Mania Grade: A-
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- 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: 24.95
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: You're Under Arrest
You're Under Arrest Vol. #03
By Chris Beveridge
October 27, 2002
Release Date: November 04, 2002
You're Under Arrest Vol. #03
What They SayThe Review!Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. And then promptly rewatched it in English. 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:
Now that I’ve adjusted to the less vibrant feel of the TV series, I’m getting into it more. 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. Packaging:
The front cover itself features a nice shot of Natsumi and Miyuki giving some light fanservice while leaning against their police car with a solid looking logo below them. The discs 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 nor is there a real recipe card. They have however included one of their “fake” ones to keep questions down, though I still expect to hear complaints.Menu:
The menus are setup in a fashion after the computers available in the girls 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:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The episodic nature continues here, but we again get another set of fun and enjoyable episodes. I’m still hoping for some arcs later on, but if it’s all like this, I still won’t complain.
Of the four episodes, only one bothered me, but only so much due to one particular character. The remaining three were good solid episodes throughout. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the series is the extremely slow and shy way that Miyuki and Nakajima play off each other in trying to express themselves, or lack thereof. When some of the women discover that Nakajima is apparently seeing someone else, they start working into various plans to capture him in the act and push Miyuki into acting. Miyuki though just thinks back to times that reminds her why she does like him so much. Of course, a lot of this is all related to a misunderstanding, but it’s great to watch most of the women rally around Miyuki and try to get her to take a stand on things.
What really and surprisingly cracked me up was an entire episode devoted to the Scooter Mama. You know her, she’s shown up in most of the TV episodes to date as riding by in the background or just causing a quick moment of trouble before the show continues on with its actual story. Well, she gets fully fleshed out here, including an opera song about her mission in life. This all happens during national safety week, which means everyone decides to finally go after her. She’s got an incredible reputation as being rude and condescending to officers and has apparently yet to get a ticket, even though she’s one of the most self-centered drivers out there. To her, the rules don’t apply.
So it was definitely amusing when her scooter gets stolen and she demands the police to find it, and ends up riding around with Miyuki and Natsumi to find it. I was surprised to find them fleshing out this character as much as they did, and still expect her to show up again later in the series to cause more trouble, even if only for a few seconds onscreen.
The Christmas episode was fun for awhile, until Strike Man showed up as Santa Claus Man. There’s a number of really good moments in this episode, such as the attempts of Nakajima to date Miyuki on Christmas Eve or Natsumi’s dreams of dating the Captain as well as some of the time spent with the little children, but Santa Claus Man made me wish the episode ended faster.
Things round out with a very enjoyable episode about a girl who ends up deciding that she wants to become a police officer after getting some help from Natsumi and Miyuki in a tight situation. Of course, she was looking to become a priestess at the local temple after spending some time there (and calling the Oshu her “daddy boyfriend”) as well. Things get back to focusing more on Miyuki and Natsumi here in terms of their job as well as helping out other departments as the situation begins to spiral.
You’re Under Arrest, now twelve episodes in, is proving to be as enjoyable as I’d hoped it would be, since I had only seen the OVA’s previously. This is one of those series where the real draw is just the characters being themselves more so than larger plots. Miyuki and Natsumi carry it perfectly and they have a great supporting cast, which provides both serious moments and plenty of comedic fodder as well. Very recommended.
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.