How did we get here? How did things get so complicated? Wasn’t this supposed to be a fun pirate show? Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 is the final ride of a truly perplexing show. Let’s find out how it ended.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 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, so 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.
This episode is known as Kaizoku Oujo Episode 12 in original Japanese. If you missed our review of the previous episode in this series, click here to read it!
– Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 Review does not contain spoilers –
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 Review- The Plot
Take your mind back to when you first heard about this anime. Maybe you thought, “We haven’t had a new pirate anime in a while. this will be interesting”. Maybe you were intrigued by the concept or drawn in by the big-name studio and Crunchyroll involved with the likes of Adult Swim and Toonami. Whatever you thought of the show then or even after watching 4-5 episodes of it, I can guarantee you that the show didn’t turn out like you hoped it would.
I empathise with those who saw promise in this show’s premise and were hooked to watch it until the end. Nobody expects or wants something they like to turn foul, especially in this manner. You see, Fena Pirate Princess didn’t just wish away its potential. It tricked people into believing it was a show about easygoing pirates to then spring a whole load of supernatural nonsense on people, the kind that doesn’t make an iota of sense and still takes itself way too seriously.
The “Big Twist” at the end of the previous episode was that Cody and Fena’s father/caretaker were the same being. Production IG really tried to make this moment shocking and grandiose, except for the fact that nobody cared about Cody or Fena’s somehow still alive father. As if that wasn’t enough, Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 tried to turn that into a whole thing about destinations and choices that didn’t even make an iota of a sense because that’s not what the show was supposed to be about.
More pirates watched this show illegally than were featured on the show. The show is called “Fena: Pirate Princess” in English. Since there are no pirates, and the princess part doesn’t even hold any significance other than 10 seconds in Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12, why wasn’t this series just “Fena”? Where did any of this Eden stuff come from? If it was always here, why didn’t it make more sense than it did? Why couldn’t this story be given more time than it was?
The worst part about the show ending like this is that by the end, nothing mattered. The show gave us a montage of all the previous characters coming back expecting us to feel something, but most of them missed their mark because all they did was remind me what this show used to be and why I held all those expectations. What started as a happy go lucky journey to find the origins of a stone turned into a question about the earth’s existence and how Fena held the world’s future in her hands.
When you make a story this grandiose in such a short amount of time, you pass over all the tiny elements that led you to them. At the end of the show, nothing really mattered apart from Fena and maybe Yukimaru. Goblin Knights were cast aside, Abel was done and dusted, and Cody was still a nobody. Many useless plot points that the show introduced for no discerning reason were cast aside for this, like Kei and Fena being a witch, and I would have rather had those than what we got. Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 wasn’t very good.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 Review: The Characters
The characters were always a strong point of the series, which remained the case until the end, thankfully. The problem then became the series not giving any time to those characters to develop them. The pacing was always an issue with this show and never was it more obvious than Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12. What good was introducing this many characters and then not giving them any time to shine?
Fena, Yukimaru, Shitan, and Abel were the only ones who were ever given any time, and even still, two of them were cast aside by the show at the end. It became a Fena-Yukimaru show by the end, which would have still been fine if the show didn’t parade them around everyone else as if that wasn’t the case. No one ever mattered but them, no one received any development but them, and most characters will be forgotten by the end of next week.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 Review- Art and Music
After spewing so much bile in the other segments, it would be unfair of me not to talk about the good parts of Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12. As expected, the music and animation were the best parts of the show. The skies and settings looked as gorgeous as they ever have, and the show sounded as good as it ever has. It feels hard to enjoy these parts when they accompanied something that I despised to my core. The insert song at the end was nice…? I’m lost here.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 was a colossal disappointment of an ending and a betrayal to the show’s initial promise. I’m sorry to those whom I recommended the show before it had ended. I hoped things would turn out better than they did.
The full show review is here! Click here to read it!