Posted by psgels on 16 June 2012 with categories: Mouretsu Pirates

So, how does Mouretsu Pirates decide to fill in its penultimate episode? Plot twists. Or should I say, character twists. This episode was full of twists about characters that went into completely different directions than what was hinted about them. So to summarize:

– Coolie is actually hot when she takes off her coat and glasses.
– The legendary chef had five sons, who all opened up their own places.
– Luca has been kidnapped and switched with an android.
– Kane has a body double with a spike of very twitchy hair.
– Ririka has been captured by that very theatrical pirate of last episode.
– Chiaki has apparently spoken some very praising words about Marika to her father.

I mean, for this show to pull all of this in one episode, let alone the penultimate. I really like their guts and it’s a great way to build up to the finale, especially considering how it has never done anything like this before. If anything, Mouretsu Pirates is a really varied series: every arc is different and yet it comes together so wonderfully.

Now, the big danger with all these plot twist is the classic “rushed ending”. Putting in too many plot threads for the final episode to actually resolve. With this, it’s clear that Mouretsu Pirates is going for a fast-paced ending, and these kinds of endings can vary greatly, from being really good to being really bad.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

9 Responses

  1. Steelman says:

    Uhm, I thought Mouretsu was 26 episodes? So next episode will be the penultimate.

  2. Alterego 9 says:

    This was just the antepenultimate episode.

  3. David A. Young says:

    I don’t think Ririka has been “captured.” I believe Ironbeard is actually Gonzaemon, her purportedly deceased husband (Marika’s father). I never did buy him dying from “food posioning.” And the two of them are getting back together long enough to cover Marika’s back in the dustup to come.

  4. WatcherZero says:

    She did seem to be manning the station on the ship and lying about her whereabouts. Remember she also recognised the stranger in the meeting a couple of episodes ago as well, likely one of his crew.

  5. Jzar says:

    Damn, it’s a good ride so far…..I am with you, I hope they pull it off.

  6. ojisan says:

    This show is great storytelling with the appearance and feel of fluff. It keeps confusing me that way –

    Yeah, Ririka totally looked like she was First Mate on that ship -

  7. Joan says:

    That masked guy is marika’s father. besides surely Kane have a twin brother. Im not sure really, it’s just a speculation

  8. Arno says:

    Yawn… I stopped watching girls-in-space a long while ago.

  9. Wolfie says:

    Well this last arc is pretty interesting considering it’s an original arc. The first 3 arcs were pretty easy to follow since it was based off the first 3 volumes of the Mini-Skirt Pirates novels and I’ve only read up to half of the 3rd novel.
    This last arc has me in suspense since I just don’t know what to expect. Director Sato seems to be pulling out all the stops though. I have some hope for episode 26.

    Makes me wonder if they actually do greenlight a second season, would they discard this last original arc and proceed with volumes 4-8? Since I haven’t gotten that far in the novels I wonder if this original arc would even fit with the rest of the story. Sato seems to want to do a second season so we can only hope for a confirmation any time soon.

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  • CapRooney
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 06:33 PM)
    Also the wasted potential of Ginoza’s character, from a detached investigator who saw the Enforcers merely as tools for administering justice, to someone whose screen time was less than Akane’s Kogami hallucinations, when his downfall to Enforcer rank could have been a lot more interesting, and maybe become a character like Masaoka.
  • CapRooney
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 06:26 PM)
    I even went and rewatched her arc in the first season to see if there were some hints that could conduct her to turn out like this, and no, seems like this Mika was just created straight out of thin air.
  • CapRooney
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 06:24 PM)
    Oh man, did Ubukata even watch Psycho Pass 1? Because there’s no other explanation on how Mika’s character came out to be. Looks like they needed a haughty character to “oppose” Akane and decided that she was the right one for the job.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 03:02 PM)
    @Bam, but the dubstep is still out of place.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 12:52 PM)
    I haven’t read the manga so I judge it on its own, and it’s been good. The animation is good when it needs to be and the quality disparity is interwoven pretty seamlessly. The Yakuza office fight scene was particularly intriguing.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 12:48 PM)
    So far there hasn’t been any persistently annoying characters and aside from the whole alien parasite thing you don’t need great suspension of disbelief, as characters and events follow the story’s own internal logic pretty closely.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 12:45 PM)
    Caught up with Parasyte, and can say so far so good. Minor plot issues and sound engineering problems in general aside it has kept a good proper pace. Characters get their point across and conflicts are resolved without dragging on forever. Shinichi’s developments generally improved his character, plus people say that this fit and confident version is closer to the manga anyways.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 08:02 AM)
    Problems lie in pandering , the whole thing coming up largely paper thin and weak script and screenplay dragging it down to a poor pace and flat dialogue that render the film although only just over 90 minutes feel like 140 minutes. But this is by far the worst thing he’s ever worked on as far as I see it. There is some moments of comic relief but its not exactly all that amusing.
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    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 08:02 AM)
    Well that’s me just finished Expelled from paradise. I will give credit where credit is due, though I do not care for the 3D CGI art and animation style when used in some anime in this film the full CG was much better done than usual even if it still looks noticeable, ugly to me.
    The action scenes when they happen are at least decently watchable enough, it’s a serviceable setup.
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    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 08:02 AM)
    I believe there is a three hour star driver compilation film and wasn’t there going to be a follow up film?

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