Many thanks to Merlin's Musings for nominating this site for the My Pirate Crew tag! I've never built a pirate crew before. Even in my fiction (which I swear will someday see the light of day -- no, seriously!), I didn't do pirates. It's not that I had anything against them. It's just I never gave them much thought!
For the sake of clarity, these are going to be the fun, Bodacious Space Pirates kind of pirates, not the "I'll take this oil tanker off your hands and ransom you to your government" kind of pirates. Let's face it: Bodacious is more fun, and I know at least I need a break from reality!
Here are the rules as Merlin's Musings presented them:
- Display the My Pirate Crew logo and add ‘My Pirate Crew’ as a tag.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog (Thanks Merlin's Musings!).
- Link back to the original post here (so I can compare your crews to mine).
- Select seven anime characters and give them a position on the crew. These are the positions you can to fill. Warrior, sniper, chef, doctor, scientist, navigator, strategist, mechanic, entertainer.
- Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
- Set sail and rule the seas!
Not sure how to implement rule #6, but we'll see what I can do. I wonder if I can wander around my neighborhood in a vaguely pirate sort of way?
My Very Own Pirate Crew
Tatsuya was modest, focused, efficient -- and unbeatable. Pretty good qualities for a warrior! Capture from the Netflix steam.
You want a warrior who can not only fight, but can think on their feet, inspire their fellow crew, and break the enemy's morale. Oh, and if they can automatically come back from the dead, those are serious bonus points! Turns out, there is such a character: Tatsuya Shiba from The Irregular at Magic High School. The dude could seriously fight! It was a treat to see him in action. It's probably an unfair advantage, but I strongly suspect everywhere he goes, you'll find his sister Miyuki Shiba, who is really, really -- really! -- protective of her brother. So it's almost like a two-fer!
Cheating? Maybe! When it comes to pirates, I think cheating might be okay! Maybe even expected.
And the "coming back from the dead part?" Tatsuya can restore himself from a backup. That's the best arguments I've ever heard for keeping your backups up to date!
I kinda think that if she missed her target with her first shot, she'd just track it down and beat it with her rifle. Yoko was not someone who did things half way! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I don't think this selection is cheating as much as it might be overly obvious. For my sniper, I'm going to draft Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. She was not only a good shot; she was not only strikingly beautiful; she was not only amazingly head strong; but she got exponentially more amazing, in all categories, as she got older. Yoko in Teacher Form was flat-out amazing!
There was actually a point in the first 1/2 of the series where she seriously pissed me off. It almost made me stop watching the series! She seemed to turn her back on Simon when he despaired. In retrospect, I suspect she was just trying to harden him in preparation for what was to come. She didn't know what that might be, but that's part of her charm: By virtue of who she was, she inspired those around her to be better!
Erina's teacher mode was super effective! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
It's a pirate crew. I can't have someone can simply cook be the chef. The chef has to have other skills! Preferably combat skills, but leadership skills will work, too. That's why I'm nominating Erina Nakiri from Food Wars as my chef. Sure, she's got the "god tongue," and she's got amazing cooking skills, so she'll keep the crew happily fed. I mean, by nature, I don't like the killing and pillaging part of pirating, so I'll need to keep the crew occupied with something, right? Might as well be great good!
But what if we run into some evil royalty? We'll need someone with a queen-like presence to counter them, right? Erina will be right at home in that scenario! Well, as long as her dad doesn't show up. He seems to rattled her...
From the first time we meet her, Chisato was enigmatic. Being able to keep secrets is a great skill for any member of a pirate crew! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Look, when all's said and done, I'm still a guy. So I'm asking for a little understanding for this choice. For my pirate crew's doctor, I'm going to choose Chisato Hasegawa from The Testament of Sister New Devil. Yes. I know. She's stupidly attractive. By that, I mean guys tend to get stupid around someone that ridiculously attractive. But remember -- my crew has to multitask! So when male rival pirates attack, she can work her magic and distract them. And while you're snickering at my apparent shallowness (for which I have no real defense, so I'm about to try to distract you), did I mention she's also able to kill gods? Talk about a handy pirate power!
Rika never does anything half way. That kind of dedication to an idea is perfect for a pirate scientist. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Sometimes you have to emphasis attitude over experience. I mean, where would we be if no gave General Patton a chance to prove himself when he was a young 'un? So for my crew's scientist, I'm going to go with a character from one of my favorite all time series, Haganai: Rika Shiguma. She's a genius. She's uninhibited, which in a pirate crew, is a plus (and I'd argue it's a plus in general -- look at how much of a rebel I'm becoming in this post!). She's willing to work herself almost to death if she thinks the goal's worth it. Remember how she almost ended up in the hospital because she worked so hard to add the special effects to the club's movies? But most of all, she was willing to go to extreme lengths to break through Kodaka Hasegawa's stubbornness so he'd realize something important. Sometimes, I'm an idiot, and if I'm in command of a pirate crew, we'll need someone like Rika to remind me when I'm stupid. I just hope I don't exhaust her...
And hey, is Kodaka related to Chisato? Or do I have the names backwards? If they're related, that's kinda scary...
I think she might be the most sane member of the crew! Her level-headedness would be perfect as a navigator for my pirate crew. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
She might be the science officer, but the maintains the ship's navigator logs -- at least in episode 5 of the series Martian Successor Nadesico. I'm talking about Ruri Hoshino, who's responsible for interfacing with the ship's computer. I've always admired her focus and her ability to get the ship to do what's necessary. She also prefers the computer's companionship to many of the human crew. I have to respect that kind of honesty! And really, when it comes to navigating the ship, where a single error could result in the loss of the entire ship, don't you want someone who's focused and is unlikely to be influenced by extraneous stuff like human contact?
Shiroe had a motto to always look several moves into the future. Useful advice for a strategist! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Sometimes, the obvious choice is the right choice. That's why I'm going with the "villain in glasses", Shiroe from Log Horizon. If he can stay focused, he can see the whole playing field, understand all of the players, and project their moves several steps into the future. When he's in the zone, he's almost unstoppable. And if he loses his confidence and stumbles? Well, he can depend on the ninja Akatsuki to set him straight. I don't see that as a weakness -- we all have those moments. He's luck to have someone like her who can straighten him back out! That kind of run-time correction will be important for my strategist.
Winry's mechanical work is her passion. In this line of work, that's a huge asset. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
One trait that's critical for a mechanic is a love of tinkering. A mechanic has to love to understand why things work the way they do, too -- otherwise, how will they know how to fix stuff in a pinch? Or improvise? Whenever I think "mechanic" in the context of anime, the first character I think of is Winry Rockbell from Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. She works on stuff because she loves working on stuff. She's shown herself to not only be technically capable -- she's also passionate about her work. Just look at some of her reactions when Edward Elric breaks his automail! Pride in workmanship is important!
She's smart. She's beautiful. She's talented. And she was second in command of a biker gang, so if things go south in the field, she could easily take charge. Talk about multi-faceted! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Keeping with the theme of multitasking, it'd be useful if the pirate crew's entertainer was also a badass, wouldn't it? And the more badass, the better. Personally, I think anyone who can walk away from a flaming motorcycle crash -- especially after she's already dead! -- counts as badass. So, I'm picking Saki Nikaidou from Zombieland Saga. I mean, as the heavy for a biker gang, she's pretty much a pirate already! And there's no disputing her badassery. And the zombie can sing, too! So she's a perfect choice for this crew!
Of course, if you're too busy or just don't want to do this tag, cool! But if you're so inclined, I would very much like to see what you come up with. For my 5-10 bloggers, I nominate:
- Bateszi Anime Blog
- Chikorita157’s Anime Blog
- Curiously Dead Cat
- Dimension Gate
- It's an Anime Thing
- Just Something about LynLyn
- The Kitten Who Eats Ramen
- Lumi Reviews Things
- Marth's Anime Blog
- Season 1 Episode 1
The rules said 5-10 bloggers; I picked 11. See how I flaunt the rules? I'm trying to be a pirate. Gotta start small!
Also, I chose 9 characters, not 7 as requested. Good heavens, I'm turning into a pirate faster than I thought I would! This stuff's dangerous!
Thanks for reading -- I hope you enjoyed meeting my pirate crew!