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WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Animation, Action  |  30 March 2002 (Japan)
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Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay.

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Atsuko Tanaka ...
Saeko Misaki (voice)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...
Kiichi Gotoh (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Noa Izumi (voice)
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Asuma Shinohara (voice)
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Issei Futamata ...
Daisuke Gôri ...
Hiromi Yamazaki (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
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Yô Inoue ...
Kanuka Clancy (voice)
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Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay.

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Though it was the most recent "Patlabor" film to be released, this takes place between Patlabor: The Movie (1989) and Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993). See more »

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Ever-so-slightly-Above-average anime thriller (With its share of flaws)
10 January 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Last week on SBS, I managed to catch Patlabor 3 at one p.m. Wow. Thankfully, it was the one anime that wasn't airing at midnight or one in the morning, like SBS always does.

Starting off, you'll notice the lackluster voice acting in the English dub. It sounds monotonous to the point of blandness. Blandness is also a problem with the character designs, as the main character (who resembles the garbage-truck guy in Ghost of the Shell)'s eyes are reminiscent of the creepy dead eyes problem in The Polar Express. Most of the characters are Average Joes and Janes, but then again this isn't an extreme action anime like Bleach or Dragon Ball.

Instead of the thought-provoking philosophy of the previous Patlabors (and also largely to blame for the directorial absence of Mamoru Oshii) we're treated partially to a monster film, which takes away a lot of the thriller aspect. I mean, really, couldn't the writing team come up with some thing a little better? Well, at least we have good animation.

To finish, if you enjoyed the previous films, you might want to pick this up, but if you're looking for a deep and philosophical film like Ghost in the Shell or The End of Evangelion, you might let it pass.


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