Patlabor WXIII - The Movie (2003)

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This third Patlabor movie finds detectives Kusumi and Sinichiro investigating a string of deadly labor accidents in Tokyo Bay. Kusumi discovers that Sinichiro's new girlfriend, a genetic research assistant, could hold a secret that is vital to their investigation, and he is determined to unearth it one way or another. With loyalties clashing and government and military cover-ups abounding, they eventually get a glimpse of the treacherous secret weapon WEXIII: Wasted Thirteen. Now the two detectives must work with the army as well as the government in order to prepare for a clash between the Patlabors and the deadliest weapon ever built. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Patlabor WXIII - The Movie

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A cheesy monster movie.

Jan 24, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[T]wo encounters with the beast WXIII - first in a darkened factory, and later in an empty stadium, to the strains of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G Minor (Pathétique) - elevate the disappointingly flat animation into a vivid fable of monster and morality

Jan 15, 2003

This above-average anime puts character development before action, although there are still enough fisticuffs, robots and monsters to hold the interest of the genre's core otaku (fan boy) audience.

Jan 11, 2003

Its solid story makes for decent viewing.

Jan 10, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

The trouble is that it's impossible to say with any certainty what's going on from one moment to the next -- and that at the end it becomes clear it has been a great deal more inaccessible than necessary.

Jan 9, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

If WXIII ... is terrific in ambience, it fails to connect the dots of its subplots.

Jan 9, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

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