Patlabor Ep. 23: Kanuka’s Report


Kanuka turns her uniform in to Goto and thanks him for his help. He asks if her training was worthwhile, and she answers that it definitely was. Goto wants to throw a farewell party, but Kanuka says she doesn’t want that and will instead say goodbye to everyone. She says she’s not good at dealing with Japanese sentimentality and still has to finish her report. After she leaves the office, Sakaki comments that foreigners are so reserved, and Shinobu theorizes that maybe Kanuka doesn’t want to appear weak. Looking at the Patlabors, Kanuka recalls the beginning of her time with SV2. After she drives off, everyone emerges from their hiding places to put a farewell party into motion, with Noa using a scooter to follow Kanuka. Noa follows Kanuka through the streets as she window shops and enters a department store. Noa reports this to Asuma over the radio, who is busy with the others trying to break into Kanuka’s apartment. As he picks the front door’s lock, Shinshi notes that they’re breaking the law, but Ota declares that only criminals can commit crimes. They’re interrupted when a neighbor spots them, and Ota becomes impatient and tries to pick the lock, but he ends up ripping the knob off the door. Kanuka sits in a restaurant and writes up a report on her laptop, detailing past incidents like disobedience from Noa and Ota. Back at the apartment, Asuma and the others set up a banner along with the booze and the food. Ota wants to start drinking beer, and when Shinshi suggests waiting for Kanuka, Ota responds that it’s ok as long as they don’t touch the cake. Shige sets down in front of Kanuka’s computer and finds her report on SV2, which Asuma says will be submitted to the NYPD. Ota isn’t able to read since the report is in English, so Shige translates for everyone. Her report individually describes members of Division 2, starting with Goto and stating that it’s unclear whether he’s earned his reputation as Goto the Razor. Shige then reads the entry on Shinshi, which describes him as a “backfire” due to his occasional bouts of rage. Hiromi wants to stop, but Shinshi loses his cool and wants to keep reading, so he looks at the write up on Asuma. Asuma calls Noa over the radio and says Shinshi is reading everything now because he’s drunk.

Noa speeds over to Kanuka’s apartment on her scooter just as Shinshi is about to read the section on her. The report describes Noa as being emotionally attached to machines and treating them like pets. The report states that there’s a fine line between Noa being happy and miserable, and she’s not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult. Next up is Hiromi, whose report says merely “insufficient data.” Shinshi then pulls up the report on Ota, which describes him as excessively violent, but also a better marksman than Noa. She writes that it’s a miracle he was ever allowed to become a police officer because he’s an armed lunatic, a walking powder keg and a stubborn fool. Everyone else giggles as Shinshi reads the summary of Ota, which describes him as a psycho cop. Ota then goes into a rage and smashes the computer and table. Shige asks what they should do now, and Ota suggests running away. Noa points out that he’s the one who broke it, but he tells everyone that if they value their lives, they’ll start cleaning and removing their prints from everything. Kanuka finally pulls up to the building, and her frightened neighbor tells her that suspicious men broke into her apartment. Kanuka pulls out her gun and presumes terrorists are inside when she see the broken lock. She then quickly opens the door and enters the apartment, sticking her gun in Ota’s face. Kanuka yells at everyone for what they’ve done and tells them all to leave. Goto gets a call about terrorist bombers at Kanuka’s place from the neighbor, but he says he can handle things. As everyone walks home, they all pass the blame onto each other over what happened. Kanuka uses her laptop to finish the report, summarizing that Division 2 is full of unique officers who are creative, audacious, impulsive, disrespectful, destructive and many other adjectives. Kanuka sees the cake they left behind and adds to the report that Division 2’s performance exceeded her original expectations.


This episode is in essence a clip show, but there’s enough new material that is entertaining. Kanuka’s six months of training are over, so it’s time for her to head back to New York. The clips come into play through her report, which everyone gets their hands on. Her description of Ota as a gun-toting psycho cop are spot on, as evidenced by his reaction. I was also amused by her description of Hiromi, or the lack thereof, and the description of Shinshi’s psychotic tendencies. But for all her writing about Division 2’s shortcomings, she does end the report on a positive note.

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Patlabor Info

Naoyuki Yoshinaga

Kazunori Ito
Mamoru Oshii
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Naoto Kimura
Tetsuo Takahashi
Michiko Yokote
Hibari Arisu

Mechanical Designer(s):
Yutaka Izubuchi
Yoshinori Sayama

Character Designer:
Akemi Takada

Musical Composer:
Kenji Kawai

47 episodes

Japan 10.11.1989 – 09.26.1990


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