「私の力、海賊の力」 (Watashi no Chikara, Kaizoku no Chikara)
“My Power, A Pirate’s Power”
Mouretsu Pirates is still very well in the worldbuilding process, taking things slowly and not rushing Marika into the captaincy role that we all know she’ll eventually take on, and I continue to find myself swept up in its mellow pacing — in a good way. Unlike a series that tries to get out the door on a strong note and grab as many potential viewers as possible, Mouretsu hasn’t even flaunted its “bodacious” mini skirt pirates yet in an attempt to do so. Instead, it’s used its title — at least for initially — as a bit of a misnomer and provided something quite different than was advertised. While things do look like they’re “drifting” the mini skirt way, for now we’ve been treated to a somewhat uneventful yet entertaining look at how Marika comes to terms with inheriting Bentenmaru and how her “unique” friendship with
Kuroneko Chiaki develops.
Between these two sub-developments, Marika’s relationship with her mother Ririka is the more interesting one, as it manages to put a nice sentimental spin on something as unusual as learning how to fire a deadly beam gun. I found myself stricken enough by their parent/child moment that I was willing to overlook the context of it, especially when it came to Ririka’s seemingly honorable explanation of what it means to be a pirate. In the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but interpret it as a bunch of nonsense to make pirates seem more courageous than one would believe, but given that the series is trying to redefine exactly what a “pirate” is, it wasn’t too hard to just go with the flow. Marika’s determined look was really all it took for me to suspend my disbelief — long enough for my focus to shift to Misa and Kane’s realization the Space Yacht Club’s Odette II spaceship is actually one of the Original Seven pirate ships, Hakuchougou (lit. “Swan Model”), anyway.
As for Chiaki, she hasn’t been nearly as difficult to deal with as I thought she’d be, judging from how she was impressed by Marika’s decisiveness (even if it was naive from my perspective). That was the first telltale sign that Marika has the makings of a captain — something that Kane and Bentenmaru sensor/radar operator Hyakume (Fujiwara Keiji) have expectations toward — so Marika’s attempt to stop hackers and practice cruise should prove to be an interesting dry run. I don’t know if she’s going to falter or completely impress though, as things could go either way to prepare Marika for the captain’s seat on Bentenmaru. One thing that I am sure of is that third-year club president Jenny Dolittle (Satou Rina) will be someone to watch for.
* Note: Crunchyroll has started to simulcast its shows in 1080p, but most seem to be upscales since very few anime are even produced in 1080p, so I may go back to 720p screen caps.
* Alright, it’s time to attach some names and seiyuu to faces, starting with the club members who had some lines in this episode. (This is mostly for future reference for myself.) We have: Jenny Dolittle (Satou Rina), Lynn Lambretta (Hikasa Youko), Mylene Certon (Hayami Saori), Berinda Percy (Mimori Suzuko), Asta Alhanko (Yasuno Kiyono), Izumi Yunomoto (Uchida Maaya), Shouko Kobayashimaru (Nomura Kanako), April Lambert (Tatsumi Yuiko), Sasha Staple (Takamori Natsumi), Lilly Bell (Satou Satomi), Ursula Abramov (Nishi Asuka), Maki Harada (Akasaki Chinatsu).