Queer Ladies in Space: How Moretsu breaks the mold of typical romance
When you imagine an anime named “Bodacious Space Pirates”, you probably don’t imagine something terribly, well, feminist. I know that when I first heard the title, all I could imagine was horrible oodles of fanservice with a side of shitty romance.
The name is deceiving though. Believe it or not, Bodacious Space Pirates is one of the most feminist friendly anime I have come across. I’m planning on writing a post about the series in general soon, but I wanted to take some time to talk about those lovely ladies in the pics up there real fast.
In all of Bodacious Space Pirates, there is only ONE canon couple, only ONE couple that gets an on screen kiss. And that is it up there.
Meet Jenny and Lynn. Jenny was the president of the Yacht club, daughter to the CEO of a mega rich company, on her way to a university and started a company of her own right out of school. Lynn, a year younger, the vice-president when we meet her and later president of the club, is an expert hacker, a good leader, and a bit of a rebel. Each of them is a fully fleshed out, interesting, kick ass character.
And in season 2, we find out that they are in love and in a relationship.
I’m trying to imagine now what this series would have meant to me if it had existed when I was in middle school ad high school- still struggling with my sexuality, desperate for any and all representation.
These two are not treated as fanservice. It isn’t presented as a phase. In fact, their relationship is framed as mature, deep, and true. It survives the end of the series, with Lynn promising to go to the same University as Jenny so they can be together.
In a media landscape where romance can be predictable, and straying away from the heteronormative can end in stereotypical comedy, this couple is spectacular.
A+ Bodacious Space Pirates.
In addition to the canon lesbians, you have a show about teenaged girls where there are no catfights, no panty shots, no gratuitously large boobs*. It’s about friendships between young women, about young women following their dreams, about young women helping each other realize their dreams.
I love it.
*ship’s doctor aside.