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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: N/A
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Nozomi Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA Vol. #1
By Chris Beveridge
January 24, 2002
Release Date: March 27, 2001
Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA Vol. #1
What They Say
© Nozomi Entertainment
This is the first in a set of made-for-video (OVA) releases made shortly after the "Irresponsible Captain Tylor" TV series concluded production, and is sometimes known by fans as "Tylor’s War". They deal with events that occur about six months after the conclusion of the Raalgon war.
The shooting war is over. The undefeated Soyokaze has returned home and all should be right in the universe. It's not ... the Raalgon Empire has created an incredibly powerful and destabilizing new weapon system. With the urging of the Prime Minister, they're about to deploy it and when the UPSF forces realize this the choice is clear. These are desperate times ...
The shape of the future will be determined by the actions of very unlikely allies. Their choices will be difficult and their situation may well be hopeless. Any hope for galactic peace rests on the most irresponsible man in history. Perhaps Tylor will stay awake for this.
Includes several music video segments featuring the cast!The Review!
Taking place inbetween two episodes in the TV series, this two part OVA series takes the crew into a somewhat convoluted adventure where their personalities aren't quite as properly defined as they were in the series, since these are new stories not based on the novels. The two 45 minute OVA's do provide some great looking show though.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the track, we didn't notice any dropouts, distortions or other problems with and were fairly well pleased with how it sounded. A lot of this is just dialogue driven with a few action sequences, but the delivery was good and the front soundstage was nicely used.
The folks at Little Lion authoring and the folks at TRSI have taken what they learned with the Tylor TV release and have put out a very good looking disc here. While there is some softness that gives this an almost film-like feel, the quality is great. There's practically no rainbows throughout the episodes and there's very little jaggies during camera panning sequences. Colors look fantastic, such as one of the close ups of Shia Has, where her hair just looks stunningly good. Being an OVA, it's going to have a better budget and quality level than the TV series, and this release shows it off nicely.
The front cover has a foursome of varying characters, though Shia Has feels a bit misplaced among the primary characters here. The back cover is almost entirely all text with the summary while the technical details are listed in a small font on the bottom in red on a hard to read background. Unfortunately, TRSI's back covers still don't look anything like what we see from the rest of the industry, making them look and feel a bit out of place.
Moving away from the overly interactive menus in the TV series, this release has the best looking menus yet from TRSI. There's plenty of moving animation and music playing in the opening menu but it doesn't slow things down at all and looks quite pleasing. The submenus are laid out pretty well though some may feel the liner notes are a bit buried, being in the scene selection submenu. The only area where we had a problem was in both liner note menus, when we moved from the 2nd to the 3rd screen, the player took about 15 seconds to actually make the change, and it occurred on both sets of notes.
There's a decent number of extras here, some that will please a lot of people. Directly listed in the bonus section is a couple pages about the Undefeated Soyokaze, including some pictures showing where everything on the ship is and some details about the show. Then there's the four music videos, two of which are vocals. The videos look and sound great! Also included here is the DVD production credits, which while not really an extra, are surprisingly well done with the reflected image in Tylor's sunglasses. As mentioned before, the liner notes can be found in the scene access section, and I believe there were four pages worth for each episodes, with some amusing details.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This two episode OVA release (running about 90 minutes total) has the subtitle of Tylor's War, and focuses on a secret mission that's assigned to Tylor that must be carried out without any of his crews knowledge. He's offered up his dream reward if he accomplishes it as well as trying to get a raise for his crew. Getting a visual record of this secret meeting with the admiral whose tried to kill him several times, Tylor accepts and heads off into space.
Apparently, the Raalgon fleet is being slowly equipped with an incredible powerful new weapon, a mass conversion bomb, that will allow them to immensely upset the balance of power between them and the Earth forces. This would lead humanity to become either obliterated or enslaved, which is why Tylor is sent off with his secret mission of contacting the Empress and laying out some proposals from the Earth fleet command.
What becomes unfortunate for Tylor is that during the mission, when he breaks off from the main fleet to pursue his objectives, nobody trusts him to do whatever it is he's doing, and since he can't talk about it, they can't figure out why. And when it leads to the entire ship being captured and the entire crew being interrogated, Tylor's status sinks even lower.
During their captivity, Tylor finds himself in a rather odd position. Azalyn has taken a holiday in the middle of the war and left that scurvy bastard in charge whose trying to take over the throne. He refuses to let Tylor see her, but Dom manages to get the two of them together against his better wishes. And when Azalyn and Tylor do meet up, one of the first things she does to him is put him in her fathers clothes. That's just trippy when you think about it. And after their discussion of the thousands of years old classic movie Roman Holiday (a favorite of Azalyn's for obvious reasons), she does the daring thing of dropping all her clothes and showing herself to Tylor.
Dom naturally enters at that point and provides one of funniest moments of this entire series. Tylor proceeds to become a whipping subject as Dom gets futuristic on his posterior.
The show then goes kind of all over the place as parts of the mission become known as well as the terms. Tylor himself falls completely out of grace with his crew leading to a very organized and democratic sorta-mutiny, as well as a rather well done combat sequence using the new weapons.
The OVA's do a fairly decent job of sitting in the middle of the continuity without making things seem completely out of whack. The characters do behave somewhat oddly at times, particularly Yamamoto, and I'm rather surprised that they put in Tylor's dream and let the object of it hear about it. I don't remember how that jibes with the series itself. The package itself is very nicely put together on the disc with a great looking video and a solid presentation. I'm very much looking forward to the next set of OVA's.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Liner Notes,Music Videos
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