Ozma 01: ohhh~
First thought: Kyahhhh, these character designs are so friggin’ gorgeous!!
Second thought: The BGM is over-the-top. I guess we’re supposed to take most of the scenes here lightly.
Third thought: Masquerade + Harlock = perfect villain. Yes, it works. I’d have never come up with that myself.
The setup is well known in fiction and anime: mysterious girl gets rescued by brave boy, and then it turns out the girl is far more powerful than the boy (yet the girl likes the boy and relies on him even though honestly she could probably take care of herself). I’m not trying to lay out a feminist critique here or anything, just calling it like I see it.
I’m speculating a lot, but it’s critical that “Masquerade Harlock” calls the girl “Maya-sama”, indicating her importance. She’s definitely one of the IC (ideal children) the show is supposed to revolve around.
There’s confusion on 2ch about the definition of a sand whale and its relationship to Ozma, whatever that is. I think we’re supposed to be confused at this point, so there’s not much point in worrying over it. Anyway, the crunchyroll translation seems to be based on the theory that there is more than one sand whale, and that sand whale = Ozma. This is not at all clear in the Japanese (for one thing, Japanese doesn’t have indefinite articles or plurals so the characters don’t speak of “an Ozma” or “a sand whale” or “sand whales”, we have no way of knowing how many of what is involved). We’ll see if the subbers get it right though.
On this topic of translation, it’s interesting that the subbers have Sam’s surname as “Coyne” instead of the “Coin” we’ve been seeing so far in news articles. I think Coyne looks nice in a Celtic sort of way🙂
Maya is of course the name of Harlock’s wife. And Mimei is a rearranged Miime (the second and the third kana syllables in Miime swapped). By the way Mimei sports a heart-shaped slit on her back, what I would call a reverse Ardis [see here]. Cases of reverse Ardis are rare but they do exist.
The scene at the mess hall was my favorite. The men reacted the way they naturally would ;) The chef’s decision to add an extra two eggs on the house is straight off of Leiji’s Otoko Oidon manga, where the ramen shop chef used to do the same thing for Nobotta Oyama whenever he brought a girl to eat [which was sadly very, very seldom]. To top it off, the chef uses the Kyushu dialectal particle “bai”, an homage to Otoko Oidon and to Leiji as such, who is from that island.
The scene with the doctor is bound to fascinate Leiji fans. When the live-action Space Battleship Yamato film came out, much was made of the fact that Dr. Sado had been genderbent in the new version. When Leiji Matsumoto dismissed the project out of hand, I for one assumed that this change was likely one of the things he hated the most. And yet here we have a female doctor! And it’s the typical Matsumoto doctor mind you, with the alcoholism and the sleepy cat… When all of a sudden an ominous piano kicks in and she looks awfully depressed I regret the fact that this show will be only 6 episodes long.
The Bardanos Captain is pretty rad and she knows it. She evidently plays by Harlock Rules, i.e. standing in front of a hail of lasers as long as you please, even turning your back to it, because there’s no way any of it will hit you :D The jury is still out on her fashion sense, and I have to say I personally prefer Mimei’s outfit. Both of the voice actresses (Kyoko Tanaka and Rie Tanaka) do great here, as well as pretty much everyone else in the episode. Matsumoto series always gather good voice actors.
P.S. My apologies for forgetting to post a screencap of the actual protagonist.
EDIT – Here’s my translation of the teaser blurb for Episode 2, titled “Maximum Dive Depth”:
“The Bardanos somehow manages to stave off the Theseus’ surprise attack and escape from the port but now the Theseus is hot in pursuit and the drama begins. Bardanos Captain Bainas and Theseus Commander Gido engage in a silent battle of wits.
The Bardanos stops diving as the ship temperature surpasses the 50 degree mark and Maya seems on the verge of death. The Bardanos is down to 2 torpedoes. There are 3 enemy ships.
What will the Captain decide to do?”