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Anime Review: The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Reviewer: Olen Bjorgo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I’m here to… wait, that holiday is over? Oh. Um… oh, right! April’s Fools! I knew March was over. I’m just messing with you! …That’s over too, isn’t it? Is it Easter? Wait… it’s May?! I missed so many holidays ripe with good stuff to show off! Maybe! Kind of! I have been pretty negligent for the past couple months. You might even say… irresponsible. Yeah… yeah! That’s it! I’ll review The Irresponsible Captain Tylor!

Now I could present you a fairly detailed plot summary of this show, like I do with anything I review, but really, I think I can summarize this show’s entire plot into one sentence: a futuristic Space Japan fights a bunch of alien Space Elves while we follow a magnificent bastard’s motley crew of societal rejects, winning major battles by strokes of insane impossibilities of chance or maybe not. If that doesn’t sell you, could you at least please read the rest of this article? It has been a while.

“Do it for me?”

If you’re the sort of person who likes watching anime from the 1990s, then you’re in for a fun little treat. The opening is a mixture of traditional animation of the main character and cast as well as rotoscoping of some woman and film equipment. Why? Well who am I to question styles from twenty years ago. It looks nice and impressive, and just really gets you vested for a good time. But as for the actual show itself? For being old enough to drink, the show holds up pretty well. The animation does have its occasional hiccups, and a sharp eye will see the noticeable tricks used to save money, but they’re not in high enough amounts to cheapen the show’s overall quality.

The audio for this show is also pretty great. The show is ultimately a comedy through and through, so the music will be pretty upbeat and fun. However, this means that the few serious tracks there are will signal a pretty marked tone change. However, the audio is still fairly generic except for one notable track, which I consider to be Captain Tylor’s theme; a jaunty tune that normally plays whenever things go in his favor when they really, really should not, but they do, and someone else is the one who gets what was initially coming to him. And since this is a show about a war in space, rest assured that space is noisy, explosive, and all sorts of inaccurate. To be fair, you’re also watching a show that has a future that still uses video tapes, so no nitpicking.

Dodging  logistics like a sir since 1993.

The fact that many consider this show to be a comedic space opera isn’t too far from the mark. To me, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is what I imagine the story of Gene Starwind from Outlaw Star would be like if he decided to join the Space Forces rather than become an Outlaw. The over-arching plot involves the war between the Holy Raalgan Empire (i.e. Space Elves) and the United Planet Space Force (i.e. Space Japan) but the focus is mostly the brass of both these groups trying to get rid of Captain Tylor because he and his rickety old ship full of rejects are causing problems for the both them. So, in a strange way, this is a weird underdog in which everyone wants to kill the underdog, but he simply won’t die, and despite all of his crazy success he would want to stay on his rickety old ship or not be there at all.

Dat space-sub tho!

The dubbing and acting for this show is one part nostalgia-hitting and one part pretty good. What do I mean? Well if you’re either my age and/or ever watched an episode of Pokémon prior to 2006, you’ll recognize a lot of familiar voices here and there. Nonetheless, the main characters are our focus because to go into detail for every single character, and every one of them having names, would leave us here all day, and we have things to do… like being gone for a couple months. Despite constantly being called a captain, Lt. Commander Justy Ueki Tylor is played by long-time actor Crispin Freeman (Tales of Symphonia, Eureka Seven) and does a great job of being a laid back, bumbling, womanizing moron, which is amusing since Mr. Freeman is best known for more serious, angry, or even dry-witted characters. Tylor’s second-in-command, the by the books and straight-laced Lt. Yamamoto, is played by David Brimmer (Samurai Deeper Kyo, Slayers Revolution) and gives the easily angered and rather prideful Yamamoto the deep and commanding voice any military man who wants to command the best portrayal you would expect. The equally straight-laced and by the books Lt. Commander Yuriko Star is played by Rachael Lillis (Pokémon, Revolutionary Girl Utena) and while her character is initially a bit on the uninspired side, Ms. Lillis truly brings Yuriko to life as the show progresses, since she is more willing to call Tylor out on his idiocy since she’s not within the chain of command as an intelligence officer. Even with the numerous minor characters, the English cast is solid and worth a watch.

I can’t help but feel like this show is less of a hidden gem, but more of a cult classic since it seems like the more I tell people about this show, the more I discover that people have heard of it or have watched it. I’ve said time and again that this show is a fun experience, and I truly think that it’s worth watching with a group of friends. And with twenty-six episodes, you could marathon this show in a day. If the phrase “comedy space opera” sounds like your cup of tea, definitely check this show out. If you’re in the mood for an old and funny anime, still check this show out. And if you’re looking for something that is more subtle, you could go back in time and try to figure out if I was gone since February solely to review The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. (Spoiler: it’s a joke against me)

Rating: 6.4

Visuals: 7
Audio: 5
Narrative: 6
Acting: 7
Atmosphere & Experience: 7

It’s okay, Atty.  We forgive you.  Can’t speak for those space elves, though.

  Director: Koichi Mashimo

  Producer: Tatsunoko Production

  Studio: Tatsunoko Production

  Release Date (N.A.): Oct 21, 1997

  Release Date (JP): Jan 25, 1993

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