Moretsu Pirates 8 ~ so they turn to the pirates
February 25, 2012
Episode 8 of Bodacious Space Pirates (Mouretsu Pirates) kicks things up a notch. As many had guessed, the mysterious stowaway created some complications for the crew of the space pirate ship Bentenmaru, and gave an indication of where the plot is going (at least for the next couple of episodes — that is for this arc). We also got our first formal introduction to the Bentenmaru’s bridge crew.
First the stowaway is revealed to be Princess Gruier of the Serenity family. We also learn a couple of other things: Aristocracy is alive and well in the future, in fact the Galactic Empire is ruled by a royal family whose history runs over a hundred generations. Second, in the future, some princesses will be named after types of cheese. Also insurance companies will be named after silent film stars.
Princess Gruier came aboard the Bentenmaru to ask a favor, however she didn’t realize that the former captain, Marika’s dad, was dead. As we wonder about the sort of jobs the pirates have been taking, it is instructive to consider that the princess was confident enough that the former captain would have accepted her request that she snuck on board and demanded to speak with him.
The Princess’ request is that the Bentenmaru hunt down a ghost ship, “the wandering golden ghost ship”. Several episodes back Marika and Chiaki thought they had detected a ghost ship, and reported it to Kane. Chiaki asked Kane straight out if he had ever encountered a ghost ship himself, and he gave a response like, “It’s hard to know”. At any rate, Marika accepts the request, even though (or, perhaps, because) the royal court of the Serenity family is publicly reporting princess Gruier’s disappearance as foul play. Apparently there are different factions in the court, and someone doesn’t want the princess to find out the truth behind the ghost ship.
Having a visitor provides an opportunity for formal introductions of the bridge crew. This reveals that some of my earlier guesses were off at least a little. In particular, Luca is the navigator, I had lumped that responsibility together with Kane’s role as helmsman. Further, I had guessed that Luca was a sensor specialist, but that responsibility falls to Hyakume. Finally I had guessed that Hyakume and San-Daime shared responsibility for engineering and system maintenance in some way, but San-Daime seems to have sole responsibility.
As the episode ends, another kind of pirate mission is shown. A ship is about to enter the Sea of Morningstar’s star system, but it is a combat vessel owned by the Serenity royal family. This causes problems for the regional government: they can’t ignore the appearance of a combat vessel owned by a foreign power, but the Serenity family is technically an ally (part of the same Galactic Empire). The Sea of Morningstar’s government doesn’t want to send one of their own military craft, but they do want to investigate, “so they turn to the pirates”.
This is a very plausible use of the privateers, and indicates that there are many other types of jobs beyond the “adventure travel theater” jobs they have been picking up from Harold Lloyd Insurance Union.
Princess Gruier has requested documents pertaining to the Golden Ghost Ship, so the Serenity combat vessel isn’t a surprise. As the Bentenmaru arrives to rendezvous with it, however, they find that it has been under attack, and the attacking vessels appear to be additional military craft from the Serenity royal family’s fleet. The episode ends before the situation is fully clarified, but it appears that someone in the court knows that the princess requested the documents related to the Golden Ghost Ship, and are willing to take extreme measures to stop her from solving the mystery.
The preview indicates that next week will see the return of some old friends!