"Labors" are large construction robots that are now being used to commit crimes. To meet the challenge, Special Vehicle (SV) units are established by the Tokyo PD. However, the Second SV unit is a total joke. Determined to change this, Izumi and Shinohara become pilots of the new Ingram 98 police labors, and are determined to change that reputation, with the help of the SV-2 gang of misfits.
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
I'm hard pressed to think of two shows that are as analogous to each other as Patlabor. Which is quite a feat when one thinks about it, like having Two Mona Lisas in the museum next to each other. Many of the characters are direct analogs, such as Tanabe for Izumi and Shinohara for Hajimake. Both are hard science fiction, with drama and character development with sprinklings of action.
They're the black sheep of public service - be it picking up space trash or being a notoriously derided police unit (which destroys too much and cost too much). A bunch of lovable losers are joined by an enthusiastically earnest young woman who, in contrast to general sentiment, really admires what they do and see it as heroic - leading to her having a somewhat ambivalent relationship with one of her male coworkers. Both series are mostly episodic, although Planetes has a strong arc with character that ties itself together in the end - something the more episodic and static Patlabor is disinclined to do. Still, if you enjoyed one title, consider the other.
The future of humanity is in peril, as they are confronted with the threat of an intergalactic clash with a warrior-like alien race, and the only one who can save them is... Captain Tylor?! Join a crew of misfits and rejects including an alcoholic doctor, a gorgeous nurse, an anal-retentive commander and a bunch of really stupid marines as they try to make it out in space and to discover whether their captain is a misunderstood genius or a total moron like he seems to be.
After nearly 100 years of war between the nations Gilgamesh and Balarant, battle-weary soldier Chirico Cuvie finds his world utterly shattered when what seems to be a straightforward mission to infiltrate an enemy base turns out to be an attack on friendly forces. Furthermore, in the confusion that ensues, he stumbles upon a strange container with a beautiful woman sleeping inside. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t just discovered any woman, but the key to a dark and complex political plot, and the perpetrators are determined not to let him live with their secret. Haunted by the memories of this mysterious woman and the betrayal of his superiors, Chirico must now fight to discover the twisted truths lurking behind the veil of war and gain new meaning to his bitter life.
Both defining the meaning of realistic mechs. Patlabor and votoms may have somewhat of a different story but if you want a realistic mech 1 of these 2 are right for you. Instead of having unstoppable robots(gundams) you can reasonable mechs like the Ingram or Scope dog.
A mysterious alien race known as the Heterodyne suddenly arrive on Earth, wreaking havoc and destruction. In response, the 21st Century Security Corporation develops Dai-guard, a giant robot to counter the threat; but the Heterodyne vanish as quickly as they appeared and Dai-guard becomes nothing more than a publicity tool for the corporation that developed it. Twelve years later, the Heterodyne return – but unfortunately, Dai-guard has fallen into disrepair. What’s more, no one knows how to pilot it... that is, until three public relation workers from the company unexpectedly find themselves in the driver's seat! It is now up to Ibuki, Akagi, and Aoyama to prove that office workers can save the world!
Both Dai-Guard and Patlabor stand out from the rest of the Mecha genre with their focus on the less than extrodinary aspects of the life and work of the characters within the show. Dai-Guard is of course, more fantastic, but less of the show is actually dedicated to robots fighting monsters than usual. Large parts focus on the bureacracy involved in getting the Mech out there fighting the Hetrodynes. Patlabor takes a similar approach by increasing the focus on the daily lives of the characters and how that affects their job performance. All in all, both series offer different perspective on the genre than Gundam and its ilk.
Gonzo does it again with this action-packed mecha comedy. She's an ordinary high school girl. He's a counterterror agent assigned to protect her from those who would steal the information locked in her mind. OK, so she's not so normal after all. Armored Slave battles and lovers' spats abound as Sousuke and his comrades try to track down the mysterious Gauln before it's too late.