Blu-Ray Review: Bodacious Space Pirates Part 2 (2012)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Monday, April 22, 2013 0 comments

This second (and final...?) collection of Bodacious Space Pirates episodes has the crew left very ill after a shipment gone wrong when monkeys go running wild on the good ship Bentenmaru spreading a flu like virus that infects all the crew except for Captain Marika (due to her being at home to get some rest at the time of the incident).  Now the crew are stuck in quarantine so they don't go spreading the virus around on their home planet.  Captain Marika now has to find a new crew so she can do her jobs otherwise she'll have her pirate license removed due to not being active.  Captain Marika goes searching for a crew but has no luck until the Captain of the space pirate ship Barbaroosa gives her advice about finding people she can trust.  This gives Captain Marika the idea to hire the Space Yaught Club (a class she is a part of during high school) to be the replacement crew.  So with a new crew comes some all new kinds of trouble so how will Captain Marika handle this gang of teenage booty bandits? (Click "Read More" to read the full review if you are reading this on the main page).

One thing I don't like is that all the adverts for this show make it out to be no more than a clich√© fan-service space harem that makes you think that it should be named "Bootylicious Space Pirates" instead, because it is far from that.  What you are actually getting is a really nicely told science fiction show that takes itself very seriously.  You won't see anything crazy for the sake of being crazy as everything done in this show is done for very apropreate reasons and they don't mess around (well, not during work anyway).  Characters for the most part are really darn good but you do get some out of the bunch you will dislike and not because of them being annoying but rather because they are the bad guys, this is really good because it means the bad guys are serving their purpose of getting us to want to support the heroes.  The show is typically a slower paced kind of sci-fi with a ton of technobabble but in this volume the action has been increased quite a bit and it was really awesome to see as all the action scenes were pretty dang awesome.  One thing I really liked about the story is when something bug happens it really does feel like something big happens unlike in most other anime I have seen where a big twist is predictable and feels very empty.

"It's time to commit some piracy" - Captain Marika

Artwork looks very nice and matches up to the shows atomesphere really well.  Animation is pretty good in the battle scenes and passable everywhere else, there is nothing more to say as it is what it is.  English dub is pretty good and it matches up with the characters really nicely but there are some things about the dub that will annoy you like how they like to add "Chan" and "Sensei" when they are talking to each other as it feels very unnatural to have in an English dub.  I know most of the more "hardcore" anime fans (yes I used quotation marks like an asshole) will hate me for this but I find that to be a bit annoying in English dubs and destroys some of the meaning of having an English dub to begin with.  Soundtrack sounds very epic and matches up perfectly with everything that happens in the show and will also be a hit with fans of pop-music and heavy metal (and you know those two groups rarely mix). 

Special features in this volume are the exact same as the ones in volume one with text-less credit sequences but that's not a bad thing at all as the credits are really enjoyable.  Overall I really loved watching Bodacious Space Pirates and I hope we see more seasons in the future.  This is one of those shows that has also driven me to buying the manga (which is still ongoing).  I highly recommend checking this series out and if you don't I'll walk you off the plank into a black hole where you will end up in Davey Jones's locker.

Title: Bodacious Space Pirates Part 2
Animation Studio: Satelight
Genre: Animation/Anime, Action, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 314 Minutes (13 Episodes)
Distributor: Hanabee Entertainment (http://www.hanabee.com.au/)
Rating: PG (Mild animated violence, Infrequent course language, Sexual references)
Price: $59.99
Recommended: Yes

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