You're Under Arrest (manga)

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You're Under Arrest
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You're Under Arrest
(Taiho Shichauzo)
Genre Comedy-drama, Police procedural
Written by Kōsuke Fujishima
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Dark Horse Comics (1995-present, select chapters)
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Afternoon
Original run 19861992
Volumes 7 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Music by Kow Otani
Studio Studio Deen
Bandai Visual
Licensed by
AnimEigo (1995-present)
Released September 24, 1994November 25, 1995
Episodes 4 (FILE.1-4) (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Written by Hiroshi Watanabe
Music by Kow Otani
Yasunori Iwasaki
Studio Studio Deen
Bandai Visual
Licensed by
Network TBS (1996-1997)
English network
Original run November 2, 1996September 27, 1997
Episodes 47 (FILE.5-51) (List of episodes)
Anime television series
You're Under Arrest Specials
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Studio Studio Deen
Bandai Visual
Licensed by
Network TBS (1999)
Original run March 29, 1999April 29, 1999
Episodes 21 (List of episodes)
Anime film
You're Under Arrest: The Movie
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Produced by Kazunori Noguchi
Ken Matsumoto
Tetsuo Gensho
Music by Kenji Kawai
Studio Studio Deen
Bandai Visual
Licensed by
Released April 24, 1999
Runtime 92 minutes
Developer Pioneer LDC
Publisher Pioneer LDC
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation
Released March 29, 2001
Anime television series
Directed by Shōgo Kawamoto
Written by Michiko Yokote
Studio Studio Deen
Bandai Visual
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks (2009-present)
Network TBS (2001)
English network
Anime Network (2010-present)
Original run April 7, 2001September 29, 2001
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed by Shōgo Kawamoto
Music by Ko Otani
Victor Entertainment
Studio Studio Deen
Bandai Visual
Released April 25, 2002
Runtime 23 minutes
Television drama
Directed by Fumiro Igarashi
Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Shōgo Kawamoto
Produced by Hiroshi Akabane
Toyohiko Wada
Jun Akiyama
Takuya Nakagome
Written by Tetsuya Oishi
Seigo Kashida
Studio AVEC
Network TV Asahi (2002)
Original run October 17, 2002December 12, 2002
Episodes 9
Anime television series
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle
Directed by Koichi Ohata
Studio Studio Deen
Bandai Visual
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks (2010-present)
Network TBS (2007-2008)
Original run October 4, 2007March 27, 2008
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
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You're Under Arrest (逮捕しちゃうぞ Taiho Shichauzo?) is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Kōsuke Fujishima and was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1986 through 1992. It centers on a fictional police station in Sumida, Tokyo as its officers tackle everyday criminals while keeping people safe. It mixes both drama and action with some comedy and humor.

The chapters of You're Under Arrest have been collected in seven tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The manga has been adapted into three television seasons, three OVA series and a film, all animated by Studio Deen. The series also spawned a live-action drama special starring Misaki Ito and Sachie Hara. Since its release, You're Under Arrest has received positive reviews from critics.


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.[1] In reality, the Bokuto Hospital takes its place.[1]


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[2]). The final frame of the last Japanese volume refers to a You're Under Arrest 2, which has not yet been serialized.


The series was first adapted into a four-episode OVA series, directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, which was released in Japan in 1994. An animated television series subsequently aired in Japan on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) between 1996 and 1997, spanning a total of 52 episodes. It was also broadcast on Rai in Italy, NTV7 in Malaysia, Hero TV in the Philippines and TTV and AXN-Taiwan in Taiwan. 21 7-minute Mini specials were created and broadcast on TBS in 1999. A 26 episode sequel to the series also aired on TBS in 2001. A third animated television series, You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle (逮捕しちゃうぞ フルスロットル Taiho Shichauzo: Furu Surottoru?), aired in 2007.[3][4] Produced by Studio Deen, the series featured character designs by Atsuko Nakajima and music by Kow Otani and Yasunori Iwasaki. The first two television series were aired with English subtitles on AXN Asia's networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia.[5]

AnimEigo licensed the initial OVA series, the first television series, and the only full-length television episode of You're Under Arrest! Specials for North American release. ADV Films subsequently released the mini TV episodes that comprised the rest of You're Under Arrest! Mini-Specials as well as the feature film You're Under Arrest: The Movie. The second season and Full Throttle are licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by the new company Section23 Films.[6][7] The 2002 OVA Special has not been licensed in Region 1. Like the US, each of the anime series were licensed by different companies in France.


The movie ran for 90 minutes in the US and 92 minutes in France.[8]

Video game[edit]

Released in 2001, it introduces two new characters. One of them is a detective named Ryosuke Arisugawa, a 24-year old plainclothed officer assigned to Bokuto Police Station in order to identify and arrest a hacker who was trying to break into the precinct's network system. Another character is his 18-year old sister Chiharu Arisugawa, who the player must keep an eye on.[9]


A novel was done by Kodansha. It is a stand alone story from the series, detailing a fight with Miyuki and Natsumi due to the latter being late for work again in Bokuto Station.[10] Work on the novel had been supervised by Kōsuke Fujishima himself personally with Atsuko Nakajima doing the artwork in the novel.[10]

TV drama[edit]

A TV drama was created and aired on TV Asahi in 2002. The opening theme song was called "Galaxy" by Nana Katase, and the closing theme was "Through the Rain" by Mariah Carey. It adapted the main characters while adding new characters over the course of the nine-episode series. The drama also advances the romantic relationships of the main characters, and it appears as if the producers of this drama were giving the fans what they have always wanted. Each episode ran for 45 minutes each.

Model Kits[edit]

Two models were created and titled Honda Today and Natsumi's motorcycle. Each are 160 scale.


You're Under Arrest was among the top 10 anime shows in Newtype's August 2001 issue.[11] "Little that the series does in these episodes is especially fresh or memorable, but if you were always a fan of the Bokuto Traffic Section's antics in the earlier series then that enjoyment is unlikely to fade here." — Theron Martin, Anime News Network.[12] "Though this season pales for a lot of people because some of the supporting cast are either minimized or gone entirely, I appreciated the return to dealing with the core cast of characters after all this time." — Chris Beveridge, Mania.[13]


  1. ^ a b ISSUES/QUESTIONS RAISED. Retrieved on September 17, 2008.
  2. ^ EX's You're Under Arrest Review. Retrieved on August 7, 2007.
  3. ^ Moon Phase's May 25, 2007 entry. Retrieved on May 26, 2007.
  4. ^ Anime News Network May 25, 2007 entry. Retrieved on May 28, 2007.
  5. ^ "THEM Anime Reviews 4.0 - You're Under Arrest". THEM Anime. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Section23 Films Announces November Releases". Anime News Network. 2009-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Yozakura Quartet, Tayutama Anime". Anime News Network. 2009-12-22. 
  8. ^ You're Under Arrest: The Motion Picture at IMDB
  9. ^ Unofficial You're Under Arrest! Playstation Game Page. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  10. ^ a b Unofficial You're Under Arrest! Novel Page. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  11. ^ "Newtype top 10 Anime". Anime News Network. 2001-08-12. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  12. ^ Martin, Theron (April 3, 2010). "You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle DVD - Collection 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ Beveridge, Chris (May 7, 2010). "You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle Collection 2". Mania. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 

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