The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1993 IMDb)

Categorization

Comedic space opera about how a lazy pacifist handles massive internal strife, bishoujo and interstellar war.

Subject

Humanity and the elven Raalgon empire are mutually hostile. One young human, easygoing to a fault, joins the space force on a whim. Through several catastrophic strokes of luck, he gets the Captain's chair on a run-down old warship of misfits: the Soyokaze. The name connotes relaxation (“Gentle Breeze”), humorous weakness (“Slight Wind”) and luck.

Commentary

A transparent example of the peculiar Japanese version of escapism through sheer irresponsibility. The humour is uneven, but occasionally excellent. The space opera element is surprisingly serious, but not actually good. Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th (1980) cameos extensively. Based on a novel.

Japanese production animation series

Sequel:

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1994 IMDb)

Categorization

Ten episodes of variable length, some of which stick together in sequential pairs. Generally a little more serious than the TV series, including some torture. So, too serious.

Subject

Tensions rise again when the Raalgon deploy a shield-defeating new weapon. The Soyokaze and a ship full of rivals are sent on a sidewinder mission to prevent disaster, just when Azalyn takes a brief vacation.

Commentary

Reasonably substantial romantic closure. Yamamoto is developed and several other characters get personal episodes.

Japanese production animation movie