Marika Katou, a third year student at Hakuho Girls’ Academy, is a legitimate space pirate with a Letter of Marque. Between her studies, leading her school’s space yacht club, working part time at Cafe Lamp, and being the captain of the space pirate ship Bentenmaru, Marika’s days are very busy. One day, Marika gets a job to rob a high-class passenger ship, and she discovers that on the passenger list is Kanata Mugen, a boy who owns a “galaxy pass”. Thus, an adventure featuring a hyperspace race between pirates and one young boy begins.
The movie, while a continuation of the original anime should be considered more a side story to the original anime. Having never watched the original series, I came into this movie without any notion of what the world was like. The story drops me in the middle of a rather confusing way of life. Apparently Marika is a student by day, pirate by night. And they live on different worlds, while traveling through hyperspace.
Granted as I pointed out I didn’t watch the anime series so I knew I wouldn’t get context to the world. This side story centers around Marika and her ship the Bentenmaru on a mission to help a boy, Kanata Mugen, find his father and the secrets to hyperspace. Kanata is the son of a famous scientist and researcher who apparently was more into his work then his family. The boy upset by everyone calling him Dr. Mugen’s son, runs away from it all. Sound familiar? Yep, sounds like Shinji from Neon Genesis.
The group determines a nefarious corporation is following them and is after Dr. Mugen’s research as they attempt to control the hyperspace routes. However, the girls of the Yacht club are far more resourceful then the cooperation realizes. Part of this includes a puzzle that Kanata never knew he had the key to, that leads them to his fathers ship and the secret to new hyperspace routes.
That being said, I did enjoy the film. It was a good mix of fan service, space pirates, and adventure all rolled into one. I got a Pirates of the Caribbean meets Titan A.E. vibe from the series. I enjoyed Kanata’s character even though he started out a bit shy and whiny but he quickly got over it. Unlike the previously mentioned comparison. It is too bad he is not in the original series, but I think ill go watch that to get some context to the world.
We give it a 7/10. Enjoyable, fun but relaxed anime viewing for when you want something simple to watch and not overkill on the fan service. English dubbing by Sentai Filmworks and released on Blu-ray which you can pickup on Amazon.com.