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Dec 3, 2009
Diverting Traffic at the Beach is the special 52nd episode to the You're Under Arrest first season series. It isn't an accurate portrayal of the series however, and ends up boiling down to a lot of ecchi fanservice.
The story goes that the section chief down in Bokuto tricks Natsumi into doing some extra work down by the beach. Naturally, Miyuki follows, and the two end up managing incoming traffic towards the beach. Its hot, they hadn't thought to bring anything to drink, and the drivers end up taunting them, but they somehow keep up their spirits.
Wait about 10 minutes and it becomes apparent why. After being given a short break from Aoi and Yoriko, Natsumi and Miyuki catch onto the trail of a luggage thief on the beach. Just as they begin their investigation, someone begins to drown.
Cue to the nonsense.
Natsumi and Miyuki RIP off their uniforms, revealing provocative swimwear underneath, and lunge forth into the waters to rescue the drowning damsel...much to the delight of the mostly male beach goers.
After securing the victim, the pair notice the luggage thief being spotted on the beach. The thief is chased to the dock where he has hidden a motorboat, and begins to take flight.
Natsumi and Miyuki, however, are conveniently positioned to a motor boat of their own, and begin to chase the villain in a ridiculous display of over the top and unnecessary jet ski jumps and trick. After about a minute of Natsumi jumping around like a darned fool, they out maneuver the suspect and retrieve the stolen luggage!
No time to rest though...The girls make their way back to their traffic post. The exiting patrons all decide to show their appreciation for their thrilling heroism...with food. And Inflatable sharks. before you know it, there is a larger backup than before with guys in cars just drooling to get a peek at Natsumi, Miyuki, Aoi, and/or Yoriko in their swimsuits.
Well, its a one episode special, so you can't take too much from this. It was a chance to show them all off in swimsuits, and mission accomplished. Now, I can't say I was totally adverse to that, but the episode seemed to be centered around that one aspect rather than being something you could truly call "special". The soundtrack is as solid as before, and the animation isnt anything to really complain about either..
Nothing great, but nothing you should avoid either. read more