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  • Adaptation Displacement: The manga is virtually unknown outside of Japan, most likely due to its near-total lack of exposure in the West (Dark Horse released only two volumes, consisting of ten chapters from volumes 5, 6, and a tiny bit of 7). This was apparently done at Fujishima's request – much of the early stuff is pretty weak (especially for a monthly comic). Sadly, it stopped before most of volume 7, easily the series' high point, came out.
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  • Adorkable: Nakajima is quite the bubbly one, especially when in the presence of her stepson and his squad.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The fanfare that plays when the Bokuto officers deploy to intercept the rogue officers, Miyuki and one officer salute each other.
    • Really the entire soundtrack for the OVA and the first 2 seasons due to it being (partially) composed by Kow Otani who's pretty much a factory of awesome music.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Yoriko would be a typical Scrappy, except for her small-but-dedicated pool of fans who find her more Moe than annoying. Her vulnerability, cuteness, hidden bravery, genuine desire to find a soulmate, and kind behavior toward the public, all contribute to her fanbase.
    • Some consider Ken's clumsy antics, chickening-out, neurotic worrying, and insane emotional overreactions both hilarious and adorkable, and a highlight of the series. Others see his behavior as pathetic and irritating, and think the show would be far better off without his psychotic childishness.
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    • Saori became this in Season 2, with fans splitting over whether her promotion to main cast hurt the series or not. Among her detractors many argue she can be as annoying as Yoriko at her worst but her fans point out that it was intentional for her to be annoying at first and heavily tones it down later on, and appreciate that she's the most obvious example of Character Development in the season and of Characterization Marches On when coupled with season one not only for herself but how do others threat her as well.
  • 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.
  • Contested Sequel: The third season, Full Throttle, has a mixed reception among the fanbase, both for its art change and its writing. Some fans think it's as good as the others while others think it's worse.
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  • Crossover Ship: Yoriko is often paired with Fighbird's Katori, thanks to their "similar views", since they confuse a pigeon for a butterfly and vise-versa. They also have similar designs.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Aoi has become quite popular within fandom.
  • 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 for a time owning all the rights of the whole Pretty Cure franchise until Saban took over all international rights to Pretty Cure and even that didn't last long since TOEI eventually snatched Pretty Cure from Saban.
    • 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.
  • Good Bad Translation: In the Dark Horse release of the manga with Miyuki refers to herself in third person when talking to Natsumi in one chapter.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2, episode 7. During the whole season until then the sudden inclusion of Saori Saga had felt forced to some as well as the efforts to make the audience understand she's an adult now and not the same teen as in the first season note . This is addressed upon in said episode where she even acknowledges to feel out of place and apathetic cue the appearance of Strike Man who brings some old shenanigans from season 1 and forces Saori to take part in them. From then on the mood of the show is much more similar to the original one and Saori becomes much more tolerable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the series, Ken Nakajima's dad Daimaru marries Sena, a 20-year-old motorhead at least 40 years his junior. Fast forward to 2016, and the news that creator Kosuke Fujishima married 20-year-old professional cosplayer Nekomu Otogi, who is 31 years younger than him… and was at the time pregnant note . And yes, there is talk that Fujishima has a daughter older than her. This can double as Harsher in Hindsight due to the lawsuit from his ex-fiancée that happened shortly after that.
  • Memetic Mutation: A scene of Yoriko with her pigeons on is often associated with FighBird's "Is this a pigeon?" meme (with fake subs replacing the "pigeon" with butterfly).
  • Never Live It Down: Natsumi really wishes Strike Man would stop calling her "Home Run 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!
  • Retroactive Recognition: Etsuko Kozakura is better known these days for voicing Tamama and Jibanyan than she is for Yoriko
  • Seasonal Rot: In the eyes of some fans, it's agreed that the series dropped in quality the longer it went on as far as the anime is concerned.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: There's some animosity between Natsumi/Miyuki fans and Nakajima/Miyuki fans.
  • 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.
  • 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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