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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Nozomi Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 180
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     September 11, 2001
Release Date: September 11, 2001

Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA Vol. #2
© Nozomi Entertainment

What They Say
Many years ago, Azalyn's best friend in all the universe was a similar aged boy named Ruu. Also royalty of a sort, they shared the way that children do and both pledged that one day they would rule fairly. Both also agreed that one day they would meet again.
While on vacation years later, Azalyn encounters a mute and unresponsive Ruu along with a family retainer ... he's been like this since Azalyn's father ordered the insurrection lead by Ruu's family to be crushed. Should he regain his memories, he will once again lead the charge and war may begin once more. Dom realizes this. The Ashran people realize this. The Raalgon court recognizes this. Azalyn, however ...

Also included on this disc art stories featuring Yamamoto: the action hero, Kojiro - testing a prototype fighter, Andressen - evaluating the newest Marine Battlesuit, and "White Christmas", where it's Christmas, Yuriko is waiting and Tylor is ... late.

The Review!
The second of three discs, this batch of episodes is an exceptional value. Six OVA's are on this disc which bring out some of the best character development for secondary characters I've seen in a long time. These episodes have definitely enhanced my enjoyment of the Tylor universe.

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.

This release pretty much replicates what was seen in the first volume of the OVA release. 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. The colors look great and have a very warm feel to them. Other than the grainy feel during most of the episodes, there's little to really detract from the show with how its presented. If anything, the grain gives it a more atmospheric feel.

Things pick up a bit better here, but are overall still the same. The front cover has a nice montage of "photo's" of the characters who are featured in each of the OVA's on the disc, which gives a nice feel to it. The back cover has a nice large shot of Azalyn against a pretty much white background, which means you can actually read about 95% of the text there. The episode titles are listed, but missing are things such as running times, languages, extras and other little bits that really help sell the disc to the casual customer and helps inform those who check out the package. There was also no insert included with this release.

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.

The main batch of extras here is the music videos. There's about six of them, all in Japanese with soft subtitles. 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)
While I found the first OVA disc to be pretty decent, this second disc really won me over as it progressed.

The first four OVA's are all pretty well self-contained stories that focus on a particular character or pairing of characters. The final two episodes also work in this way, but are part of a two-parter that also deals with the episodes on the final volume that's not yet released. And in the end, all the episodes really are related and carry and undercurrent of a storyline. Confused? Don't be, it all works out nicely.

All of the episodes are pretty somber, right from the get-go. The first episode revolves around Azalyn who is once again tired of being Empress and having to do things she doesn't want to do. Being the cunning little wench that she is, she heads off with Dom to do a resource check on a planet she spent a lot of time on in her youth. She tries to reconnect with her more playful and youthful days, but ends up finding parts of her past and her families past getting in the way of it.

The second episode focuses on Kojiro, the fighter pilot from the Soyokaze. This episode essentially allows the creators to achieve their apparent life-long dream of animating parts of Top Gun frame by frame as well as proving that anyone can make Macross Plus. So many scenes and sequences are direct lifts, it'd be unnerving if it wasn't so damn funny at times. This is a pretty good episode overall, giving Kojiro some much needed time to shine as well as showing off some of the fighters of the future. Even if they do look like Macross Plus jets.

The third episode was one I thought I was going to like the least, but provided some good fun yet somber entertainment. The story focused on Andressen and partially on those around him. Their ground time had them taking courses to pilot the Newtype armors that are coming out, but anyone from the Soyokaze is looked down upon. Andressen learns that the Newtype was one of the final designs created by a former roommate from the Academy who wasn't all that interested in warfare. And when the machine goes berserk after a Patlabor-like introduction, the Soyokaze crew takes the lead in trying to save the day, with their usual style of humor and wit.

My favorite episode though is the Christmas Eve one that focused on the rendevous between Tylor and Yuriko. Having read the liner notes first and learning more about what Christmas Even means in Japan, this episode (and episodes from other series) click a little bit better now and added to my enjoyment of this one. The troubles that Tylor goes through to get to this date, while not knowing exactly what kind of date it is, was hilarious. Especially when they all just sat down on the sidewalk to celebrate. And watching how seriously Yuriko was taking all of it, notably in her purchase of a new dress, brought to the forefront just how much she cares about Tylor.

The final two episodes deal primarily with Yamamoto. While the first one is leaned more towards Yuriko, it's more to help set up what's going on in the second episode as well as to lead into the next volume. We start to understand more of what drives Yamamoto as we learn about his mentor at the academy and why he reveres him. We also get to see Yamamoto move away from some of his buffoonish actions for awhile and get to act heroic, which is something the character needed to grow some.

While somber is a good way to describe these episodes, it's also a great way to do a number of great character pieces. The crew of the Soyokaze definitely aren't all happy go-lucky guys like Tylor. And Tylor really only figures into one episode here, and that's the fourth one in the release. While the show is named after him, he gives the spotlight to the others for awhile and it really does help make this a more ensemble cast. It's even got me wanting to watch the TV series again to see what I may have missed.

While this disc is essentially of the same quality as the first one in technical terms, I think it really comes out better in the story department. And when you figure that there's practically three hours of story here, as these were done when OVA's clocked in just around 30 minutes, it's a great deal for the cost. I'm just surprised at how much more into the show I am now with the OVA's. Very recommended.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Music Videos,Liner Notes

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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