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Old 2012-02-18, 08:35   Link #1021
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Ku-ku-ku. A very good fic for a mortal, I must say.

But it does not compare to the elegance of Kurihara-hime.
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Old 2012-02-18, 09:32   Link #1022
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Ku-ku-ku. A very good fic for a mortal, I must say.

But it does not compare to the elegance of Kurihara-hime.
Why thank you... About time you showed up.

(That sig...!!!)

So I got a mindburst of inspiration and did a small wiki article about Audacious Space Traders...

Meet the Crest Eagle and her crew.

Guess this infodump should satisfy those dying for details.
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Old 2012-02-18, 10:54   Link #1023
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Interesting...but I was hoping for s full tun of Lost Child.
When the 1st PV (with Black Holy) was shown, the Japanese said it was lame. After "Mugen no Ai" was introduced, their reaction was like "Hurr, give us angela" and "Black Holy was better" (angela was the group who did Stelvia's OP and ED). Of course, when the full version of Black Holy is played, Marika's fans wanted the song to be the OP. For me, they go like this: Black Holy = Lost Child > Mugen no Ai
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Old 2012-02-18, 11:52   Link #1024
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I just had a thought... What we have in this storyline is the idea of privateers or licenced pirates. We have backstory about the Hakuchou, the seven original ships operating under Letters of Marque.

Japanese storytelling is replete with tales of masterless ronin, samurai who call no man lord living in a world where they are effectively "beyond the pale" although they still possess some rank and status. You could consider the privateers of the Mo-retsu universe as effectively being space ronin. And there are seven of them. Hmmm, where have I seen that plot before?
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Old 2012-02-18, 12:36   Link #1025
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Mobirates 07 - Let's Make a Show Of It

So even the space battles can be mock shows. Pirating, at this point, really does seem to be far more about entertaining people, which I don't really have a problem with. Marika's proving herself to be not wholly perfect either, which is something that was missing from the previous episodes. Part time jobs can be a strain, especially if that job involves a fancy jacket and hat like hers. Of course, it wouldn't be pirates without royalty getting involved. Still, for an episode that looked to spell the end of things, it continued on with largely the same tone from the last one. Now next week, that's where the die is cast.
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Old 2012-02-18, 15:39   Link #1026
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What's with Crunchy's subs? For half the episode they were calling the ship the Bicentennial before switching to Bentenmaru. And is Corback really what the escort ships were called? Seems like Corvette would be a more appropriate name.
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Old 2012-02-18, 16:16   Link #1027
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What's with Crunchy's subs? For half the episode they were calling the ship the Bicentennial before switching to Bentenmaru. And is Corback really what the escort ships were called? Seems like Corvette would be a more appropriate name.
Yes, Crunchyroll's subs for this episode are weird. Bicentenary means "two hundred years" and as far as I know, that isn't a translation for Bentenmaru. At least I was able to figure out that their "Tokay" either means 't okay or a really shortened form of "totally okay".

I'll type more on this episode later, but I did enjoy it. Chiaki-chan is so adorably tsundere in this episode. Yeah, nobody's buying the "I-It's Not like I came all this way to see you" denial.
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Old 2012-02-18, 16:36   Link #1028
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"Well, I've decided to be a pirate. But, let's enjoy the rest of summer."

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Just the first 2 minutes had me chuckling.

Anyways. You have this big ass central government in the middle of the ocean. And yet -- they allow a school to have a used pirate ship. What WERE these people thinking?
The all girl school could be thier Starfleet Academy or something similar to it.

The space faring home worlds has to train their potential human resource for off-world duties.
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Old 2012-02-18, 17:14   Link #1029
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Interesting change to the opening narration this week. It really felt something out of one of those Super Robot series "Fight Kato Marika" and all that. Well at least in her dream, Marika didn't say "Release the Gunda*s"

I liked how Marika's biggest struggle right now is finding the right balance between her job as a space privateer captain(entertainers in space and reserve military officers) and being a high school student. I would like to see some followup to this in future episodes as her dual life could produce some conflict that would grow her character. I mean, that was part of the whole plot of Spiderman 2 after all.

I appriciate that they're giving Mami some more screentime as Marika's non-privateer involved friend and the one who tries to keep her mind on her schoolwork. I can see how being a meido/waitress at the Lamp Cafe is soothing to Marika, but she also needs to find some time for her schoolwork too. Mami also seems to be able to see through Chiaki's feelings(although it is fairly obvious to us that Dark Queen Chiaki wants some of the Captain's booty. ) Nice moment of comedy too with Mami dropping her soft-serve ice cream.

In this world-building front, "Blaster" Ririka looks like she's a kind of air traffic controller person at the airport. I guess she goes for the high-stress jobs doesn't she? I'm also guessing that the Corback-class ships get to get in some wargames practice in addition to whatever monies the shipping company gave it as part of the "pirating package". I certainly saw the Bentenmaru versus the Corback ships designated as "Alpha, Bravo and Charlie"(first three letters of the U.S military alphabet) as two military units doing a friendly wargame. Obviously, when there isn't a war, you have to find some way to keep the military busy.

LOL at all the obstacles Marika has to dodge in order to make it to the bridge in that costume. I bet that she gets better at it over time.

Next episode looks to be interesting with a child princess(34 kg is around 70 lbs I think. So Loli princess is around 11-12?) negoiating with Marika. Hopefully we'll learn some things about how the royal family figures into all of this with the Galactic Empire and all.


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The all girl school could be thier Starfleet Academy or something similar to it.

The space faring home worlds has to train their potential human resource for off-world duties.
I wouldn't be surprised if that academy was a place that trained future military officers and all that. It could very well be the Sea of the Morningstar's equivalent to Eton, where the Duke of Wellington(Arthur Wellesley) was taught military strategy and all. We know that Jenny is the daughter of a interstellar shipping magnate and these girls seem to have some interesting backstories too. On the Star Trek front, I think we'll know who our McCoy is if Misa or Mami says "He's dead, Marika."
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Old 2012-02-18, 18:57   Link #1030
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What's with Crunchy's subs? For half the episode they were calling the ship the Bicentennial before switching to Bentenmaru. And is Corback really what the escort ships were called? Seems like Corvette would be a more appropriate name.
They seemed to have fixed the "Bicentennial" problem..."Corback" is still in place...of course, "Corvette" doesn't have a "k" sound at all, so it's probably just the name of the class of ship rather than the type of ship (that is to say, the first ship in a production line of ships becomes the "class ship" which identifies that sort, such as Arleigh Burke-class destroyers or Nimitz-class carriers).

This episode rather confirms that the majority of "piracy" basically consists of putting on shows for paying clients. Just another form of entertainment for the customers on board a space-liner. For a moment there, I thought the escort squadron had a burr up its butt about its professional pride and was going to genuinely try to shoot it out, but no such luck.

(I will say, I would have liked to see Marika stare at Misa and basically tell her where to shove all her "dragging me around like a rag doll" crap, on the grounds of "Exactly what the hell is so important about being a glorified in-flight movie that you're taking so much time out of my life that I'm flunking out of high school?" Mind you, that would be completely OOC for Marika. Chiaki, maybe. On the other hand, if the Bentenmaru isn't out there privateering, that crew isn't getting paid, and if space pirates are anything like historical pirates were, not a damn one of 'em has bothered to set up a 401(k) or a decent nest egg for financial security. Which is probably why they're out in space a heck of a lot more often than one job every 50 days until Marika graduates (which would only be seven acts of piracy a year). It's very annoying that the past two episodes have basically taken away what was one of the best aspects of the first five: the fact that nobody was shoving the whole pirate-captain job down Marika's throat but letting her make up her own mind.)

...Of course, next episode could change all that. Hints of real plot, perhaps? That princess looks like she might be the girl with the Sailor Moon hair in the opening credits...

Oh, one thing I genuinely disliked:

Spoiler for The worst thing about the whole series thus far!:
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Old 2012-02-18, 19:06   Link #1031
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The spelling for Corback given by the novel is コーバック (Koubakku), while Corvette is コルベット (wikipedia).
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Old 2012-02-18, 19:17   Link #1032
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Next episode looks to be interesting with a child princess(34 kg is around 70 lbs I think. So Loli princess is around 11-12?) negoiating with Marika. Hopefully we'll learn some things about how the royal family figures into all of this with the Galactic Empire and all.
Perhaps they find a little holo-recording that ends with: "Help me, Matou Marika. You're my only hope!"



I wonder where is the sample of Black Holy. Would be useful for my own fic.

EDIT: Found it. Too bad the lyrics don't fit...

But I wonder what this angela song were the Japanese asking for.
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Old 2012-02-18, 19:33   Link #1033
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The spelling for Corback given by the novel is コーバック (Koubakku), while Corvette is コルベット (wikipedia).
On that note, the Kurihara's ship isn't spelled the way Barbarossa would be spelled, even if you like the name... there's a clear long U in there, and no short O...
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Old 2012-02-18, 19:38   Link #1034
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This has been a most delightful read. Thanks!

@opening paragraph:

Glad you liked it. Kaelis read one too many holo-novels as a boy, especially Space Westerns, and it has shaped his perspective of things by a large margin. The opening lines were a (lame) attempt by me to bring that across, along with his spoken lines so far and more to come.

@Hansolo-ism:

You called it. Binville was inspired by Firefly’s Mal, as I wanted to have a captain who’s too young, his cyborg sidekick, and his ship, versus the galaxy. I only later found out that the Serenity and Mal were inspired by the Millenium Falcon and Han himself. ^^;

Crest Eagle on the other hand was inspired by the Star Wars light freighters Ebon Hawk and Millenium Falcon. Like them, the Crest Eagle has a 2 part name inspired by a bird of prey and is a super-modified flying palace that is as fast as heck and flown by a crack flamboyant pilot. When asked about his ship, Kaelis replies, “She doesn’t look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.”

And so by extension, Kaelis… shot first.

Audacious Space Traders is a spinoff of Bodacious Space Pirates, told from the perspective of the other side of the fence. That is, a up-and-coming freighter captain who does lots of “errands”. Legal pirates are Kaelis’ anathema, and yet he’s inextricably enthralled by a future ‘glasses’ pirate captain (Megane Kaizoku-kanchou).

There will be jobs, SCIENCE, blasts, FAIL and flirts galore as this cantankerous romp rocks from one end of the Tau Ceti system to the other. So I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy the other chapters coming soon!
Don't you folks have somewhere else to discuss fanfics? We're trying to talk about the actual series here.

Anyway. On to the episode at hand.

Spoiler for Episode 7:

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It's very annoying that the past two episodes have basically taken away what was one of the best aspects of the first five: the fact that nobody was shoving the whole pirate-captain job down Marika's throat but letting her make up her own mind.
I wasn't thinking about it in those terms, but I do think that's one of the big things that bothered me this time, sort of unconsciously. It's one thing to grab her for it during her summer vacation: after all, getting the Letter of Marque renewed, getting her piracy training started and performing her act of piracy before the probation period ended are all important things that needed doing. But the Bentenmaru does not give me the impression of being right on the edge of bankruptcy, in which case they have no need (and no right) to be pushing her to abandon the life she's chosen to have in order to do what they want, now that the critical stuff has been taken care of.
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Old 2012-02-18, 19:46   Link #1035
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Things got interested with that princess onboard. Based on the preview it seems that she force her to go to school with Marika as some sort of bargain agreement to whatever it is.

Marika with that makeup was a bit over the top. This is slowly becoming my favorite show of the season.
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Old 2012-02-18, 20:28   Link #1036
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So Marika is having a hard time balancing school and pirating. What was up with her makeup, she really needs to fix that. Like how its an obstacle course from her room to the bridge. So Chiaki made a visit, but Marika was away. Wow how bad are they if they allow a stowaway.
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Old 2012-02-18, 20:46   Link #1037
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Wow how bad are they if they allow a stowaway.
I believe she did hide in a create you can't check every piece of cargo you know...

Anyway it seems that our young captain is still a little scared when it comes to actual combat not wanting have to kill and all maybe with time she'll get over the idea.
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Old 2012-02-18, 20:59   Link #1038
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Anyway it seems that our young captain is still a little scared when it comes to actual combat not wanting have to kill and all maybe with time she'll get over the idea.
I hope not. There's no justification for killing anyone on these missions of theirs, and it would be utterly unlike Marika to want to do so.

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It's a passenger liner. They weren't stealing cargo, just jewelry. The princess snuck aboard during a short moment when the Bentenmaru's security systems were hacked. They mentioned that. What I find inexcusible is that they didn't have anyone physically watching the docking port.
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Old 2012-02-18, 21:31   Link #1039
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I hope not. There's no justification for killing anyone on these missions of theirs, and it would be utterly unlike Marika to want to do so.
Quite true. If "stuff gets real" at some point, then hopefully she'll learn that she can't hold back in real people-are-trying-to-kill-me-and-my-friends combat, but there's no excuse for putting lives at risk in a staged entertainment situation.

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What I find inexcusible is that they didn't have anyone physically watching the docking port.
QFT there. Regardless of the purpose of the boarding action, getting into slack security/tactical habits is extremely foolish. Particularly with all the grief the crew is giving Marika about the professionalism of her piracy (and yes, she does need to develop her skills, but even so), that sticks out like a sore thumb.

(Honestly, I can't shake the idea that if you gave Jenny and the Yacht Club five years' worth of training and real-world experience, they'd take the Bentenmaru's crew out behind the barn for an old-fashioned whipping in any direct confrontation.)
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Old 2012-02-18, 21:58   Link #1040
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What is with **** Subs calling the Bentenmaru the Bicentary? What the heck? That is just plain outright bad subbing.

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