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Irresponsible Captain Tylor

a.k.a. Musekinin Kanchou Tylor

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Genre: Action/Comedy
Company: Big West/Tatsunoko
Format: 26 episodes
Dates: 1/25/1993 to 7/19/1993

Justy Ueki Tylor wanted it easy, so he joined the United Planets Space Force with the hopes of landing a desk job. However, moments after he passes the final recruitment exam, war breaks out between the UPSF and the Raalgon Empire. One thing leads to another, and suddenly Tylor is put in charge of the battleship Soyokaze and its misfit crew as it soars off to war. Of course, Tylor would rather sleep than fight.

summary by Ender

 

Reviewed: 04/21/2004 by
Grade: 86% av-Ender

Highs: Main character; fun story

Lows: Rather sparse at times

Ever watch a series that you knew where the story would go, what the characters would do and why all this was being done, all before it even began? Yeah, thought so. Thankfully, Irresponsible Captain Tylor doesn’t know the meaning of the word “predictable”.

Based off a series of novels by Yoshiyoka Hitoshi, the concept is everything you’d expect from a space-faring series: aliens and war, same old, same old. However, the story is written well enough to avoid any clichés that might hinder a lesser anime. Instead, this anime goes out of its way to turn many of these clichés on their ears. The final “climactic” space battle is a good example, in which the unexpected was the outcome. This is a story that goes from point A to point B in the most entertaining and pleasantly twisted ways imaginable. The viewer is clearly along for the ride, from start to finish. Part of this is due to the character of Justy Ueki Tylor. As Vash is to Trigun or Onizuka is to Great Teacher Onizuka, Tylor is the unpredictable string tying all this together. Seeing what he’s going to do next is half the fun of this series.

Of course this is mainly Tylor’s show, so a lot of the other characters are often left to the background. Don’t get me wrong; they are sometimes elaborated on, but not often enough. This is the show’s major problem. Whenever it can be gut-bustingly funny, it only generates chuckles. Whenever it can be emotional, it doesn’t hit the right notes. The show has a lot of potential to go for broke on everything but decides to keep things subdued. Which is a shame, because throughout the series you can see that the story and characters are more than willing to break loose and throw the whole thing for a loop.

Despite this, this anime still maintains an entertainment value unparalleled to a lot of anime. I recommend this to anyone who just wants to sit back and be entertained for twenty-six episodes. So expect the unexpected, and when it’s over, you’ll have the one thing it sets out to give: a smile.

 

Irresponsible Captain Tylor can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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