Mouretsu Pirates 5-6: Pirate Skulls and Bones
After a ton of busy work, I have finally been able to scratch the tip of Mouretsu Pirates Episodes 5 and 6, chronicling the transition that Marika makes between being a member of the Odette II vessel for the Yacht Club and the Captain of the Bentenmaru. However, among getting what she needs to start her career in piracy, how will she handle the training she needs?
We begin near the middle of the Cyber Warfare battle, in which a decoy is set up where the Lighting 11 thinks to go after it. As it starts to set off the alarms on the decoy ship, the girls think of many silly ways that they could dick around with the rival ship to make it seem like they were too dumb to live and allowed two very tired guards to maintain security.
But the Lighting 11 is pissed and they want to fire lasers at the real Odette II for their trickery, resulting in Marika coming up with a plan to blind the ship by firing a beam from it’s solar panel at it. When the Lighting 11 recovers and goes in to attack Odette II some more, the Bentenmaru boarded by Ririka chases away the opposing ship with her mass fleet of pirate allies as Chiaki announces that she is the daughter of Barbalusa captain Kenjo Kurihara. The 5th episode ends with Marika accepting the proposal to inherit the Bentenmaru.
This queues in Episode 6 which begins with Marika planning out how she’s going to spend her summer break with Mami, as after accepting the title of Space Pirate, she still should have some leeway before needing to get into training.
However, that is not the case, as she is dragged away ASAP to start herself off with signing contracts, buying formal clothes, and receiving her own Letter of Marque. At first Marika doesn’t feel very piratey after obtaining the Marque, but Misa tells her to start thinking otherwise because she has 7 weeks to go pirating or else she’ll get her Letter revoked.
Soon afterwards, she tries to test her skills at actual ship controls in a simulator of a battle between numerous forces. As expected, she fails hard at it during her first time. However, for Marika, training gets even harder as she must struggle through many tasks from building model ships to wrestling with tinman Schnitzer.
Marika, though tired out by her training routine, is delighted to see that Chiaki has joined her on the ship to train alongside her, much to Chiaki’s dismay or delight, depending on how you interpret blushing. As I pair anyone with anything that reacts to something with blushing or strong emotions, I’m practically typing through a nosebleed at the moment.
Afterwards, both Marika and Chiaki sit down to be educated by Misa on the History of Pirates consisting of the Galactic empire absorbing both Colony Federations and rebellious groups causing a privateering form of piracy to be allowed and under authorization of the government, hence why Marika needed to go through a process to file paperwork and get a Marque to be able to go out into the Bentenmaru.
When Marika and Chiaki go outside the ship to inspect around the vicinity, this gives Chiaki sometime to “know” Marika, and by “know” her, I mean criticize her for being ditzy when she has proven time and time again that she can be competent when she wants to.
The shipping gets even spicier on the ship when Marika has to learn how to sword fight, but since Chiaki needs to learn some techniques as well, she decides that she wants to train with Marika as well to get a better hang of things.
As Marika’s first piracy, Kane set up an invasion on a local cruise ship that considers piracy nowadays to be an old practice to spice up a party and put on a show where stolen goods would get compensated through an insurance agency. While Kane is in disguise as a partygoer, Marika rigs the speaker so that she can announce her takeover of the ship with as much ham as she could.
She continues the theatrics as she barges the ship, though Kane decides to intervene and challenge Marika to a sword fight as part of her training with swords with the passengers’ goods on the line. They both duke it out, but Kane is still strong enough in a duel to knock the sword from her hands. Marika, however, has a trick up her sleeve quite literally, as she pulls out her compass/gun and fires one into Kane’s chest as he falls over and pretends to die.
As Marika takes all of the passengers’ jewelry and goods that will be compensated later on, Kane walks about the Bentenmaru with his fake bullet wound to get a rise out of crewmembers. During his walk, he sees Chiaki is determined as she wants to go on her own as the episode ends with Chiaki contemplating leaving.
Overall, I have to say that Episode 6 is probably the best episode so far with Marika’s introduction to piracy in general. Ep 5 had some great moments with Marika on her toes and coming up with a way to combat the Lightning 11 without destroying it, though I have to applaud Ep 6 for being able to have Marika get into the hat and cape, and yet still have some training to do, which is where the show really benefits from taking things nice and easy near the beginning. It was pretty fun to see her first mission in robbing from the cruise ship with both her and Kane’s theatrics, and the dynamic between Marika and Chiaki has some potential to grow over time. It’s definitely some great entertainment in this season and I’m sure the next ep will deliver as well.