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 daughters 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 though the Japanese have traditionally given their destroyers weather-related names, which is why so many of them end in kaze(wind)m though "Soyokaze" is pushing it. What better place to put all of the Space Force's misfits than a ship with a misfit name?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.