2013: 3rd day of Animanga

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Irresponsible Captain Tylor

“Love it or hate it” shows were a really common theme for 2013, as you might have noticed from our first two entries. Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchou Tylor) is no exception to that rule and -as with Getter Robo and Jojo, here we have a very interesting and funny case of a retro franchise that is worth every bit of attention.

To be honest, the reason I started watching Tylor was not its reputation -I had no idea that the series has a very dedicated fandom in the U.S.A.- or its graphics -which are rather average- but the participation of Show Hayami, the voice of Akira Fudo in the legendary Devilman OVAs (Genesis & The Demon Bird)  and the CB Chara Go Nagai World OVAs. That’s a voice I am in love with, so I would not miss a show where he is one of the main characters.

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But what else can one find here beyond Hayami-sensei’s shine? Well, for starters, the main story is very simple, and in my eyes it resembles the Star Trek franchise; most episodes are short stories where nothing truly important to the plot happens, but they help the characters grow on you. That explains why even though there is a large cast, one can get attached to most of the people living on the spaceship Soyokaze. From the “gang-like marines” to the “I don’t examine patients if I am not drunk” doctor, to the amazing Yuriko-star and the cute twin pilots, there is a great variety of people to check and they are handled pretty well in the short time of 26 episodes.

So, the plot is no big deal, there are many interesting and funny characters. Is there anything that makes this show truly special? For me, there is only one word: Captain Tylor. Others fight for justice, he fights because he has nothing better to do. Others win by luck while Tylor’s luck wins on his behalf. Is there any other high ranking officer, in any sci-fi story, who can’t even use a (porn) VHS tape properly? Anyone else who could be as easily described as a bump and genius at the same time? I mean, come on, just look at the man’s face and tell me you have seen anyone similar to that.

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Yet, Tylor is not just a dump lazy fellow and this show is not just a relaxive comedy. It’s not even nostalgia that matters here. It’s a very honest story, that does not try to impose anything on the watcher and yet it actually left me full of emotions, thoughts and a sweet taste of a life that is worth living. I can relate to his concerns and I admire the decision he has taken. The series’ ending is the best representation of Tylor’s philosophy I can think of, and it’s truly one of the best endings I have ever seen in anime.

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In short, Irresponsible Captain Tylor is not only a great anime but a unique story, one that helps the viewer relax and wander at the same time. I believe that anyone of you who is looking for some good comedy, old school design and some great music by the master Kenji Kawai, should watch this show.

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