The story revolves around Natsumi Tsujimoto and Miyuki Kobayakawa, two female members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and the protagonists of the show as they are stationed at the fictional Bokuto Police Precinct located at Sumida, Tokyo. The series is largely episodic, and much of it focuses on the interaction between the main characters and the humorous supporting cast.
The majority of the series take place in the Greater Tokyo Area. However, the site where the Bokuto Police Station is supposed to be does not exist in the Sumida Ward. In reality, the Bokuto Hospital takes its place.
Most of the series reflects on the standing friendship between Miyuki and Natsumi as they deal with their personal lives and their jobs as police officers, with some being portrayed as slice of life stories. The series also reflects the human side of Bokuto Station's various police officers in their field of work and in their personal lives outside of police work.
The English version of the manga was published by Dark Horse Comics, which only contained selected episodes from volumes 6 and 7 (reportedly at Fujishima's request, resulting in continuity confusion by some fans of the series
Japanese Manga consists of around 80 "files" while the Dark Horse translated Manga's are written including 8 issues before being discontinued.
As a fan of the original 4 piece OVA series none of the following movies, sequel shows or manga's really felt genuine to the original cast personalities story lines or its purity.
The mangas and sequel films were too polluted by lesbian sexual innuendo, sexual ignorance, they were false shells of the casts previous personalities.
Miyuki was made to appear dumb witted and emotionally unstable in the mangas while in the OVA's she's kind hearted and brilliant and Natsumi in the original while being a bit of a wild child was brave, she was strong and fiercely loyal, in the mangas she was flaky, emotionally vacant, and self serving.
While I don't mind the whole F/F thing the truth is both Miyuki and Natsumi had men in their lives that they cared about and neither of those relationships seemed to be the focus despite the fact that Miyuki eventually gets married to Ken and Natsumi goes on to have her relationship as well. Instead they hint that while balancing their police jobs they spend a lot of time in female orgies and bickering over Miyuki's dependency on Natsumi and Natsumi's controlling their involvement. Its bizzare.
The You're Under Arrest I remember was free of any of that. It was light, it was funny, it emotional but it was innocent as well. None of this existed.
Even in the remake film when Natsumi returns from her journey through America Natsumi moves on with her life to achieve the career of her dreams but it never really compares to the OVA series or the mangas.
In the end the mangas just felt hollow and disingenuous. I didn't care for them at all. I'll keep my cutsey memories of the OVA instead. If you ever decide to check out the films I suggest the OVA series.
The OVA consists of the following episodes:
"And So They Met"
"Tokyo Typhoon Rally"
"Love's Highway Stars"
"On the road, AGAIN"
I also suggest watching the Japanese subtitled version to the English version. I've never been a fan of translated anime editions.
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