, or Mobile Police Patlabor
, is a classic name to anime fans. The police mecha franchise is the brainchild of Headgear, which consists of screenwriter Ito Kazunori, composer Kawai Kenji, scenarist Yuki Masami, character designer Takada Akemi, and, most notably, director Oshii Mamoru. The popular franchise has over the years spawned a manga, three anime series, and three feature-length films, the first of which was released in 1989. Directed by Takayama Fumihiko and Endo Takuji, WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3
was released in 2002, 13 years after Patlabor 2
. Like other entries in the storied sci-fi franchise, WXIII
revolves around crimes involving labors, or labor robots, but this time with new characters.
Timeline-wise, WXIII takes place between the events of the first and second films. After a series of mysterious attacks on labors, detectives Kusumi and Hata are assigned to investigate the attacks along with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Division. As they dig deeper into the case, Kusumi and Hata slowly uncover a web of deception that traces back to the U.S. and Japanese military and a biological weapons program, codename Wasted XIII, that went terribly wrong.
Blu-ray Edition comes with trailers and a booklet