Moretsu Pirates 12 ~ I think what you are all expecting is not to be found aboard this ship
March 25, 2012
Episode 12 of Mouretsu Pirates (AKA Bodacious Space Pirates) gives us the exploration of the Golden Ghost Ship, so beware! Spoilers be ahead! In short, B-Pirates managed to avoid delivering the obvious storyline once again.
I love these kind of settings where people live on the inside of a spinning tube. As you can see from the image above, the ship is huge, and hi-rise buildings are on every side. Normally the ships walls would be spinning to generate artificial gravity, but they weren’t spinning when the pirate crew boarded, so they had to use gear designed for zero-G movement.
Marika, knowing that the Serenity defense forces have also boarded the colony ship, decides to head straight for the “treasure”, instead of bothering with the engines or the bridge.
This show really knows how to subvert my expectations. I was pretty sure at one point that there was some ancestor of the Serenity royal family in the “cold sleep” facility. As it turns out, the sleep chambers are filled with animals as a “back-up” to livestock that was brought on the colony ship to populate the new planet of Serenity.
The real “treasure” turns out to be the Rose Spring, an artificial womb, where the first king of the Serenity royal family was born.
The big surprise is that the rebel within the palace is Gruier! I had been prepared to believe that Grunhilde was being manipulated by (or possibly was the leader of) a faction that wanted to usurp the throne, and that Gruier needed something (or someone) on the ship to take her rightful place as ruler of the Serenity star system. In fact, Gruier’s goal all along has been to DESTROY the royal family! She believes the people of Serenity can live without the royals, and she wants to destroy the Rose Spring, which is both a powerful symbol of the importance of the royal family, and a mechanism for ensuring continuity in their bloodline. (It is possible, though it is not stated outright, that the Serenity tradition is to pass rulership to male heirs, and that only female descendants of the Serenity bloodline are left, thus precipitating a crisis of succession).
This was a great reversal for Grunhilde’s character. In retrospect she had a pretty good reason to be angry at Gruier for contracting with pirates to destroy the Ghost Ship. At least from her perspective, she is maintaining the traditions of her family and her people. Gruier is threatening chaos, or at the least is being disrespectful to the history of Serenity’s people and her ancestors.
In the end, it turns out that Marika’s dismissal of Griuer from the bridge was even more important than it initially appeared. Though the artificial womb is spent, it has produced one more member of the royal lineage. The pirates and the Serenity defense forces work together to bring the original Queen Serendipity out of sub-space (as Coorie says, “making quantum probability theory and multi-d universe theory work within the same space-time string is very difficult,”) and back to the Serenity star system, where the royal sisters make an announcement to their people.
I’m a little confused as to where we stand. I have seen many reports that next week is the final episode, but some reports say that the show is going to continue for another course. If this show only has 13 episodes, the next one seems to be an epilogue with life returning to normal. Personally I hope we get an additional 13 episodes, as the writing for this show is very unusual, and has defied my expectations repeatedly. Also, the show seems to have just hit its stride. The characters are now in place, and there certainly are more adventures ahead for Captain Marika and her crew.