Mouretsu Pirates First Episode
This episode left me with the thought that the series might not necessarily be terrible. I like the character designs, the animation was nice (though it’s a first episode so who knows what horrible cutbacks they’ll do later on) and the story was OK. I was pretty impressed with the world-building speech at the beginning. The names of the planets were very inventive, very (dare I say it) 999esque.
And of course the fact that Space Pirate Captain Harlock was referenced is good: the “password” that Ririka trades with her old friend is the very first line of the Harlock OP song. Mind you, it was de rigueur for them to reference SPCH in the first episode considering the subject matter, and chances are they won’t keep doing this later on, but the mere possibility itself makes the show more attractive to me… Such is the madness of fandom. [Already the denizens of 2ch are joking that if the show didn't ask Matsumoto's permission to use the OP line there's going to be lots of trouble, since he is known to be a litigious individual~]
A Japanese blogger who liked this first episode reported that the word in Japan is that the show reeks of “old-fashioned”, and that s/he actually agrees with this assessment, but since s/he grew up watching Yamato, Harlock, 999 and Queen Emeraldas s/he likes this kind of show. I think it’s hilarious that all of these are Leiji Matsumoto shows and yet the blogger doesn’t actually mention the man.
Anyway, this looked pretty and had its amusing moments. The main girl just needs to lose an eye and get wounded in the face real quick and I’ll be sold :D
NOTE ABOUT THE OP SONG: I think it’s got too much going on at the same time and yes, I know this is deliberate and experimental and what not. I’m 35 friggin’ years old so there you go. But I won’t criticize it any more because the lead guitarist of the Rust in Peace album worked on it and that’s my favorite guitar album of all time. I’ll wait for the song to get a Thirtysomething Remix with 3-5 instruments instead of 135 thank you very much :)