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Miyuki is despondant over a damaged mini-patrol car and the departure of Natsumi.


Taiho Shichauzo!
File 4: On the Road Again>

Distributed by: Kodansha (Japan), AnimEigo (North America)
Length: 25 minutes
Rating: NR, suitable for family viewing
Format: Subtitled (VHS)

Based on the manga series by: Fujishima Kosuke Director: Producers: Character Design: English Version Executive Producer: Robert J. Woodhead Translation by: Shin Kurokawa, Matsushima Naoko

[ plot summary ]

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Natsumi has been selected for training to join the female groups of bikers for the police force. However, to do so would mean leaving Bokutoo precinct and breaking up the partnership between herself and Miyuki. Unfortunately, she can't seem to be able to tell Miyuki what's happened. At a time like this, Yoriko is no help and Nakajima is strangely full of sound advice. What's Natsumi to do, and will she break-up her partnership with Miyuki?

[ capsule review ]

How many of us have had to go through the tough decision of giving up friends, family and comfortable lifestyle, in favour of pursuing a dream job opportunity? (I've done it, and Jane's about to do it.) Like A!MG!, the final episode of the series has a much more sombre undercurrent. But, just as in real life, things are not always greener on the other side of the fence. Natsumi's nomination to the White Bikers is tougher still, since she has a thing for the Captain (though that's something for the manga to explore more fully). I know that the show tried to portray the personal turmoil that Natsumi was going through to make her decision, but her little bouts at the mirror didn't do the trick. The scene with the oshou and Captain at the temple did, however, and also revealed another interesting character twist. Her session at the training school was rather short, but again, her shortcomings with self-discipline show up again -- and why wouldn't it? She's probably more skilled at handling a bike than the instructors! (BTW, watch the other bike trainees in the background.) Miyuki's new partner (Yoriko) is no Natsumi, as the poor little Honda Today mini-patrol car finds out. Some of the animation detailing is fantastic, especially the character close-up of Miyuki (love the shading). The scripting is stronger than the previous three episodes, though it's no heavyweight in the film world. It does do a lot for character development, and set you up for more episodes to come. We hope it won't take too long... - AN

This episode is probably one of the best for the mini-OAV series. The struggle that Natsumi goes through trying to decide what to do is something that many of us face when deciding what to do in life; sometimes at the cost of leaving friends and family behind. Even so, we get to watch as Natsumi goes through training to become a motorcycle cop, and is eventually chosen to debut at the Bokutoo half marathon as an escort rider. Of course things don't stay so easy. A bike leaking fuel starts a vehicle fire which quickly spreads to a nearby paper recycling truck. Bokutoo precinct scrambles to get motorists to safety without alarming the public and interrupting the marathon itself. Unfortunately things could potentially get much worse. Why has the mysterious Fox shown up again at this of all times? Ah yes, those of you who were not sharp eyed in episode 1 will find out just who the mysterious Fox is. The story itself is one of the strongest for this series which doesn't say too much since most of them have had very basic plots. Still, the character development we see in Miyuki and Natsumi is very sweet, and we can't help but feel for the two of them. I still love the accuracy in the drawing of the various vehicles and bikes, someone was paying lots of attention to detail with these things, and really had fun with it. I wonder if anyone will be picking up the rights to the TV series... - JYN

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Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 4 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 4 stars N/A
Acting: N/A 5 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 5 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/A 4 stars N/A

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