A year has passed now since Miyuki & Natsumi became partners with them becoming a very effective team against lawbreakers-At least most of the time, even though the speeder that they were after in the opening scenes got away by out-running Natsumi's Motocompo). Their partnership is about to possibly end though as the Chief tells Natsumi that he recommended her for membership on the White Bike Troopers motorcycle team. A huge opportunity to be sure & also one that Natsumi accepts even though it means leaving Miyuki & Bokuto Precinct. With both getting used to life without each other (Natsumi with her training & Miyuki with her new partner Yoriko), Natsumi makes her debut with the White Bike Troopers during the Bokuto Half Marathon Grand Prix (With Bokuto Precinct providing traffic control, of course). A vehicle fire ties up traffic but then a runaway tanker truck adds to the emergency but Natsumi (Who had been listening in on the radio) breaks from the Troopers & with Ken's help is able to stop the truck before it runs into the fire. She felt too restricted by the precise routes anyway (
) so she goes back to where she always belonged-At Miyuki's side in "Today".
This episode also ends the OVA series which BTW was edited for broadcast to open the TV series; however, Animeigo's release has the OVA episodes in their original form without the TV edits. In this one, it's clear as to how much Miyuki has grown to depend on Natsumi when they are separated for a time (And with Yoriko's becoming Miyuki's partner-Car sickness pills & all
) & then brought back together by the emergency during the half marathon. As in the previous 3 episodes there's a nice blend of humor & seriousness (Plus the likability of the main characters) that IMO works nicely throughout. From here the TV series begins in earnest & even though the animation will be uneven (TV budgets-What can you do?) don't let that throw you-The stories & the characters themselves (All ably portrayed by their seiyuu & English VAs) make up for it IMO.
Next time-File 5, "A Beauty To Be Reckoned With-Her Name Is Aoi".