Yukimaru is hurt, the Goblin Knights barely escape, and there is strife amongst the group. Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8 sure didn’t spend a lot of time waiting around, did it? Let’s see where the submarine heads next in this review!
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8 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 8 in original Japanese. If you missed our review of the previous episode in this series, click here to read it!
– Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8 Review does not contain spoilers –
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8 Review- The Plot and Characters
So much happened in this episode, and it still felt like nothing when the episode came to an end. I don’t know whether to attribute this to the fast pace that the plot usually follows or the plot getting stuck at a beat that didn’t make much sense. This episode was the weakest episode of the series so far. Let’s start at what we knew before this episode started and go from there.
We knew that Yukimaru got hurt badly in the previous episode, and we knew that Shitan was the only one against going to save Fena in the first place. We also knew that Abel blew the lady pirates into smithereens in a level of overkill not seen since Ichigo used Mugetsu to kill Aizen when it didn’t look like he needed to. Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8 didn’t address the latter point, but it did the former two.
It seems like 12 episodes wasn’t a proper duration to see this show to its completion, as that entire conflict between Fena, Yukimaru, and Shitan got resolved in a matter of minutes. If that isn’t weird enough, all it seemingly took was Fena talking to Shitan. Ignoring the fact that Yukimaru is over his injury and on his feet only half an episode after the injury occurred, this pacing would give competition to Usain Bolt if it could run. Conflicts that resolve this easily aren’t conflicts but mere squabbles.
That aside, the pacing is the only complaint I have with Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8. The Knights’ interactions with each other are a delight to watch, no matter the context. The varied interests and characteristics of each of them make for a delightful experience every time. It doesn’t matter if one of them only gets one line in a particular episode, you can gauge their character and what makes them tick with that one line. They are all very well written and executed characters.
The direction of Fena’s character is confusing, as what we see on our screens differs from the narrative we have been told from the start of the show. Fena is routinely told that she has magical powers or that she has a divine purpose that exceeds that of everyone else in the show. The Fena we get in the show is sweet, caring, and helpful to whoever she comes across. That creates an intentional divide between how some characters look at Fena and how we as the audience see Fena.
It is unclear right now what’s next in the journey of these characters, but a conflict between them, Abel, and the as of yet unseen Kei is all but confirmed. I don’t know if the story is meaty enough for another season, but the rushed pace doesn’t seem like a good sign in that regard. I hope that this season ends properly, in any case.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8 Review- The Art and Music
The art was just as good as it always is in this episode, so let’s focus on something else for a while. The dialogue in an episode of Fena: Pirate Princess seems miles better than any other anime you are watching, whether you’re watching the subbed or the dubbed versions. I believe the major reason for that is because the low of a conversation feels natural, and people speak like actual human beings and not like fictional anime characters.
The characters aren’t afraid to speak over each other and are jostling for attention every time they are on screen, making the entire situation feel genuine and authentic. The actual content of the dialogue and the delivery is also generally off the charts good, as demonstrated by a lightning-fast rant Fena spews in Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8. A lot of credit for that has to be given to the voice actors and voice director. The music in the episode was also great, but nothing much to talk about.
Fena Pirate Princess Episode 8 was good despite being the weakest episode of the show so far. The pacing has started to hurt the show now, but the other elements are good enough always to make the show enjoyable.
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