Posted by psgels on 21 May 2012 with categories: Mouretsu Pirates

So, there will be a race on dinghies (special types of spaceships), Marika’s school has been some sort of demon in the past for this race, and Marika will be in danger from her competing pirate colleagues as soon as she graduates high school. These will be the three main ingredients for the finale of Mouretsu Pirates. This episode did all of the preparation work, all that’s left now is to mix them, put them in the oven and let’s see whether the result works.

With this, it also becomes clear that the creators are putting one of the main roles in the hands of that one girl with the short brown hair, I believe her name was Ai. I already found it a bit strange how much airtime she was given, but this explains it: she will be the star of the “race” part of the finale, while Marika and the others work behind the scenes in order to focus on the other two. Yes, this means that the main character actually does not stand in the spotlights. That’s not something you see often.

And then this episode also spent some time on some weird training techniques. The windsurf race in particular was a bit weird, as driving those things… I don’t think that that’s quite the same as piloting a vehicle that looks like it. But then again: this is school and this is supposed to focus on being fun, not trying to squeeze out the biggest winning chances. Kane in any case was having a great time.
Rating: *+ (Great)

4 Responses

  1. David A. Young says:

    The Guys in Suits made some comment about vying for the influence of the pirates, so I don’t think they’re members of that club. My impression is that they’re representatives of the various power groups (government, organized crime, etc.) who routinely USE the pirates for stuff they can’t own up to.

    I think they’ve been building up Ai as about the cutest thing you can imagine for a very specific reason: from next week’s previews, it looks like the bad guys are going to be shooting at her yacht with intent to commit great bodily harm — which is going to make Marika really, really, REALLY mad.

  2. WatcherZero says:

    The ‘Dinghies’ are atmospheric craft without engines, essentially high altitude gliders, windsurfing was perfect training for it as you feel the wind and use it while keeping control of the craft. In particular if you noticed in the trainer the pedals and two sticks control the dinghies wings and tail fin like a plane.

    Yes the suits were the factions weve seen before, whats more interesting is why they were worried about the stranger at the bar and why her mother recognised him. Im guessing some sort of rebel leader.

  3. David A. Young says:

    I’m thinking the stranger at the bar was Marika’s dad (Ririka’s husband). I never did buy the “food poisoning thing.” That was too bizarre. As to why the facade…no idea, other than that it was necessary for him to lay low for some reason. Perhaps he’s trying to smoke out certain individuals. Or perhaps I’m totally wrong. Naaaahhhhhh!!!

  4. RABUJOI says:

    It’s nice for the main character to step back, but with only six episodes left, one hopes that this dinghy race will conclude in episode 21, allowing for one last hurrah that focuses on Marika. Frankly, Ai isn’t that interesting a character (read: yet), though she has proven herself a most able helmsman. We just can’t get on board with that stupid hat of hers. :P

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Aug 31. 2015 06:36 AM)
    Btw did anyone like the Captain Harlock movie? I forget if we discussed it or not.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:30 PM)
    I get to cheat and say those Rodriguez films are westerns =)
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:20 PM)
    What I can’t forgive Genesis for though is kiddifying terminator.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:18 PM)
    @Bam: Though I think Cameron may have gone mad after 1997.
    Ah-ha, but Miller is a true Aussie, they live through volcanic, Venus/Mercury summers there. =P
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:16 PM)
    @Bam: No, no avatar, my Alita movie, done right, done now. =P
    Terminator 3 and salvation were very very mediocre. T3 is fun to laugh at at least, salvation wasn’t very good but it did show the whole dark future schtick.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:52 PM)
    I’ll torrent it later just to see how they attempted to make sense of this fucked up chronology.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:51 PM)
    I haven’t seen Terminator Genisys, since I refuse to drop a penny on what is clearly a monument to artistic compromise. How Cameron lets these idiots desecrate his legacy for the money he doesn’t even need is beyond me. He should get his head out of his ass and either finish that 7 years-in-the-making Avatar 2 and make a good Terminator and set it right, or just live and let it die.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:38 PM)
    I also wanted to see a bit more of Max’s character, but I think Hardy did good with the little he had to do. I mean he spent the first act of the movie tied to a pole with a muzzle on his face. Guess we have to wait till the sequel. It’s crazy to have this 70+ years old man directing movies in the dry extreme heat of the desert. Mad props to Miller for keeping it real.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:35 PM)
    @Kaiser: see you updated the list. I’ve unfortunately have only seen Fury Road and what We Do in the Shadows from your 2015 lineup; I also liked both.
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    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:32 PM)
    @Kaiser: pretty comprehensive list, just add High Noon, The Wild Bunch (another Kurosawa rip-off but done well), Once Upon a Time in the West, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and that Brad Pitt Jesse James movie and you pretty much have the important Westerns covered.

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