The Next Generation – Patlabor is the name of the live action spinoff from the anime Patlabor films. The plan is to make some 12 episodes but release them as 7 chapters. Each chapter will get a cinematic release. It’s expected chapter 1, aka episodes 0 and 1, will hit cinemas in Japan for April 5th and the next chapter by the end May.
The Patlabor are mobile police who specialise in mecha (or labors) issues and crime. It is thought that the live action series will only loosely be based off the anime.