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Sentai Filmworks Adds Mōretsu Pirates TV Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Bodacious Space Pirates space opera TV anime to get digital, TV, BD/DVD releases

The North American anime licensee Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it acquired the Mōretsu Pirates (Bodacious Space Pirates) television anime series. The anime will have digital and television releases starting in February, followed by DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Crunchyroll had just announced earlier in the day that it will stream the anime into several countries as it airs in Japan.

The story centers around a spirited high school girl named Marika. She keeps herself busy with the space yacht club and her part-time job at a high-class retro café. One day, two people suddenly appear and claim to be subordinates of her dead father. They demand that she assume command of the space pirate ship Benten Maru. A privateer ship's compact was made during a war of independence a century ago, and according to that compact, the ship must be inherited by the captain's next direct descendant. Marika finds herself embarking on a new life as a space pirate.

An anime adaptation of Yuichi Sasamoto's Mini-Skirt Uchū Kaizoku (Mini-Skirt [Space] Pirates) space-opera novels was first revealed in 2009 for release this year. The television series was relaunched under the new Mōretsu Pirates title at Tokyo Anime Fair last year. Tetsuo Sato (Nadesico, Stellvia) is directing the project and overseeing the scripts.

Update: Background info and press release link added.

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