「決戦は深夜」 (Kessen wa Shinya)
“The Decisive Battle is Late at Night”
The episode title sure is deceiving, as the leisurely exposition continues in the fourth episode of Mouretsu Pirates. At this point, the pacing will likely feel slow to a lot more people (myself included) since there was no immediate conflict — not even in the form of a stuck mast. However, the upside is that the build-up toward the eventual encounter has been great from both a tactical and strategic perspective. In the process, I’m getting a real sense that Marika is a lot more qualified to be a pirate ship captain than she seems, which is undoubtedly the main goal of these exposition-filled episodes. She’s shown that she can analyze a situation and quickly come up with a course of action — something that even Chiaki has taken notice of. It comes as no surprise that Kane and Misa are pleased, but it does come as a surprise that Jenny (Satou Rina) and vice president Lynn (Hikasa Youko) are already aware that Marika’s up for captaincy of Bentenmaru. Things get rather interesting from that point on, as Jenny proves to be just as curious about Marika’s leadership abilities as the space pirates who are eagerly waiting for her to inherit the captain’s seat.
The incidental fallout from that revelation is more reason for Kane and Misa to start scouting the members of the Space Yacht Club, which is one possible direction that things are headed. The other possibility of course is that Jenny becomes the captain of Odette II and revives it as a fellow pirate ship that works alongside Bentenmaru. Between the two, I’m naturally hoping for the latter, because the only thing better than a spaceship preparing for an unknown enemy are two spaceships working together to do the same. Judging from the preview, I gather I’ll get a good taste of that in the very next episode, as it looks like Marika may have bitten off more than she can chew and the Bentenmaru may have to lend a hand. To make things interesting, the crew will likely encounter a scenario that Marika hasn’t taken into account, so in addition to whatever help the Bentenmaru may provide, I’ll be looking forward to how Chiaki supports her. I gather it’s only a matter of time before she takes the spotlight again, seeing as she’s been made out to be Marika’s reliable and level-headed vice captain.
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