Posted on 7/15/10 03:30 PM
Since this is my first anime review, let me just say what I expect from any anime in any genre. The things that I look for in my animes are: style, animation, story, characters, and music. Out of all the great genres in cinematic history, none come this close or this masterful as the work of art known only as Japanese animation, or anime for short. Patlabor 1: The Movie is one of director Mamoru Oshii's first debuts. Oshii, who is mostly famous for Ghost in the Shell, is probably the first director to use CGI in the fields of animation. Yeah, sure, everybody thinks Toy Story was the first one with this advanced technology, but they were absolutely wrong. To be honest, I think Disney was inspired to use it, because they wanted more interesting films. But, besides blowing minds back home in Japan with computer technology, Oshii contributed a skill to the works of cinematic art. However, Patlabor 1 may not be his best film, it still is a strong piece of work, even during the 80's. For crying out loud, with giant robots and highly intelligent cops solving a crime, what could go wrong? As with any of Oshii's films, this one is confusing as hell, and may at times be boring for a first time. Yet, the philosophy and biblical allusions found have never cease to amaze me. If your an anime fan and are new to this director, give his films some patience, it takes a couple of viewings to fully appreciate them.