You're Under Arrest: The Movie
Unusual events start happening around Tokyo, causing problems for the police. Traffic lights going out, finding an abandoned car full of guns. Something big is brewing, but it's a matter of puzzling it out before it's too late. There's a special computer disk which might yield clues if Miyuki could crack it. The police chief seems to know something too, but he isn't talking. Will they put the pieces together before it's too late?
It's "The movie" time. Big budget, and missing the point.
You're Under Arrest follows the daily hijinx surrounding a Tokyo police precinct, mainly focused on the quirky partnership between Miyuki and Natsumi. The series is a mix of fun, charm and a dash of action, but what makes You're Under Arrest successful is the balance of these things.
YUA The Movie is just another action thriller, and nothing about it requires the cast of You're Under Arrest to be in it. As such the movie is missing its heart, but a quality production otherwise.
As an action movie it's decent stuff, although I couldn't name any noteworthy feature which makes it worth picking up compared to any other action movie. Everything about the movie is quality, and flaunting the buckets of money thrown at it. Character designs are attractive, and the animation is top quality. The plot is fair but linear and really not worth discussing.
Worth digging up? It passes the time and that's about it. Because it misses so much of what makes the franchise what it is, fans of the franchise won't find the movie of much interest. I like anime because it's not the typical American formula stuff, so seeing an anime do just that didn't appeal to me much. Even so, not too bad.
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reviewed by archen in 2000