The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is a ★★★☆☆︱The Irresponsible Captain’s Journey

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor resides in the niche realm of feel-good space shows. There’s no real drama or tragedy, despite Justy Ueki Tylor deciding to join a military unit because there’s a sexy lady in the ad. This series is laid-back and it focuses on the slice-of-life misadventures of the crew. It reminded me a lot of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, but it more extolled the virtues of not taking life so seriously, rather than being a parodical take on the fickle values of the aristocracy.

⚠️ This review will be spoiler-free ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Justy Ueki Tylor is an average 20-year-old man: lazy, greedy, and a passionate womanizer. He plans to land an easy job with the United Planets Space Force that pays decently and is also far away from the rigorous combat raging throughout the galaxy. However, Tylor’s dreams of living a simple life are brought to a sudden halt when he stumbles into a dangerous hostage situation. Through one strange mishap after another, Tylor miraculously manages to save the hostages and is awarded command of the decrepit space-cruiser Soyokaze! Now Tylor finds himself in charge of sending mad mercenaries, proud pilots, skeptical colleagues, and harsh commanders through the infinite expanse of the universe, all the while avoiding the looming threat of the Holy Raalgon Empire. What misadventures await the irresponsible Captain Tylor?

Justy Ueki Tylor is like if Yang Wenli from Ginga Eiyū Densetsu, except if Wenli gave zero care about anything! Despite all of the staff on the Soyokaze initially being angry at Captain Tylor’s lackadaisical attitude, they are eventually charmed by his simplicity and they discover that being chill often gets things done more efficiently, rather than being stressed out! The cast and crew are showcased with each subsequent episode of comedic hijinks. Tylor’s lax attitude even makes the threat of the Holy Raalgon Empire look like child’s play!

I won’t spoil anything for anyone wanting to watch this series, but there’s actually a romantic relationship that actually goes somewhere in this series! I know that a lot anime fans get peeved about the excess of platonic relationships.

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Kōichi Mashimo (director), notable works:

  • .hack//ROOTS
  • .hack//SIGN ✅
  • Ai City
  • Avenger
  • Bakuretsu Hunters
  • Blade of the Immortal
  • Dirty Pair: The Movie 
  • Dominion
  • Eat-Man
  • El Cazador de la Bruja
  • Halo Legends
  • IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix
  • Kaze no Tairiku
  • Madlax
  • Noir
  • Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom ✅
  • Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE

Commentary: Mr. Mashimo is the CEO of Bee Train and he has a specific style. You can compare and contrast the animation sequences from every Bee Train show with the sequence in the ED of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, and see the similarities! Captain Tylor is very much a product of the 1990s though, and with that, each space-adventure show has similarities to series such as: Seihō Bukyō Outlaw Star and Kidō Senkan Nadesico! Despite that, the cell animation frames are very clean and the animation is fluid for its time, you can tell the nuance in the directing of certain scenes! Musekinin Kanchō Tylor is a beautiful visual spectacle!

Kenji Kawai (music composition), notable works:

  • 009 Re: Cyborg
  • A-Ko: The Versus
  • Akachan to Boku
  • All That Gundam
  • Bakuretsu Hunters
  • Barakamon ✅
  • Biohazard: Vendetta
  • Blue Seed
  • Burn Up! ✅
  • Busō Chūgakusei: Basket Army
  • CB Chara Go Nagai World ✅
  • Chibi Neko Tomu no Daibōken: Chikyū wo Sukue! Nakama-tachi
  • Corrector Yui
  • Cosmos Pink Shock
  • Cyborg 009: The Reopening
  • Devilman: Tanjō-hen ✅
  • Devilman: Yochō Sirene-hen ✅
  • Dragon Fist
  • Esper Zenon
  • Eyeshield 21: Maboroshi no Golden Bowl
  • Fate/stay night ✅
  • Fate/stay night Movie: Unlimited Blade Works ✅
  • Fūjin Monogatari
  • Geisters: Fractions of the Earth
  • Girlfriend (Kari)
  • Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! ✅
  • Groove Adventure Rave
  • Gunparade March: Arata Naru Kōgunka
  • Hakuouki Movie 2: Shikon Soukyū
  • Hana no Asukagumi! 2: Lonely Cats Battle Royale
  • Higashi no Eden ✅
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ✅
  • Hime-chan no Ribbon
  • Hyper Police
  • I: Wish You Were Here
  • Iczer-Girl Iczelion
  • Innocence ✅
  • Jinki:Extend
  • Joker Game
  • Jūsenshi Gulkeeva
  • Kidō Keisatsu Patlabor ✅
  • Kōkaku Kidōtai ✅
  • Kurogane Communication
  • Kyūketsuhime Miyu ✅
  • Mahō Senshi Louie
  • Maison Ikkoku ✅
  • Majū Senshi Luna Varga
  • Maroko
  • Mermaid Forest OVA
  • Metal Fighter Miku
  • Mezame no Hakobune
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Kidō Senshi Gundam 00
  • Mutekiou Tri-Zenon
  • No Guns Life
  • Oira Uchū no Tankoufu
  • Ranma ½ ✅
  • Ryūō no Oshigoto!
  • Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarō ✅
  • Seirei no Moribito
  • Servamp
  • Shōka
  • Shōmetsu Toshi
  • Starship Operators
  • Subete ga F ni Naru
  • Tachiguishi Retsuden
  • Taiho Shichau zo The Movie
  • The Sky Crawlers
  • Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru ✅
  • Towa no Quon
  • Twilight Q
  • UFO Princess Valkyrie
  • Wakaba*Girl
  • World Trigger
  • Xi Avant
  • YAT Anshin! Uchū Ryokō
  • Zetsuai 1989

Commentary: One of the best composers in anime worked in this! Personally one of my favorites, as a teenager, Mr. Kawai was one of the first composers in the anime scene that I knew by name. His tracks are often ethereal and otherworldly, and his work on Musekinin Kanchō Tylor is no exception! Mr. Kawai presents us with a stunning, space-centric soundtrack. There’s a notable OST track in Episode 2 that I quite enjoyed where a comedy sequence has a marimba track as the punchline! It’s always a treat to listen to Mr. Kawai’s compositions bring a series to life!

I watched The Irresponsible Captain Tylor with the English dub, so I will list the Japanese seiyū, but comments will be on the performances of the English voice actors.

Kōji Tsujitani as Justy Ueki Tylor, notable roles:

  • Yakumo Fujii, 3×3 Eyes
  • Raiel, Hamelin no Violin Hiki
  • Miroku, InuYasha ✅
  • Bernard Wiseman, Kidō Senshi Gundam 0080: Pocket no Naka no Sensō ✅
  • Seabrook Arno, Kidō Senshi Gundam F91 ✅
  • Ryū, Street Fighter II: The Animated Series ✅

Crispin Freeman as Justy Ueki Tylor, notable roles:

  • Balmung, .hack//SIGN
  • Hideki Motosuwa, Chobits ✅
  • Kōichi Kimura, Digimon Frontier
  • Tōma Norstein, Digimon Savers
  • Shizuo Heiwajima, Durarara!!
  • Kirei Kotomine, Fate/stay night ✅
  • Rude, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Campanella, Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru
  • Alucard, Hellsing ✅
  • Hibiki Amawa, I My Me! Strawberry Eggs
  • Togusa, Ghost in the Shell ✅
  • Holland Novak, Eureka Seven ✅
  • Alex Row, Last Exile ✅
  • Itachi Uchiha, Naruto
  • Joseph Carpenter, R.O.D. 
  • Shannon Casull, Scrapped Princess
  • Tōga Kiryū, Shōjo Kakumei Utena ✅
  • Zelgadis Graywords, Slayers ✅
  • Kyon, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūtsu
  • Rosiel, Tenshi Kinryōku
  • Amon, Witch Hunter Robin
  • Tsume, Wolf’s Rain
  • Fūma Monō, X

Commentary: Mr. Freeman is one of the most famous talents in the dubbing industry, and for good reason! Although I prefer his voice with the dark, brooding, mysterious characters… his works on characters like Justy Ueki Tylor and Hideki Motosuwa (Chobits) have a certain charm to them as well! Wonderful vocal talent!

Yuri Amano as Yuriko Star, notable roles:

  • Berthier and CereCere, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon
  • Mother Togashi, Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!
  • Kallen’s Mother, Code Geass
  • Kawai Kawai, Iczer-Girl Iczelion
  • Aki Kokonoe (Rin’s Mother), Kodomo no Jikan ✅
  • Alcyone, Magic Knight Rayearth
  • Rain Mikamura, Mobile Fighter G Gundam ✅
  • Sayo, Mushishi ✅
  • Lashara Moon, Photon
  • Lorelei, Saber Marionette J
  • Kiyone Makibi, Tenchi Muyō! ✅
  • Makiko Nagi, Tenjō Tenge ✅
  • Asaka Nakamura, Ushio to Tora
  • Moemi Hayakawa, Video Girl Ai ✅
  • Keiko Yukimura, Yū Yū Hakusho ✅

Racheal Lillis as Yuriko Star, notable roles:

  • Maypia Alexymetalia, AIKa
  • Charlotte Beatrix Marie Rhody Windam, Berserk
  • Nagi Kirima, Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2000) ✅
  • Mizuki Takase, Comic Party ✅
  • Ami Kurimoto, DNA² 
  • Sella, Fate/stay night
  • Catty, Gall Force
  • Kanako Ōno, Genshiken ✅
  • Kasumi (“Misty”) and Musashi (“Jessie”), Pokémon ✅
  • Ashura, RG Veda ✅
  • Utena Tenjō, Shōjo Kakumei Utena ✅
  • Martina Zoana Mel Navratilova, Slayers Next ✅

Commentary: I grew up hearing a lot of Ms. Lillis’ work, so I have a nostalgic fondness in her feisty, tomboyish characters! Though it did make me chortle a little bit, to know that Yuriko Star practically has the same voice as Misty from Pokémon!

Show Hayami as Makoto Yamamoto, notable roles:

  • Ayanami, 07-Ghost
  • Takashi Sugurono, 7 Seeds
  • Gail, A-Ko: The Versus
  • Baron Riks, Akai Kōdan Zillion
  • Tenzen Yakushiji, Basilisk: Kōga Ninpō Chō
  • Doctor Kiriko, Black Jack 21 ✅
  • Sōsuke Aizen, Bleach ✅
  • Shion, Boku no Chikyū wo Mamotte ✅
  • Kei Katsuragi, Chōjikū Seiki Orguss
  • Klein Sandman, Chōjūshin Gravion
  • Akira Fudō, Devilman (OVA) ✅
  • Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki, Fairy Tail
  • Tokiomi Tōsaka, Fate/stay night ✅
  • Adalbert von Fahrenheit, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ✅
  • Rommel, Gundam Build Divers
  • Lord Gremory, High School DxD 
  • Nobutsuna Naoe, Honō no Mirage
  • Jakurai Jinguji, Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle ✅
  • Vanilla Ice, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken
  • Ashram, Lodoss-tō Senki ✅
  • Maximilian Jenius, Macross ✅
  • Yasha-ō, RG Veda ✅
  • Mitsuhide Akechi, Sengoku Basara
  • Masami Eiri, Serial Experiments Lain ✅
  • Vector Prime, Transformers Galaxy Force
  • Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Trigun ✅
  • Kazutaka Muraki, Yami no Matsuei ✅

David Brimmer as Makoto Yamamoto, notable roles:

  • Zodd Nosferatu, Berserk ✅
  • Suberoa Zinnerman, Kidō Senshi Gundam Unicorn
  • Bason, Shaman King ✅

Commentary: Mr. Brimmer doesn’t have nearly as stacked of a filmography as his seiyū counterpart, but I really enjoyed his voice in Berserk and Shaman King! And he’s able to perfectly convey Makoto Yamamoto as a neurotic, butt-monkey!

Hiroko Kasahara as Azalyn Goza, notable roles:

  • Naomi Armitage, Armitage III ✅
  • Maron Namikaze, Assemble Insert
  • Seara Arisugawa, Baby☆Love
  • Ami Kurimoto, DNA² 
  • Katue Pearson, Ginga Hyōryū Vifam
  • Princess Camille, Little Nemo ✅
  • Ishtar, Macross II: Lovers Again ✅
  • Fū Hōōji, Magic Knight Rayearth ✅
  • Mint, Mahō no Angel Sweet Mint
  • Newtar, Master of Epic: The Animation Age
  • Ryo Narahara, Megazone 23
  • Yukina Kurimoto, Seraphim Call
  • Saori Fujimura, Tanjō: Debut

Lisa Ortiz as Azalyn Goza, notable roles:

  • Mikiko Ogura, Animation Seisaku Shinkō Kuromi-chan
  • Ai Aino, Aria the Animation
  • Chisa Tsukamoto and Minami Makimura, Comic Party ✅
  • Pony and Eluza, Gall Force ✅
  • Lala-Ru, Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku
  • Deedlet, Lodoss-tō Senki ✅
  • Nanaka Nakatomi, Mahōtsukai Tai!
  • Natarle Badgiruel, Kidō Senshi Gundam SEED ✅
  • Chopper Tony Tony, One Piece
  • Natsume (“Sabrina”), Pokémon ✅
  • Melona and Echidna, Queen’s Blade ✅
  • Fū Hōōji, Rayearth ✅
  • Shiori Takatsuki, Shōjo Kakumei Utena ✅
  • Lina Inverse, Slayers ✅
  • Amy Rose, Sonic X ✅
  • Shizuka Kawai (“Serenity”), Yū-Gi-Ō! ✅

Commentary: Ms. Ortiz is near and dear to my heart, because I grew up hearing her voice… as Lina Inverse in Slayers! And I freaking love that character! Her role as Shiori Takatsuki in the Central Park Media dub of Shōjo Kakumei Utena almost made me have Shiori as one of my favorite characters, even though she’s the “Queen Bee”, master-manipulator! Ms. Ortiz made me fall in love with Deedlet in Lodoss-tō Senki and pine after Echidna in Queen’s Blade! A great talent in the anime-voicing industry!

Toshihiko Seki as Ru Baraba Dom, notable roles:

  • Riki, Ai no Kusabi ✅
  • JJ, Akai Kōdan Zillion 
  • Alexander, Alexander Senki
  • Takahiro Honda, Antique Heart
  • Kall-Su, Bastard!! ✅
  • Komada, Bio Hunter
  • Mikuro Yakushimaru, Boku no Chikyū wo Mamotte ✅
  • Kurobon, Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden
  • Harry, Burn Up! Excess
  • Sid, Down Load: Namu Amida Butsu wa Ai no Uta
  • Rain Keeves Fearudo, Dragoon
  • Gunma Akagi, F
  • Hikaru Shihodo, Gakuen Tokusō Hikaruon
  • Sanzō Genjō and Konzen Dōji, Saiyūki ✅
  • Kyōsuke Irie, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ✅
  • Takaya Ougi, Honō no Mirage
  • Noboru Takizawa, Honō no Tenkousei
  • Seitarō Yaoi, Hoshi Neko Fullhouse
  • Diego De La Vega, Kaiketsu Zorro
  • Tieh, Kaze no Tairiku
  • Senketsu, Kill la Kill ✅
  • Muzan Kibutsuji, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅
  • Shinobu Tezuka, Koko wa Green Wood
  • Momosuke Yamaoka, Kyōgoku Natsuhiko: Kōsetsu Hyaku Monogatari
  • Reito Kanzaki, Mai-Hime
  • Shō Kurogane, Makaryūdo Demon Hunter
  • Rau Le Crueset, Kidō Senshi Gundam SEED ✅
  • Duo Maxwell, Kidō Senshi Gundam Wing ✅
  • Char Aznable, Kidō Senshi Gundam: The Origin ✅
  • Mitsuhiro Maniwa, Mōsō Dairinin
  • Iruka Umino, Naruto ✅
  • Count D, Petshop of Horrors ✅
  • Mousse, Ranma ½ ✅
  • Milo Scorpio, Saint Seiya ✅
  • Sage Cancer, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
  • Fred Luo, Seihō Bukyō Outlaw Star
  • Akira Tachibana, Senki Zesshō Symphogear
  • Shurato Hiraka, Tenkū Senki Shurato
  • Shino Inuzuko, The Hakkenden
  • Aleister Crowley, Toaru Majutsu no Index
  • Yutaka Matsuno, Umi ga Kikoeru ✅
  • Marcus Grove, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust ✅
  • Kōsaku Matsuda, Yawara!

Josh Mosby as Ru Baraba Dom, notable roles:

  • Tomoyo Shinohara, Gokusen
  • Akio Ōtori, Shōjo Kakumei Utena ✅
  • Shokatsuryō Kōmei, Unkai no Meikyū Zeguy

Commentary: I absolutely hated Akio Ōtori in Shōjo Kakumei Utena, but his role as Ru Baraba Dom is likable and charming!

Maya Okamoto as Harumi Nakagawa, notable roles:

  • Megumi Amano, Chōjin Densetsu Urotsukidōji
  • Lambda Nom, Haja Taisei Dangaiō
  • Haruka Minato, Kidō Senkan Nadesico
  • Fanna, Armed Dragon Fantasy Villgust
  • Liza Hoyly, Macross Dynamite 7
  • Emma Sheen, Kidō Senshi Zēta Gundam ✅
  • Orihime Soletta, Sakura Taisen
  • Yuki Saiko, Silent Möbius

Carol Jacobanis as Harumi Nakagawa, notable roles:

  • Akira E. Ferrari, Aria the Animation
  • Aya Hasebe, Comic Party ✅
  • Saki Kasukabe, Genshiken ✅
  • Unchō Kan’u, Ikkitōsen
  • B-ko, Shōjo Kakumei Utena
  • Serika Kurusugawa, To Heart ✅

Commentary: Ms. Jacobanis voices many waifu characters in old dubs, although in this one, Yuriko is hands-down the best.

This series is a laconic look into a time passed, and although rather slow-paced and straightforward, I’m still planning on purchasing the boxset for this series on Blu-Ray! If you want to kick your feet up on an ottoman and watch a bunch of fun characters, and a random cameo from Friday the 13th (there’s a Jason Voorhees look-a-like in a ski-mask)! The conclusion is very heartfelt, too, it’s apparent that the creator of this series genuinely loved all of the characters and even expanded the universe into a ten-episode OVA series! I strongly recommend this series for anyone looking for a wholesome, science-fiction adventure!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Published by eggheadluna

H.E. Rodgers is the author of the Juniper's Tree series, also known as the 真柏Project. MyAnimeList: https://myanimelist.net/profile/Egghe... Twitter: https://twitter.com/EggheadLuna #真柏Project #JunipersTree

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