Posted by Retrokaiser On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 0 comments
Story in this show is pretty basic and episodic but very entertaining with some great characters.
The humor is really well done and reminds me of a more clever version of Police Academy (1984). This show can also get quite serious and the mixture of comedy and drama flows together very well with neither genre overshadowing each other. There is also a ton of fan-service in this show and it's not the rudie nudie kind... Actually there is some of that but there is also a whole episode made up of Godzilla references which was one of my favorite episodes in this release as it was done very well and did not come off as pretentious at all. One of the rare downsides to this show is the final episode of this release is a little weak with a very confusing plot and also has less charm so you may only want to watch that episode once. It doesn't matter if you skip that one as it's more of a special bonus episode that doesn't really have anything to do with the first six episodes. This show can be a little bit slow and it doesn't bother me but it will be to some viewers out there that like some of the more fast-paced action type of mecha shows. For all the action we do get in this it is very awesome and really exciting and will just get you pumped. I do like how they build up to the action scenes as it makes them very satisfying.
The show looks really good on blu-ray with a nice clean picture that will impress you. Artwork has a very nice vintage look that still looks great to this very day. Although the art has aged a little bit as some of the colors have faded in some scenes but nothing too major. Characters designs are very delightful with a ton of charm and personality. English dub is pretty good with a nice sound that helps add even more charm and personality to the characters. The soundtrack is pure awesome with a electronic sound that sounds like a very awesome Super Nintendo game and it will get your blood pumping with adrenaline. The soundtrack will also make you run around pretending to fight off bad guys making you feel like a kid again.
Overall this was a very good show and has become one of my favorite animated shows of all time. This one is best recommend for those who enjoy classic sci-fi and mecha or heck, even for those who enjoy a really good action comedy will get a huge kick out of this. Highly recommended.
Title: Patlabor OVA Series 1: The Early Days Collection
Animation Studio: Studio Deen
Genre: Animation/Anime, Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi.
Running Time: 210 minutes (7 Episodes)
Distributor: Madman Entertainment (www.madman.com.au)
Rating: PG (Mild animated violence, Nudity, Coarse language))