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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: 150
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Irresponsible Captain Tylor Vol. #3

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

Irresponsible Captain Tylor Vol. #3
© Nozomi Entertainment

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.

15: Shiny! Happy! (Deadly) Germs!
The Raalgon have finally and truly had it with Captain Tylor making fools of the?and they?re going to use Harumi to deliver him to them! Armed with a engineered virus, the entire Soyokaze crew has become infected. Only by handing over their commander will the crew be save from a horrible death!
16: Strange Love
Tylor, now captured by the Raalgon, can reasonably only look forward to his impeding execution by firing squad. Of course, he?s really only concerned about one thing: getting something to eat. The midnight snack is a universal language, of course, and Tylor?s destiny will change while rummaging about for that last drumstick.

17: The Unjust Dessert
Back at base, the entire crew of the Soyokaze has been quarantined?for their own good (or so they?ve been told). Tylor?s case is lot (they?re also told) since the Raalgon don?t take prisoners, but the crew will have none of that. No one, they reason, has the right to kill Tylor but them!

18: A Place For Confessions
With the loyal UPSF troops in hot pursuit, the Soyokaze is running for all it?s worth?unfortunately, that?s quite enough. With the UPSF fleet behind them and the Raalgon fleet ahead of them, they?re in for a hot time. Tylor, of course, is enjoying the Raalgon hospitality?but why does he feel so lousy?

19: Sleeping Beauty
Although Tylor (and an unexpected gust) are now on board the Soyokaze, all is not well. IN addition to his being gravely injured, it?s discovered that Tylor also has some kind of implant in his head (courtesy of the Raalgon) which must be removed! An operation must therefore be performed (which has an abysmal success rate)?with some unlikely help!

20: Well Handled Solutions
As if the Raalgon internal situation wasn?t complicated enough, Wang is attempting a coup! Surely, this will cause a schism within the ranks and there is no force more dangerous than one without control! But, on the Soyokaze, things are pretty much back to normal?and all Tylor wants to do is to watch that ?special? videotape the Marines gave him.

The Review!
The third disc of four, things really take a different turn here for the crew and captain of the Soyokaze. Of course, what really makes these episodes shine for me is the larger role for the Empress, arguably one of the cuter Empresses out there.

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.

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 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.

With these episodes being more of an all-cast effort, the ensemble look for the cover works pretty well.. 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.

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.

With there being six 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)
Having now rejoined the fleet proper after the last disc, it doesn't take long for things to go truly bad for the Soyokaze crew. Harumi gets instructions to capture Tylor and bring him to Dom's subordinate as he has plans for Tylor. And getting the man responsible for Donan's fleets demise doesn't hurt either. So Harumi takes up the task again (sans jogging suit!) and sets loose a virus on the ship that quickly takes most of the crew down.

Once the ship is nearly out of commission, one of the enemy vessels slinks into view and offers the command staff the antidote. On one condition of course - hand over Tylor. The sick crew sets up a plan to overpower them once they come on board since Tylor likely won't give himself up, but are surprised when the ship lands and Tylor is already there to give himself up and are even more surprised when they see Harumi there and apparently both a spy and an android!

With a bit of maneuvering, Tylor manages to get both the vacine and Harumi from the Raalgon's, since Harumi would have been discarded as defective due to her emotions over Tylor. With a smile (and after trying to get Yamamoto to come along), Tylor goes off into the Raalgon empire, leaving the crew behind to deal with everything. The crew of course is quickly quarrantined and put out of the way, leaving them to ponder their fate and the fate of their now brave missing captain.

It doesn't take long for Tylor to arrive in the presence of Dom, who takes the superior stance with Tylor as he shows him off to other members of the fleet command and the prime minister, which Tylor adoringly calls an old man or general, constantly mistaking who he is. Dom eventually puts Tylor into a dank holding cell, a holding cell he purposely has set with an escape hole. Tylor puts on a hilarious goofy look and heads out into the ship...

... to feed. A prompt midnight snack occurs with a wide array of dishes. At the same time, her highness her self, Empress Azalyn, sneaks out of her chambers to get a midnight snack too. She tries to sneak it out under Tylor's nose, not knowing who he is, but ends up being caught. Tylor of course has no clue who she is and invites her to join him. And so begins the romance between the Empress and her new Chef. The resulting interactions between the two are very sweet, very Tylor-esque and very frustrating in knowing that there are several women who want him and knowing the kind of fights that may be coming up.

The episodes that deal with Tylor and Azalyn turn out to be a high point in the series so far, moreso than his misadventures in battle with the Raalgons. Azalyn does fall under the spunky Empress stereotype, but it works well when combined with the freewheeling and loose Tylor. When Tylor becomes the de-facto court jester for Azalyn, he takes things in odd an humurous directions as he takes down the prime minister repeatedly in speaking what he sees as the truth.

The six episodes here roughly cover one entire arc of story, leaving only six more to go to bring things to their conclusion. I'm definitely looking forward to hitting the next disc as this one has brought a good smile to my face.

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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