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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: 29.98
- 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. #09
By Chris Beveridge
December 09, 2003
Release Date: May 21, 2003
You're Under Arrest Vol. #09
What They SayThe Review!
The final volume of the third box set provides some a couple a good episode, a solid two part piece and then? 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 cover for this installment provides a huge number of the cast members, with the primaries up front in full size while the rest get super deformed and line back towards infinity. 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)
This particular release is probably one of the stronger releases out of the series, primarily due to the two part episode that sits in the middle. The book ends will please people depending on their point of view though.
Things open with an amusing tale of a celebrity named Tokki, who basically is a caricature of sorts of the standard young man superstar who thinks they can get away with anything. He ends up running up against the fine ladies from Bokuto in a traffic violation but laughs it off, knowing he?ll get off easily and without it even being recorded. When Miyuki and Natsumi find out that their tickets have been erased and are told to not follow it up, they start to lose faith in their chief.
The Chief is a smart guy though, and knowing that Tokki is being involved in the upcoming Traffic Safety Festival of sorts, he manipulates things so that the parade route goes by Bokuto station. This allows Miyuki, Natsumi and Nakajima to set up an elaborate (over elaborate) trap to expose him for what he really is in front of all the cameras. This episode is amusing but lacks any real depth to it or any of the warmer material seen in previous episodes.
The other bookend episode brings Strike Man into play, though mostly briefly, as he tries to search around town for a lost cat for a little girl. He really doesn?t serve much use in the episode other than providing a few sight gags and generally annoying anyone he comes into contact with. The majority of the episode focuses on Nakajima and his helping the three kids try to find the kitten, which of course leads into a very dangerous situation. Nakajima comes off well here, but the entire situation is entirely too forced at times.
The central two part episode is the strongest to date I think. Getting a rare day off, the Chief heads to Tokyo Tower to take in the view and to look upon the city that he and his crew defend on a daily basis. It?s one of those reflective moments that some folks partake in, especially with this kind of job. While he does get to take in the view, it?s not as long as he would have liked as the winds have gotten really fast and furious. Due to the increased wind speeds, they close off the top of the tower where you can feel the sway and instruct people to head downstairs to the safer levels.
The chief is all set to go when he gets involved in a small problem where a woman has lost her purse. He helps out the staff while waiting for the elevator to come up and get them, but the tension is too much for the thief who pulls a knife on the single staffer. Getting the key from him, he heads up the stairs to the exterior of the Tower where he intends to take the outside staircase down, not realizing how bad the winds are.
The Chief of course takes chase and the situation becomes even worse when a young kid ends up following him up and they end up trapped upon the top deck with winds that are at a typhoon intensity level. The focus on the chief for these episodes is solid and we get to know him better than the past 33 episodes combined. The rescue efforts are also interesting to watch play out, such as when one of the mountain rescue officers comes in and works with Natsumi to try and get to that top level.
This volume had us rather riveted at times as I was curious to see how it would all play out, especially since I believe this is the first two part episode of the series. At the end of this disc, I was definitely ready for more and am looking forward to finally polishing off the majority of the franchise in the next box set.
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.