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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. #11
By Chris Beveridge
December 09, 2003
Release Date: June 13, 2003
You're Under Arrest Vol. #11
What They SayThe Review!
Another very solid installment into the fourth box set!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:
This cover goes for the equipment side of the show with Natsumi on her minibike, Nakahima on his motorcycle and Miyuki with her patrol car in the background. 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)
With only one two part episode coming before this volume, I was surprised to see them do another so soon, or at all to be honest, as the show seems to work very good in the single episode format.
The two part episode that kicks off this volume is considerably darker for this series, but nowhere near as dark as many other shows go. The entire city seems to be in a state of confusion and then disgust as a series of incidents have started that has caused the public trust in the police department to be seriously eroded. It started off simply enough with one incident where a car was forced off the road and into an accident by a police patrol car along with a pair of motorcycles.
This starts happening several more times which just continues to make the respect and trust level between the police and the public even worse. Morale inside the Bokuto station drops considerably as well when Inspector Arizuka arrives and brings out the potential for there being someone on the inside, a police officer, being behind all of this. It goes so far as to stop all patrols for a week, forcing the officers to only deal with emergency responses instead of being out and about. The show is nicely dark in putting the normally very trustworthy cast into the role of suspicion and seeing how each of them reacts to this new position.
Probably my favorite episode on this volume though is the last one called ?Bokuto Ghost Story?. This one kicks off with Nakajima getting the piss scared out of him (well, not literally, though the girls think so at first) when he claims a ghost swooped by him outside the window in the mens room late one night. When he informs everyone of his encounter in the main room, the chief tells him that there may be something to his story as the Bokuto station is filled with a history of ghostly incidents. He starts rattling off a variety of stories, such as a dummy boy doll that was used in the 50?s that actually bled and some other tall tales. Everyone falls hard for these stories with how the Chief tells them, adding to the fun of this tale, especially when you lean what was really causing the trouble.
This disc went by nice and fast but also had less to talk about since the two parter really ate up a lot of time. It could have been done as a single, but I don?t think it would have had the same effect in casting the darkness over the Bokuto station members that it did.
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.