Mouretsu Pirates 26 – Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho!


And thus ends Mouretsu Pirates, a series that started off slowly all those weeks ago but gradually built up into one of the best of the year with fascinating characters and an excellent story. It has been a long time since there was a space opera that had such an excellent and importantly consistent case of characters. The finale answered many questions that had been building up over the course of the series, while still keeping several important ones unanswered, possibly to allow for other series in the near future. Marika was a brilliant lead character, someone who was both brilliant while retaining a certain element of naivety and obliviousness that made her such a joy to watch. Ultimately it was a series about her discovery of what it means to be a pirate and how it has impacted on her and her friends lives. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 25 – A bit like Phantom of the Opera, only with better looking masks and more pirates


One of the central questions of this series has been what it means to be a space pirate; it is a question that has come up on multiple occasions, and asked by a variety of different people. For the most part the answer has been somewhat simplistic in nature, often pertaining to possessing a Letter of Marque, and thus being part of what has become an elaborate web of official business within various solar systems. Essentially to many people the entire world of a space pirate revolves around this piece of paper, and as such they must obey its commands as if it were a sentient being. But of course this is wrong, pirates come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them are not bound by the Letter of Marque, but instead by their own rules. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 20 – Ride the winds of change


Throughout this series we have seen Marika come across various problems and issues, many of them are large, but there are also those of a smaller, more personal nature. When it came to the larger problems, Marika could rely on her friends and crew to do what was necessary in order to overcome whatever challenge lay ahead. However, for the more personal issues, she only has herself to work out what is necessary and what she needs to do. This week once again presented Marika with something new to think about, not a problem per se, but still something incredibly important and essential to her life as a pirate. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 19 – Bonds and Friendship


Throughout this series various characters have gathered around Marika, she is an excellent captain with a certain charm and charisma that draws everyone to her, be they friend or foe. But, while she may be able to make on the spot decisions, along with having an excellent tactical mind, she is not perfect, far from it in fact. While she may be brilliant at bringing the best out of her crew, Marika has a terrible tendency to try and do things on her own. This is perhaps related to her wish to stand shoulder to shoulder with her mother Ririka as someone who is strong, capable and kind, unfortunately this can lead to trouble and the consequences that follow. 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 13 – One adventure ends, another begins


Well, the hunt for the Gold Ghost ship is finally over and a sense of normality has returned to the crew of the Bentenmaru and Marika, well almost. To think that Gruier would send Marika a message claiming that Serenity is in more danger than ever – of course it isn’t, and she simply uses that excuse to bring the Bentenmaru back in order to present Marika with a medal. This episode was however quite an interesting one, being more slice-of-life than the recent arc, and with a similar feel to the very first episodes. It was a chance for the characters to take stock of what has happened and plan for their future. It was also a handy way of tying up certain loose plot points from the Ghost Ship arc, although it has to be said that there still remains many questions left unanswered. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 08 – A Galactic Princess and Political Conspiracies


The plot thickens in Mouretsu Pirates this week with the introduction of a princess from an ancient royal family, who apparently managed to sneak aboard the Bentenmaru without being detected. 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 05 – Space Battles, Pirate Ships, and One Massive Laser Cannon


S0, the prologue or introduction if you will to Mouretsu Pirates has finally finished and Marika has decided to become a space pirate – to which I say ‘Banzai’! Although at least one little surprise awaited us at the end of the episode, something that I had thought about, but had not really looked at in great detail until now.

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