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36128 No.47841  
Hi, I've been thinking of getting into Oshii's works lately, but I'm unsure how to go about it.
Is it possible to watch the Patlabor films without watching the OVA-series or reading the manga? Excluding Patlabor 2, Ghost in the Shell, and Urusei Yatsura 2, what works by Oshii would you consider must-see? And I'm also wondering if his live-action stuff is any good, it's hard to come by any material on it.
Thanks in advance!
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I think it's better to watch the OVAs first, to be familiar with the characters when you watch the movies. The stories in the non-TV timeline are rather episodic, but the characters are still developed, and some of them have changed quite a lot compared to the way they were in the beginning of the timeline, or are given further depth by the movies, something you wouldn't really appreciate if you jumped straight to the trilogy.

I don't see a reason to skip a perfectly good OVA series like Patlabor.
>> No.47846  
I didn't know that Oshii directed it, so I was thinking of skipping it because of that. I was of the impression that Naoyuki Yoshinaga directed the OVA.
No reason to not watch it now, though.

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