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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: 29.95
- 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. #08
By Chris Beveridge
December 09, 2003
Release Date: May 21, 2003
You're Under Arrest Vol. #08
What They SayThe Review!
More fun and wackiness in the YUA world continues here, this time thankfully Strike Man free!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:
Thankfully still using the same style as previous releases, the front cover here provides a nice set of shots of Natsumi with a kitty and Miyuki in her uniform looking on. The disc 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)
Settling into a volume of You?re Under Arrest is like getting back with some old friends to talk about various fun little incidents. This release continues much what we?ve seen before, so it?s nothing new nor groundbreaking, but it is continually pleasing. A couple of episodes stand out here as very amusing this time around.
The first episode in particular is one of the better ones of the past couple of volumes. Sena?a cousin, Yuichi, has arrived to finally visit her since he was unable to come to her wedding to Nakajima?s father. He lives the life of a professional motorcycle racer and is often away on extended runs so he?s quite busy. He ends up running into our two leads after breaking down on the highway and having Miyuki work over his bike a bit.
With him being quite the handsome and studly young man, Sena sees this as a chance to push Nakajima into getting things going more seriously with Miyuki. She convinces Yuichi to start playing up his interesting in Miyuki by trying to win her over and thereby make Nakajima jealous and get him to be more forthright. Sena?s plan naturally goes too well when Yuichi realizes he?s really falling for her. It brings about the male competition in the form of a race between the two, but the best parts of the episode are watching the three in the potential triangle all realize their feelings more strongly.
Another amusing episode has the Natsumi and Miyuki off-duty and shopping for once. Natsumi sort of rules the day when they?re off duty, and even more so when they?re off shopping, so she decides to try out a new restaurant inside one of the recently opened mega department stores. Before they can get too far though, they end up in some of the clothing sections and are trying on some very nice outfits, such as a Chinese dress for Miyuki and a formal almost Victorian style for Natsumi.
Of course, their day off can?t go entirely quietly. Through an amusing bit of confusion, they find out that a bomb threat has been called into the building and end up helping out detective Tokuno with it since they?re on the scene. And they pull all of this off while wearing the outfits they were trying out. There?s a simple and easily figured out plot behind it, but it?s a lot of fun watching them race around trying to figure things out and watching the manager panic over the improper use of his materials.
The episodes have a good mix of light comedy and romance as well as some nice action sequences that help balance it all out well. The characters haven?t changed at all, which is the only thing that keeps this from being a much better series. You continually hope for progress to be made in the Nakajima and Miyuki relationship, but that?s just in the cards anytime soon. Regardless, this is a whole lot of fun.
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.