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Irresponsible Captain Tylor


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Title Info

  • alias: Musekinin Kanchou Tylor
  • seen: 1-26 of 26
  • type: TV
  • grade: worthy
  • genre: maverick
  • made: 1993
  • Review created: A while ago, i'll revise it eventually.
  • mod: none

This anime is very interesting in that it is based around a guessing game, the same one most characters in the anime are playing. The game is trying to guess whether the commander, Justy Ueki Tylor, is a complete idiot with freakish luck or a laidback genius who sets the scene for luck to occur. This is interesting because it draws you into the story, but irritating in that you really want to know. The central plot is a science fiction space war between a warlike alien race full of military hotheads and a warlike human force full of military hotheads. The entry of Tylor into the mix, having joined the force for `an easy life' and then casually/accidentally acheiving some fame is welcomed by neither side. The solution is to give him command of the navies biggest rustbucket filled with the troublemakers and eccentrics from the rest of the service, in the certain knowledge that no commander has survived more than three days. Sadly, they find this might be the exact situation in which Tylor is at his best/worst.

The crew of this ship, the soyakaze, are a lot of fun and provide most of the action, since Tylor prefers to sleep and, when forced, react...generally in a way guaranteed to upset the military mindset, but which strangely works out. The large cast of this anime is enhanced by both the terran and alien fleets which find tylor as `perplexing' as we do. There is also conflict within both fleets as to how the war should be run, if at all, which adds to the drama and plot. Indeed the action fiends might find this dissappointing, since the focus is on dialogue, character and interaction. There is also a subtle, but pleasant, romantic sub-thread which leads to some very interesting story occurrences.

The animation is solid and capable, although action scenes use a lot of repeated animation, which is fine since this is not the focus. The prime characters on ship (there are lots of anonymous crew as well) are interesting and develop well. The writing and dialog are clever, although some of the `luck' Tylor enjoys stretches belief. The ending is fitting and complete, perfectly in tune with the atmosphere that has been developed throughout this strong series.

Wow,Akemi's animeworld was interested enough to write an essay about this series, although this is analysis of why it intrigued them, rather than simple adoration. The folks atTHEM have a shorter review , but the message is similar.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:20 WST 2009