Like the first Patlabor movie, this one comes with a memory too, both of which I chronicled in my review of the first flick, so in lieu of repeating myself just click here to read about that memory.
The motivations of the “nutjob” in this sequel are a lot less clear than it was for the “nutjob” in the first movie. Even after seeing it all they way through last night I still can’t tell you why he did what he did, just that he did it and did it real good, but not good enough to get away scot-free.
In keeping with the first movie we get a cryptic prologue. This time out it’s 1999 and a soldier named, Yukihito Tsuge, is in combat in his Labor in the jungle, which as we find out later are bad conditions for a Labor, at least for the kind he was piloting. This is war, people, and he loses all his men, and I thought we lost him too after a tank targets his location and sends a missile his way, but when it’s all over Tsuge climbs out and stares at the ruins he just so happened to be near when all this shit went down.
Make no mistake this guy is a terrorist with the goal best as I can generally figure to “divide us,” the country, individuals, etc. He starts out by setting a car bomb on a bridge and then detonating it with a type of jet that’s not “publicly known” yet.
The military move in and declare martial law fearing something worse will happen. Division begins with the military at odds with the local police, which includes the SV2. Once this mysterious agent visits the SV2 and tells them he believes this Tsuge is behind all this we then learn some sordid history about Shinobu Nagumo, she attended Tsuge’s training school and was on the fast track to being one hell of a cop until she had an affair with Tsuge. He still cares about her and she him, to a degree, and it’s her that finally arrests him at the end, but before we ever get to that point we get a slow-burn detective plot that leads up to a similar assault on an “isolated fortress” that the first one had. This is where the patrol labor money shots are all stationed.
Like with the first film the animation is absolutely superb.
Anchor Bay had the US rights for this one back in the day and debuted it on DVD in 2000, then Image Entertainment acquired the rights and put out two versions, both in 2006, with one of them being a limited edition. Sentai Filmworks (Section 23 Films) now has the rights and releases Patlabor 2: The Movie on blu-ray for the first time on July 21st.
Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p 1.85:1 high definition widescreen—5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1—English subtitles
The transfer looked spectacular!
There are no extras, only trailers for other Section 23 Films. This is a movie only release, but with a transfer looking that good, I highly recommend it.