese.

Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book
Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book

In all fairness, this book is not advertised as an “art book”, but more a digest collection of content from the numerous Patlabor films.

I would really love to see a dedicated art book for Patlabor illustrations, just like the ones featured at the beginning of the book. There’s a lot of great Patlabor art work out there, like these from the blu-ray covers; I’m more than sure there’s enough material to make a nice book. Perhaps with renewed interest in the series from the upcoming live action film, this might happen just yet.

ps Fans of the Patlabor mecha should definitely check out the Labor Industry.

“Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book”  details :

– Dimensions – 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
– Softcover, 191 pages
– Full color/B&W, in Japanese language

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4 Responses to “Patlabor 25th Anniversary Memorial Book Review”

Kamikaze

Is the story of Patlabor that good? Do you recommend it?

yonghow

Kamikaze – Absolutely ! :]

The Game Scouts

oh my god how I miss Patlabor!!! 🙂

Richard Ii

This is a bit late in posting, but there are a couple of good art books. Although they’re out of print, you might be able to find it. One is called Now of Never, and had a full cover art-book of Patlabor’s artwork for various media (DVD, VHS and the short-lived LaserDiscs).

http://www.amazon.co.jp/高田明美パトレイバー画集-now-never-DVD-高田-明美/dp/4829191252/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1402375092&sr=8-23&keywords=now+or+never

I love Patlabor. It’s gratifying to see so many people getting into it now. Back in the 90’s when none knew of it, I felt alone.