The 16th episode of Pirates devoted to the yacht club’s first attempt at piracy with a bit of drama about what the club president was up to. After a dinner in which she is reminded by Chiaki of one of her basic duties, Marika works herself to exhaustion. The next day, when planning the attack on the cruise ship, Marika has to instill confidence in her new crew. They manage to hash together some successful pirating, but it all turns out to be a distraction from what club president Lynn wanted to do all along; kidnap Jenny from wherever she was held captive.
There were a couple of questions I had after watching this episode. I’ll start by asking, who exactly loses out in this piracy based economy?
I can imagine the model is that the insurance company in the middle makes its money off of both the pirates and the ships that are being pirated. Yet, they also have to give back that money in claims on the goods stolen. There are four parties involved in this micro-economy of sorts, I think one of them has to lose out. The pirates continue to pirate because they make money. The insurance companies obviously make enough in premiums to generate profits as well from the pirates and the pirated ships. The cruise ships are happy enough with the pirating that it drives in additional ticket sales from passengers who want the full pirating experience. The passengers on the ship, would get their goods back from the insurance companies, so they wouldn’t lose anything. I guess the passengers on the ship hold up the whole model, but it seems like a bit of a bubble economy.
The next question I seem to have happens to be about how everything still seems to work out if you’re a pirate. There always seems to be a source of potential drama followed by a fortunate resolution and it’s a pattern that has been apparent probably going back to the very first episode. This time there was a potential problem with the engine balancing. Fortunately, Yayoi has knowledge of working twin-engine ships so that problem is solved. Then there’s the issue of needing someone with the skill to pilot the Bentenmaru to dock without damaging the other ship. Once again, they fortunately have an ace pilot in Ai who just needs a little confidence infusion from Marika to pull it off.
Then there’s the costumes. Yes, the silly costumes Mami made through the barrier of exhaustion just because she loves seeing girls in outrageous costumes. I mean really, how believable is it that a pirate crew made entirely of high school girls in cosplay could actually exist to the passengers and crew? That wouldn’t want to be a story I told to friends when I got home.
Finally, on to some actual plot matters. Throughout the episode, it was pretty obvious that Lynn was talking to Jenny. Yet, it was built up as this great drama about how Grunhilde had discovered her talking to someone in secret. Chiaki believed she could be a spy. But Marika believed in Lynn because she believed in Marika or something. So she was confronted by the important players and revealed that she wanted the Bentenmaru to engage in rescuing
her waifu the former club president.
All of which leads into next week’s episode. Jenny’s in some sort of arranged marriage situation and Lynn absolutely has to intervene. Obviously they are going to rush in and be fired upon, but ultimately there will be some sort of friendly resolution between Jenny, the yacht club and whoever is behind the arranged marriage.