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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: 24.98
- 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. #06
By Chris Beveridge
April 28, 2003
Release Date: March 24, 2003
You're Under Arrest Vol. #06
What They SayThe Review!
After the hilarity of the previous volume, things settle down a bit overall here but still provide some good solid episodes.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 for this round goes back to what we all want, and that’s another nice shot of Natsumi and Miyuki side by side in their very nicely drawn police uniforms 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:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With volume six, we hit the halfway mark in the series and it feels strange that we’ve seen essentially what most shows run for an entire season just about. The episodic nature definitely continues here as we get more various stories on either the lives of the cast themselves or something related to their police duties. It’s easy to see many people getting frustrated by it at this point with no overall arc. It’s really best to think of this in the style of the 80’s cop dramas that had little impact from one week to the next.
Besides, the main draw here is the slow growing romance between Miyuki and Nakajima anyway.
This volume has a good selection of episodes, but it’s the bookends that really win out as the best episodes here. The opening episode gives Miyuki and Natsumi a real chance to shine as their bosses boss decides to have them play the role of bank robbers to put one of the precincts through a test. Knowing that the exercise manuals are good but don’t cover everything, he personally insists on these two due to the rather unorthodox methods. Natsumi is overjoyed at the idea and Miyuki is in love with being able to bring out all her new toys to play with.
The episode really does play out as you expect. The two go in and take over easily, they use a variety of neat toys to really confound those who are trying to stop them, and they’re pretty much smiling and almost giggling the whole way. Accusations fly from the undercover officer inside the bank about them doing things a robber wouldn’t, but it’s just amusing to watch the frustration. Miyuki and Natsumi really relish this role and when it turns into a typical western car chase sequence, there’s some very amusing nods done throughout it.
The end episode brings a new character into play for a day, a celebrity named Go Kitakoji. One of the more frequent things that happens, at least according to the liner notes, is having a celebrity of some sort become a Chief for a Day at a precinct, which brings in the locals and gives the police a chance to talk safety and other issues. Go’s come to the Bokuto station for just such a job and has personally requested Aoi as his liaison for the event since the two had worked together before.
Through flashbacks, we see how the two got along well during that previous working relationship, and you definitely get the impression that Go really likes Aoi. This becomes more apparent in the present as the two work closely together for the day and deal with some small issues along the way. What really makes this episode stand out for me is just how well Aoi ends up dealing with it. As much as she is a he, she is really a she at this point in how she thinks that it takes some effort to get beyond the fact of such a person as Go flattering her so much. I loved the way it all played out.
The middle episodes in the disc are pretty good, though the one with Yoriko ending up spending the day inadvertently with an exiled ruler from a middle eastern country was a bit predictable. The other episode deals with the wedding between Nakajima’s father and his lovely young bride, and that has some hilarious moments as they do the combination western and Japanese wedding but with aging bikers (who sing a really good tune!). These both were good, but fell short compared to the bookend episodes.
With this set now finished, I’m definitely still enjoying it quite a bit and look forward to more. This is one of those feel good series that doesn’t stress or strain the viewer in any way.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.