One of the new series slated for the winter anime season that was curious about and sampled this past weekend is “Mouretsu Pirates” as it seemed promising enough from the rough plot outline and preview imagery.
Starting off with narrated scenes explaining the background story of legalized space pirates, the first episode soon switches into a more typical school setting followed by action comedy shenanigans when they throw main character Marika’s life upside down by revealing her pirate lineage.
Judging by the opening and ending animation sequences there will be plenty of different characters, though have no doubt that aloof Marika & serious Chiaki will be the main duo, hopefully there will be plenty of chemistry and maybe even bit of a shoujo-ai vibe between them.
That wish aside, if the series delivers a roller-coaster of silly girl pirate shenanigans will be satisfied, after all I don’t expect them to be as charismatic or entertaining as say Jack Sparrow. Animation by Satelight in this first episode was good with plenty of bright colors and flashy hairstyles.
Stern, bespectacled Chiaki is voiced by Hanazawa Kana who also voiced Charlotte in “IS: Infinite Stratos”, Kobato in “Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, Nadeko in “Bakemonogatari”, Mayuri in “Steins;Gate” and Ayase in “Guilty Crown”.
Newly appointed pirate captain Marika is voiced by Komatsu Mikako whom am not familiar with. Other known seiyuu in the cast include Horie Yui as Coria, Ise Mariya as Natalia and Kayano Ai as Ai, though it’s yet unclear how large the roles of their characters will really be.
What did strike me negatively about this show are the rather atrocious opening & ending songs. Both tracks are done by Momoiro Clover Z, who are responsible for the eclectic but swinging ‘Pinky Jones’ used in the “Yosuga No Sora” ending and the “Dragon Crisis!” ending track ‘Mirai Bowl’. Alas their musical contribution to this series leaves a lot to be desired.
That aside, if this series continues along this course and does not take itself too seriously it could provide for fun weekly entertainment of goofing school girls immersed in silly space pirate shenanigans.