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VINE VOICEon 11 February 2013
Marika Kato is a high school student on the planet Sea of the Morningstar in the Tau Ceti system. When her estranged father dies however Marika discovers that she is his sole heir and has inherited the captaincy of the Bentenamaru, a pirate ship that operates under a hereditary Letter of Marque. Marika must now decide whether to live her life as an ordinary student or to follow in her parents footsteps and become a space pirate.

'Bodacious Space Pirates' (based on a light novel series called 'Miniskirt Space Pirates') is an entertaining science fiction series that is quite different to what you would accept based on the name. The series may not have much in the way of traditional action but it is very well written with some nice humour and some very well done character moments throughout the series. The show has a mostly light tone but entertaining and the series has a little more hard science fiction than you would expect from the name.

This two disc volume of the anime contains the first thirteen of the series twenty-six episodes and covers the first two arcs of the series. The first arc in the volume involves Marika trying to make the decision whether or not to follow her father into piracy before learning what it truly means to be a pirate in the far future. The second arc sees Marika and her crew encounter the seventh princess of the Serenity Star System who has a job for the Bentenamaru. Both these arcs are entertaining but I would say that the second one is slightly better. The pacing of the series can be a little slow for some people but personally I do enjoy slower paced series and I still found it entertaining.

The series as a whole has a very good setting and has some nice world building scattered throughout. The designs of the technology, characters and ships are all extremely well done, and are skilfully brought to life by some nice animation. This volume includes both English and Japanese versions of the series (for the first time in my watching anime on DVD the Japanese was the default soundtrack) and while I do prefer the Japanese version, the English dub is done reasonably well. One thing I wasn't too sure about with the English dub however is that it has kept some of the Japanese honorifics but this is probably because I am unused to hearing them in English outside of a Japanese setting and I did get use to them eventually.

'Bodacious Space Pirates' is an entertaining series and although I am sure not everyone would enjoy the series I would say that it deserves a score somewhere between four and a half and five stars.
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