Mouretsu Pirates

Bodacious Space Pirates

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku, Miniskirt Pirates, Moretsu Uchuu Kaizoku
Japanese: モーレツ宇宙海賊
English: Bodacious Space Pirates
Spanish: Moretsu Pirates
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2012 to Jul 1, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2012
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Satelight
Source: Light novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: SpaceSpace
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.151 (scored by 2766127,661 users)
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Ranked: #35592
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Popularity: #2483
Members: 74,663
Favorites: 291

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Far in the future, where interstellar travel is considered commonplace, high school student Marika Katou balances her duties in the space yacht club and her job as a restaurant waitress. Following a chance encounter with a peculiar pair of customers, Marika meets them again and learns that her absent father has passed away.

During his life, he was known as the legendary pirate "Gonzaemon." He has left behind his infamous ship Bentenmaru and its crew exclusively for Marika to inherit. With one of the few remaining Letters of Marque that permit legal piracy, Marika must choose whether to stay as a regular student or take up a second life as a high-octane space pirate.

As Marika ponders her decision, the delicate situation attracts the eyes of various government agencies and the mysterious transfer student Chiaki Kurihara, all eager to see if the upcoming captain lives up to her father's reputation. If the crew of the Bentenmaru want to maintain their status, they will need to set sail into the vast expanse of space and once again become a name to be feared.

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Mouretsu Pirates won the 44th Seiun Award for Best Media in 2013.

The series was released on Blu-ray and DVD by Sentai Filmworks from January 8, 2013 to March 5, 2013. The company later republished the anime as a complete collection in the same formats on October 7, 2014.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Satou, Tatsuo
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Itou, Tatsufumi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Osedo, Satoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"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 (eps 13)
4: "Mirai Kouro (未來船路)" by Mikako Komatsu (eps 26)


May 9, 2022
With a title like Bodacious Space Pirates (U.S. title) I really expected way more fanservice. It sounds like it should be a guilty pleasure, not a serious space opera.

BSP jumps from schoolgirl slice of life to space faring political drama, looking bright and fresh in the process. More than a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief. I mean c'mon, a yacht club full of teen girls taking on space cruisers? Unarmed no less. I do wish we got to see more of the supporting characters, particularly the pirates, fleshed out or have episodes of their own instead of just a ...
Jun 30, 2012
Mixed Feelings
Even though Mouretsu Pirates doesn't deliver on the potential of its first few episodes, it still ends up being an enjoyable and light hearted show, even if it suffers from incredibly slow pacing and the loss of its seriousness and realism.

Despite the silly premise of a high school girl becoming a space pirate, the show was originally very grounded, the technology was not too farfetched and along with the bureaucracy of getting the Letter of Marque and the electronic warfare, it impressed me with just how realistic it was. Everything seemed to have procedure which compared to most futuristic sci-fi shows was impressive and a ...
Sep 12, 2023
Once upon a time there was this cool anime called Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and was about this serious manly rebel who gets fed up with the way Earth turned into a fruitless life of working and consuming (being overrun by hostile aliens every year had something to do with). So he decides to board this super cool scull-themed spaceship and roam the universe, free to go anywhere he pleases, a place without joyless capitalists, merciless bureaucrats, and military jerks. Occasionally, he returns to save his homeland from all sorts of cosmic threats that want to take over his old joint. He was such a ...

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