165th G-View: Mouretsu Pirates

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)

G-Rating: Perfect/10

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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18 Responses to 165th G-View: Mouretsu Pirates

  1. Stevie Nix says:

    Wonderful review for a wonderful series. Honestly at this point I could say this is my one of, if not my number one, favorite series of all time for several reasons. I came in looking for a good old fashion SciFi anime and I got everything I wanted and more. It was exciting, if was funny, there was a shear love of space and SciFi I have not seen in a long time, the show did not need to pander with pointless fanservice. The characters, all the characters, were wonderful, really one of the two biggest highlights for the show for me was showing the Yacht Club in action. And of course the clincher, even if this is not a self labeled Yuri series, and it was directed by a man that when on record saying “no romance,” the series delivered for all Yuri fans everywhere. Not only did we get plenty of shipping action so we can form several Yuri harems with, but we got one of the most sweetest, romantic Yuri moments ever with the reunification of Jenny and Lynn. Really that is one thing I really want out of the Yuri gene, more action. I want sweet, kick ass couples (or harems) going on adventures and being awesome. Not only is it not the same old / same old but also it will help make Yuri even more popular.

    I can not wait for the movie and hopefully the next season. More Marika being bad ass, more tsun-tsun Chiaki supporting her beloved Captain, more Mimi and her desire to make the universe cosplay, move loving ninja pirate space princesses, more Jenny and Lynn sweetness. Really just more of everything.

    Heh also If I remember that picture of Sasha correctly, she is remarking how much a Prince Lynn has become and conjecturing what romantic rendezvous she has planned with her Princess.

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  2. Overlord-G says:

    You could say that everything I like about anime can be found in this show.

    You want me to recognize your show as super awesome, make sure EVERY character is worth watching and this show more than succeeded. Heck, even the 3 stooge pirates were kinda funny.
    Ah yes, the entire Cosplay Pirates Arc was awesome. How could I ever forget that two-part episode. This is what Marga and Malgot have to outdo very soon but I have confidence that if the writers continue gracing us with more moments of them being together…or better yet, air the episode of how they first met, they’ll be fine.

    In short, a movie with everything on the line and everyone behaving exactly like they’ usually do…times two.

    Sasha had become one with “the light” during the CP arc. Her greatness increased by 1 million after that.

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    • Stevie Nix says:

      “You could say that everything I like about anime can be found in this show.” I concur 1000 times. If I could make my “perfect” anime (well besides my “perfect” Yuri romance focused anime) it would be very, very close to this series. Honestly all I could possibly add was if certain people finally made the confessions of the feelings we already know they have. Also if in episode 17 Jenny and Lynn asked Marika to wed them together them since she is captain of a ship. Jenny was in a wedding dress, Lynn was dashing in her uniform, they for all intents and purposes eloped. Its too perfect!

      Also I have to wonder, who made Marika’s new space suit? I want to say Mami because for some reason she just seems epic enough to pull it off making a working custom homemade space suit.

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  3. KLAC_OF_PERSONALITY says:

    but there is a movie on the way http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-30/bodacious-space-pirates-gets-film

    & did she also finally expy of captain marvelous or wait on the movie?

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  4. blazerj says:

    I almost cried when I saw the end. I will miss chiaki-chan,bentenmaru´screw and specially Marika´s harem so I have to wait to see the movie.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Hopefully the Blu0Ray release won’t take too long…however, since K-ON the Movie’s Blu-Ray still hasn’t come out, we’ll have to wait a while for the subs.

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  5. squaresphere says:

    I came for the space pirates… and was really surprised how solid the whole thing was. Even early on when the rest of the blogosphere was panning the show for “not enough action” I thought it was top notch how much was being communicated by NOT being action heavy. The dialogue was smart and the characters were a live and felt real.

    Really love shows that put girls in a good light where they’re smart, witty, sexy and cute all in one and don’t have to rely on the “pity me, I’m a moe blob” shtick. Yes, some of the girls were moe for the sake of being moe, but at least they weren’t helpless. They didn’t need or was waiting for some guy to “take them away from it all” / pat them on the head like a pet.

    The only thing that would make it prefect is how the show will move on to the “galactic” arc or if they’re just planning to end it with the movie.

    I honestly loved reading your write ups while watching the show, it make it twice as memorable. Keep it up!

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Glad to hear one of my Haunters followed my write-ups all the way to the end. I had a blast not only watching the show but writing about it as well.

      I was honestly getting sick and tired of seeing girls losing their independence and free will for the sake of depending and groveling to a useless man nobody cares about. FINALLY, the girls had a true heroine to idolize, who isn’t even male, and they themselves are fully capable of defending themselves and wreaking total havoc in the name of truth, justice, yuri and corn muffins!

      We don’t get many of those shows like this unless they’re violent and gritty, or are shounens.

      A 2nd season after the movie would be splendid.

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  6. yurimylove says:

    A nicely written summary, Overlord-G! I have enjoyed watching this series tremendously, and I’m happy to see others like you and your readers here equally enthusiastic about it. There are good anime, there are bad anime, then once in a while you come across a GREAT series like this, and you thank the heavens for having become an otaku for life. Okay… I was talking myself here ^_^;

    And you’re right it almost seems unfair for a single show to have SO MANY likable characters. Beside the main ones, Marika, Chiaki, the “ninja-princesses”… even the clubmembers who for the life of me cannot remember their names, are a joy to watch onscreen. And yes I also like the part where Marika often likes to “out-think” her opponents. Sometimes it’s out of necessity when her ship is out-gunned, like by the Grand Cross, but at other times she just seems to enjoy outwitting her opponents like playing a chess match, e.g. like how she handled Jenny’s uncle etc. That plus she looks AWESOME in her “mini-skirt pirate custom”. I have Mami to thank for that!

    I’ll be sure to check back on your blog after the movie comes out to see what you have to say about it. Hopefully more praises like this!

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I do hope my future bride to be will respect my anime fandom like yours does.
      This show deserves as much praise as it can get. I honestly haven’t enjoyed a show this much in a long time. Whether some disagree with me, they have their reasons but that still won’t deter my love for Mouretsu Pirates.

      Indeed. When even your side cast is likable and you care for every single person, you know the show is doing something right.
      Yup, it’s awesome when you get a protagonist who you want to honestly cheer for as she challenges and comes out victorious not by dumb luck, but by honest to god effort, intelligence and acquired skills.
      Her 2nd costume was definitely the best of her three costumes, even if her last one was more appealing than the rest.

      I do hope we won’t have to wait long for the Blu-Ray so we can understand and enjoy more galactic exploration and pirate warfare.

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  7. kracensc says:

    Finished watching this only yesterday, overall very pleased with it, soundtrack is excellent, and the characters are awesome.
    I found the concept of legal pirates to be very funny, where they’re now just a novelty act instead of actual pirates, and how they team up with the insurance companies to also be a very amusing concept as well.
    The greatest moment of this series for me has to be that moment with Coorie in the (if memory serves) 23rd episode, where I had to go back thinking “wait… what?! it was her?!”

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    • Overlord-G says:

      One of my favorite anime of all time.
      Yeah that was a pretty cool play on the “beauty hidden behind the glasses” trope.

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  8. You know the anime about to be good when you hear that orchestra playing an epic tune and is suddenly joined by an alto clef female singer vocalizing notes that the whole thing screams “HUMANITY, FUCK YEAH!”

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  9. Ending is epic. Season 2 solely for Marika/Chiaki development.

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