Moretsu Pirates – 02

Rescued by Chiaki from the numerous groups that meant to kidnap her or do her harm, Marika meets up with her mother, who takes her to an isolated space graveyard to try out weapons. She and Chiaki then head up into orbit with the Yacht Club to start up their ship, the Odette II, for a practice cruise under Mr. Kane’s supervision, which Marika finds suspicious. While sitting on the bridge, Marika notices Chiaki working vigorously at her terminal. It turns out another ship in the port is waging electronic warfare on the Odette II’s systems. Chiaki suggests they cut the cable to kill the network, but Marika decides they should fight back, despite their dubious skills.

Last week we were a bit surprised Ririka never told her daughter that both she and her father were pirates, and that Marika was the heir to her dad’s ship. This week, she explains: she was going to tell her when she graduated, assuming her dad would still be alive. That makes sense: let her have a more-or-less normal high school life. The thing is, this series’ idea of a normal high school life includes a club that has their own frikkin’ spaceship. We especially love how this spaceship has such a long and illustrious history, from a prototype to a transport to an explorer, and even served as a pirate ship during the revolutions. One nitpick: how exactly do miniskirts not cause mayhem in zero gravity…?

In any case, this episode introduced Marika to a little more of her pirate future (the mother-daughter gun session was pretty cute) and got her into space, where she immediately starts to assert herself with the e-warfare incident. She and Chiaki look like they’ll work well together, even if Chiaki may harbor a little envy towards Marika. We’re just glad they’re letting Marika dip her toes in the pool with this practice cruise rather than immediately heaving her into the deep end. She’s definitely not quite ready to take command of the Bentenmaru, but she’s getting there.

Rating: 4