Hey doods and peeps. Welcome to another episode of The G-Views. Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these but despite what others will say, I stand by my claims of this show being the best I’ve seen in a while. Doods and peeps, I am proud to present my Mouretsu Pirates review.
Alternate Title: Bodacious Space Pirates
Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Themes: Space, School. yuri
Number of episodes: 26 + 1 movie (Abyss of Hyperspace)
Plot Summary: Marika is a first year high school student living on a planet known as Uminoakeboshi. One day she finds out that her recently deceased father was once the captain of the space pirate ship called the “Bentenmaru”. More importantly, the only one to inherit the captain’s title has to be a direct descendant—meaning that Marika is next in line to become the captain of the ship.
Similar to how Last Exile 2 reminded me of Skies of Arcadia, Mouretsu Pirates reminds me of another awesome pirate themed JRPG:
Before we discuss the 4th part of the epic Sci-Fi lesbian quintology, let’s recap what Fall 2011 to Fall 2012 has bestowed us. We got an action packed, melodramatically adroable lesbian telenovela in Black Rock Shooter TV, a kickass musical powered magical lesbians in Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Lesbians in a World War in Last Exile 2, Lesbian Space Pirates and the currently (as of this writing) ongoing Mech piloting lesbians in Rinne no Lagrange, both in glorious near canon subtext and 100% canon. All that without even counting the numerous other shows with yuri content. What does all of this mean? It means being a yuri fan is bliss right now.
On to the show itself. I’ll say it right now, if you don’t like sci-fi, stay away. This show is a science-fiction hog gold mine. I’m not sure how big of a mine but it has plenty to satiate their fandom. Heck, a nation member was able to identify numerous Captain Harlock references. Also, if you’re expecting bloody, violent, swashbuckling action, it’s there…sans the blood. You see, like Rogue Galaxy, MP takes place in a future where Pirates work for the government…at least after a war that took place hundreds of years ago of course. Most of the action scenes take place in ship battles where sometimes the pirates board enemy ships.
Another reason why I call this show a sci-fi fan’s wet dream is because it feels a lot like Star Trek with its mixture of both exploring new regions of the universe, making new discoveries, space ship jargon, electronic warfare and flashy ship battles.
Hell, this anime even has simple, yet effective morals. You want proof, ask this guy.
Keep in mind the show also has school elements added to the mix but worry not for they aren’t pointless filler. Believe me, character development takes place in every single episode after the 1st one. Heck, as any professional show with a large cast of characters needs to be, several cast members get their time in the spotlight. For Pete’s sake, how can you deny a show with ninja princesses? NINJA PRINCESSES!
The show is by no means a quick and to the point epic. It takes its time and moves at a slow and steady pace, but not too slow. It also isn’t supposed to have a conclusion either. These are the adventures of Marika and her crew/fellow club members into the eternal Star Ocean discovering new things and fighting baddies.
Animation: The seven colors of the rainbow are used to their fullest in this spectacle of colors, space ships and stars. I don’t know how uptight critics judge CGI but as far as I’m concerned, these are one of the best CGI effects I’ve seen recently.
Music: Perfect soundtrack for an upbeat pirate anime like this one. I especially love the ED. The OP’s pretty catchy but the ED is superior.
This is only 3/4 of the club members.
Characters: Another awesome trait of the show is that despite there being many secondary characters, they all deserve to belong and the show would surprisingly not feel the same without one of them. You see, every member of the Bentenmaru, the Hakuoh Academy Yacht Club and even Marika’s good friend Mami, ALL have a forte, whether it be navigator, pilot, computer whiz, hacker, combat expert, mechanic, healer, researcher, spy etc. As for moe and fanservice levels, they’re pretty mild actually.
Sure, you get the stereotypes, busty adult women and swimsuits much later on the show but none of these are in your face. Despite the schoolgirls being stereotypes, they’re quite intelligent and competent, also sexy and adorable depending on their measurements. To top it all off, the girls even get their own arc to show off how powerful of a crew they are themselves. Don’t mess with these cuties.
While I do have my personal favorites, a more important character should be discussed first, Marika Kato herself.
As the same respectable nation member described her, Marika is the heroine of the future. Despite being the daughter of two legendary pirates, she was in no way obligated to follow in her parents’ footsteps. It was a choice she thought long and hard whether a pirate captain is really what she wanted to become. She didn’t stop attending school because she wanted to get a degree like everyone else and had a backup plan just in case. She decided to go for it, headache worthy moments and all.
The show went as far as taking its time in the beginning and show the viewer step by step all the basics Marika needed to know before becoming a full fledged captain. After all, despite being gifted with leadership skills and fancy piloting, there were other traits she lacked and she knew which ones she could work on and which ones weren’t her forte. So 1/8 of the show was like a tutorial on ship layout, electronic warfare, navigation, live combat and most importantly, crew management. One has to know their crew in order to recognize who was best suited for which mission.
Marika’s self given objective was to be the best she could be. Despite being reckless and far from perfect, she not only cares for her crew/friends’ safety but time and time and time again she continued proving herself a worthy captain to follow and earned the respect of her main crew and the love and admiration of her female classmates.
So yeah, she’s an adorable badass who worked her cute butt off every time to get the job done and score with the ladies. The fact I had to write this much about Marika alone shows how big of a highlight her character development into a lovable captain was.
Now on to my favorite side characters. Don’t worry, these ladies will get shorter praises.
Where do you think Marika got her god given traits and badassery from? Her mom, Ririka Kato of course. Known as the legendary “Blaster Ririka”, this retired femme fatale is a larger than life woman whose mere presence is praiseworthy. She’s so awesome that she helps make mother/daughter talk segments with Marika interesting. Keep an eye on her, she may surprise you when you least expect it.
Chiaki, a tsundere with a hime-cut and a major sweet tooth for both parfait and the #1 parfait of destiny. Guess who that is?
While developments near the end of the show made a certain nerdette the automatic favorite Bentenmaru crew member, my loyalty and admiration have always been for one sole member, Luca the “fortunetelling” navigator.
However, out of all the girls I mentioned above, there is only one definitive character I adore, cherish and praise to the ends of the Earth. One character I’ve loved longest of all. I am of course speaking of this girl right here. Sasha Staple. Her very existence is a blessing. Not only is she the GREATEST secondary character in the history of anime (IN MY OPINION before people start contradicting me.) but choosing her as my favorite paid off BIG TIME!
As for yuri. all the girls want a piece of the pimpin’ cap’n. Not only are two girls in particular (The short haired one on the right not included) fighting for the affections of one pink haired teenage leader but there’s also one surprise canon couple that despite the nation knowing of their existence in the light novel, were skeptical as to whether the writers would actually reveal their love to all on screen…which they thankfully DO! Even better, the girls have potential with each other.
I know this review is subjective (Like every single review known to man) and not everyone will see this show in the same vein as I do but I stand by my rating of this being the most entertaining and awesome anime I have seen since Madoka Magica. Take that statement for what you will, or a grain of salt.