Although expectation was null, “Moretsu Pirates” garners our attention with ease as it intermixes attractive girls in maid outfits with the vast wonders of outer space, and the adventurous lifestyle of a pirate.
A girl is piloting a craft just outside the far reaches of the atmosphere – all the while, an unspecified two watch from a location undisclosed, tracking her movement and other factors down to a precise science within a dark room. We assumed perhaps they were watching over a trainee for an intergalactic flight position as they observed her flying – impressed by her ability. However, as the girl completes her flight and heads out – they follow her in a fashion only short of stalking.
Their destination ends up being a maid cafe – the girl works as a frilly outfitted maid waitress, and as she comes to take the order of the two who’ve been watching her for a while, we’re captivated in the moment as we attempt to understand what sort of relationship binds these three. The female of the stalker party speaks up – mentioning the maid’s name in a manner of question to secure her attention. The maid has never met her before – however as the woman states, she hasn’t either, yet she is an acquaintance of her mother.
This woman with hair of an unnatural color goes on to ask if the girl in a maid’s outfit would like to experience “viewing the planet from further away” – our maido-san heroine agrees this would be nice indeed, yet before any of that goes down, we’re then taken to a scene in which she’s treading home on her bike. Let us go ahead and make it known now as we admire the visuals of the sun setting that the aesthetics in general for this series are majestic in a manner of originality and vitality.
They fit the atmosphere as if the story was formulated around the artwork – the visuals are uplifting in their lush color which resonates and serves several purposes. It lets one understand this anime is not one die hard serious – reaching out to the viewers instead in a friendly fashion. These bright scenes nearly act to foretell the story itself – inspiring one with ideas of hardcore over the top action that leaves you excited and yelling in praises of epic at what’s been witnessed.
Yet of course it will take some time before we reach that point, and now arriving back home, our heroine tells her mother of her earlier encounters. Her mother is a bit startled to hear this, yet she knows the culprits already – apparently being well familiar with them. And while on the topic of her mother, it is an interesting item to mention that rather than call her mother “oka-san” as would be standard with any Japanese highschool girl, she calls her mother by her name.
Now at this instant, arriving are two characters stylishly sporting black – the same two previously seen. Our adorable heroine is simply spectating the matter from here out as her mother is occupied in conversation with the two who she seems to be fairly close with. The conversation splits in several directions, yet the core of it is that our kawaii highschool shoujo of a heroine who is a maid waitress on the side is eligible to become the captain of a pirate ship.
She tilts neither one way nor the other, and her mother doesn’t mind – the decision to become whatever is being left entirely up to our maid. For the time being, our maid merely carries on with her eventful life – receiving a replacement teacher at school, who by chance, is the male of the two pirate crew from earlier, and also does her class acquire a new “kawaii” classmate.
Forgetting the man, this transferred female looks unsociable and not too friendly – yet skipping along to another day at work within the maid cafe for our heroine, overlooking the enormous group of men in black suits who came and idled in watch over her, the transfer student happens to make a maid cafe debut as well.
A final guest arrives yet unlike the black suits or transfer students, he’s exposed to be a fraud attempting to capture our maid heroine. Contrary to what we initially thought of the megane fitted transfer student upon our first encounter, she proves to be a nice individual as she saves our heroine from harm – yet just as we believed however, she’s still quite scary as she fought off the man with some sort of projectile firing weapon.
This anime has a fluid pace which keeps transitioning without a second wasted – there’s no “downtime”, it’s a constant build up for something to occur, with the entire episode feeling as if it is yet another aggregation of anticipation but on a larger scale amongst all the smaller portions of evolution.
In addition, this series is forming a collage of many nice things – pirates are always interesting, as is outer space, but maids to top it off? It’s nearly as if an experimental recipe for perfection is in progress. And with the last image of the collection below, one can see something white which may strike their fancies – now aside from tending to perverse fetishes, the interest in this is that it further shows Moretsu Pirates carries a lot to be seen, yet it forces nothing upon the viewer.
Rather, if episode one does well to represent the remainder of the series to be seen, this anime of bodacious pirate action offers elements in a manner natural which allows for one to appreciate them – yet not be left feeling as if they’re too significant a portion of the series if it is not something they like. It’s tough to materialize in words, yet it is as if the series is versatile – it lingers not on a single area for too long, yet neither does it forget about that area, returning to it later on.
A delicate balance keeps this series spinning along – exemplified well by the abundance of characters.
And so we await the second episode in hopes to see our maid become a captain of a pirate ship as prophesied by the OP and ED sequences – as is the introduction of over 9000 others characters.