This movie has the same general plot/feel as a Godzilla movie but with a bit of detective mystery thrown in. It is a side story to the Patlabor series and takes place in between the frist and second movies. And from not having watched any of the ova's, series or movies before watching this,(i will soon though!) i will go ahead and say that this movie should be considered a stand alone story within the patlabor franchise since the charcaters from the show/ova's/moives didnt make an appearance until the ending.So im not sure how fans of the series will take this movie. But seeing it with the stand alone point of view it was definatly a good choice for a pizza and a movie night.