The Irresponsible Captain Tylor Complete TV Series Remastered DVD Collection
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No, this review is about the box set. And boy is it one heck of a set indeed. Not only does it come with the entire TV series on four DVDs, but it has the original soundtrack for the TV series, two supplemental material discs, which adds to what already comes on the series discs (when added together, the total viewing time is over fifteen hours), and two hardback books, one being the first volume of a novella--the second half of this is in the OVA Ultimate Collection, which I also highly recommend--and a book of production material and facts about Irresponsible Captain Tylor and its creators. All of this comes in a sturdy box about the height of a CD but about eight-times thick, and each separate item comes in its own pack. And for less than a hundred bucks.
This is just not a box set that should be missed, especially if you're a fan of Irresponsible Captain Tylor, or of anime in general. The value, the content, and the quality put into making this product is apparent, and though the size of the box may throw some people off, you'll quickly get used to this. In fact, I'll bet you'll start wishing that every box set came as cram-packed as this one. And if you get this, I highly recommend also purchasing the OVA Ultimate Collection.
The series of 26 episodes has a well connected trajectory. Only a few episodes contain pointless filer. Fortunately, the writers left the question "Is Tylor a hidden genius, a lucky idiot, or (perhaps) a bit of both?" unresolved. The result is a surprisingly satifying conclusion.
In the finest tradition of space opera, the laws of phyics are cheerfully ignored. My personal favorite is the flag waiving on the bows of the destroyer Soyokaze in deep space. (The emblem on the flag appears to be a tomato.)
The music is pleasing, with a mix of cheery pop and light jazz. One later episode contains a lengthy space battle choreographed to classical music that is a tour de force.
The characters are well drawn and developed during the series. Almost all of the minor characters contribute to the story, some do feel very cliche but likeable nonetheless.
I also loved the animation style, its definely old-school, none of that CGI crap. Not that I'm against it but I have seen some CGI stuff terribly gone wrong, or wasted on crappy subject matter. The ships and the characters are very well designed. The Soyokaze, Captain Tylors ship, looks like a WW2 u-boat, has that nostalgic look.
On a minor note, this series and the movie "Down Periscope" has a lot in common. Coincidence, I can't be sure. But if you liked one of them you will love the other.
Finally, before I forget, I have seen many, many animes and this series has one of the best endings I have seen, loved it, definetly. I highly recommend it for the core anime fans.
The quality of animation was good - these were still hand-drawn! - and the character designs were decent. The theme songs were catchy and the voice acting was also good. The special features on the disc go further in-depth to describe the more subtle humour that has cultural references (so you'll learn a coupla things about Japanese culture). All in all, I'd say this was one of the last quality shows from the 90s because anything afterwards pales in comparison.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wasn't sure what to expect from "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor". The reviews were/are mixed and a succinct description of the plot is elusive. Read morePublished 11 months ago by albionphoto
I remember seeing this as a child and jumped at the chance of getting it once I saw it was available!Published 16 months ago by Matild Jakab
I'd like to open by saying I don't provide anime reviews very often even though I'm a moderate consumer of anime. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Stephen
Funny while making you think about the Irresponsible Captain Tylor and what is really, if anything, going on in his head.Published on June 30, 2014 by William Blumberg
Contain Tylor and crew are amazing to watch their personalities shine and always push on you, from the marines fighting the only fly boy, and the captain ether endless luck or his... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Myles Dickson
The voices and picture was great. I recommend the series. A great addition to any anime fans. I love this series.Published on May 9, 2013 by Graydon
The first and utmost about the series is that while it isn't horribly bland or has a bad storyline or characters is that it feels a little too toned down somewhat with both its... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!)
A fun SF adventure anime series through and through. An anime series with engaging characters, a great story, drama, and comedy -- and also with one of the coolest endings ever! Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Kodi Kodai
My wife made me watch this show. I ended up really liking it. It is definitely from the 90's in terms of quality etc. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by ORFF