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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. #05

By Chris Beveridge     April 28, 2003
Release Date: March 24, 2003


You're Under Arrest Vol. #05
© AnimEigo


What They Say


The Review!
Another installment of the series brings some enjoyable moments and brings back one of the favorite “villains” of the series in the form of Strike Man.

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.

Packaging:
The volumes in this second box set utilize the same cover layout as the first box set. The front cover itself features a different looking image from the rest of two people on motorcycles racing each other while there’s 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, but we do get the translation recipe cards for the four episodes on this disc that goes into a variety of interesting cultural notes.

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:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The series continues in much the same vein as previous episodes, so if you’ve enjoyed it to date, you’ll find more goodness in this release. Out of the four episodes, there’s some rather fun stuff in here.

One of the best episodes to date is the first one here that starts off innocently enough as Natsumi and Miyuki are treating Nakajima to a home cooked meal in his apartment. He’s all nervous about it and manages to get them to wait a minute or two so he can clean up first, only to be stunned by the fact that there’s a twenty year old attractive woman already in his apartment. Of course, this doesn’t go over well with the two girls when they find her, but it gets even worse once the reality sets in.

The young woman, Sena, is engaged now to Nakajima’s father. The two had fallen in love after an inadvertent bit of racing back in her home town after he managed to outrace her Super 7. The two are now very much in love and intent on moving to Tokyo at some point to open a bike shop. But the fate of the marriage is all in Nakajima’s hands because Sena wants him to call her mother, so that she can feel that she’s really a part of the family and not just agreed to with little thought. Nakajima, of course, has a huge problem with this, and the episode works on the way their relationship works.

It has a lot of good moments, particularly in the attempts to get Nakajima to say it, but also in having Miyuki realize that her potential mother in law would be several years younger than her.

Another very enjoyable episode brings Strike Man back into the picture. The episode opens rather beautifully though as our two leads are off-duty and out shopping in their regular clothes. As I’m sure happens often enough, a group of grade school age ruffians come running by and flip their skirts, bringing us more ever so lovely fanservice. The kids don’t get away with it too well though as they’re quickly confronted by three girls from their class, which includes the class president. It looks like a long running rivalry between the two sets, which is pretty amusing and well done.

Once the boys escape the girls, they find themselves in the presence of Strike Man who offers them the chance to join his Strike Brigade and to put their skills and energy to good use. Of course, the boys simply die of laughter and run off. Undeterred, Strike Man instead ends up recruiting the girls for his Strike Brigade, and they begin their mission of vengeance and justice upon the boys of the town by pantsing them as they find them, all while dressed up in colorful feminine versions of Strike Man’s outfit.

It’s really all quite silly, but it plays out effectively and really works to the strengths of the series. While the end of it goes in a direction that is a bit more extreme than really required, and has Miyuki and Natsumi pulling off some almost superhuman moves, the bulk of the episode is just played quite well.

The other two episodes play to different strengths as well, such as the one where Natsumi ends up meeting an older mechanic who insists that she’s not really ready for the bike she has, so he ends up keeping it until she comes back to him and helps to actually learn to maintain it herself and to understand its workings better. This one plays alongside the arrival of Nakajima’s father and Sena in Tokyo and the startup of their show. The other episode, which is all over the map, has Yoriko directing a public safety play where the women are all part of a sentai team and Nakajima’s the villain. This is probably the most convoluted episode in just how many strange elements are brought into play with it, and has been one of the weakest episodes of the series so far.

But the good clean fun episodes far outweigh that last one and there’s a rise in the fan service provided here as we see more skin of Miyuki and Natsumi than before, which is surprising at times. But that’s not a complaint! This installment of the show was a lot of fun overall and I’m looking forward to hitting more of the series soon.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Liner Note Card

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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