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Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace - Reviewed by GaileOxstain
Posted on Tuesday, June 28th 2016 by Crawen

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Itís been four years since I first started reviewing anime here on Anime-Source, and I have since produced over 150 individual reviews of commendable length. But itís time for me to hang up my hat and go back to being just another anime fan who watches merely for the sake of watching. And so I have decided that my hobby should end where it first began, with ďBodacious Space PiratesĒ.


Plot:

Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Screenshot 1 Marika Kato has since settled into her new role as the captain of the space pirate ship the Bentenmaru and is balancing her high school life and duties as a space pirate with confidence and pride. During a routine job, she is hired to ďkidnapĒ a young boy named Kanata Mugen who is being targeted by a shady conglomerate in search for the legacy of his late father who was a pioneer is hyperspace exploration. Kanata is burdened by the expectations his father put on him all his life and just wants to live life how he sees fit. Pushed by the memories of his past and by the support of Marika and her allies, Kanata follows in his late fatherís shadow determined to choose a path that only he can decide for his future.

Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Screenshot 2 Iíd like to say that Iím going out on the same high note I entered with, but there has been more than a little wear on the space pirate name since then. The story in general is not that articulated and it can be hard to tell where the story is going at times thanks to erratic pacing. I also felt as though the filmís theme and message conflicted somewhat in the face of Kanataís actions at the end of the movie.

Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Screenshot 3 But looking at the storyís high points, I have to commend ďBodacious Space Pirates: The Abyss of HyperspaceĒ for managing to present every unique trait the original series had in a condensed film without feeling butchered or altered. From the theatrical pirate raids, to the electronic warfare, to the intelligence gathering and the space dogfights, the film never forgets to establish itself as the follower to the original Space Pirates. In many ways, the film is really more of a condensed story arc of 3-4 episodes. As a result, fans of the original will welcome Marikaís return to the captainís chair.

Characters:

The full cast returns in the film, although the supporting and side-characters get pushed aside and arenít really given much focus.

Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Screenshot 4 Ultimately the character scope is centered exclusively on Marika and her young client Kanata. Marika is still full of her usual youthful vigor and maintains her determination in the face of danger as the young captain of a space pirate crew. Even though the position was sprung on her, she made the choice of her own free will to lead and has since found strength in her duties and responsibilities. Kanata is thrust into a similar position when he is tasked to recover his estranged fatherís legacy, but unlike Marika he is none too keen on the idea of becoming a hyperspace diver like his father. He wants to make his own decisions in life but still finds himself driven by his late fatherís words and his dreams to see beyond the reach of hyperspace. Torn as he is, through the support of Marika and her friends he is able to make a choice of his own volition as to where his future will take him.

Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Screenshot 5 As for the rest of the cast, they really donít get anywhere near enough attention compared to the two main protagonists. The crew of the Bentenmaru seem to serve as little more than deckhands when the space shoot-outs begin even in spite of their unique personalities, and the same can be said about the yacht club members although they did play a significant role in furthering and explaining the plotline. And poor Chiaki-chan gets the most shafted considering she spends most of the film in transit trying to deliver vital information that the rest of the cast members end up figuring out on their own.

Setting/Art:

Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Screenshot 6 I commended the original series for its extensive world building and superb art style that brought back my love for intergalactic adventure. Normally theatrical releases pull out all the visual stops, but I feel like the graphics got nerfed in transition from small to silver screen, namely in the sense that the visuals felt less bold and inviting as the original series. But the eye candy is still there, and it still serves to dazzle those itching for fun both on the ground and in deep space.

Music/Openings Endings:

In faithful homage to the original series, the opening theme makes its return from the anime and it still evokes a sense of adventure and excitement to this day. The ending on the other hand was more comprehensive but suits the series style of enthusiasm in the face of danger, and exuberance heading into the unknown.

Final Analysis:

Iíd like to say that I ended my work at its apex, but such romanticism does not exist in real life as it does in anime, and in spite of its flaws, Iím glad that Iím bowing out with ďBodacious Space Pirates: The Abyss of HyperspaceĒ. The story was loose but captures the spirit of the original series, the cast returned with modest vigor, the art still holds up well, and the soundtrack stays true to the heart and soul of the franchise. The captainís chair is still warm and I do hope that the Space Pirates series continues to inspire those that watch it as it did for me four years prior. Space is a vast place, so there is more than enough room for many more stars in the sky. And so I pass on the torch of masterful reviewer to whomever feels they are up to the challenge. It is a long and painful journey at times, but the sense of satisfaction will drive you forward with determination and soul. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Screenshot 7

Thatís why Iím giving ďBodacious Space Pirates: The Abyss of HyperspaceĒ 6 hyperspace jumps out of 10.

May we meet again in the vast reaches of Space!

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- GaileOxstain


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