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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tokio Private Police

Tokio Private Police

By Chris Beveridge     September 29, 2003
Release Date: August 28, 2001


Tokio Private Police
© Kitty Media


What They Say
Japan 2034 AD. Crime and violence have reached record highs all around New Tokyo City. Every citizen in Tokyo is involved in some kind of crime every minute.

Because of the increase of slums and lower taxes, the police force has been severely downsized and now they're so inept, that they depend on private security companies to maintain the city�s safety. Now its become common to hire private security companies to protect themselves. Companies such as the Tokio Private Police.

However, just because they�re undermanned, doesn�t mean they can�t take a little time out to enjoy themselves while they rescue their clientele from all sorts of villainy. Manager Shibata is managing his sultry affair with Kieko Yamagami, the new captain of the mobile police force and yet he continues to provide inspiration to all of his officers.

Offices like Noriko Ibuki, the newest recruit recently transferred from the infamous Ginza branch. Her tomboyish looks don�t help her get any dates but she still finds the man of her dreams on her very own team.

The Review!
Imagine my surprise when there's not only the obvious parody of parts of Patlabor, but that there's actually something of a plot, humor and somewhat sympathetic characters hiding within this show. And that it's one of the few that actually would deserve to go beyond just the two episodes that were made. Hours after watching, I'm still surprised.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the track we didn't notice anything in the way of distortions or dropouts of this stereo track. Most of the dialogue is center channel based with very few movements across the front soundstage. The music and sound effects made decent use of the forward soundstage overall, but this is your basic stereo anime mix.

Video:
While there's a number of rather soft scenes scattered throughout, this is another pretty decent mid-90's OVA. While it is hentai, it looks to have had at least something resembling a budget or at least some judicious use of funds, resulting in some good looking animation with a lot of colors. This shows through here pretty well, with no cross-coloration and very little in the way of grain or shimmering during camera pans.

Packaging:
Taking a quick look at the front cover, you could almost imagine this to be something of a mature romance tied to science fiction mecha genre. The only indication that it's not is the somewhat small and hard to notice "absolutely not for children" in the lower left corner. The back cover has a few more pieces of artwork and a good summary of the show, but also doesn't really push the hentai side of things.

Menus:
Much like many other recent catalog releases from Media Blasters, the menu system here is very simple, with static images and no music for each of the menus. Access times are nice and fast, and with little to do beyond setting up the show and playing it, little time is spent in the menus.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While I did enjoy this disc overall, I want to state my two primary problems with it right off that bat. The first is that there are a surprising number of lines that simply aren't translated on the subtitle track, and these are primary speakers, not secondary off-camera speakers. The subtitles also seem occasionally to go out of synch, being a bit slow to where they should be. The second problem is that they used the dub release masters for this, which was spliced together for the two episodes as opposed to the two separate tapes that were used for the subtitled VHS release. I'm assuming there was some kind of opening sequence for the second episode, so this can probably be considered edited.

The show takes place in the mid 21st century in the newly crappy city of Tokyo. The capital has been moved to Kyoto and Tokyo has become the slum of the land. Once prosperous Ginza is now just a slum of homeless and downtrodden as well as the home of thieves and other evil types. With the police overwhelmed with the sheer amount of crime, a large number of security firms have cropped up and it's turned into a city where the more money you have, the safer you are.

The heroine of this little adventure is Noriko, a plucky young girl whose had a hard life. Her earlier bad first-time experiences have left her gunshy with men and turned her into more of a tom-boy, to the point where people frequently mistake her for a him. She's now moving on out of the Ginza district for the security company she works for and is moving up to the mobile unit where she'll be part of a team and be able to pilot a "crab cop", a mecha that looks like a crab and can handle the more elaborate criminals in the city.

The group she's involved with is fairly underfunded and poorly staffed. In addition to Noriko, there's another woman who acts as her navigator, two guys who pilot the second of two Crab Cop's that the group has, the female commander and her boss, Captain Shibata. When they're not doing test drills or exercises, all of them except for Noriko and one of the other guys are basically going at each other like crazy.

There's a couple of interesting personal stories that go through the characters and how they are the way they are, leading to various couplings and other encounters. The encounters are done pretty well and are fully uncensored. There's no tentacles here or anything otherworldly, which continues to be a nice change of pace. The show brings things to a fairly decent resolution for the two episodes it runs, but leaves enough room for more episodes.

This isn't a bad release by any stretch, but the few problems with it are annoying and detract from what would otherwise be a quite good release. For those looking for something more from their hentai and for something more real-world, this is definitely where you should be checking things out.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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