You're Under Arrest Vol. #13 (of 13) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Release Date: Friday, June 13, 2003



What They Say


The Review!
The final installment of You?re Under Arrest brings out the best of the series and then caps it off with pure fanservice.

Audio:
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.

Video:
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.

The special file, termed episode 52 here, originally aired in 1999, three years or so after the first TV series ended, the animation for the show looks pretty much the same as that series did and shares many of the same characteristics. The transfer here manages to lose some of the softness of the first TV series, but with the style used, there?s a fair bit of cross coloration, especially early on, and some aliasing throughout all twenty episodes as well. The show looks good but not as slick and fluid as a lot of other shows that started to hit the airwaves during that time.

Packaging:
The last cover of the series has a really nice piece of artwork to finish it off with Miyuki and Natsumi wearing their blue long skirt uniforms and the pale blue tops, both smiling nicely and just looking great. 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 that goes over in some detail the mechanical side of the show in the form of the various vehicles.

Menu:
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.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While I was surprised with the eleventh volume that there was a two part episode there, I was even more surprised to find that the series rounds out with a three part episode that brings the series to a nice conclusion. And to make it even better, it then follows up with the single full length special that?s all fanservice.

The three part episode is the kind that works rather well to cap off a series, especially one as episodic as this has been and has dealt with the growing cast early on. A series of high-class car thefts has been going on recently and it?s started to shift over into the district that Bokuto has jurisdiction over. The higher-ups at headquarters have sent over Inspector Kinoshita to start getting the officers there into gear about how to handle this and work towards solving the case. Kinoshita is the kind of career officer who handles her duties very seriously and quite focused.

Kinoshita starts right in by assigning hard patrolling and all hours of work. The team plays along well though and they spend a good deal of time working the streets. Miyuki gets assigned to coordinate things from within the office and to build some profile information about their prey while Kinoshita takes to the streets with Natsumi. That alone produces some amusing sequences and a bit of chaffing against authority within Natsumi. But she eventually realizes the seriousness of the situation and ends up becoming one of the key players in the storyline. So much so that she?s been suggested to move up in her career and into headquarters.

And that?s where the focus of these episodes really comes from, in that you can?t stay spinning your wheels in one place if you want to advance in your career. Or as they say here, the fun times can?t last forever. With both Miyuki and Natsumi realizing this as they?re pretty much kept apart for days at a time on this case, they start to realize things about themselves and what they need to do to change so they can achieve their goals, goals that they may well have forgotten along the way.

Once all is said and done, they cap things off with a nice fanservice episode and this comes off great after the big action finale of the three-parter. The basic premise of the episode is simple in that Miyuki, Natsumi, Aoi and Yoriko all head off to the Shonan precinct area where due to the hot summer days, the streets along this beach/resort area are overly packed and they can use some help. The girls immediately jump at it due to the way the Chief sold it (work during the day, swim the rest of the time). Unfortuantely, while the second half may be true, they?re stuck on the hot roadway during the day with kilometers of backed-up traffic and unhappy campers. But that?s all just setting the stage for them to hit the beach itself in an amusing escapade. This episode fits in nicely with the other specials since it was done at the same time but ended up on this release due to licensing arrangements. After all, it?s not a mini-special!

You?re Under Arrest has been a solid series that had a few bumps during the twenties but managed to put out some of its best episodes during the thirties and forties. The characters, though not growingly terribly, were nicely expanded upon and then built upon with fun and amusing episodes that gave everyone a chance to shine. This is a feel good series that won?t tax your mind but will definitely bring some warmth to the heart. Having only seen the original four OVAs so many years ago, it?s definitely been a lot of fun to make it through all of these adventures (in such a short span of time no less).

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
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
MSRP: 29.98
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: You're Under Arrest