Space…where no one can hear you Hnnnngggggg
|Bodacious Space Pirates, woo! This anime looks like a real good time, so I’m stopping by to help Fosh and co. out with some first impressions.|
|The time has finally arrived! Bodacious Space Pirates or mini-skirt pirates or whatever you decide to call this series. I was really excited to see this series, unlike a few past shows that I drooled over. So does this first episode live up to my own hype? I guess we should start the review and find out how bodacious it really is.
Plot for this first episode follows a high school girl named Marika Katou. A member of the space yacht club, her life begins to change after two strangers named Misa and Kane arrive to recruit her as their new Captain because she is the ex-captain’s daughter. Before the episode ends Marika is pulled to safety after Kurihara Chiaki saves her life. But who exactly is this angry girl? No one truly knows…
Marika-“Best…yearbook photo of all time!”
We start this space filled adventure with a short history lesson about space pirates becoming legally licensed after a treaty was signed over one hundred years ago. So, in the future we can legally become pirates damn the future looks great for me. We follow Misa and Kane as they stalk our main character through their fancy computer as Marika practices landing her tiny little ship. After that amazing landing, Marika goes to work at a local maid café where she meets Misa and Kane. It sure sounds like we have a great character so far with Marika, she is a skilled pilot, an awesome maid and she is very cute looking.
Misa-“What-cha watching?” Kane-“Uhh…pretty little magical girls saving the universe?”
Misa why so many holes in your clothes?! And Kane rocking that coat…
After Marika finishes her job she returns home to have a chat with her mom about two mysterious people that knew her name. Kane and Misa drop by to have a chat with Marika’s mother; during this chat session Misa reveals that Ririka was a pirate back in the day! Oh mom…you are awesome and a pirate? That is just amazing! But the biggest secret is suddenly dropped on Marika’s lap after she learns she is the daughter of a famous space pirate who died of food poisoning; Misa and Kane want to eventually recruit her to take his place as captain of the Bentenmaru. Sure why not just give up school and your friends to become a pirate! Sounds like the best job offer ever! And you can do it legally…
Marika-“Ehhhh this is not kool-aid yo!” Misa-“Ehhhh this is not grape drink…”
Rider and Ririka need to seriously meet! I can see a drinking contest.
Marika-“WHAT THE? MY MOM LOVES TO COSPLAY?!”
The following day Marika goes to school thinking about the strange people that she met up with, to make things more interesting Kane walks in and assumes the role of the new bishie teacher! I saw that coming a mile away…even Misa takes on a new role as the school nurse. Wait were missing something here oh right mysterious transfer student! Aka Kurihara chiaki (FREAKING KANA HANAZAWA) she appears to already have a hatred for Marika for some strange reason she glares at Marika…
Turn back while you still have a soul! To late you are already dead…
Marika-“Whoa…is there a Matrix convention around here or something?”
Marika heads to work after school and finds the café paced with lots of strange guys sporting black glasses and slick looking tuxedos. Unknown to her they are looking to recruit her or possibly kill her either way danger is in the air, Chiaki arrives and has some ice cream before she is forced to drag Marika out of the café after a fight with machine guns and lasers breaks out all around them! Damn what about your ice cream Chiaki?! HOW COULD YOU FORGET TO FINISH IT?! The episode ends with Marika getting pulled away by Chiaki down the street.
Chiaki-“Best….ice…cream…ever…hey! Stop staring at me…”
Chiaki used her FUS RO DAH! and scared the hell out of everyone…
Marika-“Where are we going!?” Chiaki-“My house…I want to take photos of you! NOW!”
Next season of Mouretsu Pirates! Maids in SPACEEEEEEE Cleaning the universe one planet at a time.
In the future we forget how to open doors…
Even evil space bandits need tea.
I will never be able to defeat you!
Space Pirates really does feel throwback. The first episode’s progression of introducing us to Marika and how she’s suddenly the leader of a Pirate ship. It’s pretty funny how casually her mom said, “oh btw, your had a dad, he’s a pirate and now he’s dead. Let’s booze it up!” The first episode is somewhat standard fare as there really isn’t an exciting moment or a huge battle, but it was well written and I’m sure that future episodes are going to up the excitement factor. Mouretsu is slated for 26 episodes, so it might have its ups and downs, but I’m hoping for some good ole fun out of this.
The highlight of the episode for me was Chiaki. The HanaKana character’s attitude somewhat will offset Ririka’s cheerfulness and “ehhhh?”, only when there isn’t a chocolate parfait in the vicinity. After hearing a bit of Hana’s dere-dere voice in Nisemonogatari’s first ep, Hana’s role in Pirates will be much cooler. Her zettai ryouiki is A-grade with her black dress and stockings, but her eyes also demand a lot of attention.
Wow this first episode of Mouretsu pirates was so much fun! I loved the setting for this story we have a great blend of modern looking buildings and plenty of futuristic technology like the fantastic looking space ships and what about that door Marika opened at her house? Whoa…I really want a door like that. Well enough drooling over stuff I probably won’t see ever, so far the animation and character designs for this series are looking great, it is quite interesting to learn this is Matsumono Norikuki’s first time designing characters for anime besides doing a few manga.
So what characters stand out? Easy answer right there I liked Marika’s happy personality! Yes she might not be a hyper-good-at-every-thing character like Madoka from Rinne no Lagrange! But Marika seems to be a very interesting girl to watch. Next up the Kana Hanazawa character! Chiaki and yes I am with you Jrow Chiaki has a great dere-dere voice and straight to the point talk, maybe a grown up version of Kurononeko from Orelmo? Minus the amazing gothic frilly dress of course. I am going to need to stock up on lots of Hanazawa vaccines for this series, and so true Jrow Chiaki does rock that zettai Ryokuiki look quite well.
So what else? Opening and ending were great noting to mind blowing yet I probably need to watch those videos a bit more to get anything from them but overall great production from this episode. One thing is clear most the students from the school eventually join as part of the Bentenmaru crew! At least I sure hope so, almost forgot to mention that maid friend of Marika’s! She sure looks cute…so maybe she will join? So I hope we get more details on Chiaki and why she doesn’t really like Marika all that much, but the ending showed her wearing some jumpsuit I think she could be a mechanic? Or some type of bodyguard? So what did you think of the first episode of Mouretsu Pirates? Hate it? Loved it? Let us know!
Sailing 2 your heart one Hnnnggg at a time.
Will Marika become the new captain of the Bentenmaru! Find out next week! And look out for more Hanazawa voices…