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The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

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Seeking to find the most comfortable living possible, Justy Ueki Tylor stumbles upon what he thinks is a dream career: delivering pension checks for the United Planets Space Force (whose logo looks suspiciously like a giant tomato). Through sheer luck (which at times borders the unbelievable), he goes from utter layabout to hero in charge of the good ship Soyokaze... oh, wait, did we say good ship? The Soyokaze, to put it bluntly, is the disgrace of the UPSF, and the dumping ground for the mutinous, incompetent dregs of the force. Even so, Tylor remains undaunted...after all, why should he care? He’s only the captain, after all...


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Tylor is simoultaneously a sendup of heroic space-opera anime and the salaryman hard-work-and-responsibility ethic.  It gets a lot of mileage out of ridiculing the pomposity of the martinets of the UPSF and of exxagerated patriotic impulses in general, too, and the flag is an reflection of that.  It really does bear an uncanny resemblance to a tomato, doesn't it?  Anyway, the banner appears pretty often in the series--it flies off the bow of the Soyokaze itself, actually (in a vacuum!).  I should note that this is apparently the flag of the military, not of the government as a whole--indeed, only the UPSF makes any appearance on-screen at all.  The putative United Planets government hardly even seems to exist, which could be seen as a crack against the slavish fixation on militarism endemic to this genre of anime.

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