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Bodacious Space Pirates 

Moretsu Pirates (original title)
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Marika, a high school girl, has been living a normal life in a distant galaxy many years into the future. But this changes when she is told that her recently deceased father was captain of ... See full summary »









Series cast summary:
Mikako Komatsu Mikako Komatsu ...  Marika Kato 26 episodes, 2012
Shizuka Itô ...  Misa Grandwood 26 episodes, 2012
Masaya Matsukaze ...  Kane MacDougall 26 episodes, 2012
Kris Carr Kris Carr ...  Maki Harada 26 episodes, 2012
Luci Christian ...  Marika Kato 26 episodes, 2012
Rikiya Koyama ...  Narration / ... 26 episodes, 2012
Keiji Fujiwara Keiji Fujiwara ...  Hyakume 23 episodes, 2012
Yui Horie Yui Horie ...  Coorie 21 episodes, 2012
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ...  Chiaki Kurihara 20 episodes, 2012
Caitlynn French Caitlynn French ...  Chiaki Kurihara 20 episodes, 2012
Kenta Miyake Kenta Miyake ...  Schnitzer 20 episodes, 2012
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ...  San-Daime 19 episodes, 2012
Kaoru Mizuhara Kaoru Mizuhara ...  Luca 19 episodes, 2012
Yûko Kaida Yûko Kaida ...  Ririka Kato 17 episodes, 2012
Chinatsu Akasaki Chinatsu Akasaki ...  Maki Harada 17 episodes, 2012
Chiaki Omigawa Chiaki Omigawa ...  Mami Endo 17 episodes, 2012
Haruka Tomatsu ...  Gruier Serenity 17 episodes, 2012
Yôko Hikasa Yôko Hikasa ...  Lynn Lambretta 16 episodes, 2012
Satomi Sato Satomi Sato ...  Lilly Bell 15 episodes, 2012
Natsumi Takamori Natsumi Takamori ...  Sasha Staple / ... 14 episodes, 2012
Asuka Nishi Asuka Nishi ...  Ursula Abramov 13 episodes, 2012
Hisako Kanemoto Hisako Kanemoto ...  Grunhilde Serenity 12 episodes, 2012
Kiyono Yasuno Kiyono Yasuno ...  Asta Alhanko 12 episodes, 2012


Marika, a high school girl, has been living a normal life in a distant galaxy many years into the future. But this changes when she is told that her recently deceased father was captain of a pirate ship and only a direct descendant may inherit the title of captain of the pirate space ship. Written by Mattias1

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Release Date:

7 January 2012 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Followed by Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace (2014) See more »


Môretsu Uchû Kôkyôkyoku - Dai Shichi Gakushô (Mugen no Ai)
Performed by Momoiro Clover Z
Written and Arranged by Ken'ichi Maeyamada
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Cute with a few other qualities
3 July 2017 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

Marika Kato, a high school junior and tea house waitress agrees to follow in the footsteps of her former pirate queen mother. She inherits a ship called Bentemaru and her crew of six oddballs. In this universe Piracy is a legal career. So called Pirates put on the same show as the actors at Las Vegas' Treasure Island hotel, by invading luxury interstellar cruises to the delight of the passengers. Alternitavely pirates can also be mercenaries, and Marika becomes one such after taking a job from a runaway princess.

Dazzling to look at, and exquisite in colour and detail, Bodacious Space Pirates dips into several anime genres without fully committing to any particular one making it a difficult show to market. It is part school drama, part sic-fi, part action/adventure. Subsequently, the series never really took off or accumulated a substantial fan base.

As far as storytelling goes, Bodacious space pirates achieves linearity by means of cheap contrivances. As a Pirate Captain, Marika is no more commanding than the head of a student committee planning the high school dance, but it helps that she never wallows in bubbling incompetence like Sailor Moon. She has enough winning charm and brains to make the show palatable.

What makes Bodacious a tough sell for its target audience of twelve year old girls is the science fiction element of the plot. There are numerous sequences of heavy computer/cyber jargon concerning how the ships are controlled. Even for older viewers, these scenes are a bit of a mind**k. Alternitavely, it's easy enough to argue that the cyberpunk, 'electronic warfare' aspects of the plot bring a necessary dose of science to a story that is part science-fiction.

Marika finds a friend in a new transfer student named Chiaki, who comes close to stealing the show. The daughter of a Pirate captain, Chiaki is composed and mannered to a fault, but she is a force to be reckoned with if you upset her. All the other girls in the show are virtually interchangeable.

Bodacious Space Pirates, would have gone further if it had fleshed out its characters a bit more, gets by on its laughs, street smarts, visual flair, and action. It can be enjoyed on its terms, as long as you don't take it too seriously.

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