Anime Synopsis – Mouretsu Pirates

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 8:00 | Author : Ludovico
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Let’s assume for a moment that you are a crewman on a ship.  Tragically, your highly esteemed captain has just passed away.  Now, you could find a new qualified captain for your vessel, or you could promote the first officer to the captain position.  Or you could automatically hire the captain’s estranged schoolgirl daughter due to some strange concepts about genetic succession.  If you would choose either of the first two options, congrats, you don’t belong in this anime!  Unfortunately for Marika, she IS in this anime and since her space-pirate captain father has just died, she’s the only viable candidate to take over his space-pirate ship.  Granted, she’s a little miffed that nobody ever bothered to tell her about this ahead of time.

I have to admit – this concept seems like a stretch.  Going into it, I expected madcap antics, but instead found a surprisingly restrained and interesting story.  Right from the start, Marika calls the concept out as being kinda ridiculous, and with that out in the open, they’re free to move on to character development.  This is a series that believes in taking it slow, with naught a pirate ship to be seen in the beginning.  There are still amusing scenes, but the story hinges primarily on Marika being an interesting and likeable character struggling to adapt to the bizarre expectations suddenly thrust upon her.  It’s a compelling take on a silly idea, and it’s worth checking out.

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