Moretsu Pirates 16 ~ did you forget that we’re pirates?
April 21, 2012
Episode 16 of Mouretsu Pirates (Bodacious Space Pirates) continues the pattern established in this series. The earlier episodes built up to this episode in which the Yacht club fills in for the hospitalized crew of the pirate ship Bentenmaru, but when the job is over, an emergency dealing with a possible traitor in their midst, and a kidnapping are exposed.
The first half of the episode was basically about transitioning the girls from the mindset of a fun Yacht club outing to the serious matter of pirating — with limited success. I really appreciated Chiaki’s serious nature in these scenes, probably because I see a bit of myself in her. I’ve been at work parties and had people berate me for “talking shop” when everyone else wants to lighten up. Even during the work day I can see that some people don’t necessarily want to have a conversation with me, because I would rather push ahead on some problem than chat about trivialities. Chiaki wants to do a good job. She does care about other people in her own way, but she shows it by taking things seriously. When she tells Marika that the bed assignments for the crew still need to be drawn up, she gets “thanked” by having her food spiked with super-hot pepper.
This show’s non-traditional concept of pirate really comes into play here. Despite some bumps, the Yacht club manages of pull off an “attack” on the Princess Apricot. It probably was best that the regular crew couldn’t watch what happened. I also fear they will have to put up with some embarrassing stories being told about the Bentenmaru’s new branding.
Occasionally during this episode they dropped hints that something is going on with Lynn. Could Lynn possibly be a spy? Is she working for a rival pirate gang? Marika doesn’t want to think ill of her friend, but when Grunhilde comes forth with her suspicions, the captain is forced to act. She sits Lynn down with her trusted advisors (Chiaki, Gruier, and Grunhilde), and then asks her what is going on. Lynn’s response sets up the climax of this arc. She asks that the Bentenmaru kidnap Jenny Doolittle, the previous president of the Hakuhou Girls Academy Yacht club.
It’s kind of funny how clear it is that this series was adapted from novels. Each arc builds gradually for three episodes as the characters are put into place for the climax, which is spread over two episodes. This has then been followed by an episode that was basically an epilogue. If this six episode structure holds, the next two episodes are the climax of the third arc.
Bonus Service (Luca)