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Anime: Irresponsible Captain Tylor

"Either he's a fool or an out-and-out genius."
Dr. Kitaguchi on Justy Ueki Tylor

In the distant future, Earth is poised on the brink of war with a race of aliens known as the Raalgon. As the tensions start to boil over, along comes Justy Ueki Tylor, a young man who joins the military hoping to find a cushy office job somewhere and take it easy.

Fate has other things in mind for our hero, however: Tylor soon goes to deliver a pension check to the highly respected Admiral Hanner, and ends up accidentally saving him (along with Tsundere love-interest Yuriko Star, and Hanner's cute twin granddaughters Emi and Yumi) from Raalgon agents posing as anti-war terrorists. His "heroism" gains him a rapid promotion to lieutenant commander and an assignment to captain the destroyer Soyokaze (which translates to "Gentle Breeze").

Unbeknownst to Tylor, the Soyokaze is considered a dumping ground for the space fleet, and his frustrated superiors are trying to get rid of him before he causes any more chaos. Unfortunately, this backfires, and Tylor ends up leading his rag-tag crew into a series of victories (much to the chagrin of both his superiors and his subordinates, especially Yuriko and Tylor's straight-man second-in-command Lieutenant Yamamoto), with the fate of the whole war soon ending up in their hands.

He also manages to gain attention among the enemy, including the beautiful teenage Empress Azalyn. All the while, both the other characters and the audience are left wondering if Tylor is a lucky nimrod, or a brilliant strategist.

Interesting Fact: Captain Tylor's first and second name (Justy Ueki) is a pun on the words 'Just wake', as in "Just Wake Tylor." "Just Lucky" can be derived as well; seems appropriate.


Tropes:

  • Abandoned By The Cavalry: Yamamoto in Episode 22.
  • Ace Pilot: Kojiro Sasaki and Lt. Katori.
  • Adaptation Distillation: According to the box set liner notes, the producers weren't keen on the light novels' original depiction of the romance between Tylor and Azalyn — not when Tylor was close to 30 and Azalyn was 10. One of the demands by the producers was that Tylor's age was to be reduced to 20, and Azalyn's to be increased to 16.
  • Adjective Noun Fred
  • The Alcoholic/Drunken Master: Dr. Kitaguchi. If what he says is true, he's at his best for work when drunk.
  • Aliens Speaking English
  • All-Loving Hero: Tylor. He views Raalgons as people, admires their strength, is understanding of his crew and figures out Harumi is a spy quite early on, yet never does anything about it even when admitting he knew. Treats her better than her own side does, too. Whether he's competent or not, there's no arguing that he's an extremely good person.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Subverted. The female characters in this show slap pretty hard, but the reaction is portrayed realistically. It's still painful though.
  • Bait and Switch: Inverted in the final episode — it looks like a relatively serious ending with the captain leaving, and most of his crew assigned to a brand-new, state-of-the-art cruiser , until they pull... it... off. You will not see it coming.
  • Becoming the Mask: Harumi was a spy, but she came to care for Tylor and the rest of the crew.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: When Azalyn claims to be pregnant with Tylor's child after sneaking into bed with him in episode 21 "Paco-Paco Junior", she counters the crew's incredulity by invoking this trope. She's lying, of course, but they don't know that...
  • Boisterous Bruiser: All the Marines.
  • Book Ends: Tylor's command to the crew to "Do what they want."
  • Born Lucky: About the only aspect of Tylor that both theories on his intelligence agree on. It really comes down to how much does Tylor make his own luck.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Azalyn only starts acting this way when she's taken prisoner on the Soyokaze, and usually when it involves Tylor.
  • Brick Joke: The bomb that Tylor receives early in episode 3 bails them out late in episode 4 — long enough to be forgotten by everyone present, except for Tylor.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Kim and Katori. Okay, so Katori isn't female, but he's pretty enough to count anyways. Oddly enough, Katori is bald.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Tylor — maybe.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Pretty much everyone.
  • Captain Ersatz: Several characters and organizations are based on those found in Star Trek, if skewed a little... sideways.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Subverted; While this tends to be the impression Tylor gives, hitting on every girl he encounters and usually coming off as something of a bumbling idiot. He not only eventually wins over all the girls he encounters [including non-humans], he actually turns away most of them.
  • Catch Phrase: "Just leave everything to me!" and "Don't worry!"
  • The Charmer: Tylor, who manages to gain the attention of every woman on his ship and similarly let them down gently (albeit, unintentionally) and also makes an android and a computer AI fall in love with him, despite the fact that neither of them were built with that ability!
    • It's not just the women. He convinces the chief petty officer to support him for enlisting with the 'I'll pay you back when I hit it big!' line and at the beginning of the next episode flatters someone into holding back against him in a game.
    • It's not even just human. He somehow charms a computer program into self-destruction by talking to it and blind luck. Maybe.
  • The Chessmaster: Tylor — maybe.
  • Cliff Hanger: The OVA, the OVA, the OVA! The Soyokaze is destroyed, the Raalgon Empire is under attack by an unknown third party and Yamamoto of all people is placed in charge of the entire human fleet.) Wanna know what happens next? Too bad! They never made a sequel! If you can find the light novels maybe, maybe you can find out what happens next.
    • Except the light novels are an entirely different continuity. On the bright side, apparently there's a live action movie being worked on in Japan...and there's a summation in the special features of the deluxe box sets which explains what was meant to happen afterward...
  • The Comically Serious: Lieutenant Yamamoto.
  • Cool Ship: Played with. The Soyokaze's a piece of junk, but it does have, among other things, a bar, a spa, and both a fighter squadron and a marine detachment. It's supposed to just be a lowly destroyer.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Tylor. Most of the time, he looks and acts like a complete ditz. But when the chips are down and his crew is in trouble, he'll usually come up with a Crazy Awesome plan to save the day.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Lt. Kim joined the UPSF because she felt putting her life on the line would put it into focus.
  • Driven to Suicide: Yamamoto tries to hang himself after Tylor hands himself over to the enemy, saying he should have shared his captain's fate. Everyone else in the room rushes to stop him (well, almost everyone).
    "Alright, who's pulling him down?!"
    • Admiral Mifune has to be physically restrained from committing seppuku quite a few times as well.
  • Drunken Montage: Tylor has a couple.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Tylor's first speaking scene has him explaining just how joining the UPSF would lead to an easy life, nod off when the recruiter explains the dangers of the job, then charming the recruiter to get himself in anyway.
  • Evil Chancellor: Wang; he tries to assassinate Azalyn and is implied to have killed her father to provide cause belli for the war, which is meant solely to increase his power.
  • Expy: Captain Tylor is a much less serious version/interpretation of Yang Wen-li. He even wears sunglasses at the end!
  • The Fatalist: Tylor — "When it's time to lose, you lose no matter what you do."
  • The Fool: Tylor — maybe.
  • General Ripper: Admiral Fuji, the most dog-kickingly gung-ho of the UPSF military leadership — he thought firing missiles at a hostage situation involving a war hero was a good idea because he didn't want the UPSF to look weak. His rival Admiral Mifune has moments of this, but is more of a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Genius Ditz: Tylor — maybe.
  • Guile Hero: Whether or not you believe him to be a Magnificent Bastard, you have to admit he's got a bit of a silver tongue.
  • Heal It With Booze: Subverted in one episode, where Dr. Kitaguchi considers using his personal stash when crew injuries are piling up. He considers it, takes a swig, then decides it'd be a waste.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Harumi. Pretty much the entire crew fakes sick just to be treated by her.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Kojiro Sasaki never quite grew out of the Girls Have Cooties stage of childhood. Naturally, this means that the ridiculously cute twins just have to latch on to him from day one onward...
  • Heroic BSOD: Tylor, surprisingly enough; you'd think he'd be immune to such a thing, but after Admiral Hanner's death, he goes on autopilot for a little while, utterly disinterested in (and walking out on) a ceremony in his honor. It takes him a while to snap out of it, at which point he decides to leave the UPSF. It doesn't stick.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: One of the marines, named Jason.
  • Human Aliens: The Raalgon. Different biochemistry is alluded to, but humans and Raalgon can eat the same things and the idea of Azalyn being pregnant via Tylor is not ruled out immediately.
  • Human Outside, Alien Inside: Invoked. Azalyn claims that she was able to get pregnant merely by sleeping beside Tylor.
  • Hyperspeed Escape: Subverted. The Soyokaze's engines barely work well enough to hyperjump normally, much less in a pinch.
  • Idiot Houdini: Tylor. Maybe.
  • Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: But Justy Ueki Tylor can...
  • Improbable Age: Not quite obvious until you realize that the oldest crew member of the Soyokaze is only 33. The average age of the crew seems to be 19.
    • The eyecatch reveals Harumi's age to be THREE...but this is excused, considering she IS an android.
  • Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Exposure to Tylor leads to android Harumi developing emotions. Not the first time his personality has affected a computer, either.
    • To be precise, the first time was in the first episode, where he only got into the army/space navy because the testing AI fell in love with him!
    • And he did both without trying or meaning to. Maybe.
  • Invincible Incompetent: Nobody can decide if Tylor is an example of this trope, or if he's just that good but prefers to look like it.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Episode 19 - The Meat Circus has nothing on Tylor's subconscious.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: The recruitment computer in the first episode ends up confessing her love for Tylor. She's not even supposed to have the ability to even do that!
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Referenced. The marines hear someone listening at the door during a secret meeting with the captain, so they leap outside throwing a couple of knives which hit on either side of Harumi, who's dressed in a skintight outfit (instead of her usual Hello, Nurse! look) as she's trying to assassinate Captain Tylor.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo
  • Leitmotif: Every major character or group has one.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: "As steady as a mountain. We stay... a mountain neither runs nor hides."
  • Light Novels
  • Logic Bomb: Tylor accidentally seduces the psychological exam AI. This, naturally, causes the mainframe running it to explode.
  • Love Freak: Yuriko wanders into this trope occasionally.
  • Loves Me Not: In one episode, Tylor must file paperwork in person by a certain time in order to prevent the Soyokaze being transferred to punitive duty. The crew destroys a pile of flowers doing "He'll make it! He won't make it!" until one guy stops them short on the last petal of the last flower. Tylor, of course, doesn't make it because he spent all day hanging out with old Admiral Hanner.
  • Maneki Neko: It's on the bridge.
  • Meaningful Name: Transliterated into Japanese, Tylor becomes "Taira", which means "calm" or "plain", and is the same Chinese Character as "Grunt/Peon".
    • Also his first two names, Justy Ueki, is a homophone for the English phrase "Just Lucky."
    • Inverted with Dom, who isn't. (Though he made a good effort with the whip.)
      • Any good Dom knows who's in charge at any time. When among his subordinates, he is the very image of control, but with the Empress, he knows exactly where his place is.
    • The ship name "Soyokaze" literally means "gentle breeze", and seems very out of place in the military. note  What better place to put all of the Space Force's misfits than a ship with a misfit name?
  • Military Brat: Yamamoto remarks that he was raised in a strict military household.
  • The Mole: Harumi. Though, this is known by the viewers — and likely Tylor — by the midpoint of her introductory episode.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Harumi after she puts the plan in motion to infect the crew.
  • Negative Space Wedgie
  • Number Two: Yamamoto.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Tylor — maybe.
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Yuriko vs Andressen.
  • Organic Technology: The Raalgons are based around this.
  • Our Elves Are Different: The Raalgon have pointed ears and organic technology, as well as a feudalistic society ruled by an Empress.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Dom, for the entire series except for a couple of moments of surprise.
  • Peekaboo Corpse: In a haunted house episode... IN SPACE!
  • Planet Spaceship: There's a ship in the Raalgon fleet that causes Tylor himself to comment that it's "more like a planet than a ship".
  • Played for Laughs: So many Space Opera tropes.
  • Pointy-Haired Military Boss: The two admirals, Mifune and Fuji. Mifune has a tendency of trying to commit seppuku after every setback, and their arguments always end with them trying to kill each other. (But they really are friends)
  • Poor Man's Substitute: J. David Brimmer does his best Ron Perlman impression in voicing Yamamoto in the English dub.
  • The Pornomancer: Tylor not only manages to get every female on the ship to confess their sexual desires for him, and an alien princess to fall for him, but even gets the recruitment computer when he wanted to join the military in the first place to confess her love for him against all logical functions it was built with! See Unwanted Harem below.
  • Power Trio: Tylor is Id, Yamamoto is Superego, and Yuriko is the ego.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Emi and Yumi, of course.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: And how!
  • Ramming Always Works: In one episode, the Soyokaze rams clean through a much smaller enemy vessel.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Andressen is a Bad Ass who likes nude modeling. Crybornes's mecha is bright pink.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: It's strongly suggested that the entire crew of the Soyokaze was put there for that purpose. It happens a couple of times through the series as well.
  • Reassignment Backfire: Averted, as nothing relevant to the war with the Raalgon occurs until they're on their way back from the demotion sector.
    • Also played straight with Tylor's assignment to the Soyokaze in the first place: The admirals were hoping her notoriously unruly crew would kill him.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots
  • Robot Girl: Harumi.
  • Running Gag: Combined with Shout-Out — one of the marines has a familiar white hockey mask, and a very familiar name. Every time something gets destroyed unexpectedly, he's immediately blamed. Doesn't help that his Weapon of Choice is a chainsaw.
    • He's also something of a Woobie too, as it's rarely his fault and seems a bit less... psychotic than the other marines.
    • In episode 3 of the OVA, an excuse is made that Jason gets sick on Fridays. REALLY sick.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: Tylor escapes the mandatory execution of all prisoners of the Ralgon Empire by capturing the interest of their Empress.
  • Serious Business: The marines lend Tylor their favorite porn tape, and threaten to kill him if he accidentally erases it. Of course this is exactly what happens, and Tylor is so frantic to repair the damage he ignores a series of hot women coming to his quarters to express their romantic attraction to him.
  • Shot at Dawn
  • Shout-Out: The Soyokaze's shuttle is named Galileo, a name that sticks out in a space force that's in many respects the IJN in space. The Galileo is actually a reference to the shuttle of the same name that appeared several times in Star Trek.
    • The new power armor in the OVA is named "Newtype", and the jeeps are similar to those in the UC Gundam series.
  • Show Some Leg: Used in Episode 2.
  • Silent Conversation: At various points later in the series such as Harumi to Tylor as he is being kidnapped, or Tylor to Yuriko after he resigns.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Emi and Yumi.
  • Soldiers at the Rear: Tylor joined the military to get a cushy day job in the Pension Office. It doesn't go as planned.
  • Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb: Tylor does this to an enemy captain, completely by ACCIDENT! Or was it?
  • Spanner in the Works: Tylor — though this may be deliberate.
  • Strategy Schmategy: The less charitable interpretation of Tylor's antics is that he honestly doesn't know what he's doing, and therefore people can't predict his next action because he doesn't know "The Rules" that everyone else follows implicitly.
  • Stripperiffic: Azalyn and Shia Has, of which the latter's outfit doesn't seem to actually cover, so much as support, her... assets.
  • Subspace or Hyperspace: FTL is achieved by means of "Sub-space warp"
  • Take a Third Option: Tylor always finds a third option out of a situation, whether it's intentional or not.
  • Technology Marches On: The setting's mostly futuristic, but there are some blips of older technology showing here and there, namely a VHS tape of a pornographic movie in episode 20.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Tylor, after Admiral Hanner's death. Goes hand-in-hand with the Bait and Switch ending, when we're led to believe Yamamoto's reunited the rest of the crew aboard the Aso, until he steps out of the way...
  • Theme Tune Cameo: At Admiral Hanner's funeral Tylor sings the show's ending theme "Downtown Dance" with slightly different lyrics.
  • The Thing That Goes Doink: In the second episode in a rooftop garden where Yamamoto is practicing kendo shirtless for his vacation.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: This one deserves a bit more explanation. In one episode, the crew encounters the ghosts of the previous crew of the Soyokaze, who were likewise demoted. They try to do their level best to drive Tylor and Yamamoto to despair and suicide. While they end up driving Yamamoto more-or-less insane, they finally decide Hell would be preferable to spending any more time with Tylor!
  • Tsundere: Yuriko and arguably Harumi once she starts to figure out what all those emotion things are.
    • Yuriko is a rare example of a Tsundere whose behavior is due to environment rather than nature or issues; being as much the Straight Man (well, Straight Woman) as Yamamoto, yet lacking his reluctance to physically assault a superior officer, it's only natural she acts the way she does around an irritating, flirtatious goofball like Tylor. She's debatably the healthier one of the two - Yamamoto essentially ends up an addict to tranquilizers and something called a "neuro-cleanser". (He gets over it pretty quick and becomes much more just another of the guys, albeit one of the more high-strung ones.)
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Tylor gets so damn close to achieving this, but...well, see Unwanted Harem below.
    • Considering how they've latched onto him, Kojiro Sasaki could have this to look forward to if he ever gets over his issues.
  • Ugly Guys Hot Daughters: Emi and Yumi, in the granddaughter sense. Admiral Hanner's only ugly because he's really old, though; when he was younger, he was reasonably good looking.
  • The Unintelligible: Admiral Hanner became this after being admitted to a nursing home where his health started to decline, but Tylor can understand him perfectly.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: See Unwanted Harem below. Tylor gets close to Azalyn, but while she loves him, he sees her as a friend. However, in the final episode, he and Yuriko share a drink and practically cuddle, and both are clearly smitten. Nothing goes further between them, as far as the anime is concerned but...
    • Tylor and Yuriko do eventually start a relationship, with Tylor asking Yuriko to marry him. By the time of the manga which is set a few years after the OVA, she is still his fiance.
  • Unwanted Harem: After being rescued, Tyler manages to AVERT this trope with Emi and Yumi by despairing that telling them "I'm sorry" won't be enough. Of course he appeared to actually ignore their confession completely and was instead voicing his thoughts on another matter entirely. He then manages to reject Bridge Bunny Kim in a similarly obtuse manner entirely. Whether this is him being thick or his sly ingenuity at work is, as with much of the rest of the story, a matter of viewer perspective.
    • Then played straight with Harumi.
    • Then subverted for laughs with the arrival of Yuriko. As soon as she arrives, Tylor comments "What, you too!?" and then tells her to ignore it as a private joke.
    • Meanwhile, Azalyn is wondering the entire time how she can succeed in capturing Tylor's heart.
  • What a Piece of Junk: The Soyokaze.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Harumi tries to come to understand what this emotion means, and Azalyn finds herself innocently curious towards humans.
  • What Would X Do?: Fortunately, some of Tylor's luck appears to have rubbed off on his crew.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Part of the final episode, which shows all of the crew following Tylor's advice before Yamamoto recruits them for the Aso. Of course, it becomes a subverted Bait And Switch Ending.
  • Where The Hell Is Springfield?: A lot of colonies, countries, and members of the United Planet Space Force have a mostly Japanese aesthetic - most of the characters on that side have some sort of Japanese name, there are a lot of Japanese-titled drinks and signs everywhere, and the UPSF's emblem is basically the real-life Japanese flag with a green star on the upper-right part of it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Ru Baraba Dom.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Yamamoto, like most of the UPSF staff, has the right mindset for a Wooden Ships and Iron Men tale of Japanese-style militarism — and then Tylor makes them look like idiots.
  • X Meets Y: Imagine the cast of a Hot-Blooded sci-fi anime thrust into a wacky Sitcom...
    • Alternately, imagine the complete inverse.
  • Younger than They Look: Harumi is only three years old. Which sort of makes sense, considering she's also a robot.

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