April 28, 2012

Mouretsu Pirates -- ep 17

If you thought waiting for this episode was hard, then waiting for the next one is going to be agony.

 


 

Sato didn't quite scrub all the romance out of the story. Lynn and Jenny went into a clench as soon as they were reunited, to the sound of squee from the other girls.

Apparently gay marriage is legal in this enlightened age. Marika asked Lynn if they were going to elope.

I had thought we were going to see Bentenmaru raid the ship Lynn was on. But it didn't go like that. Jenny stole a single-seat ship and flew it to the Bentenmaru, and it was winched on board. Seems to be something pretty hot, new, fast, awesome. And she's giving it and its title to Marika as part of payment for this job.

It's a rather ugly situation at Hugh and Dolittle, and Jenny's uncle is behind this all. Seems Jenny is in line of succession to control the corporation. Jenny's uncle wants his son to get it, so he tried to marry Jenny off to a politician. Jenny doesn't want that.

Jenny seems to have started her own company, which may end up in competition with Hugh and Dolittle eventually, so that's another reason. Uncle is a bastard, and Marika is going to push his nose in.

Uncle called Show at the insurance company and told him that if he didn't call off the Bentenmaru, Hugh and Dolittle would stop doing business with them. Show called Marika, and we got an interesting scene where she eventually convinced him to support Bentenmaru instead, with the obvious possibility that Jenny might do business with him out of gratitude. Jenny's company is already a rising star (because Jenny is a savvy business woman) and the fee she offered Bentenmaru (which Show gets a percentage of) was really immense, albeit a bit speculative.

So at the very end, the Hugh and Dolittle fleet (which rivals the Serenity fleet we saw before in size and firepower) found Bentenmaru -- apparently because Marika wanted them to. She's got something in mind. She talked about "taking him out". It's going to be interesting to see what she's thinking.

She looks confident. She's got a little smile on her face. That's probably bad news for Uncle. She's got a plan. And I suspect we're going to find out whether Schnitzer did a good job writing a manual for the weapon systems, because I think Bentenmaru may be doing some shooting.

I'm beginning to wonder about series layout. We've got at least two more episodes in this story, and probably more. I'm not sure I believe this can be stretched out to the end of the series, though. And there just won't be enough time left for the book 4-5-6 arc. Not even close.

This series needs a slam-bang ending. What does Sato have in mind? At this point it seems like it will be anime-original. But what will it be?

My guess? Ririka's new job. That's the last story arc. I bet Ririka rejoins the crew of Bentenmaru. And the last scene of the last episode? Captain Marika and Blaster Ririka making a raid together, and both of them firing their weapons, and saying "It's time for some piracy!"

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 09:53 AM | Comments (45) | Add Comment
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1 About Chiaki:

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 10:15 AM (+rSRq)

2 On Chiaki:



On the anime:


Posted by: sqa at April 28, 2012 11:43 AM (9gBG3)

3 ANN stopped reporting Japanese BD sales, so I have no way to know how well this series is perceived as doing in Japan. I guess we can only hope.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 11:46 AM (+rSRq)

4 I think Marika originally planned...

Posted by: Siergen at April 28, 2012 12:47 PM (3/gGt)

5 On how this storyline likely resolves:



Animesuki's thread has the first volume, first week sales at 4.6k.  Which is super, but it could be a lot worse.  Hard to say if they'll get a second series, though.

Posted by: sqa at April 28, 2012 01:23 PM (9gBG3)

6

Marika's deepest trump card is

One thing I'm looking forward to next time is Chiaki wearing a miko costume and carrying a blaster.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 01:49 PM (+rSRq)

7

One thing Marika has up her sleeve is

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 02:09 PM (+rSRq)

8 On Next episode:


Posted by: sqa at April 28, 2012 02:16 PM (9gBG3)

9

Posted by: Siergen at April 28, 2012 03:02 PM (3/gGt)

10

I didn't notice a camera. That is indeed interesting. That would certainly explain a lot. If that's the plan, it's brilliant.

Meanwhile, the refrigerator asks

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 03:14 PM (+rSRq)

11 The refrigerator answers: 

Posted by: Siergen at April 28, 2012 03:33 PM (3/gGt)

12 Siergen, I don't buy that.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 03:43 PM (+rSRq)

13

Posted by: Siergen at April 28, 2012 03:50 PM (3/gGt)

14 It looks like Marika's battle plan is

Miko with a blaster... now that's different.

Posted by: ubu at April 28, 2012 04:46 PM (GfCSm)

15

Ubu, you might be right. But ]

Is it next Saturday yet?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 05:34 PM (+rSRq)

16 I think Ubu's on to something. 

Posted by: Siergen at April 28, 2012 05:52 PM (3/gGt)

17 A couple of random comments: 

Posted by: Dave Young at April 28, 2012 06:16 PM (ZAk0Z)

18 I'm really hoping we'll get an explanation on:

Posted by: David at April 28, 2012 06:58 PM (Kn54v)

19 Empire rule

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 06:58 PM (+rSRq)

20 David:

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 28, 2012 06:59 PM (+rSRq)

21 On Jenny's escapades:



On the Ships:



On Episode 18:



On Armor:


Posted by: sqa at April 28, 2012 09:35 PM (9gBG3)

22

Oh! Took me a minute to figure out what David did wrong..spoiler needs to be singular.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at April 29, 2012 12:42 AM (EJaOX)

23

Posted by: David at April 29, 2012 08:53 AM (Kn54v)

24 Well, technically,

Posted by: ubu at April 29, 2012 10:59 AM (GfCSm)

25 I think it's pretty clear that Jenny

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 29, 2012 11:27 AM (+rSRq)

26 Finale possibility:

-j

Posted by: J Greely at April 29, 2012 11:58 AM (2XtN5)

27 Re: Silent Whisper--

Posted by: ubu at April 29, 2012 12:42 PM (GfCSm)

28 Re: Chiaki:

Posted by: Mauser at April 29, 2012 12:52 PM (cZPoz)

29 Mauser, regarding Chiaki:

Posted by: Dave Young at April 29, 2012 02:39 PM (ZAk0Z)

30 Silent whisper:

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 29, 2012 02:39 PM (+rSRq)

31 On Chiaki's statements:



Posted by: sqa at April 29, 2012 03:48 PM (9gBG3)

32 We've got over thirty comments discussing the military strategy and legal tactics of a group of school girls who are moonlighting as space pirates.  I have no idea why some people say that anime fans are "wierd"...

Posted by: Siergen at April 29, 2012 04:36 PM (3/gGt)

33 Well, ever seen a forum discussion on Vampires Twinkling among Twilight fans?  If you think we're weird... haha

Posted by: sqa at April 29, 2012 05:44 PM (9gBG3)

34 As long as we're having fun, who cares?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 29, 2012 06:11 PM (+rSRq)

35 And as long as the catgirls keep breeding faster than logic can snuff them out....

Posted by: Mauser at April 29, 2012 09:42 PM (cZPoz)

36 We're improving the breed. Only the cleverest, fastest catgirls will survive, and in a few generations mere logic will no longer be enough to kill them.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at April 30, 2012 11:22 AM (fpXGN)

37

Cleverest?  Fastest?

We're totally selecting for the wrong traits, here...

Posted by: Mikeski at April 30, 2012 01:00 PM (1bPWv)

38  /images/05094.jpg

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 30, 2012 02:46 PM (+rSRq)

39 Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. They mature quickly, have very long lifespans, can survive any assault on plausibility, and yet remain remarkably gullible about Earth culture. (and will be available on Blu-ray in the US in 15 days,)

-j

Posted by: J Greely at April 30, 2012 03:37 PM (fpXGN)

40 RACS says they've got it in stock as of today. Looks like I need to put in another guilt buy.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 30, 2012 04:45 PM (+rSRq)

41

So I just ordered that, plus the Sacred Blacksmith BD, plus the Infinite Stratos BDs.

Not that I really need any of them; they're guilt buys and encouragement purchases.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 30, 2012 04:51 PM (+rSRq)

42 I'm a bit stuck with U.S. media releases. I suppose I could pick Infinite Stratos, thanks for the reminder. I do not feel strongly about it though. My last two buys were Oh Edo Rocket and Wings of Honneamise, which I felt were a must-buy. Anything else I saw reasonably recently is not available.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 30, 2012 05:38 PM (5OBKC)

43
RACS says they've got it in stock as of today. Looks like I need to put in another guilt buy.
For a second I thought that you meant that Mouretsu Pirates was in stock.  Now I have to put my credit card back in my wallet (after it cools down) and wait for Saturday...patiently...waiting...

Posted by: Siergen at April 30, 2012 05:44 PM (3/gGt)

44

13 BDs for Mouretsu pirates, released once per month in Japan, about, and the second one was released a few days ago. It'll be next year before they're all out.

Sentai has licensed it for North America. I wonder when they'll be permitted to do their release?

Anyway, folks, RACS has "Cat Planet Cuties" (aka Asobi ni Iku Yo) in stock as of today.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 30, 2012 06:00 PM (+rSRq)

45 And I'm going to close this now.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 30, 2012 06:01 PM (+rSRq)

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