So you’ve just watched a friend die, stolen one of the most advanced ships in the galaxy, and managed to make an enemy of the Space Pirates. Not bad for your first trip in space since you were a kid. But what do you do next? If you thought staying under the radar was the best option, think again. As Gene begins to find out, his his new-found popularity leads to a whole new set of troubles.
Women will be the root of Gene’s issues
The first to join the Gene fan club? Aisha Clanclan. In an earlier episode, Gene and Hilda rush through Aisha on their way to pick up the future Outlaw Star. This embarrassment forces Aisha’s military commanders to dump her off in disgrace. And to a Ctarl-Ctarl this disgrace cannot be left alone. Revenge is in order! But what what Aisha has in strength, she equally loses in brains. Gene outwits her, and leaves her on the Outlaw asteroid Blue Heaven. But this won’t be the last we see of her.
But they’ll also be his strength
When an assassin comes for a friend of Gene’s (more on that below), Gene gets caught in the middle, saving him and bringing the assassin’s wrath upon him. And not just any assassin. The (great) “Twilight” Suzuka. A wooden sword wielding, wind and air manipulating samurai assassin. At some point, you would think writers for this story would run out of ideas. But when you have plenty of 90’s ideas to run with, one more wont hurt. How does Gene defeat this sword wielding woman? By embarrassing her after unraveling her kimono and forcing her to cover up. Comical? Yes. On par for the show so far? Yes. And in typical anime fashion, enemies can even become comrades, as Suzuka joins the Outlaw Star crew.
…And not just Women
When they leave Blue Heaven, Gene makes his way home in a freshly painted, newly registered, Outlaw Star. But a ship this new needs to be outfitted. And who best to help outfit a ship than a friend that deals in weapons. What could be so wrong in that? Everything, at least to Jim. Fred Luo has a deep affection for Gene. With Fred’s sexual orientation being little short of out of the closet, they go looking to purchase weapons. Fortunately for Gene, he doesn’t have to return Fred’s affection for him. And after the incident with Suzuka, Gene and Fred become even “closer” friends.
Seriously, More Inept Pirates?
In an over the top anime, you come to expect dangerous, yet in the end, inept villains. How better than to solidify new friendships or demonstrate the newly outfitted ship. And these new pirates will fit the bill. Suzuka defeats two pirates, rescuing Melfina and protecting the ship. And, as soon as the Outlaw Star makes into space, Gene easily defeats 3 grapler ships on their way out. Not bad in a days work.
Another arc complete. Gene has outfitted his ship, gained a new crew member, and tested out his new ship. Outlaw Star is up to steam and ready to get into the heart of the story.