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"You're Under Arrest" TV series FAQ

On Sat Mar 13, 1999 Paul Gubbins wrote
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I have looked at a few web sites about this series to try to gain a basic feel for what it is about, and as far as I can tell, it is an animated cop show with 2 female cops in the lead rolls. I have some questions about it.

Oh, Paul...you've come to the right guy (hehe). BTW, I am basing the answers mostly on the YUA TV series, which I recently got on LD. So, as someone else here wrote, go see the OAV series first if you haven't seen it. Otherwise, DON'T READ THIS!

1. Are the stories serious, humorous, or both?

Both, I would say. But anime usually is. The term "action comedy" comes to mind, with some romance on the side. However, creator Fujishima Kosuke likes taking on social issues, so it can get pretty serious every couple of episodes.

2. The show seems pretty reality based; are there huge mecha, magic, aliens, etc??

None of the above. However, the "Oh, My Goddess!" manga was actually a series spin-off of a goddess that appeared once in the YUA manga. Oddly enough, the OMG! anime came before the YUA anime. But everything in the anime (and the manga most of the time) is all reality based.

3. What other shows would you compare it to (real or anime)?

Nothing, really. I think that's what makes it so special. The show stays in reality while exaggerating the humor within the bounds of credibility. But the story about people's lives are very real and you can identify with the joy and pain that each character feels (unlike "Neon Genesis Evangelion" where you can't really identify with anyone because they're all basket cases). Actually, a thought just hit me - "Laverne & Shirley" would be a perfect example of YUA. It is about two single female best friends who work, live, and trudge through life together.

4. Do the character relationships go anywhere (one of the problems I have with a lot of anime and real shows for that matter is that the relationships never seem to evolve.)

Oh, boy. That's a big, almost controversial, question. Like any soap opera, YUA needs to keep the relationships stringing along to keep the audience coming back (remember what happened to "Moonlighting" after Maddie and Dave finally got together?). The characters do grow, though. To show people this, there is a new "You're Under Arrest" movie coming out in Japan in April of 1999. People over there can't wait. There is currently talk of another TV series to be run in fall of 1999 after the movie run.

5. What age group would you say this series was aimed at?

Categorization is somewhat hard with this type of animation. It's like "The Simpsons", I think. Kids enjoy the silliness of it while only adults understand the true irony. As you may know, animation is very popular with all age groups in Japan. If I was going to give it a rating, I would give it a "PG" (some sexual innuendo once in a while). All I know is that I like it and most anime fans I know in my age group (21-35) like it, also.

6. What is your overall opinion of the show?

I'm very biased here. It is my favorite series. I am actually subtitling this series from the Laserdiscs for my own personal use (no copies for anyone else due to legal concerns). By the huge response the YUA TV series is receiving on the Animeigo site, I believe most people would agree that it is an excellent show. The 1st TV series ended at episode 51 (actually 47 - they counted the 4 OVA episodes as #1-4).

I am trying to decide weather to sign up for this over at AnimEigo or not, thanks for the help.

If you like the OVA, I say it is a no-brainer. Your opinion counts more than anyone else's when talking about your money (something my dad told me). I hope this helped. If you have any further questions, please reply to this post or e-mail me. Arigato! ^_^

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-Marc
Northern Virginia Anime Anonymous
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