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, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:46 AM)
    UBW 20 felt like another rendition of Eva 26 (Take care of yourself), complete with character analysis, battle with one’s Jungian Shadow, and loosely Buddhist ideas of self-actualization. It even featured the repetitive monologue shots that fade to black (with “I saw Hell” instead of Rei’s “Sky. Red, red sky”). It never went as far as Eva with “which way is up?” type of Soliloquy, but that’s probably a good thing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.

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