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You're Under Arrest

is the title of a manga and anime franchise created by Kosuke Fujishima, which was his first manga before he was later known for Oh My Goddess!. 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.

You're Under Arrest had been adopted into three television seasons, three OVAs and a live-action drama special after it had been first serialized by Kodansha's Afternoon magazine in 1989.


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 has been 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). The final frame of the last Japanese volume refers to a Taiho Shichauzo 2, a series which has never materialised - possibly due to the 20-year success of Oh My Goddess!.

AnimEigo licensed the initial OVA series, the 1st TV series, and the only full-length TV episode of You're Under Arrest! Specials. ADV Films took the helm of licensing 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 TV series You're Under Arrest! 2 and the OVA You're Under Arrest! in America have not been licensed in Region 1.

A third animated series, You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle, aired in Japan and in other Asian countries with Atsuko Nakajima working on character design and directed by Koichi Ohata. Like the 2nd season of You're Under Arrest, Full Throttle has yet to be licensed.


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