Mouretsu Pirates 16 – Piracy as performance


It has become abundantly that piracy in the Mouretsu Pirates universe has two distinct sides. On the one hand we have piracy as a performance, with pirate ships and crews employed to fulfil the role of an in ship performance, giving many people a chance to see something new and exciting. On the other hand, however, pirates are on the fringes of lawful society, taking jobs that may be illegal, dangerous and potential life threatening. That they can exist within these two opposing worlds shows the versatility and adaptability of those that call themselves pirates. Read more of this post

Moutetsu Pirates 15 – Beware princesses bearing parfaits


One thing that I have always enjoyed about Mouretsu Pirates is its pace – rather than throwing the cast into what may appear to be a never-ending series of missions, each one crazier than the last – this show has opted for a far calmer approach, choosing instead to build upon what has come before with plot and character development rather than big flashy effects. This episode is no except, instead of thrusting our stand-in Bentenmaru crew into the fray and effectively force them into a piracy job, this episode acts as a transition, allowing the makeshift crew to get used to their new roles, along with the ship. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 14 – And the miniskirt pirates are born


It seemed almost a foregone conclusion that something was going to go wrong when we learned last week that the Bentenmaru would be transporting a bio-container full of cat-monkey hybrids. Alas it turned out to be true, which puts Marika and the Bentemaru is a bit of trouble regarding their obligations as a pirate, along with the conditions of holding a Letter of Marque. Due to the container mysteriously opening of its own accord – it had a time delayed lock according to Misa – the Bentenmaru’s crew are quarantined due to the contagious nature of whatever it was that they caught. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 10 – No rest for the wicked


For the past few weeks I have been paying more attention to the introduction of Mouretsu Pirates. Not only does it provide a useful recap of last episode, along with background detail, I feel certain now that it also has certain hints about the significance of certain elements within the episode itself. It should be quite important since this week marked the start of the quest for the golden ghost ship by our intrepid crew of adventurer’s, pirates, princess’ and high school students aboard the Bentenmaru. And, judging by the introduction, all is not well within the Galactic Empire, with certain elements wishing to break away and have their independence.

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Mouretsu Pirates 09 – The mysterious skill of “faking attendance”


This week was the beginning of the arc that can probably be called ‘Raiders of The Lost Golden Ghost Ship’ – doesn’t quite work, but it is about as apt a description as I could think of. The opening sequences of every Mouretsu Pirates episode have been quite enlightening, serving partly as a recap of the last episode, but also providing some very useful, and detailed background information about certain plot elements, all in an overblown and epic manner. This week was no exception, and this time we learned a little about the Serenity star system – which appears to be part of the Galactic Empire, but there are factions within it who want to break away and rule themselves. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 07 – Optional Extras, Space Warfare, and Stowaways


I feel that this week’s episode title ‘The Peace Does Not Last’ is telling of what is to come, and more importantly how Marika’s current world and way of doing things is due to be shaken up in a major way. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 06 – It’s A Pirates Life For Me, Drink Up Me’earties Yo Ho!


The prologue has finished, Marika has decided to become captain of the Bentenmaru – bring on the paperwork. Read more of this post