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Irresponsible Captain Tylor

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG

Parental Guidance Advised

Reviewed by Lei Magnus:

Irresponsible Captain Tylor is a science fiction comedy that takes place during a war between humans and the enemy Raalgon Empire. It is a spoof on the numerous sci-fi space stories in the world, while at the same time it offers a varied way at viewing degenerates within society.

The 26 episode series starts with, and centers around, a 20 year old homeless man named Justy Ueki Tylor. While sitting in front of an advertising monitor he watches a United Planets Space Force recruitment ad starring a cute girl begging him to join the force. Wanting an easy life with cute girls to adore him, he applies to the UPSF. After sweet talking his way past the petty officer and smooth talking his way into the heart of a computer test AI program, he is a proud member of the Space Force's pensions office. Being the luckiest man in the world, Tylor gets promoted to lieutenant commander and becomes captain of a run-down destroyer, the Soyokaze, a dumping ground for criminal soldiers. Through various mishaps and lucky breaks, Capt. Tylor defeats Raalgon armadas, receives high honors and commendations, and makes enemies on both sides of the battle line. But his personality rubs off on his crew and they are there to save him whenever he is in trouble.

Everybody around him views Tylor as an irresponsible captain who constantly neglects his duties and refuses to follow regulations. The Raalgon empire at first believes him to be a tactical genius, but regards him as a fool after meeting him. His biggest admirer is the 16 year old Raalgon Emperess Azalyn, who fell in love with him before knowing who he really was. As the series progresses, the Soyokaze's crew and the UPSF high command come to realize the importance Tylor plays in the military world. Admiral Mifune refers to him as a heretic monkey, leaving his tribe, suffering hardships to enter another tribe, and in the process keeping monkey civilization going by preventing inbreeding. Indeed, Tylor helps make changes within the military of both the UPSF and the Raalgon empire.

There is no graphic violence in Irresponsible Captain Tylor, only space vessels getting destroyed. There is a lot of adult humor but nothing lewd. Within the Soyokaze's crew there are only five women, but they fend off their pursuers. The UPSF's admiral Mifune attempts to kill himself many times throughout the series but is always held back. All in all, Irresponsible Captain Tylor is decent for most ages.

Additional comments by Cassie:

If you like happy-go-lucky kind of people, Captain Tylor is for you to see. He joins the UPSF (army like organization) to have an easy life. Free food, daily needs, what could be better? Besides being incredibly lazy, he has a strong interest in females, which ends up getting him in and out of trouble!

From what I understand, Captain Tylor is full of Japanese culture "jokes" that I don't understand. They're still funny, but younger kids may not understand.

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

There is no warning! Except maybe don't watch Irresponsible Captain Tylor if you suffer from asthma. Personally, this is one of the few anime I can watch repeatedly and still laugh at the jokes every time I see it. However, if you feel a sense of military pride then do not watch this show. It points out many flaws that the writer feels exist within the military. This is not a military pride series, but a comedy with a purpose.

Violence: Nothing more that cartoony explosions and stars when Tylor gets hit with a briefcase.

Language: Very little. A couple "damns" and a "bastard."

Innuendo: Since Tylor likes women as much as he does, he flirts quite a bit. If he crosses the line (which he usually does,) he gets punished for it.

Sex: None that I saw in the 1st volume. Parents will want to watch the previews for the 2nd volume if you want to share the rest of the series with the family.

Nudity: Same as above, EXCEPT: If you watch the whole tape through, it shows the original (Japanese) Opening & Ending songs. There is some female nudity. A still picture of a naked woman, but you can only see her chest.

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