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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. #2

By Chris Beveridge     March 27, 2001
Release Date: March 27, 2001



What They Say
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.

8: Life Is Short, So Girls Should Kill
Harumi?s superiors are getting impatient with her inability to come up with a way to neutralize Tylor. It therefore falls to her to deal with him and leave his inert body floating in space. Tylor, in the meantime, is only thinking about the Miss Soyokaze contest which is about to start?you expected him to be concerned about something?

9: When You Wish Upon A Flower
It appears that Tylor?s rather casual style of command has caught up with him?the Soyokaze is being sent out to the boonies where it will hopefully be forgotten. The crew, though, has one chance at redemption: Tylor can appeal the high command?s decision in person before a specified time. Of course, he has this thing about doing what he?s supposed to?

10: Mind?s Eye, Half Blind, Headed For A Rough Ride
Kojiro, a pilot who?s legendary in his own mind, has pretty much had the run of the ship as far as fighter piloting goes. So, what happens when both Emi and Yumi decide they want a piece of the fighter jockey pie as well? Only Tylor can solve the problem?but will there be any pilots left afterward?

11: In Demotion Does A Woman Bloom
Yuriko had obviously hoped that her reform measures would last for more than a few days, but it seems they haven?t Crew members are switching off on the duty roster without telling anyone, and the worst rule-bender is Kim. Tylor, of course, wants everyone to do whatever they want, therefore Kim and Yuriko are now on a collision course!

12: The Day The Soyokaze Vanished
Of the many stories told about the Soyokaze is one particularly bizarre one of a past Captain and his crew (also demoted) who all killed themselves on board. The story continues that on a certain day and a certain time, the Captain?s unquiet spirit roams the corridors looking to destroy the living. Suppose it isn?t just a story?

13: Be Prepared, Be Smart, Or Be Lucky
Admiral Donan, with blood in his eyes and a turkey leg in his hand, has sworn to avenge his previous loss to the UPSF by destroying Tylor. With Donan and a sizable portion of the Raalgon fleet after them, the Soyokaze is doing perhaps the worst possible thing: sailing directly through the front lines! Only a genius?or Captain Tylor?has any chance at all!

14: Equation Of Kindness
As if Captain Tylor and the Soyokaze couldn?t get any more attention from the Raalgon forces, more of their resources are being brought to bear! Shia-Has, another capable commander, has decreed that she will be the one to bring Tylor in alive, and with some help she?ll do just that!

The Review!
This second batch of episodes is the segment where you get more familiar with the characters. These kinds of arcs definitely become more noticeable when you're getting upwards of seven episodes on a disc. That's not a bad thing of course, but don't expect any huge turn in events here.

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:
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:
Reflecting the mix of somberness and comedy, the cover shows this with the distance-looking Yuriko with the sun setting in the background while offset by her mad driving with Tylor in the car near the bottom. The art looks to be one of the pieces used for the Japanese video release and has more of a art look than an anime look. The back cover provides a bunch of animation shots and summaries of all seven episodes on the disc - you'll definitely know what the show is about by checking out this back cover. Much like the first disc, there is no insert provided.

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. Another nice extra, one we missed the first time around on the first disc, is all the liner notes. Where are they you say? You need to actually go into the episode selection and select that episode. The chapters will list followed by the liner notes selection. Lots of interesting and humorous information in there.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the varying results from Tylor's previous encounters, those above him and in charge of the fleet do their best to get him out of the way again. Instead of trying to put him into battle, especially after the previous episodes results, they demote the ship and send it off to a special sector just for demoted ships. But before the order comes, the crew hold a swimsuit contest! Though the fanservice is one of the highlights of the episode, the real fun comes when Harumi is instructed to take out Tylor.

Raalgon assassins are snappy dressers and Harumi is no slacker in that department. Dressed up in her best skintight jogging suit, she does her best to take Tylor down through various means. Tylor's luck naturally keeps this from happening, and the final attempt is both amusing and surprising as Tylor reveals more than the viewer would guess he knew and manages to diffuse the situation easily.

When the demotion comes through, the crew realizes that Tylor is the one to blame, even though through his own luck he's saved them several times over and actually accomplished quite a lot. Yuriko pulls out a little known regulation that gives them the ability to challenge the demotion, but it means Tylor has to go to Earth and dispute it in person. Being Tylor, he brings Yuriko and Harumi with him, but finds himself easily sidetracked when he comes across the old Admiral Hanner. The episode takes some small amusing turns but does more in terms of showing again just how nice Tylor is in general though using his lack of a clue in regards to the time sensitive nature of disputing the downgrade.

Through the remainder of the episodes, the crew battles with the result of Tylor failing to fight the downgrade. Boredom sets in, anger sets in and scary ghost stories are told. Captains past make appearances and creepy space anomolies cause more oddity to occur in the Soyokaze. And after his defeat in the previous disc, Admiral Donan makes another appearance with his fleet with some rather surprising results.

This arc of the story felt fairly fillerish for a lot of it. Some good character exposition was done, with a lot of the focus on the new relationship between Tylor and Harumi once he discovers her to be an assassin. And not all is readily apparent either. We also start to get more info on the Raalgon's and their internal power plays. But the main focus is definitely on the crew, giving most of the secondary characters a chance to shine some and oppurtunity for some nice fanservice here and there as well.

While the character building and family building stuff is all well and good, the episodes are somewhat weaker than the batch on the first disc, but not by much. I'll be looking forward to the return of the full plot on the next disc, since with the end of disc two we're already at the halfway point. Good stuff.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,Spanish Language,English Subtitles,Japanese Credits (English version),Special Thanks Pages,Video Image Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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