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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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. Luci Christian, Chris Patton, Hilary Haag, Monica Rial, and Brittney Karbowski are all among my favorite voice actors, and play major roles in this series. I must admit that I didn't expect too much substance from this anime. I have actually used my brain a little bit while watching. the story and mystery are pretty interesting and kept me wanting more.
I think that this anime will probably get even better in the 2nd volume that comes out in a couple months. I'm looking forward to it, and I think that most every anime fan will enjoy Bodacious Space Pirates. I highly recommend it and I hope you enjoy it.
Actually a very good sci-fi action story, treats a group of high school girls as highly intelligent, and not just eye-candy. Actually not very much fan-service in this one, (and while I like fan-service as much as any average male, I was delighted with the fact that the girls' smarts and actions were much more of an integral part of the story than their looks (although they were not bad looking), at least we weren't subjected to endless panty-shots and over-size falling out cleavage, but be aware there is a little tastefully handled yuri in this series.
Series continued in Collection 2
Interesting that the BluRay version was actually a little cheaper than the DVD version (I have both, both purchased on Amazon).
The animation is pretty well done and the soundtrack fits the series nicely between the comedic and action scenes,of course the Japanese subbed did a terrific job in their character roles and for the most part so did the English dub cast with the exception of one. That would be the actress who did the dub voice for the character of Chiaki Kurihara who seemed to voice the character with a 50% ratio of decent to bad,while the Japanese voice actress voiced the character how she was meant to be. No worries though as pretty much the rest of the dubbing cast were talented in their roles so for fans looking for a good comedic action sci-fi series or just a good anime in general here's a good one to look at.
No heavy fan service but it's a cute show to watch anyway.