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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. #4

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


Irresponsible Captain Tylor Vol. #4
© 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.

2l: Paco-Paco Junior
According to the rules (and as we all know, Yamamoto and Yuriko Live for the rules), Azalyn must now be treated as a prisoner of war. The Raalgon forces aren?t happy about the way things are going either, and are about to do something about it. But, Azalyn has the biggest bombshell of them all to drop! Could she be?with child? Tylor?s child?

22: Force Of One
With Azalyn?s potentially explosive situation behind them, things can return to normal?or can they? Fuji and Mifune weren?t part of That plan, and aren?t very happy about Tylor?s typically unique solution. For his careful work, he?s been sentenced to death by firing squad! Under arrest, it looks like this is one appointment he?s Likely to keep!

23: The Longest Day In Space
the Raalgon fleet has smashed each of the ever-contracting defensive perimeters in turn, and is now threatening the home worlds! Things look very desperate for the UPSF?and some drastic measures are called for. But, can even the Soyokaze?s crew solve the riddle of winning the war without more bloodshed (and without the Raalgon also losing it)?

24: Snap! Snap! Crackle! Snap!
the outward hostilities are now over?Captain Taylor has done the impossible! Rumor has it that he?ll be offered commando of Also?the newest and best ship in the fleet, but none of the means anything to him. For, although he has beaten the odds and won the war, his most important ally has left him?and Tylor?s life is now totally empty.

25: My Way Is The Hard Way
While it should be a time of rejoicing for the victories Soyokaze crew, there is only one thing on their minds?where has Tylor gone? While searching for him, though, Yuriko must avert a potential catastrophe which would surely plunge the UPSF back into war with the Raalgon!

26: For His Was A Genius No Rule Could Contain
With Tylor gone, the crew of the Soyokaze have gone their separate ways as if he?d never existed. There have been promotions around?Yamamoto has even been given command of the most powerful ship in the fleet! But, Have they learned the lessons Tylor taught them? Find out, and see a perfect series End!

The Review!
With this volume, the series comes to its faced past conclusion with a few twists and plenty of irresponsibility mixed in with some somber moments. The series has been pretty solid throughout, but how well does this ending hold up?

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 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.

Side note: The initial pressing of the Tylor set had an issue with the 4th volume; episode 23 is missing 5 minutes of footage, with a runtime close to 16 minutes instead of 22 minutes. TRSI will be replacing these copies and you can find instructions here on how to do it.

Packaging:
The cover for the final volume as a rather amusing shot of Tylor in his sunglasses actually looking like he's making a decision and moving the happy smiling crew forward. 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:
Much like the first discs, there's a handful of neat extras here. 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. There's also a textual recount with still pictures of Tylor's trip on the Melva, or basically his debriefing mission, which has some humorous things in it.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After all the twists and turns taken in the series with the irresponsibleness of Tylor, the biggest bit turns up here. When Azalyn ends up spending the night in Tylor's cabin after wearing herself out talking with him, she gets curious as to why the other officers are berating him for it. Upon realizing that they're trying to separate the two of them, she brings out the big guns.

She proudly announces that Paco-Paco has made her pregnant. Oh the stunned looks of everyone around. Surprisingly, Tylor doesn't really act surprised but plays along with it in the way only he can. Once the crew learns about it though, the ship eventually turns into a war ground with people fighting over various things including whether it's going to be a boy or a girl. Either way, it's turning out to be bad for moral.

Yuriko brings into play some rather parent-like discussions with Azalyn about responsibility and being careful about what you say, especially when you're in a position of power such as she is, as well as being more thoughtful of others in general. In other words, a typical Yuriko moment, but one that turns the tide in things as Azalyn evaluates the things she's said and done. In seeing the carnage that followed on the ship, she decides to end it all and return back to her people to try and do some good.

Tylor's luck doesn't quite hold up at this point though. Once Azalyn's headed back, who shows up but the Admiral and his Dragonball Z'ish co-conspirator to collect the empress and use her as a bargaining chip. Can you imagine the stunned looks?

Or the stunned looks of the crew as they quickly sentence Tylor to death for treason! Tylor's quickly hurried off after a rushed and loaded court-martial that finds him guilty of many things and sentences him to death by firing squad. Yamamoto is given command of the Aso, the newest shiniest ship in the fleet and Yuriko is moved into the intelligence group. The rest of the crew goes their separate ways.

And that's only about half of the disc. The result of Tylor's trial proves to be an interesting maneuver on his part (though it obviously wasn't planned) and the remaining half of the disc goes in some interesting ways that would be really spoilerish. While the series doesn't conclude in any meaningful way, it does end on a good note and set the stage for more which came in the form of OVA's.

In the end, the final arc of the series didn't completely wow me, but proved to be entertaining and fun with some great serious moments mixed in. A few scenes were reminiscent of Legends of Galactic Heroes which had me smiling but overall, the hype about the end really didn't seem to live up to itself. But that's what they say about hype, it never lives up to it. Tylor's a good solid fun series that I'm glad I finally got to take a look at.

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

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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