Desho, Desho? Shirts, etc.

Desho, Desho? at TeePublic

Desho? Shirts at Zazzle

NYPD Patlabor Shirts

Taking a little creative license with this one. These are inspired by the circa 1989-90 NYPD patrol cars. I couldn’t think of what Americans might call a labor (aside from ‘giant police robot’ or something), so I stuck with the Japanese name; it might plausibly be a loanword, though it’s actually an English loanword / portmanteau. It’s come full circle!

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The text says: “Special Vehicles, Patlabor Squad, Officer Exchange Program.”

Available here: Law Enforcement Giant Robots!

Patlabor: AV-98 Ingram “Promo” Shirts

I thought this might be amusing: mock promotional shirts for the Shinohara Heavy Industries AV-98 Ingram patrol labor. Note that the font is the same as the Patlabor title card, and at the same unusually severe angle. Available in white-on-black and black-on-white. I also threw in some blues, because that seems to be Shinohara’s corporate colors.


This shirt is fiction, but in ten years, who knows?

Samurai Pizza Cats: Restaurant Sign

This is a replica of the sign on the building in Little Tokyo. This is a plural version (CATS). Note that the model sheets show a possessive version (CAT’S), and at least one painted background shows a singular version (CAT).

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Available here.

Regarding the Weapons of Ghost in the Shell

The weapons in “Ghost in the Shell” are shown as items to help illustrate the 2029 setting. As such, although they loosely follow projections based on current technology, they’re not strictly bound to them – instead being designed based on what will look good in a movie context.

For example, the guns are generally made of metal rather than plastics, and that’s one place where you can see the director and the rest of the staff (although if we’re honest, mostly the director) impressing their own ideas upon the designs. However, on the other hand, it could be that there has been progress in numerically-controlled 3-dimensional metal milling technology and improvements in alloy technology, and what we’re seeing in these weapons is the effect of those improvements and such predictable trends as greater precision in gunsmithing, coupled with lower costs.

In that sense, it would be a mistake to say that the weaponry shown in “Ghost in the Shell” is always futuristic. This is something that both Mamoru Oshii (director) and Noutomi-san (weaponry concept design) have touched upon in their comments.

However, first and foremost, is the desire to design something futuristic the best way to achieve a futuristic design? This is something that many films and works in other genres have failed in. In fact, it woudn’t be far off to say that the concept of “a futuristic design” stopped having real meaning back in the 50s. We believe the movie that really demonstrated that once and for all was “Blade Runner.” But despite all that, since we’ve never actually tried our hand at purely “futuristic designs,” we’ll have to put this down as an open question with no definite answer yet.

Weapons First Page

9-Weapon Ammo and Translation

Standard cartridge for the Zastava Nosle M22. Functionally, this round is a midpoint between 5.56mm NATO and 9mm Parabellum. It is currently banned, and is used only by special forces units such as Section 9.

Ed: elsewhere, the 9-weapon is stated to use the FN P90’s 5.7×28mm cartridge.


9-Weapon Muzzle / Compensator Translation

Muzzle (Compensator)

This is the compensator fitted to the 9-Weapon muzzle. Compensators have openings on their upper surface in order to direct the muzzle blast upwards, the push-back from which prevents the gun jumping up too much when firing. On this gun, the right side openings are larger, an innovation which provides push-back to the left and down.