「初仕事!白凰海賊団」 (Hatsu Shigoto! Hakuou Kaizoku-dan)
“The Hakuoh Pirates’ First Job”
My bodacious space pirates can’t be this cute. When it comes to pirating, the Yacht Club may not be very skilled at tactical planning or careful piloting, and they might not deliver the most authentic pirate experience either, but they do bring a different flavor to the profession that is just as successful. And their style might even prove to be just as lucrative, because who doesn’t like high school girls cosplaying?
Now that they’re not stressed out trying to learn how to crew the Bentenmaru, the Yacht Club certainly is a fun bunch to be around, especially with the lack of adult supervision. After watching them get ready for their mission, carry it out, and then party afterwards, we’re finally beginning to learn the names and personalities of the club members not named Lynn or Jenny. It’s a shame it’s taken this long too, because the girls are shaping up to be a likeable and memorable group. One girl whose antics I really enjoyed was Lilly Bell because she had some great moments throughout this episode – like adding capsaicin into Chaiki’s curry, throwing a pillow at her captain’s face, and belting out an operatic solo in the middle of their pirating performance. Although it’s probably not very likely she’ll play a bigger role in the series, I wish the writers might somehow give her more screen time because I’ve taken a liking to her character. Some other Yacht Club members that I couldn’t name if my life depended on it finally had their time to shine in this episode as well. Who would have thought that two of the new members, probably some of the most demure and shy looking girls, would end up to be some of the most talented ones? I did not expect Yayoi to be so knowledgeable about dual reactor systems, and Ai is looking like her first place standing in the middle school pilot tournament wasn’t merely a fluke, and instead entirely deserved.
From the Yacht Club members’ personalities, it became clear that they wouldn’t be the same kind of pirates as the original Bentenmaru crew – but it’s not that I expected them to or even wanted them to, so I’m not complaining one bit. Although the beginning of their mission was shaky due to the girls’ inexperience (and Marika unable to rely on her usual crew), it ended up being very successful. The guests enjoyed themselves even more than usual because many of the girls are friendly, charismatic, and easily approachable. However, I think what made them truly entertaining was because the Yacht Club really knows how to put the ‘show’ in show business – cosplay outfits and everything. And for that, they have Mami to thank (or blame, depending on your perspective), whose ghastly bags underneath the eyes were the result of slaving away for a club that she’s not even in!
Mami’s dedication is just another example of the devotion that Marika is able to inspire from those around her, and it was fun to see her return the favor by placing her faith in her crew and inspiring them in their mission. Her mettle as a captain (not to mention her stamina) will be once again be put to the test as it looks like the Bentenmaru will take on Lynn’s job to try and rescue Jenny from what appears to be an arranged marriage between the children of CEOs or something. I’m definitely looking forward to see how Marika fares in another dangerous situation without any adult to go to for advice, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m actually looking forward to seeing Jenny Dolittle again more than anything else…