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Currently watching Mouretsu Pirates and Yona of the Dawn. Pirates is a weird mix of semi-hard SF, outright silliness, and massive femininity. It's light-hearted and fun. Have watched through ep 17 of 26 so far. It's a bit dizzying what things they put effort into justifying, what they handwave. The future society seems pleasant, there's a lot of female characters with diverse talents and even a bit of racial or body type diversity, and I'm not sure it does pass reverse Bechdel -- given the premise, when two men do talk, they're usually talking about the lead girl, though not in a romantic way.

The original novels were titled "Miniskirt Space Pirates" but it's actually shockingly low on fanservice. Schoolgirl skirts in zero gravity simply fail to have the obvious failure modes. One of the adult pirates dresses pretty racily, but the camera doesn't male-gaze her, not the schoolgirls; there'll just be people talking, one of whom is showing a lot of skin, but it doesn't linger on her, nor does she poes. There's a *bit* of that in the ending, a brief zoom-in on schoolgirl walking thighs, but that's it.

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4 of 17 and ongoing for Yona, which is like a blend of Seiunkoku Monagatari, Twelve Kingdoms, and maybe Seirei no Moribito. Fantasy China^WKorea, anyway. Only one female character of note, the eponymous Yona, lead princess in what looks like a possible reverse harem. I haven't looked up where this comes from yet. So far I'm intrigued but not blown away; I'm watching because a friend recommended it.

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