A batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Patlabor: The Next Generation.

And here are some interesting points about this whole project:

  • The project is split into two parts. The first part is a 12 part series of 48 minutes each with a 10 minute “Episode Zero” prologue to be released during 2014, and a full length (around 100 minutes) theatrical feature is due for release in 2015.
  • Kenji Kawai is going to be in charge of the music score for both the series and the film.
  • The project is not a remake of the original but a new story set in Tokyo, 2013.
  • Noa Izumi, Asuma Shinohara and the rest of the original cast are not going to be part of this project since this is a “next generation” series, although in my opinion, the new characters do seem to have certain resemblances to their original counterparts.
  • However, Chief Shigeo Shiba seems to be still alive and he’s going to be portrayed by his voice actor himself, Mr. Shigeru Chiba.

Check out this great website for all about Patlabor.

Source of the photos: In & Up! the official Facebook page of the prioject

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