Chiaki is the captain now! Yes!
Why can’t we have more of Chiaki?
Actually, why can’t we have more of anyone but the nurse?
Seriously, go f*** yourself.
I really want to like this episode. Things actually happened. They flew through hyperspace, entered a battle, and chased after a ghost ship!
Yet somehow, it still isn’t clicking for me. It just seems fake. No one treats their journey seriously, and they can always just take a time out. During the journey through the rocky area, in the bridge alarms are sounding, and everyone’s acting like they could die at any moment. Yet they kick Marika out, and she goes to sleep in her room which is perfectly silent and peaceful.
That’s part of the show’s charm, I suppose: it focuses on the practical aspects of piracy, such as child labor laws. But you’re pirates, with a ship that could explode or enter battle at any second, and no one even knows that your captain is on board, but you’re still worried about limiting her working hours to eight per day? This doesn’t seem like the time to worry about such things. There’s no sense of urgency. *Disclaimer*: Child labor laws are a hallmark of modern civilization and I fully support them.
They act like pirates. And there’s the rub. They aren’t pirates. They’re fakes. And the problem isn’t really that they’re fake pirates, it’s that they’re fake fake pirates. They aren’t really fake pirates. If they were, how could they be so detached from their own struggles? Marika isn’t even dedicated enough to becoming a pirate to drop out of school. She isn’t dedicated enough to school to not be a pirate. And she isn’t dedicated enough to either to quit her part time job. The same problem holds for most of the characters. They feel like detached, third party observers to their own lives.
One final though, what are these guys talking about? Half of the Bentenmaru’s crew is female. Unless they’re talking about captains? I didn’t think Ririka was the captain though.