Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Tylor continued

Subject: Noir
As I mentioned before, "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" is a "fun" show. It's amusing and lighthearted, but there's this sort of campy seriousness to it. Now that I've seen disc 3 (which means up through episode 20 *!* -- they really pack 'em in on these discs!), I can say with confidence that it has entirely grown on me. I think I'll be looking forward to that new box-set that's supposed to be coming out in the spring.

The characters, settings, and narrative elements all set themselves up as being some cliche, or spoof of a cliche, at first. The whole thing is a sort of satire. And if that were all, that would be all well and good. But as a whole, for light fare, it weaves a compellingly involving tale (helped by the fact that in disc 3 the episodic nature of the earlier episodes gives way to a more obvious story arc). It's interesting.

Often times I overlook the value of simplicity in entertainment. Mostly because the common mass-consumption-oriented entertainment industry's notion of "simplicity" is "simplistic" -- not the same thing. "Tylor" keeps it pretty simple, and it's good.

Anyway, there's still one more disc in the first series, then a 3 or 4 disc OVA to follow on, and I'm looking forward to finding out just what Mashimo does with this next.

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