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In a season with heavy hitters like Fate/Apocrypha and Owarimonogatari, you’d be forgiven for thinking either would be my top pick for the season. But long before I was a Fate or Monogatari fan, I was in love with The Irresponsible Captain Tylor.
A parody of space operas like Space Battleship Yamato and Macross, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is the story of Justy Ueki Tylor, a twentysomething who joins the space forces in the hopes of receiving a cushy desk job. Unfortunately for Tylor, he soon finds himself promoted to being the captain of the Soyokaze—the dumping ground for all the misfits in the fleet.
Yet, with everything stacked against him, the lazy, irresponsible captain beats the odds again and again—from defeating entire fleets to befriending the enemy alien empress, Azayne. It leaves those on both sides of the war (and even his own crew) to wonder: Is he a lucky idiot or is he the greatest tactical genius the universe has ever known?
Released back in 1993, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor was the first complete anime series I ever purchased—and this was back when I was in high school and it was $25 for an VHS with 3 or 4 episodes on it. From the first episode, I was in love with the enigma that is Captain Tylor.
Ostensibly a comedy, the series is likewise a human story about society’s misfits finding a place to belong—a family of sorts in those outcasts like themselves. Like most families, there are times when they don’t get along, but none of them would give it up without a fight. At times it is both as dramatic and inspiring as it is comedic. It is a show that makes you want to believe in the goodness in all people—human or alien—and that sometimes war really can be avoided by something as simple as a song.
With such nostalgia behind it, is it any wonder that this season’s The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor is my most anticipated anime of summer 2017? It doesn’t matter that it’s a short-form anime or that it’s about a different Tylor and Azayne than the ones I know and love.
After a 21-year drought since the last time anything Tylor was animated, I’ll happy look forward to see what comedy our new protagonists Banjo Ueki Tylor, the 168th empress, and the robot Yamamoto #372 get up to each week.
The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor will premiere in Japan on July 4, 2017. There is currently no word on a Western release.