Another newcomer seeks to make an impression this season, as Crunchyroll and Production IG’s Fena: Pirate Princess premiered its first and second episodes today. Let’s check them out, and for our first opinions on what the series will be like, in this Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 Review!
Fena: Pirate Princess Overview
Fena: Pirate Princess is an Action-Adventure series that is developed by Production IG. Production IG is a studio that is very well known for developing instant classics such as Attack on Titan, Haikyuu, and Vinland Saga. It is an original anime, which means it isn’t adapted from or inspired by any manga or light novel. The series is created and directed by Kazuto Nakazawa, previously known for directing episodes in anime like Samurai Champloo and B: The Beginning.
The series and these particular episodes are known as Kaizuko Oujo Episodes 1 and 2 in original Japanese.
– Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 Review contains mild spoilers –
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 Review- The Plot
“The series tells the tale of a young orphan girl, Fena Houtman. Fena has been raised on an Island where there is no hope of becoming anything more than a chattel, to be used and discarded by soldiers of the British Empire. But Fena is more than just another powerless orphan. When her mysterious past comes knocking, Fena will break the chains of her oppressors. Her goal: forge a new identity, free of bondage, and search for a place where she can truly belong and find out the true mysteries behind the keyword “Eden.”– Crunchyroll
If you were to combine the plots of One Piece and Samurai Champloo, you’d probably get Fena: Pirate Princess. Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 started off well in the Samurai Era Japan, where women were treated as property. Fena isn’t a normal child, though. No anime protagonist ever is, except maybe Deku. She has an entire kingdom looking out for her to ensure that she doesn’t get into any trouble.
Since two episodes were released on the same day, I have to talk about some story spoilers of Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 to talk about Fena Pirate Princess Episode 2, so this is your warning. I will spoil some stuff in the next sentence. Fena grew up in a brothel, where as soon as she turned of age, she was sold to the highest bidder. She is saved from her predicament by two jolly old grandpas, Otto and Salman.
The first episode ends with Fena’s childhood friend coming back to save her alongside his samurai friends to help Fena escape. The second episode then explores Goblin Island and why the residents helped save her life. It’s nothing that we haven’t seen before, but it is still very captivating. The manner in which Fena takes charge of her destiny is great, and I’m sure it will lead to many more interesting plot details in the future.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 Review- The Characters
Many characters were introduced in Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2, so bear with me as we go through most of them. Fena reminds me a lot of Fuu, another Samurai Champloo character. Just like Fuu, Fena is charming, talkative, and wilful. She isn’t afraid of jumping into the horizon as long as she gets something out of it, whether a friend or an answer. She is a great protagonist to base a show around and a far cry from the usual boring and lifeless anime protagonists that we get.
Otto and Salman were fun for whatever time we knew them, but I’m glad they don’t dominate the screen very often. Loud characters like them only work well in small doses, which is what we got. We have barely even known Yukimaru, Fena’s childhood friend, but he already looks like the most interesting character in the bunch. His and Fena’s chemistry is great, and I’m sure they will develop a fun dynamic between them.
Production IG also introduced many different side characters in Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2, who got a few lines of introduction and a little character moment each. I’m sure we will get to know more about all of them as the anime progresses, but my current favourites are the twins Enju and Kaede. This group of characters, alongside the island master and a couple of characters that Fena left behind, make up the entire cast of Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2, and they are a solid bunch.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 Review- The Art and Music
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 were visually gorgeous and had some spectacular frames in each of them. Production IG is known for doing some of the best animation work this side of the pacific, and they proved it here. The character designs and the environments are all spotless and pristine, making watching this anime a treat to the eyes.
The music is typical Samurai Era Japan fare, and I haven’t heard anything remarkable yet, but what I did hear was perfectly fine and sounded good. The opening and ending themes are beautifully animated, although it will take me some time to form an opinion on the themes themselves. Check back in a review or two later, and I’ll tell you how I feel in more detail then. Overall, the art and music of Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 Review were fantastic.
This has turned out to be a great season for original anime. Sonny Boy is doing well, The Aquatope on White Sand is my favourite anime of the season so far, and now Fena Pirate Princess is here to give them both a solid competition. Fena Pirate Princess Episode 1 and 2 were phenomenal pieces of media and a delight to take in for the first time truly. I am very excited for this anime’s future, and so should you be.
If you liked this review of Fena: Pirate Princess, you will also enjoy our review of the next episodes in the series, available right here!