The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchō Tairā) 1993
By the end of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor I’d grown pretty fond of the characters – despite what felt like a bit of a hit and miss (even juvenile) opening episode or two.
While the series is definitely a space opera, the comedic elements tend to come through stronger and those definitely worked (for the most part).
Probably what I enjoyed the most were the whole host of nods and inversions of sci-fi tropes – but obviously how enjoyable you find the satire is going to come down to personal preferences and familiarity of the genre, and I’m sure I missed a few allusions here and there.
It felt like the animation and sound were on a par for most 1990s television series but what really stood out for me was the characterisation and plotting. The premise that no-one is really sure whether Captain Tylor is actually an imbecile or a genius is just perfect because it allows for a lot of surprising moments; he really manages to pull of some impressive escapes.
And of course, the way the crew eventually starts to work together as a team (after a rocky start) provides a lot of heart to the series – I’d recommend this if you’re a fan of the era or comedic space opera for sure.