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Taiho Shichauzo! The Movie
This chapter of the You're Under Arrest franchise offered quite a nice number of thrills and a more serious mission for Natsumi, Miyuki and the Bokuto Police Station to tackle. This time, the girls have to deal with a group of terrorists trying to raid their headquarters and details are revealed that the chief may be possibly linked to them. There is solid buildup in the movie as the girls and the police try to figure out what exactly the terrorists want and why they are wrecking havoc on Tokyo to get what they want. You also get some nice nods from the TV series that come into effect for this movie such as Miyuki's paintball guns and why the chief visits Tokyo Tower. Even Natsumi's love interest, Toukarin, is around for this adventure. Just be warned that the trademark comedy of the YUA franchise is noticeably more subdued here thanks to the movie's more serious storyline. If you can't get over the loss of the comedy, then you might not enjoy this movie to its fullest.|
The visuals for this movie are easily the best looking I've seen from the franchise thus far. The city landscapes of Tokyo are quite vast with plenty of detail and vivid colors drawn for them with character designs getting a similar boost in their quality and details. On the other hand, animation for this movie is a mixed bag. In the instances where it is used well, the movie features fluid movement coming from both characters and vehicles, the latter being quite the treat during chase sequences and some of the insane stunts that Miyuki and Natsumi pull off. However, the movie also uses a fair number of still shots which detracts from the otherwise excellent quality that was put into this movie's animation.
Overall, the You're Under Arrest movie was quite the treat for me with its more serious storytelling, insane stunts and chase sequences and the memorable cast from Bokuto Police Station returning for this movie. If you can look past the more subdued comedy and occasional still shots that pop up, this movie is a definite watch for You're Under Arrest fans.
Last updated Friday, November 23 2012. Created Friday, November 23 2012.
Taiho Shichauzo! The Movie
This is a great sequel to the You're Under Arrest! (TV) series. We have the return of all of the characters including supporting characters except the priest. Aoi-chan and Nakajima-kun get used the least, but where they are used, it is effective. A similar story is told of Detective Tokuno and Aoi's partner Yoriko. Of the supporting cast, Toukaririn fares best as he and Natsumi do reunite and are involved in the action in the end. And while Natsumi and Miyuki are the stars, the focus on the chief was interesting.
There's lots of action, the Natsumi Braking Manuever (TM), hints of the Nakajima-kun (Ken)-Miyuki romance, stronger indications of the Natsumi-Toukairin romance, the Chief Inspector and female inspector, and more. There were other nice tie-in's to the original series including why the chief really was visiting Tokyo Tower & Miyuki's love of painball guns. The only thing missing was the comedy of the TV series. There are some smile moments, but that's it. This is a much more serious movie. I would have enjoyed a tender moment between Ken and Miyuki, especially since Natsumi and Toukairin got one (sort of). Oh well...
As one might expect, the artwork for this movie is outstanding. However, while most of the animation is good, there are a lot of still shots used, especially as the movie nears completion. It feels like the movie either ran out of money, ran out of time, or a combination of both. In a TV series, I expect still shots. I don't expect them in movies, and certainly not so many, especially in action sequences. And I didn't like the character design changes when it came to Miyuki's eyes. Her blue eyes in the OAV were so stunning. In the TV series, the blue would come through sometimes but not always. In the movie, her eyes are brown, as are Natsumi's. Bummer.Bottom line: I really enjoyed this movie. Yeah, it was YUA gone Hollywood with the extra action, but enough of the charm from the TV series is there to soften that aspect. If you liked You're Under Arrest! (TV), I think you'll enjoy this as well.
Last updated Monday, March 29 2004. Created Monday, March 22 2004.
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