You're Under Arrest Special: No Mercy! ( ‘ß•ß‚µ‚¿‚á‚¤‚¼ ) (a.k.a. You're Under Arrest in America) Studio DEEN/TBS/Bandai Visual, 2002 Gee, is ADV gonna pick this one up? Directed by Shogo Koumoto. Not Rated. Contains violence, mature situations and strong language. by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/ It's another hot-pursuit adventure with Miyuki and Natsuki - only this time, they take to the streets of Los Angeles! Fresh from being transferred to the LAPD, our heroines must investigate some unusual car theft incidents in their area. And when Miyuki's yellow 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is "gone in 60 seconds" (literally), the situation gets more complicated when the thief turns out to be a former Japanese detective. Story: C- Of all the You're Under Arrest anime titles released since 1994, this is probably the weakest. It's not that I don't like the idea of Miyuki and Natsumi moving to L.A.; it's just that the whole setting does not feel like L.A. The production team probably just took a couple of postcards (and maybe watch a couple of Baywatch reruns as well) and started off from there. If you watched Kenichi Sonoda's Gunsmith Cats, you'll see that the setting feels a lot like Chicago because the production team actually went there. Aside from that, the story itself is pretty lackluster, despite having a small homage to the 1974 cult classic Gone in 60 Seconds (not that lame one with Nicholas Cage). BTW, did Miyuki and Natsumi really move to L.A. in the manga? Animation: C- When you look back at the first OAVs, you'll see that the animation is A+ material with car chases that make Initial D look like NASCAR Racers. In the case of "No Mercy", the whole episode is marred by poor animation and sluggish car chases that make Turbo Teen look like Initial D Third Stage. Studio DEEN should've learned from Gunsmith Cats if they wanted to capture the feel of a Mustang. Soundtrack: B- Normally, I enjoy the soundtrack that plays with every installment of You're Under Arrest. This one, though, just isn't very memorable. Cast Akiko Hiramatsu (Yukari-sensei in Azumanga Daioh, Nene in Bubblegum Crisis) and Sachiko Tamagawa (Tachikoma in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Lychee in Ranma 1/2: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China) reprise their roles as Miyuki and Natsumi, respectively. As for the rest of the cast, I don't know. Some of the original cast play American counterparts of their characters (some of these may actually be the same characters) - Bin Shimada (Nakajima) plays Ken, Etsuko Kozakura (Yoriko) plays Riko, Rica Matsumoto (Aoi) plays Aoi, and Issei Masamune (Captain) plays the LAPD Captain. Also starring are Mayumi Iizuka (Sora and Yukari in Escaflowne, Reiko in Gate Keepers) as Sally, and Tomokazu Seki (Van in Escaflowne, Sosuke in Full Metal Panic!) as Sho. The Bottom Line What a huge disappointment. In the words of Police Videos' Sheriff John Bunnell: "Fortunately, no one was hurt."