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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Nozomi Entertainment
- MSRP: 34.95
- Running time: 175
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Irresponsible Captain Tylor Vol. #1
By Chris Beveridge
March 27, 2001
Release Date: March 27, 2001
Irresponsible Captain Tylor Vol. #1
What They Say
© Nozomi Entertainment
Common wisdom is that being a soldier is a rather nasty business with a great deal of blood and killing, and that s still true after mankind had discovered a way to cross interstellar distances. Nobility, Intelligence, self-sacrifice all of these are essential to a soldier. And then, there s Tyler.
An enigma (don t define that for him he d just fall asleep), Tyler has an undiscovered fight. He goes through life with an air of complacency that would give granite a run for its money. He may be, however, the one person who can save the world.
1: The Mysterious Irresponsible Man.
On little more than a whim, 20 year old Justy Ueki Tylor joins the United Planets Space force. It couldn't t have come at a more appropriate time: the Raalgon Empire is in turmoil! For both sides, it looks like space warfare on a grand scale is about to be unleashed. For Tylor, well, he s just counting the days until he can retire.
2: Hey, Ho! The Happy Pensioned Life!
Though war hasn't formally been declared, both sides are plotting and maneuvering into position. The UPSF forces are reading their fleet and the Raalgon forces are attempting to remove public support for their enemy. Making a hostage of a decorated war veteran goes flawlessly. What the Raalgon don t count on is Tylor delivering his pension in person!
3: The Ship Sets Sail, But Misgivings Remain.
With the hostage crisis behind him, Tylor is commissioned and given command of the Soyokaze (Gentle Breeze : a rusty tin can by any other name). The ship isn t without its surprises or its dirty little secrets. None of the crew is very impressed with their new commander, and unpopular commanders don t last long here!
4. Enemy! Crisis! We Surrender!
Things are rapidly going from bad to worse on board the Soyokaze seems the Marines hate the Fighter Pilots and vice versa. The problem is that full scale war is breaking out between them... and when Tylor is brought in to solve the problem, we
5. Angel In White Begins With An H.
The Soyokaze has received a new crewmember and suddenly every male on the ship is stricken with an incurable disease! The symptoms are racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, an irresistible urge to supply the new officer with flowers. Lots of flowers. Her arrival is a surprise, though, and there s more to her than just a pretty face.
6:The Tail Of The Lizard s Tail
Tylor is receiving a commendation for the Soyokaze s performance against the Raalgon.. but it s body prize to be sure! Fuji and Mifune aren't at all happy about their victorious commander and have decided to deal with him once and for all. If he was killed in battle along with his crew, everything would be great! Not too difficult for them
7: A Gentleman s World Is His Bond
Yuriko has had it with the entire crew s lax attitude, and sees her chance to fix thins to her liking and the regulations! Even Captain Tylor is not immune to her campaign to make the Soyokaze a first class fighting vessel! Of course, it would be a terrible thing if the Raalgon fleet ( and an excellent commander) were to attack right now!The Review!
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor was a show a bit ahead of its time. Originally released in 1993, the show boasted some nice above average animation and style at the time, a look and feel that still holds up well today. The Right Stuf picked up this title pretty fast, and I believe it was their first anime acquisition. They've treated fans of Tylor right over the years with a variety of quality releases and a general appreciation of the property. With this new DVD release, this is probably the best Tylor has ever looked and the love and care of the company putting it out definitely shows.Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to the Japanese language track. Going above and beyond with this release, TRSI has included three language tracks. The usual English and Japanese tracks are here, but the special bonus is the Spanish language track. The English and Japanese tracks sound good, but the Spanish track sounds a bit louder than the other two and a bit less refined than people are used to with dubs these days. It may be more related to it's original recording than anything else. For the Japanese track, this is a decent sounded stereo track that's primarily played through the center channel. The music makes good use of the left/right speakers, but the majority of the show with it's dialogue is center channel oriented. Dialogue is clean and clear and without any noticeable distortions.Video:
As mentioned earlier, this looks to be the best that Tylor has looked before. I'm really twisting between the A- and a B+ for the video, but overall the quality of the video track pushes me into the higher category. Though the show is as of this writing eight years old, the animation was done in a style not seen as much today, with more flat colors and less of a flashy look. Some areas are a little soft and there's a few nicks and spots of dirt here and there. But where it makes it up is in the detail of the settings, the characters and the overall feel of the animation. There is a lot of good fluid animation throughout for a TV series of this age. Some scenes are just wonderfully done here, notably scenes taking place in the Raalgon empire. There was one sequence that particularly stood out, with the new Empress talking to one of her captains. The colors, especially the maroonish hair, was solid and just wonderfully rendered. Something about it just made me really appreciate how good it looked. In addition, there were two other things that pushed me towards the higher grade; there was to my eye no visible line noise and the amount of jaggies along characters and ships was practically nonexistent. And other than during the opening sequence, I found almost no rainbows throughout the show, not even along the edges. This is a solid looking transfer, especially with seven episodes on this volume.
Playback of the show is also done in an interesting way. In the episode selection menu, you can play episodes individually (and selecting chapter there as well) or you can select "Play All". Selecting "Play All" will play all the episodes in one continuous track, but not the same as you'd get on other companies releases. The opening plays, the first episode, the next episode preview, the end credits and then the next episode. Essentially, the openings are removed from playback in selecting this but the endings remain. Personally, I love watching openings and endings so I'm playing each episode separately.Packaging:
The front cover is what looks to be a piece of the animation itself, with Tylor being his usual goofy self in surrendering. The back gives a brief rundown of the show and then episode summaries for each of the seven episodes included, as well as one picture for each episode. There's no insert included, but as this was an unsealed review copy, the packaging may not be complete. We'll revisit this section when our final copy arrives.Menus:
The menu system used is simple, animated and sounds good. The main menu has an interesting setup with the selections on the left and an animated portion to the right with "lock on" images overlaying enemy ships flying about. The neat thing is you can move your cursor off of the menu selections and move it into the lock on areas and play along. Submenus are accessed very quickly and laid out smartly. There's music playing for each of the submenus and they're all in a nice similar style.Extras:
With there being seven episodes here, there's likely little room for much in the extras department, but this disc does sport a few. The first is a minute long video image gallery, or probably more accurately a video montage of some of the more humorous scenes early on. There's also an end credit sequence that lists the Japanese voice actors and creative staff in English. The really nice little addition here is the multipage listing of the first 750 people who ordered the set, thereby making the set even possibly by helping to cover the costs. A not so surprising number of them were names familiar to myself and probably other regular Anime on DVD readers.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is quite an interesting 26 episode series, based on the first seven episodes presented here. At the time, it was ahead of itself in its style and general feel. Looking back at it now, eight years after its initial Japanese broadcast, the show feels old school in its style, but still fresh and alive. The series so far manages to not date itself, and with some above average animation for a TV series, it holds out decently against some of the jaw dropping stuff we see coming out nowadays.
The show is at its essence, at least from the 25% of the series I've now seen, a science fiction comedy. It shares some similarities with the more current release of Martian Successor Nadesico in the odd crew lead by the offbeat captain and the ragtag crew. There are alternating moments of hilarity and more somber moments. Though one difference is that the women of the crew aren't all fawning over the lead male, in this case Captain Tylor.
Tylor starts out in the gutter, rain falling down on him and getting soaked by passing by vehicles. At twenty, he has no real goals other than trying to enjoy life, and that doesn't seem to be going to well. The video billboards start up and the ads for joining the United Planets Space Force kick off with the scantily clad spokesgirl. The military is where it's at he decides. A true life of comfort. Free food, free clothes, free rent... how can you go wrong?
Through a series of mishaps and accidents, things that follow Tylor throughout the series, he ends up easily enlisted in the UPSF as war is declared by the Raalgon empire. The empire believes (rightly so?) that the UPSF is responsible for the assassination of their emperor. Now led by the young Empress and surrounded by ambitious ministers, she begins her plans to avenge her father.
While on Earth, Tylor's time in the pension department is amusingly spent playing games and enjoying the good life. Through yet another amusing set of mishaps and accidents, he meets up with Yuriko Star, a rising commander in the forces, and Lieutenant Yamamoto. His lack of sense causes widespread destruction, but the end result gets him promoted to the position of captain, and off he goes to the Soyokaze.
Unfortunately, the Soyokaze (Gentle Breeze) is where the bad of the bad go, a dumping ground of UPSF members who just don't fit in. Tylor naturally fits in well here, and his accidental style of leadership provides some predictable moments along with some great moments of fun and surprises as well.
There's a lot going on in these episodes as a wide cast of members are introduced and get their moments to be fleshed out. The Raalgon enemy is presented mostly in a serious way, other than the couple of brash idiotic commanders that get some attention in battle with Tylor. The Empress comes off very well, with some moments of emotion carrying over well and a good sense of leadership. While she doesn't get a lot of screentime, the time she does get is interesting.
As mentioned earlier, the show does feel somewhat old school style. The characters are easily accessible and likeable, the plots move forward nicely and there's even an episode with no action, just characters going about their business. Tylor's not a typical goody character, especially with his laid back style. The supporting cast all have varying agendas and manage to get them across easily and work well with all the other plots running about.
The Japanese voice cast is also quite excellent. Two of my favorite actors are in this series, which makes this even more of a pleasure to watch. Yuriko Star is played by one of my favorite actresses, Yuri Amano. And the straight faced and by the book Lt. Yamamoto is voiced by the great Sho Hayami of Wolfwood fame. Tylor's actor pulls off the style needed for the character quite well and most of the supporting cast does a solid job.
One thing certain to please a lot of fans is the inclusion of the romaji subtitles underneath the English translated lyrics during the opening and ending. For those who like to sing along, such as my wife (and my daughter now, who with each anime episodes always looks to my wife as the show starts, waiting for her to sing along), the romaji subtitles are great to have.
While the show doesn't look as slick as a lot of things coming out these days, it's really solid entertainment that got a lot of chuckles and smiles out of us during the seven episodes here. Very recommended.
Japanese Language,English Language,Spanish Language,English Subtitles,Japanese Credits (English version),Special Thanks Pages,Video Image Gallery
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