Plans for PATLABOR
2 THE MOVIE got underway
in the spring of 1992. It was decided from the outset that
this new film would center around the same theme of large-scale
urban terrorism examined previously in "SV2's Longest
Day." This two-part story was told in Episodes 5 and
6 of the original seven-episode first PATLABOR OVA
series (1988-89). In that earlier story, the terror threat
against Tokyo was the attempt of a rogue faction of the
Japan Self-Defense Forces to overthrow the government.
In August 1993, the film was theatrically released across
Japan and immediately gathered attention from movie fanatics.