So it looks like I’ll be blogging Moretsu Pirates, Another, and Inu x Boku SS (assuming the second episodes are good) in addition to Last Exile, Mirai Nikki and Guilty Crown.
This show hasn’t been all that bodacious yet, but I think this is because it’s just getting started. Instead of going all in for the first episode, they’ve taken the time to build up the characters and setting. And I think this is going to pay off once we get to the pirating.
I liked the scene with the guns a lot. This made it hit home for Marika that her mother was indeed a pirate. It also made two big things hit home for the viewer: that the mother was a space pirate, and that Marika is not a space pirate. Marika’s first reaction on seeing the guns is to ask why her mother hasn’t been arrested yet.
But perhaps more importantly, this trip to the ruins of space shows how close the family is. Marika’s mother is not exactly normal, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t care. She’s trying to be a mother in the best way she knows how: by preparing her daughter to be a pirate captain. And this trip was certainly a bonding experience. Despite not knowing her mother’s past, Marika is still close to her.
As someone who works with computers, I tend to dislike segments of anime involving computers. Why? Because they never know what they’re talking about. My annoyance increases as the show’s setting approaches reality. Stellvia was awesome because it had no basis in reality. Steins; Gate was pretty realistic, so I couldn’t stand it when it spouted nonsense (using blackholes to compress petabytes into a few bytes? No.).
How did Moretsu Pirates’ attempt at electronic warfare fare?
I liked it. The presentation isn’t too unrealistic. It’s not exactly realistic either, but the show is set far in the future, so I don’t find it completely absurd like Stellvia. But the main reason I don’t mind the electronic warfare segment is that the characters don’t know anything about electronic warfare!
This is like a preemptive declaration to ease my concerns: “We don’t know what we’re talking about, so don’t sweat the small stuff!” And I obeyed.
Plus, I thought it was hilarious how Marika decided to fight an electronic war by herself without knowing anything about it. Grade A captain material, this one. And I have to wonder, could the creators be poking fun at the recent public pants pissing about electronic “warfare” with China? The fact that they used the term “electronic warfare” rather than the more common “hacking” suggests to me that this isn’t accidental.
This show’s managed to avoid exposition dumps entirely, aside from the opening segments’ history lessons. But the world is slowly coming to life through the details encountered in the course of the story. Here’s a few things that were mention in passing this episode that should become more important as we go.
- The three groups following Marika at the cafe were mentioned. The police, the Stellar Military ops, and the space mafia. Why exactly were they following her? I’m guessing that the pirates will have some run ins with each of these groups.
- The mother mentioned that the police looked the other way with her weapons cache. Is this because they couldn’t find it, or out of plain laziness, corruption, or some sort of understanding they’ve come to with the pirates?
- They mentioned the seven original pirate ships. I’m guessing we’ll be seeing more of them.
- The school owns a pirate ship. I want to go to this school! I’m guessing they have connections with the pirates, especially considering how easily the man from the pirate ship became a teacher.
The creators have also been doing well at developing the cast. From the OP, it looks like there’s going to be an enormous number of characters. The classmates are just starting to fall onto our radar screen. I like them so far.
It looks like things should become more bodacious in the next episode when the crew sets sail on their maiden voyage.