The man whose screenplays breathed life into the world of Patlabor is back once again.
Yesterday, Genco president Maki Taro took to Twitter to reveal that he’s attached to the upcoming Patlabor EZY anime project. In a Tweet (posted from Annecy, France), he stated:
A new Patlabor project was announced at the French Annecy Film Festival.
I will produce.
Patlabor scenario writer Kazunori Ito also tweeted out to confirm that he’s attached to the project. Ito explained the situation:
I’m working on [Patlabor EZY] now. It won’t be realized any time soon, but I’m doing what I can anyway. The realization is a bit far off…
The project was unveiled at Annecy’s MIFA Film Market, along with an anime adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto manga. A visual for the project is below:
Patlabor is an original anime and manga franchise from Headgear, a five-member group composed of Masami Yuki, Yutaka Izubuchi, Kazunori Itō, Akemi Takada, and Mamoru Oshii. The series includes a 22-volume manga series, several OVAs and theatrical films, and a TV anime series.
A live-action project, titled The Next Generation: Patlabor included a 13-episode TV drama series, which premiered in 2014, and theatrical film in 2015.
Patlabor was an influential series, which is seen as a formative title in the “Real Robot” sci-fi genre. Guillermo del Toro cites the series as a major influence in Pacific Rim.