Anime DVD Review: The Irresponsible Captain Tylor DVD Box Set

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor DVD box set is a five-disc set that includes all 26 episodes of the television anime series. The first four discs contain five episodes and bonus features, while the fifth disc includes six episodes and bonus features.

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor DVD Box Set
English Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 9, 2013

The series is set in a very technological future, and features a young man named Justy Ueki Tylor. At the beginning of the series, he sees an advertisement for the United Planets Space Force, and he goes to the recruitment office to join. When he’s asked why he wants to join, Tylor says he wants the easy life. When he goes to be examined by a computer with a female personality, Tylor manages to get it so excited that it causes the higher-ups to believe they’re under attack by the Raalgons. Since they now consider themselves at war, the UPSF decides not to worry about screening people, and Tylor makes it in.

He starts out with a desk job at the pension office. Tylor finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation when he goes to deliver the pension for a retired admiral. He manages to resolve the situation and save the admiral, so Tylor is given command of a decrepit ship called the Soyokaze. Over the course of the series, Tylor doesn’t tend to follow regulations and manages to bumble his way into situations and still come out unscathed.

Also on board the ship are Lieutenant Commander Yuriko Star, Lieutenant Makoto Yamamoto, First Lieutenant Kyon-Hwa Kim, First Lieutenant Harold Katori, Kojiro, Emi and Yumi Hanner, Dr. Hidezaburo Kitaguchi, and the Marines. Later, a Raalgon spy named Harumi comes on board to serve as a nurse on the Soyokaze.

The antagonist in the series is the Raalgon Empire. Azalyn is the 16-year-old empress of the empire, and she had to attain this power at such a young age after the death of her parents. She becomes rather important to the story after she has an opportunity to meet Tylor in person. Wang is Azalyn’s chief advisor, and he wants greater power; he’s able to twist the opinions of the court and force Azalyn to take his suggestions. Captain Dom becomes one of Azalyn’s trusted advisors, and it is Dom who sends Harumi as a spy.

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is a comedic series, and there were times when I found myself laughing very hard at Tylor and his antics. Not only is this series a comedy, it also seems to be a kind of tribute to space operas such as Space Battleship Yamato and to popular sci-fi like Star Wars.

Some the humor goes beyond the situational, though, For example, one of the Marines wears a hockey mask, wields a chainsaw, and is named Jason. Also, the Combat Suit used by the Marines is “Combat Suit Type-95 M.C. Hammer.” It’s also revealed in the liner notes that when the translators went to translate the title for episode 15, it was decided to base it off the classic R.E.M. song, “Shiny Happy People.” Considering that the series was originally produced and aired in Japan in 1993, the early 1990s references make a lot of sense.

Unfortunately, the animation in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor looks dated. When you see it, you can obviously tell that it was originally produced in the early 1990s. Fortunately, since I enjoy older anime, the obviously dated animation style doesn’t bother me too much. However, younger anime fans may have a harder time getting into this series due to how dated the animation looks.

As for the DVD set itself, each disc includes liner notes and trailers for releases that Nozomi Entertainment was promoting at the time this set was released. The liner notes are a text feature that allows the translators to explain what some of the references are in episodes, as well as why they made certain choices when it came to their translations. I found the liner notes to be an educational and informative bonus feature.

The first disc includes a textless version of both the opening and closing credits. The second disc also includes the U.S. trailer for The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Something that really stood out to me in this trailer was the fact that it relied quite a bit on footage that appeared in the last episode of the series.

The third disc has a feature called “UPSF Ship Data.” This feature includes text descriptions and pictures of the various UPSF ships and mecha that appeared in the series. The fourth disc has the “Raalgon Empire Ship Data,” which includes text descriptions and pictures for the ships and mecha of the Raalgon Empire.

The fifth disc includes character bios for both the UPSF and the Raalgon Empire. These features include pictures and text descriptions for the various characters that appeared for both groups over the course of the series.

If you enjoy comedic sci-fi and don’t mind the look of anime produced in the early 1990s, then you will probably enjoy The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Nozomi has put out a rather well-done DVD box set, and it’s worth adding to your anime home video library if you enjoy the series.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor DVD box set that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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