Moretsu Space Pirates – 03: Space Pirate Cadets

Alright...so who has been looking at illicit material when Marika was away?

Well it is another universe building episode for Space Pirates and at this point it seems clear that the staff really wants us to buy into how ships will be handled in this series. It was rather lengthy when they tried to explain the intricacies and reasoning behind electronic warfare I just hope that they will apply it consistently and by the look of things they will. It was kind of confusing though since things moved very fast and we had an unreliable narrator in Chiaki who seemed overwhelmed by her own lack of understanding of what precisely was going on with the Odette II’s EW system. My guess is though that since the Odette II was a military ship that the previous owners didn’t remove all systems when they sold the ship. It makes some sense as the ship armor was left intact as the weapons were removed in case they would have to re-commission the ship if the need was dire.

Still it could also be that Stellar Special Operations/Morningstar Military Intelligence wanted to minimize the possibility that any hostile foe would be unable to take out Marika while she was on her training cruise, not to mention keep the other students save and minimize if not eliminate the possibility of collateral damage due to Marika being the heir apparent to a Letter of Marque. Still there is also the issue of a nebulous non-aggression pact between unknown factions and I would have liked to see them spend more time fleshing out the other factions that have taken an interest in the comings and goings of Marika’s life.

I am growing a little impatient with the lack of a capital ship duel and even though I understand they are really intent on establishing that Marika is going to be a real captain I hope they give us a few more glimpses of combat soon. As for the Yacht Club’s summer cruise I did like it to an extent as they treated it like the kind of training cruises that naval cadets would take on baroques. While the Odette II is not the latest and greatest there is still something to be said for learning the basics of seamanship (or rather spacemanship). There is a bit of romanticism at work here when the Yacht Club has trouble rigging up their solar sails as it is a throwback to the age of sail. I also enjoyed how they showed how beautiful space can be. If you live in a city you will see a the bare minimum when it comes to the night sky, go further out away from major cities and you start seeing how many stars there are. There is something inherently grand when Marika sees the beauty of the Sea of Morningstar and it is a reminder of just how vast space is.

While we got nothing in terms of violence we did get our first instance of fanservice which was at the very least minimally intrusive if a bit pointless. Still I like how Kane wasn’t reacting lecherously and was rather disappointed that one of his fellow crewmen decided to have more colorful space suits. As much as I want to see Kane start doing capital ship maneuvers I am glad that he is trying to function as a teacher as well. So far he hasn’t behaved reprehensibly and I was amused that he actually took grading his students seriously. I am also curious as to how much adoration Misa is going to cultivate with the rest of the school as her fans are quite excited to see her when they muster up for their training cruise.

I am glad that at this point everyone from Chiaki to Ririka are asking about Marika’s decision, Ririka doesn’t want to push the issue while Chiaki is more than certain that Marika has made the decision. As much as I like that Marika has decided to give it some thought I hope she does make the decision soon and with resolve. Hopefully next week we will have some action to celebrate. If not then at least we can celebrate Marika crying Chiaki-chan to bring on the yuri fun, real or imagined… If nothing else the staff at least has some grasp of what systems could possibly support life as we know it given how they chose Tau Ceti as the system star.

Well you two were doing this and that together...come to think of it why don't you two make it true that you were doing this and that?

I see we are in for a season Great Teacher McDougal.

Yeah this is unfortunate even if they were loaded for bear they tipped well and were really well behaved.

Marika should just use a dragon shout to summon a horde of enforcers.

I see that Chiaki's fanbase is increasing.

Awwww...but Marika's isn't going to stop and neither will anyone else.

You really shouldn't make that parfait your best friend.

I hope that when tablets remove the need for printed text books that the costs go down.

Clearly Misa had the right idea, better to be the nurse than the teacher...

I see the Misa magic is most enchanting.

Full SPEED AHEAD.

We need to have a cosplay party where Chiaki-chan is a mecha-musume.

Uh oh Vajra attack inbound?

Good to see that they weren't so eager to run their ship into the ground.

Living the dream or is this now a waking nightmare McDougal?

I am all for customized space suits but can we get some that are at least you know more fitting for pirates...

Your going to have to change the lock codes...

Let's hope that he doesn't start stealing pantsu.

I am surprised they are bothering with this level of minutiae but I like that they are detail oriented.

There would be no adventure without hardship and already something got jammed.

Space is so much more beautiful without Zekes polluting it.

Smooth just putting Marika in charge of all Freshman with but a word.

Perhaps but now that the sails are up let's go visit them all.

 

A Message From Your XO, EO – The Wonder of Space Travel

People that have said this show is boring so far are missing the point. I’ve heard it more than once in people’s Twitter reactions, but these first three episodes have done a lot to try and fill the viewer with the sense of wonder at the concept of space travel. The show is going to great lengths to make it sink in that, WOAH, IMAGINE BEING IN MOTHERFRACKING SPACE! The attention to detail is an important part of this, but also good use of anticipation, music, and camera angles to really convey that sense that ‘woah’ factor. Checking the space suits and all their systems conveyed how important it is, and was almost like a ritual. The scene takes them from the locker room where things are still silly and normal, through a process of preparation and checks, and then to the airlock where the gate to space opens and they’re taken to another world, in a sense. It’s intense, just in a more sublime way than straight-up action would be (which I’m sure we’ll have some of before long.) The first two episodes were a bit more indirect, mostly trying to establish the world and Marika’s inheritance, so now we’re getting to the romantic part of living in the future. And I don’t mean romantic in the yuri sense (more on that in a moment.) It’s hard to put into words exactly, but it hits you with a heavy force when it directly appeals to your sense of imagination. It’s a simple emotion on one hand, like looking up at the night sky or the skeleton of a dinosaur when you were a little kid, but it’s also profound in a way that engages your adult mind’s ability to try and comprehend the infinite nature of the universe but still get overwhelmed. I don’t think I’ve seen or read something that really put together a picture of how amazing space travel is since I read Planetes several years ago.

Just because you’re out there in the infinite vastness of space doesn’t mean you can’t have some lighthearted fun while doing so too.

The episode also had it’s lighthearted side, with hints of yuri shipping for those who have eyes to see and some more playful antics among the student crew. I’m all onboard the Marika X Chiaki ship, but there’s also between Marika and her coworker at the cafe, according to my yuri goggles AESA radar. Kane is managing to control the chaos, even with the custom multi-colored space suits replacing the normal models. The exposed, side-mounted tubing on the suits was a bit worrisome since it seems like a snag waiting to happen, but aside from that the design was pretty cool. And a legitimate reason for the fanservice, since certain types of suits would be skin-tight. Though thankfully the fanservice was low key and infrequent, as it should be. Now that the ship is underway I’m looking forward to the training cruise more than I thought I would. Moretsu Pirates has shown that it can manage to make even the training interesting and fun, and I imagine it will be PIRACY TIME shortly once they round the Sands of Morningstar since an uninhabited planet near shipping lanes sounds like a great place for a pirate ship to hide out.

I’m not sure that’s a promise Chiaki is going to let her waifu keep.

And no post would be complete without Misa <3

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12 Comments

  1. Whatsht
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Satelight is the best Animation Studio when it comes to animating scenery porn, especially in space.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Certainly they are getting a good reputation for it, I just hope that it stays as a constant in all their productions. If nothing else it’s nice to have a bunch of star gazers who care enough to put in celestial phenomena.

  2. Ida
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    MOMENTUM WHERE ARE YOU!!!11
    Ahem. With that small exception, a very nice episode.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      I think we will get there, as EO said an isolated uninhabited planet is the prefect place for a pirate stronghold. So piracy time should be coming soon.

  3. Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    …but not Symphogear.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Symphogear seems to be in a whole different class. Also the aesthetic is radically different and looks to be the least spacey of their current projects.

  4. Tzu
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I too agree with the slow pace this series has at the beginning. Way better than mindless action. I also would like to point out something about the female protagonists in this season, they are awesome! and very capable; something that is sadly not common. Let’s take Marika, she didn’t flinch once when put in charge of the first graders and even thou she doesn’t know much about piracy, she didn’t act clumsy or airheaded in the electronic warfare thing. The other shows as well, not only in Rinne no Lagrange and Symphogear we get relatively strong personalities (not that much in Symphogear yet), but in the high level series as well, we have a much more capable Shana, a very handy Yuno and the tsundere goddess Senjougahara; and even in a series like Ano Matsu, which is starred by a “clumsy” character it is quickly shown she knows her stuff and can be serious when needed.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      It’s nice to have a season where not every female protagonist out there is throwing themselves at some unworthy dude. Even if the trend doesn’t continue it will make this Winter Season a little more special. It’s great that Marika isn’t going to just blunder her way through the space lanes.

    • Posted January 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Agreed on this season’s characters. Ano Natsu is one I was surprised by. At first I had high hopes given the creators’ connections to more drama-heavy shows and disappointed, but by the most recent episode I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the characters. Even if it is the classic ‘magical/alien/supernatural girlfriend’ style setup, I’m glad to see that Takatsuki isn’t the typical dumb outsider girl.

      Not that I take her side or anything, I’m totally shipping Kanna X Kaito.

  5. Posted January 24, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I think the complaints about this show being boring are ridiculous. If people don’t like serious issues like equipment malfunctions and safety protocols, they can go back to watching High School DxD.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      That’s a valid opinion though I admit I am starting to get anxious for some PIRACY. I like the wonderment but I hope we are nearing the end of the set up phase they can add to it later as needed, but I’ll watch either way.

    • Posted January 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      If this were only 13 episodes I might think the pacing could be a problem, but with 26 episodes like the first three are only going to make the action better. The show is doing a great job presenting the viewers with enough information and time to ‘get’ the universe it takes place in. It’s a lot more fun to throw everything out the window when you understand exactly how crazy it is to do so.

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