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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. #10
By Chris Beveridge
December 09, 2003
Release Date: June 13, 2003
You're Under Arrest Vol. #10
What They SayThe Review!
The fourth and final box set opens with this volume and we get a number of excellent 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 cover for this release is a really nice action shot of the two leads in their police uniforms wielding some good firepower and looking ready to use it. 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)
There is some rather good material on this volume that continues to push the later episodes of this series into being much better than the initial first dozen or so. The cast, beyond just being really comfortable at this point, has some good additions and good writing to it that things just feel much more enjoyable.
The opening episode is a good strong one that deals with one part of the Japan Rail line through the city. It turns out that a couple of very smooth operators have been taking advantage of the women that get on the train by swiping their wallets, jewelry and other valuable effects. The order comes down from the headquarters to get the folks at Bokuto involved in things since there?s some good experience there, namely in the form of Aoi. Since she?s done undercover work before (anyone remember her dealing with molesters?), she?s a prime candidate to go back to this kind of work and is told to bring Yoriko along to help out. With Natsumi and Miyuki as backup, they set off on their little adventure.
This leads to some fun on the train, especially when Aoi ends up getting constantly molested as they spend entire days on the rail trying to find the two perpetrators. Yoriko?s upset because she?s not getting felt up at all, but in the end there?s a whole lot of men that get thrown against the wall of justice for feeling up Aoi. It?s just hilarious that this becomes the main thing for part of the episode, before the real criminals show up and end up hijacking the train out of desperation. Since things focused more on Aoi and Yoriko here, it was a nice change of pace and the action was rather fun.
One episode on this disc changes the way the rest of this series plays out fairly dramatically. While out and about having a nice time along the city seaside, Natsumi and Miyuki end up coming across someone from their recent pass as the find Shouji Toukairin fishing along with several others. Taoukairin is the gentleman we were introduced to back in the excellent two part Tokyo Tower adventure who came in from the rescue squad to help out. Apparently he?s been assigned to come down to Bokuto on a fairly regular basis to start running some instruction classes on rescue and other types of skills he has.
This begins the very strong rivalry between him and Natsumi which shows up in both their police work and in their eating habits as the two continually face off over who can eat the most. Throw in some arm wrestling as well and a great time is had by all who watch, though Natsumi seems to lose continually, causing her even greater anguish. His addition is definitely something to direct Natsumi?s love life towards, though I still think she?s much better suited to pursuing the chief than Toukairin. There?s just something about that kind of relationship that I find appealing.
And to get it off my chest, I will admit that I really liked the Strike Man episode on this volume. The usual group of five heads off towards the beach at Yoriko?s insistence but it also appears that Strike Man has headed that way himself. There?s an amusing sequence early on as they?re trying to get to the train in time and the general disbelief at the other showing up at that time is quite good. What works even better is that once at the beach, Strike Man rechristens himself as Beach Volleyball Man as he?s come to win a competition. A competition whose prize is a week in beautiful Hawaii! It turns out that this was Yoriko?s plan all along, as she?s entered Natsumi and Miyuki to win on their behalf since it?s a trip for five. The best part? Nakajima gets drafted as Beach Volleyball Man?s #2, wearing the headgear and all. Priceless.
This show manages to just continually get better and better, surprising me considering how weak it seemed at times during the first season after the OVA?s were finished off. This makes me really look forward to the remaining volumes.
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.