Mouretsu Pirates – 17
「意外な依頼人」 (Igai no Irainin)
“A Surprising Client”
From blackmail to battleships, at this point there’s practically nothing that can catch Marika off guard… except maybe a kiss. But damn, that was one epic kiss.
Jenny Dolittle came back to the Yacht Club with a bang, and the circumstances around her return coupled with her backstory only made me like her character even more. She always did have a bit of that ojou-sama vibe so it was no real surprise that she was set to inherit her family’s company, the large interstellar trading firm Hugh & Dolittle, nor was it a surprise that she was being married off by a jealous uncle so that his son could take the reins. What I didn’t expect was that Jenny had no plans to inherit the company, at all. She actually wanted to hire the Bentenmaru to kidnap her so she could attend Space University and become a better business leader for her own trading company, Fairy Jane. Talk about admirable! Other characters would probably be content to stay comfortable and stick with running their family’s business, but not Jenny – she has ambitious dreams and a girlfriend too.
I’m glad Marika didn’t heed Chiaki’s objections and agreed to take the job, even if it did cross the lines of legality and thus risked losing their letter of marque. It showed that she still has a playful streak and that she’s not all business. A blatant disregard for the law, and a willingness to have fun and do things for fun – these are the hallmarks of a pirate captain, what sets them apart from any regular old ship captain, right? Fortunately, the Bentenmaru didn’t have to break any laws, but it was still nice to see that Marika still holds some of the romantic notions of being a pirate.
From the positive reactions of the Yacht Club members, it seems like they weren’t all too surprised at Jenny and Lynn’s romantic reunion. Sure, it may have looked a little clichéd with the prince and princess imagery, but it was still a sight that left me speechless – although that could also be due to my having been tricked by a producer saying that there would be no romance in this series. I do like that Lynn, who was serendipitously still wearing her princely outfit, appears to be the perfect match for the dazzling Jenny in her pure white wedding gown. These two lovebirds couldn’t keep their eyes (or lips) off each other, and all the girls supported their amorous reunion with smiles on their faces. Well, almost all the girls. Chiaki is her usual tsundere self, making some adorable sound while turning away, while Marika and the two princesses were completely surprised and speechless. It was pretty hilarious seeing Gruier pretend to cover her eyes and Marika stumble with her words a bit while introducing herself to Jenny.
I don’t think anyone on the ship expected Jenny to escape from her uncle so easily (and with such gusto!) without any repercussions, but I would have never thought Marika would be so quick on her feet in dealing with his blackmail either. She didn’t even skip a beat in thinking up the idea of negotiating a better payment with Jenny, who understood what Marika was up to just as quickly. Since so much of the piracy in the Mouretsu Pirates universe involves contractual work, Marika’s business savvy will definitely prove useful in her future. I was left impressed at just how great of fit as a pirate captain she already is. And like Shou says, these girls are going to be scary in 10 years’ time, especially with the lucrative financial windfall that the Bentenmaru will reap… if they can pull off the job. I have a feeling that with Marika’s intention to take out Jenny’s uncle, she’s just trying to have her cake and eat it too, and I just hope that Marika hasn’t bitten off more than she can chew! (insert groan for cheesy sentence here)
- Judging from her facial expression, looks like Marika wants to go to Space University too!
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