As the final preparations got completed for their first voyage, Marika gets her hopes up on what lies ahead for everyone…
From the last episode, Marika just jumped into cyber warfare with the other ship without having enough skills. Thankfully, it didn’t matter too much as Chiaki just pumped up the power for the ship to automatically attack them for victory despite overloading the power. Still, what kind of bothers me is that Marika denies it when questioned by Chiaki about becoming an official pirate. Their conversation leaves a lot to think about… What if she chickens out and decides not to become one until the very last episode? If that happens, you end up with another Madoka with everything in the opening becoming a big lie. Even so, I doubt she would run away from it considering her interest in the whole thing and having strong support from her peers.
Aside from that, the girls’ practice ship has started its voyage in space. Sadly, it’s not without any trouble because of Murphy’s Law. Therefore, the freshman girls get to wear their space suits and walk on the ship to fix it. Needless to say, the animators thought it was a good idea to confirm the space suits to the girls’ body, thus providing more passive fanservice. Even so, not much happens in the space walk except for untangling the sails. I appreciated the details they put in everything even though it bored some people. This kind of shows the somewhat realistic approach they are trying to take. Things will eventually get more exciting once all the important the details gets laid out. As they all say, the patient ones will get rewarded.
Forgot to mention, it seems that Chiaki got addicted to parfaits… It makes me wonder if she will end up like Kyoko and starts asking for one during a mission. ¶