Bitchin’ Space Pirates 11 – Ship Graveyard
Mouretsu Pirates is sinking your ships.
Should have known that the ghost ship would be waiting in a dangerous place like this. You can’t have a proper ghost ship without a graveyard! And a graveyard this is for sure, what with the ship being buried behind friggin’ space-time quakes and shit that will launch you back into subspace. No wonder a giant ship made out of gold is still there for the taking. You’d have to be crazy to go in there and snatch it.
Crazy like . . . Kane, perhaps? Those are some impressive flying maneuvers he pulls out to get inside the ghost ship, even if his parking leaves a bit to be desire. You can’t scuff up a fine ship like the Bettenmaru, man! That whole scratch is probably at least the size of a car. It’ll take forever to get that out! To be fair to Kane, though, he did outrace three ships that were flying after him full speed and then made his way into the ghost ship backward. If you want to taunt someone who can’t catch you, crossing the finish line backward is the way to go. He did do it much better than Charles Barkley, too.
More seriously, though, this episode deepens the political implications of the race for the ghost ship, which is the original Serenity ship. Even if it doesn’t have anything important on it (which I doubt), it’s still useful as a political symbol. You’re pretty much instantly awesome if you’re riding on the first ship in the kingdom’s history. I’m sure that’s part of the big hullabaloo behind the Gruier’s younger sister, Grunhilde, going after the ghost ship. And of course there are others who have stakes in the mess, too, as our fair Grunhilde’s facial expression makes quite clear after Gruier calls her out on being manipulated . . .
Can’t catch up when Kane is backing into a ship? Deal with it.
Aside from the fun action and the bits of moe political intrigue, what I enjoyed about this episode is how it shows that Marika has naturally settled into her role as the Bettenmaru‘s captain. Yammer away as much as you want about the slow pacing of the earlier episodes, but they do make Marika making key decisions and juggling things aboard the ship all the better, as well as much easier to swallow. It wouldn’t have been that difficult to accept Marika being a young captain and everyone immediately listening her, because, let’s face it, this is anime and that shit happens routinely, but the fact that Mouretsu Pirates actually went through the effort of having Marika learn the ropes and earn her role makes accepting her as captain all the easier. (Even if, of course, it’s still kinda ridiculous that a teenage girl is a pirate captain. Anime!)
Marika’s picking up on social cues, considering the safety of her ship and crew above all else, and is heading fearlessly into battle (even if Kane’s Initial D driving shakes her up a bit). You’re making people proud, Marika!