Hey everyone, here’s a somewhat proper post. Since I’ve been doing mainly Scribbles lately, these have really been pushed behind. After my project is done this week, I’m hoping to do at least 1 proper post every week (or so), so thanks for sticking with us. I’ll try to keep these posts away from anime, as I know readers of this blog tend to visit for the other topics as well.

I haven’t done an Afterword in awhile and I just finished this little wonderful series recently, so I’ll have a go at it. As per tradition from wiki,

In the far future where space travel has become the norm, Marika Kato is a high school girl living a rather ordinary life as a member of the space yacht club and a part-time job at a high-class retro café. One day, Marika learns of her recently deceased father, Gonzaemon, who is revealed to have been a Space Pirate who performed legal acts of piracy under the letter of marque. In order for her father’s ship, the Bentenmaru, to continue legal operation, Marika, Gonzaemon’s direct descendant, is chosen to become the ship’s new captain, thus beginning her life as a Space Pirate.

Despite such an ominous title as “Bodacious Space Pirates,” this anime is far from the miniskirt-zero gravity fantasy most males are probably imagining. The main character, Katou Marika, finds herself with the sudden option to take on the position of being a space pirate captain due to the death of the previous captain, her father. Prior to knowing her father was such a person, she was a normal high school girl in the Yacht Club. But Marika is more than she appears and is actually quite talented as well as endearing and fun, the opposite of the degrading manner the title would suggest. This is actually an anime adaption of a light novel titled, “Miniskirt Pirates” that’s on its 8th volume as of this writing.

The anime also has a slightly, heavier than normal, technical aspect to it. Space combat isn’t all guns blazing as most sci-fi series would have us believe, there is also an underlining digital aspect to it as well. That aspect, Cyber Warfare, plays an important part in the series and the show slowly works us into the setting by explaining this and other terms throughout the early episodes. Granted this is rewarding in the overall picture, it tends to push the majority of audiences away from it in the beginning.

While half the fun is the setting, the other half is in the series’ main character, Katou Marika. Watching her growth from a somewhat normal high-schooler into a pirate captain is what the series is really about. Sure there’s an underlining plot her involving the Galactic Empire and the future of space piracy, but the story is all Marikas.  Most of the characters are very off and have interesting personality. The quality of writing is strong when it comes to storytelling itself, at least to an extent. Episodes of Mouretsu Pirates could easily be divided into two mainly different types, the adventuring and the slice-of-life. Mouretsu is at its finest during the adventuring arcs, some of them handle interesting themes and show worlds and scenarios that display high levels of creative power. Most of these arcs are paced and developed really well, gaining momentum and naturally evolving into something more and more interesting. But all of a sudden, the arc just ends. They tend to get concluded in far too silly and implausable ways that frustrate you at first, but as you begin to understand Marika and how she “captains” then you truly appreciate that they are done in “her” style. Once past minor “issue” the story arcs become easier to watch and fulfilling as a result.

True to its lighthearted feel, the color scheme of Mouretsu Pirates is rather vibrant and character designs fun. Everyone has a smile on their face more often than not, the choice of clothing is flamboyant or cute, hair colors and styles are rich in variety and the vast, blue sky brightens the atmosphere. The characters also have clearly defined facial structure that makes them their own. All of this combines to create a fun atmosphere when watching the show.

Speaking of character designs, Coorie, the ship’s cyber warfare specialist, as well as many other crew members, begin to show much more interesting shifts nearing the end of the series. This is particularly disappointing and can be considered another of the show’s flaws. By the time the creators made us really care about more of the side characters, there wasn’t anytime left to give their back-stories or delve more into them.

Mouretsu Pirates never really ended up trying out the world of seriously dramatic space opera, but it executed its own carefree brand of space adventures really well and Mouretsu Pirates a really immersive and fun anime if you can get past the early world-setting episodes. If space adventures with an emphasis on protagonist character development sound like your cup of tea, I recommend starting this one with an open mind and hoping for the best. In the best case you might find that although Marika’s adventures are almost all roses, sometimes uneventful and happen on the most harmless sides of space piracy imaginable, in the end that doesn’t make them any less invaluable. Mouretsu Pirates is far from being the perfect title, it is a series that brings a much needed light-hearted take to the sci-fi genre and one that never ceases to put a smile on my face.

4.25/5 (85%)