Posted by psgels on 12 May 2012 with categories: Mouretsu Pirates

Yeah, this was without a doubt the best episode inbetween the major arcs for Mouretsu Pirates yet. I’m not sure why, but there is something inherently enjoyable about just watching Marika do random but necessary chores like cleaning, moving stuff and simple maintenance while the rest of the crew still is locked away in that bloody hospital. This is the kind of slice of life that I really enjoy. Mariko being tired also was really well acted.

And yet at the same time this show uses these really weird coincidences to keep its cat together. This time the plot device it used was Marika’s ring, of all things. Marika lost it, Gruiviere picked it up and that gave the members of the yacht club an excuse to meet the crew of the Bentenmaru. At first this seemed really weird, but then again we know this series by now. There is no way that the creators are not going to use that in the final arc. The final arc will really be a smörgåsbord of different characters.

Overall, I am very happy with how Mouretsu Pirates ended up handling its huge cast. I personally really like series where the amount of important characters can’t be counted on all your hands and toes, provided that it’s well done. With this series, the only characters who I just get mixed up are some of the members of the yacht club, and even they get more defined as individual characters with every episode since we headed into the second half of this series. The key here is good acting. It’s not like all of these people are well developed, but it still feels you know these people. Well done, Mouretsu.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. xyshtoph says:

    Big cast is alwyas a tricky trait for a show. I would probably rate the way they handle this matter a bit higher had I not already watched thrice the absolute leader in social behaviour reconstruction, the Infinite Ryvius.

  2. Oroboros says:

    I would rank this much higher had it more action and less cute episodes of the Yacht Club outwitting successful businessmen and ambushing Hitler-lite wanna-bes.

  3. Jzar says:

    Quite amazing to handle so many so seamlessly. You forget how many there are since they all are fitted into the story so well. Just delightful.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:28 AM)
    @K-Off Tough call. Eastwood has persisted longer but Wayne was arguably more influential. But it’s hard to put anyone up against either of these guys. Steve McQueen maybe? Or perhaps Henry Fonda? There are probably a lot of more modern people you could put in there, but it’s harder to make a case for their influence.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:26 AM)
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:22 AM)
    @ninja They both were cultural icons, so I wonder who’d win. Clint Eastwood is certainly more popular today, but John Wayne’s films affected an entire generation of men going off to war. WW2, and all the way to Vietnam.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:16 AM)
    One of my favorite really old movies might be M by Fritz Lang.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:13 AM)
    @K-Off That comment is just begging for a John Wayne vs Clint Eastwood debate. Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKJAhXSaYtU
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:13 AM)
    @Emma The Searchers or the Grapes of Wrath, they’re his most famous movies. Afterwards, you could try Stagecoach, it’s from 1939 and is one of the most iconic films from the early 20th century.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:08 AM)
    @K-off: Now heres the thing, where do I start with Ford’s films? Which are the best ones to watch?
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:58 AM)
    Normally that wouldn’t be so strange, but Wayne was the epitome of the forceful military character (even though he never even fucking went to the Army) and Ford fought in WW2.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:55 AM)
    I love comparing the two, because Wayne was a conservative while Ford was a progressive. Yet they lived and filmed in the same era.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:53 AM)
    Some would probably call love hina and ai yori aoshi but I never really enjoyed much of either, the prior even back in the day when manga first caught on in the west.

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