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Bodacious Space Pirates: Collection 1 (Episodes 1-13 Bundle) [Blu-ray]

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Most families have a skeleton or two in the closet, but Marika is understandably shocked to learn that what her family has been hiding is a skull and crossbones! And while the revelation that her late father was a space pirate would have been earthshaking enough for most teenage girls, discovering that he was the captain of the notorious pirate ship Benten Maru will change Marika's life forever. Because, you see, pirating is a family business, and she's just inherited the position of captain. Not to mention that her father's former crew is quite intent on making sure Marika accepts the job! So what's a girl to do? Well, if you're a high school student whose prior total naval experience has been working at the space yacht club, there's really only one moral dilemma that has to be resolved: are pirates allowed to wear really short mini-skirts? Get ready for intergalactic buccaneering unlike any you've ever seen before as the spaceways get broad-sided by cutting lasses, curvy knaves and the sexiest pirate's chest ever in Bodacious Space Pirates Collection 1!


Every family has a few skeletons in its closet; Marika Kato's has a skull and crossbones. Based on a series of light sci-fi novels by Yuichi Sasamoto, Bodacious Space Pirates (2012) is a comedy-adventure set in the distant future. Marika believes she's just a normal high school student, living on the third planet of Tau Ceti with her divorced mother. But with the death of her father Gozaemon, she inherits the captaincy of the spaceship Bentenmaru and its rare, valuable Letter of Marque (a sort of piracy license issued by European rulers from the Middle Ages through the Napoleonic era). After some initial shilly-shallying, Marika takes over the family business, such as it is. Under the tutelage of her father's key officers, she launches a few raids, then aids the Princess Grurier of the planet Serenity on a secret mission. Although she's a space captain in her own right, Marika continues going to school and working part-time at a maid café. Director Tatsuo Sato was one of the principle creators of Martian Successor Nadesico, and the setup of a misfit crew led by an inexperienced, slightly ditsy teenage girl has a familiar ring. But Bodacious Space Pirates lacks the take-no-prisoners nuttiness of Nadesico. The raids on ritzy passenger liners are little more than dinner theater, with the passengers getting a rare thrill and the insurance company footing the bill for any loot taken. The crisis on Serenity resolves itself a little too neatly--and off camera. Despite charging through storms in space (?), Bodacious Space Pirates and the Bentenmaru never seem to get out of second gear. But the show was popular in Japan: a Space Pirates feature is slated for 2014. (Rated TV 14: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Pirates Coming Through, 2. My Power, the Power of the Pirates, 3. The Odette II Leaves Port, 4. The Final Battle Is at Midnight, 5. Marika Makes a Decision, 6. Marika's First Day at Work, 7. The Peace Does Not Last, 8. The Princess and the Pirate, 9. A Beautiful Launch, 10. Battle in the Storm, 11. Wanderer of Light, 12. A Return from Eternity, 13. Marika Sends an Invitation)

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  • Directors: Tatsuo Sato
  • Writers: Yuichi Sasamoto
  • Producers: John Ledford, Eiichi Takahashi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sentai Filmworks
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009Q6F69E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Marika is a pretty average high school gal. She is a member of the school yacht club and she works part time at a cafe called Lamp House. One day she finds out that the Father she never met has died from food poisoning. What's more, he was a pirate ship captain. It is tradition that the captain's position was taken over by his oldest child. So now, Marika has to choose whether to be a space pirate or to keep on living her quiet life. She has a very interesting experience on a yacht club cruise, and decides to add pirating to her busy schedule.

After barely getting settled into her new position, she gets a stowaway aboard her ship, The Bentenmaru. Her stowaway is a royal princess. Princess Gruier from the Serenity Planet System has a job for the Bentenmaru. Find a ghost ship that has been causing some trouble for the Serenity military. This job is a little fishy. There seems to be some strange behavior from the Serenity Royal Court and the military. Marika and her crew may be in over their heads.

This series is a lot of fun. It has great animation, voice acting, soundtracks; lots of cool characters, plenty of action, and some comedy. Many series nowadays rely on fan service and perverted situations to keep people interested. This series surprisingly doesn't have any of that so far. I'm not knocking that stuff, but I had the impression that this was gonna be that kind of show; given the name of the series and the product description.

This anime is well thought out. The backdrop is a really giant interstellar world, with lot's of history, nations, and possibilities. The production quality is top notch, as I mentioned before. There are lots of great voice talents.
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On a future world where space travel is common, a high school girl named Marika Kato discovers her father has died. She also learns that he was a space pirate, and that she must take over his ship and crew. Her mother has groomed her all her life for this, and combined with her natural talent and hands-on experience through her school's yacht club, she actually gives it a shot. It turns out she's very good at it...which is good because they have to engage in privateering at regular times to retain their official letter of marque that sanctions their livelihood. But she also wants to graduate from high school, so she has to juggle two sets of responsibilities as best she can: one set as a civilian student; the other as a pirate captain.

While the weird anime fixation on high schoolers doing unbelievable stuff continues here, it makes it fun and engaging. It starts with likeable characters, from the lead to her crew to her classmates. Even though the piracy is sanctioned and largely benevolently applied (they often raid cruise ships who request them to do so as a show for their guests), there are regularly developing dangers for Marika to overcome on the job while she gets a handle on things...all while maintaining her grades, club activities, and part-time job on the ground.

The visuals are animated quite well for a television series, with nice ship design and character art. Although most of the girls sort of blur together to start with due to numbers, they begin to be used more towards the end of the run, so it's not a problem. If you're wondering, there's not a lot of fan-service here, which is appropriate for the majority of ages depicted, so don't look to this show for that.
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The story evolves around a teenage girl who one day is all of a sudden faced with the decision whether she wants to take on her deceased father's job as a captain of a pirate cruiser or if she wants to remain an honor student at an elite high school. She takes on her father's job and becomes a so called legal pirate.

There are some enjoyable characters in this show but all in all you have your stereotypical Japanese anime characters. The main protagonist has deeper emotions and ambitions. She is talented and a born captain.You do get pumped up when the opening starts playing and it's possible to ride that high for a little while. But, eventually, you either enjoy the events that are unfolding or you don't. The important thing is that you want to stick around long enough to find out whether you'll like it or not. Sometimes, you get bored out of your skull. Other times, you're hooked from beginning to end. That inconsistency can easily threaten your enjoyment of the show.You have your typical anime stereotypical relationships.

The Anime has very pretty visuals, from the shots of Marika's Elaborate University High to all the little things like the omnipresent computer displays that float in the air wherever they might be summoned.The bridge crew of the Bentenmaru are all unique, each with their own quirks and all with very nice character designs that set them apart from each other

This series is likely to be high on nearly everyone's list of anime that they've enjoyed. Moretsu Pirates/Bodacious Space Pirates is going to be around for awhile, and not watching this series is missing out on something that kicked off the 2012 anime season.Likable characters, carefree and enjoyable story, with a lot of action and nicely done artwork and visuals. Even the side characters are alive and enjoyable.

Overall quite a fun series, also there Movie is planned coming soon for this series due 2013
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