The Irresistible, Irresponsible Captain Tylor or My Favourite Trickster Hero.

I stumbled upon The Irresponsible Captain Tylor anime under the post of the most dumbest captain. It turned out it was the genius comedy space opera. The stories was about Captain Tylor, the titular protagonist who joined the future UPSF space force after he watched advert of recruitment by cute girl. He just wanted to join space military because he wanted “easy life” with free foods, free quarters, free everything. With his devil’s own lucks he managed to advance as Captain of the destroyer Soyokaze after just a few week as a “reward” for saving retired Admiral Hanner from the hostage of the Raalgon spy. Captain Tylor appeared to be a lazy and goofy but he was actually a genius tactician with incredible amount of lucks. He managed to win intergalactic space war between Raalgon by satisfying both sides secured the victory.

Below was the most excellent ICT review from by HanafudaStar dated November 10,2011. Unfortunately, that website already taken down or dead link. Luckily, I already saved the screenshot using web capture tool. I rewrote the content of the review and republished it here. To the original writer, I thank you for writing such an excellent review and I offer you my greatest praise if you ever read my writing.

I’m in love.

Despite being in the middle of more series of both anime and manga than I can count, I recently went back to one I’ve already viewed – The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. I hadn’t planned on it, but my most recent shipment from included a disc of the first episode which got me to thinking about Tylor, and, well, my heart started to flutter. One thing lead to another, and, before I knew it, I was curled up on the couch with Tylor. For hours and hours. Sigh. I love him!

Before I delve into my fascination with (crush on) Tylor, here’s what you need to know about the series. The Raalgon Empire and Earth are on the brink of war. The emperor of the Raalgon Empire has recently died and some within the Empire believe Earth is responsible. There are factions within the Empire encouraging the new, young Empress to declare war and seek vengeance. Meanwhile on Earth, the debate rages about attacking the Raalgon’s before they gather their strength or waiting to see what the new Empress will do. Enter Justy Ueki Tylor, age 20.

The opening gives the impression that Tylor is homeless, although based on later comments he makes (and the liner notes) that might not be the case. After viewing an advertisement for the United Planets Space Force, Tylor decides to join the military. Why? he’s asked by the recruiting officer. For an easy life, of course! Food, clothing, shelter, and, in the end, a good pension. In the course of the interview, Tylor maps out the possible path of his career, and within a few episodes he’s on that rather improbable path.

Tylor seems like the unlikeliest of heroes. The crew of the Soyokaze, the ship Tylor captains, repeatedly calls him irresponsible with good reason; he regularly flaunts the regulations with a casual indifference and frequently plays the fool. Watch carefully, however, and you will see glimpses of a sharp mind behind that goofy grin. You will find yourself agreeing with the ship’s doctor that the man is either an idiot or a genius.

I say genius.

Tylor is my favorite kind of hero – a trickster hero. On the surface he seems a clown, a buffoon. His words and actions can be unsuited for the circumstances.

They may fly in the face of common sense or the accepted rules and put everyone around him in an uproar, but somehow everything works out. You can never say with any certainty just how much control he has over a situation, but you’re left with the sense that he is in control, that he has a clear understanding of events and has worked them to his advantage. His mask drops just often enough that you can’t dismiss him, and, in the case of Tylor, in the end even his most disparaging critic must concede that there’s more to the man than meets the eye.

When I watch Tylor, I am reminded of the title characters of Rafael Sabatini’s Captain Blood and Baroness Orczy’s Scarlet Pimpernel.(Great books worth checking out if you’ve never read them.) Although I’m only a few episodes into Trigun, Vache the Stampede also reminds me of Tylor as does Abel Nightroad of Trinity Blood to a lesser degree. (These two are anime/manga for my non-anime readers.) I would also put Captain Jack Sparrow in this category. All men who for one reason or another put on the appearance of the fool, concealing their cunning, or arguably displaying their cunning by adopting a facade that their enemies will dismiss as a non-threat. Where Tylor is concerned, I’m inclined to think that his behavior reflects his personal belief that if you follow your heart and the rest will fall into place.

Of all the characters in Tylor’s universe, the one who may best understand him is among the Raalgons – Captain Ru Baraba Dom. Adviser and confidant to the empress, Dom follows Tylor’s exploits with keen interest, trying to determine just how much of a threat he may be to the Empire. When his subordinate dismisses Tylor, Dom tells her that her thinking is too narrow, but he suspects that Tylor’s own superiors share her opinion. When the Empress asks Rom for advice, his response is to do as the heart leads and let fate take care of the rest, reflecting a philosophy similar to Tylor’s. Rom, however, is the serious soldier and lacks the zen-like quality of Tylor.

Overall, the series (26 episodes) is packed with things I love – humor, adventure, a hint of romance. The English voice actors have done a superb job. My favorite part of the music is Mr. Yamamoto’s theme (that serious, over-the-top, military piece cracks me up every time; it suits him perfectly). The animation is consistent and well-done, and the characters grow as the series progresses – even Tylor, who remains the most compelling reason to watch. The Irresponsible Captain Tylor ranks among my all-time favorites. Go. Buy it. You won’t regret it.

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