OP: 「猛烈宇宙交響曲・第七楽章「無限の愛」」 (Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dai Nana Gakushou “Mugen no Ai”) by ももいろクローバーZ (Momoiro Clover Z)
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「海賊、罷り通る」 (Kaizoku, Makaritooru)
“Pirates, Coming Through”
There were no real surprises from the premiere of “Bodacious Space Pirates”, but the slightly slower pace indicative of a 26-episode adaptation worked well in establishing the galactic setting and slowly introducing the massive cast of characters. The last thing I would’ve wanted was to be overwhelmed right from the start, so it was nice to see just a small subset of the soon-to-be crew of Bentenmaru.
As for the quick rundown, our high school heroine and member of the space yacht club, Katou Marika (Komatsu Makiko), is paid a visit by two crew members of Bentenmaru, Misa Grandwood (Itou Shizuka) and Kane MacDougall (Matsukaze Masaya), and asked to become their new captain after the recent passing of their captain, Katou Gonzaemon, three days ago due to food poisoning (…of all things). She’s shocked to learn that the father she believed to be dead was still alive and that her mother Ririka (Kaida Yuuko) never told her that both she and her father are “legally licensed” space pirates as per the “Shiryakusen Menjou” (a.k.a. “Letter of Marque”) — a decree that sanctioned space pirates to help fight for the independence of their planet, Umi no Akeboshi (“Sea of the Morningstar”), over a hundred years ago. Then comes along the extremely temperamental transfer student Kurihara Chiaki (Hanazawa Kana) and a lot of suspicious individuals scouting out Marika as potentially the new captain of Bentenmaru and WHABAM!, Marika’s on the run from people who are already after her.
In short, it’s more or less the premise I described in the Winter 2012 Preview, which interested me enough to see what Satelight studio’s latest space-related series would entail. For now, it’s kind of hard to tell exactly what Marika and her friend/fellow maid cafe waitress Endou Mami (Omigawa Chiaki) will get wrapped up in when she eventually agrees to become Bentenmaru’s new captain, but the fact that she has enemies gives me a few ideas already. What the premise didn’t reveal is the interesting dynamic between the spirited and talented Marika and the overly serious and difficult to handle Chiaki, who’s the other main heroine of the story. The latter was quick to establish herself as a hard-ass toward Marika’s ignorance about space pirates, but already showed her orgasmic-like “dere” side with her sweet tooth. She was also quick to rescue Marika from someone posing as airport security — complete with a brief “mouretsu” panty flash for those with a good eye — so her interactions with Marika are something that I’m already looking forward to seeing more of. Of course, it’s even better considering I get to hear Hanazawa Kana in another haughty role.
From what I gather, Misa and Kane are also here to recruit students from Hakuou Girl’s Academy with sketchy “qualifications” befitting of space pirates, so that will likely be one of the focuses in the upcoming episodes. Judging from the opening sequence, there are quite a lot of girls that will be brought on board too. Regardless of the direction things are headed, I like what I see so far and just hope that Mouretsu Pirates will feature a space opera story closer to the Sunrise’s Banner of the Stars adaptations than Satelight’s other title, KIDDY GiRL-AND. When it comes to a cast full of female characters, I’m expecting something closer to the latter but I’m still hoping the story will surprise me in some way.
* The ending sequence with English spellings of all the westernized character names is a god-send, even if there’s already some discrepancy between the spelling of Kane’s last name in the show and in his profile. It’s still better than me giving my best guess.
* Full-length images: 06, 27, 33, 35.
ED: 「LOST CHILD」 ももいろクローバーZ (Momoiro Clover Z)
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