I am a huge fan of the Mecha Anime that comes out of Japan, not the super-robot stuff, but the realistic mecha anime like the Police procedure Patlabor, the UC0079 Gundam and Armored Suit Votoms. There is something about the genre I really like, maybe because it is more grounded and the situations are much more realistic because of it.
Now the most grounded of these anime is Patlabor, which is the story of the Mobile Police Patrol Labor Special Vehicles Second Division that is used to combat rogue Labor units. And I’ve just learned via Bleeding Cool News that they are making a live action Patlabor movie!
What makes this really cool, is they are using a life-size prop of a Patlabor. Now while you expect a certain amount of CGI in these type of movies the fact they have a traditional life-size prop with Labor carrier is pretty amazing. Most production companies would only build a cockpit or the head. I wonder if this can actually move? That would be awesome! The following pictures were posted on the Anime News Network of the Patlabor out in Yokohama City.