Irresponsible Captain Tylor – Collection Boxed Set

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This wacky sci-fi comedy-adventure originally aired in Japan from 1993 to 1994 and was followed by a 10-part original animation video. Justy Ueki Tylor bridges two Japanese traditions: he begins as a common anime type, the endearing dolt, but develops into the drunken, wise fool of Zen parables. As war erupts between Earth and the Raalgon Empire, Tyler enlists in the United Planets Space Force because he wants “an easy life.” Through sheer dumb luck, he resolves a hostage cr… More >>

Irresponsible Captain Tylor – Collection Boxed Set

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  1. Let me start by saying that I really like wacky anime. Absurd situations, crazy characters and predictable slapstick all get my approval, and all of these exist in Tylor. Most of the characters are likeable– my favorites are Yamamoto and Yuriko, slapstick humor is present, if not common, and most of the situations work.
    These elements should make for a great series. It’s just that, somewhere in there, the chemistry really broke down.
    Part of the problem is Tylor himself. While often likeable, his irresponsibility is carried to such incredible degrees as to get annoying at times. He’s greatly successful as a captain, but in most cases it’s absurd blind luck that pulls him through, which got on my nerves after awhile. A few other characters are annoying in more conventional ways. There’s the pathetically corny Harumi, and the twins Emi and Yumi who carry cuteness (and lack of substance) so far overboard as to be painfully irritating. The plot of Tylor centers around a blatantly pointless war between the UPSF (Tylor’s side) and the Raalgon, and the result is a wide moral contradiction between the pointlessness of the war and the battle-crazed crew of Tylor’s ship, the Soyokaze. The atmosphere that this creates is, unfortunately, distracting from the show’s better elements. Finally, Tylor features possibly the stupidest, most idiotic “surprise” ending that I’ve seen in any anime.
    Tylor survives mainly on the appeal of most of the characters. Aside from the few exceptions mentioned above, the crew forms an enjoyable and well-rounded ensemble that can overcome some of the afforementioned problems. Also, the climax of the war (occuring in episodes 20 to 24) is genuinely tension producing and well done.
    When all of these elements are combined in Tylor, the result is a passing but disappointing series. I’m honestly not sure why it’s so insanely popular. I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone except maybe the diehard sci-fi fan with too much spare time. Anime is expensive, so if you only have the money for one series then skip over this one.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. maybe i had too high an expectation from reading the other reviews of this series. while the story definitely has funny moments and some really likable characters, the first and last discs are not that great (or funny): the first being a little slow and the last few episodes a little too cheesy. tylor improves as the series progress but the empress is gets worse, becoming more annoying than minmay, as if that was possible, by being a completely irresponsible arrogant brat. while i liked the story as a whole, i’m not sure it’s worth buying.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Captain Tylor is the best anime I’ve seen since Cowboy Bebop. And it is just as good!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. This is the first, and one of the only, anime series I have ever seen, and it was thrilling for me. The film makes an effective mockery of Star Trek, Star Wars, etc, and is, for the most part, free of overly ribald materials.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Cowboy Bebop, the Slayers, Tenchi, Giant Robo, Evangelion, and Vision of Escaflowne (TV series) are some of the best anime series I’ve come across – Irresponsible Captain Tylor ranks right up there with them as a great anime classic.

    Rating: 5 / 5

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