Ranked #2323

Mouretsu Pirates

Alternative Titles

English: Bodacious Space Pirates
Synonyms: Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku, Miniskirt Pirates, Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku
Japanese: モーレツ宇宙海賊


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2012 to Jul 1, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Genres: Sci-Fi, Space
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.261 (scored by 15,850 users)
Ranked: #23232
Popularity: #1006
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The story centers around a spirited high school girl named Marika. She keeps herself busy with the space yacht club and her part-time job at a high-class retro café. One day, two strangers suddenly appear and claim to be subordinates of her dead father. They demand that she assume command of the space pirate ship Bentenmaru. A privateer ship's compact was made during a war of independence a century ago, and according to that compact, the ship must be inherited by the captain's next direct descendant. Marika finds herself embarking on a new life as a space pirate.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Katou, Marika
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Komatsu, Mikako
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Kurihara, Chiaki
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Hanazawa, Kana
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Lambretta, Lynn
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Hikasa, Yoko
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Dolittle, Jenny
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Satou, Rina
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Satou, Tatsuo
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Aketagawa, Jin
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Sound Director
Osedo, Satoshi
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Episode Director, Storyboard
Itou, Michiko
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Script, Screenplay

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Pirates, Coming Through
Kaizoku, Makari Touru (海賊、罷り通る)
Jan 8, 2012
2 My Power, The Power of Pirates
Watashi no Chikara, Kaizoku no Chikara (私の力、海賊の力)
Jan 15, 2012
3 The Odette II Leaves Port
Odetto Nisei, Shukkou! (オデット二世、出航!)
Jan 22, 2012
4 The Final Battle is at Midnight
Kessen wa Shinya (決戦は深夜)
Jan 29, 2012
5 Marika Makes a Decision
Marika Ketsui Suru (茉莉香、決意する)
Feb 5, 2012

Opening Theme

"Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku: Daishichi Gakushou 'Mugen no Ai' (猛烈宇宙交響曲・第七楽章「無限の愛」)" by Momoiro Clover Z

Ending Theme

#1: "LOST CHILD" by Momoiro Clover Z (eps 1-8, 10-11, 14-15, 17-25)
#2: "Black Holy" by Mikako Komatsu (eps 9, 12, 16)
#3: "Toumei na Yozora ~Matataku Hoshi ni Tsutsumarete~ (透明な夜空 〜瞬く星に包まれて〜)" by Mikako Komatsu (ep 13)
#4: "Mirai Kouro (未來船路)" by Mikako Komatsu (ep 26)

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Jan 15, 2012
...I-is it okay? I mean this should be a total piece of garbage by all means, but there's no panty shots? No bungie cord titties flopping around? There's a shit ton of girls and even a maid cafe and a goofy pirate outfit, but... Why doesn't this show suck? Maybe because it's not trying to be BS, but trying to be a great space adventure with a great lead character.

*This review will be updated as I watch more episodes, it's up to seven so far.*

STORY: Moretsu Pirates or Bodacious Space Pirates, which ever sounds worse to you... Wow, even a terrible title, but this anime read more
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Aug 5, 2013
It is hard to explain the fascination we have with pirates in literature and film. In reality, they were not really romantic people, and their "adventures" more often ended in disease and death than anything else. No sane person would ever truly wish to consort with real pirates. They were undeniably brutal people who lived undeniably brutal lives. To say the least, they were not exactly what you would expect from the inspiration of so much romantic attention.

Despite the inconsistencies between historic truth and fiction, the fascination with pirates still exists. We see in their exploits a kind of freedom and nonchalance that read more
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Sep 8, 2012

Mouretsu Pirates is effectively a slice of life show jammed into a space opera. Because of this, it feels in many places that the series is not entire sure in which direction it wants to go. This is amplified by the fact that the series takes the plots from several of the light novels without trying to tie them together. The result is a series of unrelated story arcs that begin out of nowhere.

Mind you, the story arcs themselves range from incomprehensible to interesting. In some cases, the conflict is resolved without fully explaining how the conclusion actually ties up the loose ends. In other read more
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May 4, 2012
For the past few years, the anime industry has been infested by tons of shows which focus on material which promotes sales. May it be adding Moe element, fan-service, over the top drama story and many others. Only few titles are willing to make a risk in order to bring new material to the table. Mouretsu Pirates (Bodacious Pirates) is one of them.

Story 7/10

The story is simple. A normal high school girl living a simple life similar to these slice of life shows that you usually see. After a string of events, she was left to make a trivial decision to become a space read more
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