KV-98 Pickle (OVA version)


Model number(s): KV-98; KV-93R
Code name: Pickle
Unit type: construction labor
Manufacturer: Shinohara Heavy Industries
Operator: civilians
Rollout: October 1993
Accommodation: pilot and copilot, in standard cockpit in main body
Dimensions: overall height 10.56 meters; overall width 6.70 meters
Weight: standard 9.11 metric tons; full 9.85 metric tons
Armor materials: reinforced steel
Powerplant: unknown
Maximum weight lifting capacity: 18.5 metric tons
Minimum revolving radius: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; grappling hook, mounted on left side of main body
Fixed armaments: none
Optional fixed armaments: anti-tank missile, mounted on left side of main body (terrorist modification)

The KV-98 (KV-93R) Pickle was a mountain construction labor produced by Shinohara Heavy Industries. Its tripod leg design made it stand out from a typical labor, which was humanoid shaped. The Pickle’s tripod leg structure made it ideally suited for work in mountainous areas. One unit was stolen by terrorists and equipped with a powerful cannon. The unit was pursued by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s new AV-98 Ingrams on their first assignment. With its high mobility and grappling hook, the Pickle managed to behead Isao Ota’s Unit 2 and sever the right arm of Noa Izumi’s Unit 1. The terrorists using the Pickle threatened to fire at a temple, but the Pickle was immobilized when Noa attacked with her severed arm as a “rocket punch” inspired by super robot anime.

First appearance: Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days
Original mechanical designer:
 Yutaka Izubuchi


Cockpit hatch

Patlabor: Early Days Info

Mamoru Oshii
Naoyuki Yoshinaga

Kazunori Ito

Mechanical Designer:
Yutaka Izubuchi

Character Designer:
Akemi Takada

Musical Composer:
Kenji Kawai

7 episodes

Video Release:
Japan 04.25.1988 – 06.25.1989
U.S. 10.14.2003


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