You're Under Arrest Vol. #12 (of 13) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Release Date: Friday, June 13, 2003
What They Say
Really priming up the romance side of things, Natsumi and Shouji play the game as only an anime couple can.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Both tracks are pretty standard stereo mixes with some good moments of directionality during some key scenes, but otherwise is solid with little standing out. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout and we noted no dropouts or distortions on either track.
Originally airing in 1996, the animation style for the show is definitely showing its roots. The transfer here is pretty good with solid looking colors with some cross coloration showing up along the edges of characters. Aliasing is pretty minimal and overall the transfer looks good. Some areas look a bit soft, but that?s pretty much seen across the board in the episodes we?ve seen so far.
Though the artwork looks a little rough, the cover this time sports a nice close-up picture of Natsumi and Miyuki?s faces as both give off their special brand of smile. The disc volume is listed here as well as the four episode numbers and titles. The back cover is setup similar to the computer menus in the show and the main menu itself, with a list of the main Japanese production folks as well as the episode numbers, titles and a two-line summary for all four episodes on this disc. There?s no real insert as we?re used to, but we do get the translation recipe cards for the remaining eight episodes of the series that goes into a variety of interesting cultural notes.
The menus are setup in a fashion after the computers available in the girl?s mini patrol car, which gives it a good feel. Selections are available along the top for language and a play all feature while you can also browse down along the file folders to open each episode. Episode numbers/titles are only shown when you actually move to that folder, so when you initially start up you only see the first episode. Also, when selecting an episode from here as opposed to the play all, it only plays that episode and then returns you to the menu when finished, unlike most discs that continue on to the next episode. Access times are nice and fast, though transitions from the main menu to subsequent menus are a touch slow as a piece of animation plays out along the top each time.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This can essentially be called Toukairin?s disc of episodes more than anything else.
And that?s not a bad thing. Though I continue to think Natsumi would be better off paired with the Chief, the amusingly played out relationship between Natsumi and Toukairin really builds nicely with these four episodes in addition to the minor bits earlier. The two begin to get closer when he takes her out for the summer day and shows her the grave of his mentor, the one who taught him the most about being a rescue person in terms of strength and the inner qualities that make a man able to really be part of that world. This day away from the world of Bokuto does both characters good, allowing them to change how they are a bit and be more themselves.
Toukairin gets a chance to show off some more of his skills when he ends up becoming something of a temporary mentor to a young boy who is trying to give up on kendo. The boy, Hideki, is actually fairly good but has a few issues with the classes. Namely that he?s losing in his bouts to a girl and that just bothers him to no end. Through a chance encounter, Toukairin takes him under his wing as well as two friends of his and tries to instill in them the basic essentials of kendo, which is to actually enjoy the sport more than anything else. Through his methods, such as just having them toss around a softball or do some fishing, he gets all Miyagi like and they end up learning new skills. This was a good chance to get to know Toukairin even better after the episode with Natsumi before, but it also hints at some problems ahead as he?s reading up on learning the Nepalese language.
There?s also a rather good tense drama episode on this volume that involves a traffic accident in one of Tokyo?s tunnels. A number of cars have collided and there?s gasoline spilling everywhere. The entire Bokuto crew gets sent down to help, but Toukairin is already there and in his gear. Knowing the Bokuto people fairly well now, he enlists the help of Natsumi and Miyuki to go through the tunnel with him and others to rescue the people that are trapped inside or are too scared to move. Naturally, there?s one person that gets missed during the first sweep and Toukairin and Natsumi have to go in to find him before things get really hot in there and the gasoline gets sparked off. The relationship side of Natsumi and Toukairin also gets nicely explored before all of this goes off as the two are spending more and more time together and Miyuki relates some of the changes Natsumi?s undergone since she?s become interested in Toukairin.
There?s a lot of great relationship side stuff that goes on throughout all four episodes as well as having the last episode be a rather huge change in terms of the characters. Normally shows like You?re Under Arrest, which survive on being relatively the same from episode to episode, don?t make changes like this or have the characters grow in that respect. Having done it here, I?m curious to see how it?ll affect the remaining episodes of this particular series. Regardless, this was a fantastic volume.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: AnimEigo
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: You're Under Arrest