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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Image Entertainment
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Hyper Police

Hyper Police Vol. #6

By Chris Beveridge     June 13, 2003
Release Date: June 10, 2003


Hyper Police Vol. #6
© Image Entertainment


What They Say
The future's hottest crimefighters take you on five giddy adventures in the dazzling anime series that has fans enthralled! In "The Good Sunny Side of the Verandah," Natsuki's temporary stay with Batanen ends when he begins acting childish, driving her home despite the feeling she's forgotten something very important. "Po's Depression" has worn her out, thanks to repairing mysterious "space holes" which keep appearing. Tommy asks her out on a date to cheer her up, but all is not as it seems! "Sakura Becomes Insane" when her husband keeps mistaking her for former girlfriend Kasumi, so she decides to use her father's power to do a little mind tampering of her own. "The Day of Catastrophe," when people and monsters first began to coexist, is told to Ayami after she's attacked by Sakura's pet monster, Myamunu, with Kondo badly wounded while trying to save her. In "Which Do You Like?" is the question posed when Natsuki is taken to the Door of Hades and offered the chance to live as a human being, prompting her to a life-altering choice.

The Review!
The conclusion to Hyper Police brings about some of the best episodes of the series yet and leaves it open nicely enough for more someday.

Audio:natsum
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese but in the newly created 5.1 remix. We listened to this new mix and found it to be decent, but the source doesn’t really offer up much of a chance to do a lot with it. Most of the audio is still through the center channel with mostly the music getting some playback in the rear speakers. Throughout what we heard, there were no discernable dropouts or distortions.

Video:
The transfer for this release is pretty much on par for what we were expecting, which is a solid but unexceptional looking release. While there’s no cross coloration or all that much aliasing, there’s some bits of dirt throughout the print. Colors look good though the show doesn’t use a very vibrant palette. There’s little to complain about with the transfer, but it’s not something that’s going to stand out based on the way the show was designed.

Packaging:
Though in the same style as past covers, the garish backgrounds of the early volumes are gone here as we get a nice green to blue shift here with a great nicely colored and detailed shot of Natsuki in her basic uniform without the jacket, giving that perfect smile and half wave. The back cover provides a number of screenshots and gives a summary for each of the four episodes. The basic creative staff is listed as well as the technical features and language formats. The insert provides another shot of the front cover piece while listing the (9!) chapter stops for each of the five episodes

Menu:
The menu is a nice static image one brief pass of music that shows two of the female leads in a nice vibrant piece of artwork. All five episodes are selectable from the main page as well as a play all selection and the audio selection menu. Selecting an episode brings you to a chapter selection section. The menus overall are nice and fast, but we experienced some slowdowns in moving through chapter selection and trying to get back to the main menu.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Hyper Police, a series that’s pretty much full of episodic episodes that build nicely upon each other but lacking an overall arc to it, comes to its conclusion with the last five episodes here. There’s some catching up from the last volume, some good standalone tales and then a two-parter that brings it all together.

The closure of the previous volume is nicely done, where those who ventured into the anomaly ended up in a human-only world of some time ago and were trying to deal with it, such as Tommy running off or Batanen becoming and acting more and more like a child. Natsuki managed to stay fairly immune to it, but even she succumbed to aspects of it. The revelation of the cause is most amusing, but doesn’t change the dramatic side of the episodes where we see the characters acting under completely different rules.

The two standalone episodes were also quite good. One of them brings the relationship between Peau and Tommy when Tommy ends up rescuing Peau during a bounty hunt expedition that went rather poorly. Most of the time is spent with Peau and understanding her inner monologue, which goes a long way in shattering that cold uncaring and stoic image of her from the early episodes. Her inner dialogue is pretty amusing for the most part, and getting to see more of her and her responsibilities helps to make the character much more interesting.

The other standalone episode has Sakura dealing with her husband still remembering Kasumi and talking about her in his sleep. Being the type of person she is, she finds a way through her family to go back in time to eliminate Kasumi. But doing so would cause the timeline to change significantly enough that the “present” is radically altered. Only Natsuki remembers Sakura and the kids while the Police Company is now a powerful business and Sakunoshin is married to Kondo instead, a very pregnant Kondo at that. This episode has a lot of fun with the what-if scenario but also some good choices for Natsuki and Sakura to deal with in the long run.

The finale to the series is a rather solid two-parter that doesn’t feel as drawn out as some of the earlier ones did. After Fonne and Kondo end up in an accident in dealing with a nasty monster that causes Kondo to go into intensive care, Natsuki struggles to deal with the harsh invective that Fonne lays out on her about how the monsters of the world are wrong to be there and that they shouldn’t even exist. With Natsuki being as sensitive as she is, it’s not surprising that this hits her hard.

What springs forth from it brings about the revelation of how the world changed on “The Day of Catastrophe” where the door between the two worlds were opened. As it turns out, it looks like Natsuki is one of the very few people that can actually reach this door and change things through her natural abilities and lightning calling ability. Learning about this from her boss (aka god) and wanting to make the world right, she heads off to face it and see what she can do. This leads her down the road where she has to make a choice, after experiencing what her life would be like as a normal human. Of course, all of this is being done at the manipulation of another.

Thankfully, the series manages to end on a proper note that while leaving you wanting more, also wraps things up nicely enough that it can feel complete without having a ton of unanswered questions and buts to it. The final episodes to the series are nicely done and do a good job of bringing the life of this particular world up and into proper view but still concentrating on the characters that really make it worth checking out. There are aspects I wish got explored a little more, particularly in the amorous department, but that’s pretty standard for most series.

Fans of this series will love the closing volume and be glad with the release overall. While the lack of extras has been annoying, it’s more than made up for with the volume count and the lower than average price. It’s good to finally have this series, long overdue for release in the US, done and done well.

Features
Japanese 5.1 Language,Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English 2.0 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.

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