The third feature-film installment in the popular Patlabor
series, which includes mangas, direct-to-video movies (called OVA — "original video animation" — in Japan) and a TV series, this futuristic science fiction tale departs from earlier entries by de-emphasizing action sequences built around battling robots. Based on the manga series Wasted 13
(WXIII), it's set in Tokyo sometime in the near future. A special police unit, the "Patlabor," are investigating several incidents involving the destruction of Labors — high-tech robots designed for heavy or dangerous jobs — and the deaths of their human operators. Senior Detective Takeshi Kasumi (voice of Kat...