By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
Space fantasies are a lot of fun. It’s no surprise titles such as Star Wars and Star Trek have become such mainstream hits with their futuristic technology, intergalactic battles and great characters.
Some characters are given great abilities and powers that never fail to leave us in awe. The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, an animated series from 1993 gives us another amazing space fantasy with a main character that holds the most powerful superpower ever known to mankind; plot armour.
We are talking about none other than twenty year old Justy Ueki Tylor, a young man with no purpose in life who joins the United Planets Space Force on a whim after seeing a recruitment advertisement. He soon proves to have a knack for mysteriously escaping life threatening situations without even trying. Most of the time he isn’t even aware of being in such harrowing scenarios. After successfully joining the military, he happily spends his time in the military pension department.
However, after successfully thwarting a terrorist bombing by alien enemies and saving a retired admiral in the process when he was out delivering a pension slip, he soon becomes promoted and captain of a spaceship and ends up destroying an enemy patrol thanks to sheer luck. With his rag-tag crew, Tylor continues in his lucky misadventures that leave many characters and the audience wondering if this guy is a genius or just a lucky idiot.
The series is an adaptation of The Most Irresponsible Man in Space series of novels written by Hitoshi Yoshioka. The animated adaptation lasted 26 episodes plus ten bonus episodes that don’t completely tie into the main plot. The series became so popular that it was even adapted into a series of comics as well as broadcasted internationally in North America and in Latin America.
Unfortunately, while the show was popular to some extent, it hardly ever caught much attention, until it made some headway in popularity among anime communities in YouTube. This was quite fortunate indeed, because otherwise, this show would have gone completely unnoticed by many. For there is a lot to love about this show that chronicles the adventures of the most irresponsible man to ever captain a spaceship.
First of all, the animation quality is some of the best 1993 has to offer. Coming from an era where digital animation was yet to be a viable method, these hand-drawn animations are smooth and are gorgeously high in detail. This is noticeable from the get-go as the upbeat music from its opening sequence chimes in. You can tell a lot of love and effort was put into creating the series and the end result is nothing short of spectacular.
I must warn you though; this might not be your ideal show for binging. The Irresponsible Captain Tylor has a very distinct ‘Saturday morning cartoon’ feeling and while there is an underlying plot, doesn’t really get anywhere fast.
However, if you happen to be with friends and want to watch something to have a good time and laugh, then look no further because this is a series which is definitely best watched with friends so you can laugh at the many dangerous situations Tylor gets himself into, but somehow survives thanks to sheer dumb luck (or is it?).
Regardless of Tylor being a genius or the world’s luckiest space captain, this is definitely a show that has to be on your list and is definitely a ‘must watch’ because of its sheer entertainment value and outstanding production quality.