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YMMV: You're Under Arrest!
  • Adaptation Displacement: The manga is virtually unknown outside of Japan, mostly likely due to its near-total lack of exposure in the West (Dark Horse released only two volumes, and they were 5 and 6 plus two chapters from 7). This was apparently done at Fujishima's request.
    • Much of the early stuff is pretty weak (especially since it would have come out as a monthly comic). Sadly, it stopped before most of volume 7, easily the series' high point, came out.
  • Base Breaker: Yoriko would be a typical Scrappy, except for her small but dedicated pool of fans who find her more Moe than annoying.
    • Saori became this in Season 2, with fans splitting over whether her promotion to main cast hurt the series or not.
  • Critical Research Failure: In the No Mercy OVA, Miyuki and Natsumi are assigned to work with the LAPD, but the OP sequence shows insignia of the LASD on their uniforms.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The fanfare that plays when the Bokuto officers deploy to intercept the rogue officers, Miyuki and one officer salute each other.
  • Ear Worm: "To Be Myself", in particular:
    kimi wo shiawase ni shitai
    kimi wo shiawase ni shiyo~ou,
    • The beat and chorus from the 2nd OP, "Love Somebody", are so catchy that they're likely to stay in your head all day.
  • Gateway Series: Back in the late nineties, this was the first anime aired on the Italian national channels (known as "RAI"). The fact the hosts of the show featuring this anime kept asking the audience if "they liked Japanese cartoons " confirms that this was most likely used by RAI as a first experiment, like a "test screening"note  The success of You're Under Arrest led to more anime being broadcast and eventually to interesting events such as RAI currently owning all the rights of the whole Pretty Cure franchise.
    • In North America, YUA – along with its counterpart Oh My Goddess! – was one of the first anime released on video that wasn't any sort of sci-fi or kids' show. Its uniqueness earned it a small but loyal fanbase that still enjoys the series to this day.
  • Les Yay: It's typical for a Lovely Angels series to have some of this. In particular, chapter 47 features a drunken Natsumi complaining about how men (especially the Captain) don't seem interested in her, concluding with "Maybe I need to try with girls…", then she immediately falls asleep and tips over on top of Miyuki, who (along with Yoriko and several of their other coworkers who are watching) initially assumes that Natsumi is hitting on her, until noticing that Natsumi is asleep.
    • This is astonishingly common in official art, as well as in the ending sequence to Full Throttle.
    • The second episode of Full Throttle had a lot of "Has Two Mommies" subtext.
    • A manga omake had Aoi and Yoriko dressed as in a suit and wedding gown; Aoi in the wedding gown of course.
      • In one anime episode Yoriko imagines herself getting married to Aoi. Both of them are in wedding gowns for that one.
  • Never Live It Down: Natsumi really wishes Strike Man would stop calling her "Homerun Girl". To her chagrin, not only does he continue to address her as such, it eventually sticks; as seen in episode 25, when even the newspaper refers to her by her nickname!
  • The Scrappy: Yoriko is a borderline example. The Scooter Lady is a more typical one. Saori also fits during Season 2.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The No Mercy OVA. It's full of Crazy Awesome but is also incredibly Narm filled. Everyone has a counterpart in America, guns are shown every five minutes, and police are always either shooting or threatening to shoot civilians.
  • Superlative Dubbing: This is one of the few anime series where it is difficult to find a fan who doesn't have at least some praise for the English dub. The Japanese producers were known to speak positively about it as well. Not shocking considering the studio that produced this dub also recorded the very well received dub of the Oh My Goddess! OVA.
  • What Could Have Been: Invoked in-series, by Kachou in episode 33, when he reveals why he doesn't reciprocate Natsumi's feelings.
    Kachou: (aloud, to himself) "You're a good girl, Tsujimoto. If only I were 20 years younger...."
  • Woolseyism: The Dark Horse manga would replace the names of famous Japanese celebrities with American ones.
    • The dub of the TV series has several, notably in the very first OVA episode, when the Chief finishes Natsumi's excuse for being late with, "Lemme guess, you saw Elvis and a UFO."

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