「目指せ！海賊の巣」 (Mezase! Kaizoku no Su)
“”Head for the Pirate’s Nest”
The seas of space belong to everyone. On the surface, it may seem like an innocuous passphrase, but in light of the recent events in Mouretsu Pirates, this simple sentence takes on a whole new meaning.
Like expected, the mysterious new ship quickly drove off the pirate hunter vessel in impressive fashion, overwhelming it with a barrage of missiles and a triad of powerful beams. My favorite part of this whole scene was actually not the Parabellum’s might, but the fact that Mouretsu Pirates actually addresses why even though sound cannot travel through the vacuum of space, everyone on the Bentenmaru can still hear the cacophony from the weapons. Coorie’s explaination that the audio was simply piped into the data stream put a grin on my face as wide as the Cheshire Cat’s. After all, how many other shows set in space address this issue? Very few by my count. On the surface, this show may seem more intent focusing on cute costumes and cute girls, but it also pays attention to getting the details of space and technology right, making it a proper space opera in my book.
Unfortunately, there were no new revelations on exactly who Ironbeard is, other than that he’s a pirate hailing from the Galactic Empire itself. Maybe that’s why his ship doesn’t look like any other pirate ship that we’ve seen so far in the series, being very blocky and angled rather than the round forms of the Bentenmaru and most of the other pirate ships we’ve seen. Instead, the main reveal in this episode was the story behind the Grand Cross. At first, given the pirate hunter vessel’s name, I thought that it would be a case of a religious group hell bent on eliminating pirates in the name of their deity, but I think the real explanation of the Galactic Empire testing its newest warships makes for a more fitting story. It effectively sets the stage for the pirates to take back their most valuable treasure: the power to be in space, and the power to be yourself. I loved that Marika was able to answer the old chef’s question so earnestly and without any hesitation. She truly is a pirate for the new era.
With the exception of last week, for the most part the pirates in this series have always worked alone, which makes a lot of sense given that they don’t want to answer to anyone. With their lives and livelihood threatened by the pirate hunter vessel, I’m very much looking forward to the pirates reuniting towards a common goal, even if the original reason they came together was a little farfetched. Then again, some do say food brings people together like nothing else, and from the smile on young Marika’s face, it must have been amazing. More cooperation between pirates also means more Chiaki, even if it is a bit hard watching her being denied time and time again with her attempt to spend some quality alone time with the Bentenmaru captain.
It’ll be interesting to find out how the Bentenmaru fights its way to the pirates’ meeting – maybe the best crew around will finally show why they are worthy of that title. Even though more questions were raised in this episode than were answered, I’m thoroughly enjoying this arc thanks to all the new questions to I have to ponder like:
- Why is Ririka in a swimsuit?
- How did Gonzaemon die?
- Who’s the creepy vixen inside the Grand Cross?
- Can Luca really predict the future or read people’s minds?
- What’s up with Kane’s grin and his ahoge?