A mysterious robot appeared in the streets of Tokyo yesterday, from 10:31 to 10:57 am. Eyewitness accounts told of a humanoid machine levitating several meters in the air, disrupting traffic and causing widespread panic. The rogue robot was described to be several stories high, with wings emanating from the sides of its head.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2 (SV2) was dispatched to deal with the arrest. The robot was subdued quickly by Officer Izumi Noa, operating an AV-98 Ingram Patlabor unit. Her Patlabor grabbed the unknown robot’s leg and sent it crashing to the ground, after it had been corralled into a clear area by fellow Officer Ota Isao. A single shock baton strike to the chest area disabled the robot.
No one was hurt in the commotion, but major roads suffered heavy congestion and train schedules were delayed for hours.
The operator, a college student by the name of Kamina Ayato, was apprehended without further incident.
“I don’t know,” said Kamina, looking haggard in casual clothes. “I don’t know how I got in that thing in the first place. I don’t know.” Nevertheless, he is facing charges of disturbance of public peace and public endangerment.
“It just floated around with its arms outstretched,” said Asahina Hiroko, a college student. “It looked like an angel with wings on its head, but it was really creepy. Like it was some kind of angry, foreign god. And it made me late for class.”
Acting commander, Captain Nagumo Shinobu of the SV1, was proud of the successful operation. “This is a victory not just for the SV2, but for the entire Patlabor force. I hope it convinces the general public on the importance of active police Labors in defending the peace.”
SV2 has received criticism on improper handling of past cases, which have caused significant property damage and complaints from overworked insurance companies.
Captain Goto Kiichi, the SV2′s actual unit commander, was unavailable for comment.
When asked about her arrest, Officer Izumi grinned and said: