「茉莉香、初仕事する」 (Marika, Hatsu Shigoto Suru)
“Marika Does Her First Job”
Ah Marika, such a loveable high school space pirate captain. The way she gets strung along and gives it her all — even when it comes to plastic Bentenmaru models — is just too endearing. Best of all, she’s modest about her abilities as she’s more surprised than anyone else at how quickly she’s thrown into the space pirate thick of things. This week proved to be a very fun and lighthearted look into the series that continues to defy generalizations, as the setting shifted from Marika’s Space Yacht Club to the Bentenmaru. We’re not given a proper introduction to all the
crew members mateys, but it wasn’t too hard to pick out the key ones seen in the ending sequence: Hyakume (Fujiwara Keiji), Luca (Mizuhara Kaoru), San-Daime (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu), Schnitzer (Miyake Kenta), and Coorie (Horie Yui in a Miya-like “nishishishi” role). In lieu, we were given a mesmerizing in-depth look at the world of Umi no Akeboshi, the history of space pirates care of Misa’s awesome hand-made storyboards, and most importantly, what it really means to be one.
Interestingly enough, what it really means to be a space pirate is a little open to interpretation at the moment, as the Galactic Empire who put a stop to the War of Independence between the Colony Federation and Suzerain Planets, formally recognizes space pirates as a private military. As such, they have to be active in order for their Letter of Marque to be remain valid, and at the same time, quite tactful about how they approach pirating. The part that’s open to interpretation is whether they’re an entertainment side show or actual space pirates who have modernized their approach over generations. My understanding is that they’re the latter and loot in the spirit of pirating but refrain from taking lives needlessly, since Misa made it pretty clear that they do get in life-or-death situations because there are other parties out there that wouldn’t hesitate to shoot them down. The reason for the excitement among Princess Apricots’ passengers is over the rarity of space pirates in this day and age, where getting robbed by them is seen as a bit of once in a lifetime experience.
There appears to be an implicit understanding among those in the know that space pirates won’t kill you if you just hand over your valuables, and as Kane kindly pointed out to the two ladies who were new to it and genuinely afraid of what was going to happen, the cruise liner covers space pirate losses with its insurance. However, the danger of the passengers fighting back is there, hence why Kane went ahead first to put up an act and minimize the possibility of one happening. I would even go one step further and say this is just a textbook robbery of a cruise ship — and one that cruise ship passengers are aware of so it kind of does double as a form of entertainment — judging from the Bentenmaru’s crew’s reaction on how it was just another day of work for them. They do have to be prepared for the case when things don’t go smoothly, and of course when the job is more in line with something that a private military would take on, much like the preview hints at. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that’s the correct interpretation of what it means to be a space pirate, which will hopefully be confirmed or denied in the next episode.