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Taiho Shichauzo! Specials
These mini-specials add nothing new to the You're Under Arrest franchise as they serve entirely as comical filler looking into the everyday developments of Miyuki, Natsumi and Bokuto Police Station. The comedy with these specials tend to be a little more hit-or-miss as there is a noticeable increase in fan service for the episodes and a nice number of them feature the girls dealing with perverts and lingerie thieves as a result, as well as Miyuki noticeably acting a bit out of character by demonstrating a vicious streak on any criminals that cross her. There are still episodes featuring the franchise's fun humor focused around the quirks of those among the Bokuto Police Station and how criminals react to their predicament when crossing Natsumi and Miyuki. But still, I wasn't a fan of the great focus on Natsumi and Miyuki manhandling perverts.|
The animation to the mini-specials was a bit inconsistent at points. While details on character and scenery designs are smoother compared to the first TV series, color tones and settings weren't always consistent. Some episodes would feature a decent amount of depth with drawing their scenery and having vivid color, while others had minimal detail with backgrounds and the color looked noticeably drab. The 30-minute beach episode noticeably has the best quality artwork of the mini-specials featuring some well-animated chase scenes, vivid color and a great amount of visual detail with character designs and showing off the beach scenery.
Setting aside my critique of the mini-specials, I would suggest you check out the first TV series before tackling these episodes as you might be lost on knowing the characters and understanding the franchise's trademark gags. Otherwise, this is a decent treat for fans of the You're Under Arrest franchise to check out if they want more comedy and/or want to see their favorite characters in states of undress.
Last updated Saturday, October 20 2012. Created Saturday, October 20 2012.
Taiho Shichauzo! Specials
The first 20 episodes are just 5-minute episodes which have Miyuki and Natsumi in various crime-related events. While Natsumi always had a sadistic streak, now Miyuki has one too. She carries a purse hoping a mugger grabs it (in one of the funniest episodes). She electrocutes people on at least two occasions. She's vicious...when she's not screaming her head off and saying (in Japanese), "Stop it!" That got old REAL quick. Even though it didn't happen often (three or four times), it weakened her character. I understand that this is a weakness of hers when in comes to ghost stories or anything supernatural (from the manga). These were the only times she screamed in these episodes was when the supernatural was mentioned. Still, I didn't like it.
Episode 21 is the Japanese version of Baywatch in my opinion. For Miyuki and Natsumi to get temporarily sent to a beach precinct to help them with traffic seemed a laugh. But when someone was drowning, suddenly the uniforms are off and the swimsuits on. As someone asks, "Why are they wearing swimsuits under their uniforms?" Fanservice! And there's plenty of that throughout the entire series. Heck, even the opening has Natsumi in her nightshirt stumble sleepily into Miyuki's room and fall on her in a sexually-suggestive way (complete with panty shot). Fanservice is also why so many of the stories involved panty thieves or peepers of some sort.Bottom line: You need to have seen the initial You're Under Arrest! (TV) series in order to appreciate this one. Only the hard core YUA fans will want to buy this though.
Last updated Wednesday, August 01 2007. Created Saturday, March 20 2004.
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