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Taiho Shichauzo 2 (TV)
Glad to hop back to another helping of You're Under Arrest. This second TV season retains all that was fun and enjoyable with earlier installments of the franchise, focusing on the everyday developments of Miyuki, Natsumi and the members of the Bokuto Police Station. The nutty comedy of the series returns as you can expect characters like Strike Man and Scooter Lady to make their presence felt on any cases that involve Bokuto. This second season also expands on developments from the first TV season where troublesome teen Saori is now a deputy officer for Bokuto, the relationship between Nakajima and Miyuki gets some advancement and some major developments in the second half of the series show the passing of time with an opportunity that tests the friendship between Miyuki and Natsumi. The mentioned developments were a nice touch in this series as they added some linearity for a plot with the show (compared to earlier installments having self-contained plots in most instances) and featured development with the characters coming with the passage of time considering Saori's appearance and the mentioned opportunity. The cast is still as likeable and fun to get latched on like earlier titles in the YUA franchise.|
The visuals to this season are a great improvement from the first series with cleaner animation, smoother animated details and more vivid colors. Settings and character designs are quite pleasing on the eyes as a result of this, though animation shortcuts are still rather noticeable with still shots and speed stripes being used often. The music offers a mix of new tracks made for the show and older ones being reused from the first TV anime that do their part to complement humorous and serious moments throughout the show.
Overall, this second season of You're Under Arrest is a definite watch if you enjoyed earlier installments of the franchise. It retains the franchise's memorable cast and comedy while offering some nice developments with the cast that are sometimes humorous and other times serious. I look forward to getting into the final installment of the franchise, You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle at some point.
Last updated Friday, January 11 2013. Created Friday, January 11 2013.
Taiho Shichauzo 2 (TV)
Ahh, more YUA goodness! This was even better than the first series. Don't watch this until you see the original YUA. This way, you get a feel for our characters and can come to appreciate them here as well.|
Art, Animation & Character Designs
Artwork and animation was more or less the same as the previous installment. Actually, it seemed ever so slightly improved. It seemed the characters were a bit more detailed as well.
The OP was actually interesting. Rare for me, but I actually liked it. It was a rock-ish piece with female vocals and had a hint of electronica in it. Actually, the more I listened to it, the more I liked it! Great! The rest of the soundtrack had some nice pieces.... various pieces that worked well for the series. The ED was almost a country-like or folk piece... which I didn't care for... nor the animated sequence.
Series and Episode Story
And to think the original YUA couldn't be beat, here comes another installment and it was even better. This was well balanced and with more fun and excitement. With a new series, came a new chracter. Actually, she isn't "new" but rather grown up, "Saori". She was a nice addition to our normal cast of well balanced characters. What made this series even better was how the main characters and even the setting as a whole remained intact. It keeps the familiarity with seasoned viewers (those who've seen the first installment), yet still tells more great episodes. As well, our characters (and side characters like the elementary kids), seemed to have "grown up" a bit or matured. And as the first series, this was episodic... where the episodes themselves were their own plots.
Overall, as a fan of YUA, I loved this installment. More goodness all around.
Last updated Monday, April 26 2010. Created Monday, April 26 2010.
Taiho Shichauzo 2 (TV)
Man, I love this series. The writers (and producers) made a sequel that manages to retain the elements fans loved from the initial YUA OAV and TV series and built upon it. This was accomplished initially with the introduction of Saori-chan to the regular cast. She'd been a high school girl who idolized Miyuki and Natsumi and thus wanted to be a cop in the first series. Now she's graduated from high school and has become a cop. So that was a really nice thing to see. The first few episodes give us a new look at the Bokuto Police Station through Saori-chan's eyes which comes off very well.
YUA 2 is somewhat more mature than its predecessors. There's still much of the same juvenile humor as before, but in addition to seeing the older Saori-chan, we get to see the kindergarten kids now in grade school, reflecting the passage of time. The relationship between Natsumi and Toukarin gets some work early on, then again when Toukarin is away and Natsumi thinks Kachou (chief/captain) is coming onto her. Natsumi had a crush on him in the first half of YUA, but once she fell for Toukarin, this was forgotten. So it was nice seeing this element brought back, but then Natsumi be forced to make a mature decision. A similar story can be told for Miyuki and Nakajima. They've had this flirtation for ages, but then when Nakajima sees Miyuki in the arms of another man, he's forced to finally deal with his feelings for her and what (if anything) he should do about it. Miyuki also has to deal with how she feels about Nakajima-kun and whether this other man is more suited to her. On top of that, Miyuki has to deal with the possibility that her best friend and partner Natsumi may leave for good. So there are a lot more mature themes here.
But it isn't all tissues and "soap opera" stuff. "Strike Man", "Scooter Woman", and even Yoriko's rival all show up to add to the fun. There are a lot of good laughs in YUA 2. Many laughs are the result knowing and loving the characters in YUA. The art and animation are very good, taking advantage of the newer technology of the time. Miyuki and Natsumi get new eye colors though. Miyuki now has purple eyes and Natsumi has green eyes, but they work.Bottom line: if you liked the first OAV, the first TV series, (and the movie), you'll really enjoy YUA 2.
Last updated Saturday, May 01 2004. Created Wednesday, March 24 2004.
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