If you watch things as soon as they release, you probably had a great start to your Sunday because of Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4. I know I did! Let’s get on with this review to find out how good it was.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4 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 4 in original Japanese. If you missed our review of the previous episode in this series, click here to read it!
– Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4 Review does not contain spoilers –
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4 Review- The Plot
Fena and her group of pirate protectors are still searching for the origin of the transparent stone, and they make a lot of headway in Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4. I did not believe they would learn this much in such a short amount of time, but then again, the show isn’t going in the direction I expected.
I expected the group to be looking for a particular answer for far longer than they actually did. That’s on me, though, and not an issue with the show. I can’t just expect things that the show didn’t explicitly promise and be mad that the show didn’t deliver on my expectations. What the show is doing is still great and works well within the universe’s rules that the show has created.
Comedy is another aspect of Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4 that I enjoyed. Comedy is subjective and multifaceted, of course, but the over-the-top and character-based comedy that Fena does is the exact kind that I have grown to love in my anime. From Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood to My Hero Academia, that’s the kind of approach Fena: Pirate Princess takes, and I love it.
But we have to talk about this gripe that I have with the localisation and translation that Crunchyroll did with this show. We heard a location’s name in Episode 3, and the characters and the subtitles called it “Liba Oberstien.” A few characters acted surprised over this location, and one even called it unbelievable. I couldn’t understand why, as it sounded like a perfectly fine European city name to me, and the subtitles confirmed that for me.
It was only when I used Google Lens over the Japanese text about the place that I realised that “Liba Oberstien” isn’t an actual place. It is supposed to be “River Oberstein”. Now, I understand and accept that the Japanese accent and dialect causes some English words to be misunderstood sometimes. I get it. But the translators somehow didn’t? It is a minor thing, but it butchers the original intent of the scene. A minor annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4 Review- The Characters
What a perfectly lovely cast this show has. Yukimaru, the godly warrior, Shitan, the handsome devil, the Fred and George-esque twins, the easily annoyed Tsubaki, the understated Makaba, and the fierce Karin make for a lovely bunch of side characters that compliment the naivety, curiosity, and eager disposition of Fena very well.
We are headed into that phase of Fena, where one character is picked per episode to explore and give a backstory and more of a character. The last episode was focused on the twins, while this one was on Shitan. Both worked perfectly well. Some new characters probably won’t impact anything else apart from Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4, which is okay.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4 Review- Art and Music
Fena: Pirate Princess is set in medieval times, which means the showrunners had to use a lot of flute and pipe in the music. This kind of music is perfect for relaxing, taking a break, and watching some friends travel across the world on a ship. Add in a sea-shanty or two, and you have the perfect pirate anime soundtrack, not that we have any apart from this and One Piece. The animation was gorgeous, as always. Not much to add there.
Another fantastic outing was witnessed in Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4, alongside a few surprises. I wish I could watch the rest of the series right now, but alas, we have to wait.
If you liked this review of Fena Pirate Princess Episode 4, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!