“The Peace Does Not Last”
Marika’s insistence on leading a double life in high school and on the Bentenmaru may make her quite lovable and endearing, but how much longer will it take for her to realize that she makes a much better space pirate captain than a student? I admire her dedication to her studies, but sometimes “there are times when trying harder isn’t enough.”
Instead of paying attention in school, Marika daydreams about taking daring solo scout missions that go horribly wrong – luckily, the only casualty is her grades, not her life. Granted, these are some awesome dreams (who wouldn’t want to slide around in a bunch of tubes and hightail your way out of a mess), but why settle for dreams when you can just live the real thing? Like Mami alludes to in her stroll with Chiaki, Marika aims to become someone who can stand proudly beside her mother rather than overtaking her – so how can she accomplish that by being stuck in a boring high school most of the time? I say, put on that your outfit, leap and shimmy your way through the halls of the Bentenmaru, and get to the captain’s chair, Marika! (She should think about cleaning up that obstacle course though, maybe install those tubes because that’s an escape hazard right there!)
Marika’s personality is a perfect fit for what’s turning out to be a piracy business that takes on a lot of show business qualities. At this point, we can’t say for certain that’s all they do for a living, or if this is only temporary because the Bentenmaru has to work with Marika’s busy schedule. Nevertheless, even if it wasn’t explicitly stated, it’s becoming clear that certain clients hire the Bentenmaru to stage elaborate piracy “shows” on luxury transport vessels for their passengers’ entertainment, and this time around, the client has elected to pay double the standard rate to include the optional ship-to-ship battles. I can see why they’d pay that much, as the battles are fun to watch with flashy visuals and enough military tactics to satisfy a strategy buff like me.
The combat also served as a nice introduction to the Bentenmaru’s capabilities, the various roles of the crewmembers and some glimpses of their personalities as well. This week, it was all about the ship’s Electronic Warfare expert Coorie, whose keyboard must be full of crumbs from all of her snacks, and also a brief look at the enigmatic Luca. I’m still not sure what her job on the ship is still – maybe fortune telling from sensor readings? None of their personalities can really hold a candle to Marika’s though – I just love how much she gets into character now, going so far as to even wearing makeup when she boards the other vessel. With looks and charm like hers, it’s no wonder Chiaki finds herself drawn towards Marika, even if she doesn’t want to admit to anything other than a craving for parfaits. Given their growing friendship, what will be interesting to find out next week is how Bentenmaru’s royal stowaway is related to the warning given by Chiaki’s pirate captain father, Kenjo, and if Chiaki will choose to tell Marika about it.