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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