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Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 03/19/2003

Synopsis:
Through some stroke of good fortune, 20-year old Justy Ueki Tylor is appointed by the UPSF as captain of the space cruiser Soyokaze. But Tylor's extremely relaxed and seemingly irresponsible manner fails to impress his crew members, and a mutiny comes into play as soon as Tylor steps into position. Add a looming invasion by the Holy Raalgon Empire and some very pissed off higher-ups and you got yourself one crazy ride through space aboard the Soyokaze... but despite all that, nothing ever fazes the captain.
 
Review:
I truly did not know what to expect when I started watching Irresponsible Captain Tylor. I had absolutely no idea what it was about although I had heard a lot of good things about it. The summaries that online video shops had put up were pretty vague and not much help either.
 
As I've mentioned in the above synopsis, Irresponsible Captain Tylor is about a happy-go-lucky young man who is put in charge of a battleship. Tylor is an officer of the UPSF, which is on the verge of going to war with an alien race known as Raalgon. Tylor and his crew become the wildcard in the conflict since Tylor's blind luck and carefree approach makes his next move impossible to predict for both the UPSF and the Raalgon. Tylor ends up defeating enemy forces, winning over an enemy spy, and endearing himself to the Raalgon empress -- all without breaking a sweat. What's funny is how Tylor gets things done most effectively without meaning to (at least that's how it seems) and how all the other characters go about busting their chops in order to get similar results.
 
Irresponsible Captain Tylor is character-driven for most part. Rather than a definite plotline, the series focuses more on character development and interaction. We see how a ship full of crew members who disagree with each other and dislike Tylor slowly come together, getting over one crisis after another. Tylor's seemingly simple-minded ideals come to affect each character, including those in the enemy camp.
 
The art and animation possess a very dated look and feel. Scenes lack vibrance and come off as drab and dully rendered. Character designs are pretty satisfactory, there isn't anyone who is outrightly attractive but I felt that the way each character looked suited the part he / she played nicely.
 
Irresponsible Captain Tylor is far from perfect but it is overall a good series. I didn't find all that many instances that struck me as laugh-out-loud funny, which was quite a damper since I was looking forward to an earthshakingly hilarious comedy. Nevertheless, it is incredibly amusing. Tylor delivers a unique viewing experience while imparting a rather meaningful message. I never quote anime characters but I'll never forget what Tylor said -- "You only live once, so do what you want the way you want to."
 
Miscellanies:
Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV series spans 26 episodes. After the TV series, the OAV series follows.

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Review Title:
Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Alternative Titles:
Musekinin Kanchou Tylor
Type:
TV
Episodes:
26
Duration:
650 Minutes
General Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Aired:
1993
Suitable For:
Teens
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Military,
Parody, Sci-Fi, Space
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