Reviewby Bamboo Dong,
Irresponsible Captain Tylor (TV)
Bilingual DVD Boxset
When I first heard about a series called The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, my first reaction was: "a series about an irresponsible captain named Tylor? Wow, those producers really have run out of ideas." At the time, I couldn't fathom how boring a series must be to warrant such a name. Reluctantly, I gingerly took the DVD boxset that a friend made me watch, saying that it would quickly become a fast favorite of mine. He was right. Much to my surprise, Captain Tylor is not only an exciting series, but also one with emotional drive, and I went through the four discs supplied in the box with amazing speed. Thank goodness DVDs don't have to be rewinded!
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is about a man named Justin Ueki Tylor. To describe his nature as blunt as possible: a senile sloth that has been dead for two months would call Tylor a slacker. Hoping to rack up an impressive pension plan by joining the military, Tylor accidentally saves the life of a celebrated war hero when he tries to deliver a pension check. Inadvertently, he is promoted to the rank of captain of a ship, the Soyokaze, where the military dumps all the screw-ups it wants to get rid of. The entire series after that deals with the trials and challenges that the Soyokaze crew encounters, such as a rebellions on board, fights amongst the crewmembers, and worst of all, a dangerously irresponsible captain. To make matters worse, a war is erupting, and all the enemy ships seem to have their radars set on Tylor.
For fans of the Captain Tylor TV series, the DVD boxset, released by the Right Stuf, is definitely a great bargain. Even if you've never heard of the series before, this boxset makes any excuse you can think of voidable by default, as it's a wonderful way to turn anyone into a fan of the series. The entire 26 episode series is crammed into four DVD discs, and doesn't cost nearly as much as many of the other boxsets on the market. And, because the whole series is already conveniently at your fingertips, it's no longer necessary to wait tedious months between each volume. (Back in my day, we used to have to wait up to half a year for new volumes of a series to be released-if they were, at all.) If that itself isn't worth the set, then you're a tough fan to please. Fortunately, there are plenty of other reasons why this series and boxset are great.
Overall (dub) : C
Overall (sub) : A-
Animation : A
Art : A
Music : B
+ Fun, light-hearted story
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