Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 Review

If you were expecting some grand finale that tied up all of the loose ends, Fena Pirate Princess episode 12 is not that. The finale to the latest Crunchyroll production is as much a jumbled mess of inconsistent plot points as most of the second half of the anime. It leaves you feeling kind of empty. Fena’s lot in life is really just depressing.

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Where can I watch Fena Pirate Princess episode 12?

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim partnered up to produce this anime. As such, you can find the finale episode on the websites of both companies. As of the time of this writing, you’ll have to either have a paying membership at Crunchyroll or have a cable subscription that includes Adult Swim if you want access to episode 12. If you’re wanting to watch for free, you’ll have to wait at least a week until Crunchyroll lets you watch it.

You could potentially watch this during Adult Swim’s normal programming. I couldn’t tell you when this episode will air again so you’d have to check your guide. My suggestion would be to just stream it from Adult Swim’s site if you really want to watch it that bad. It’d be ever better if you have the ability to cast from your streaming device to your TV.

Watch Fena Pirate Princess Episode 12 at Crunchyroll or Adult Swim

How was the story in Fena Pirate Princess episode 12?

Coming into the finale for this series, there was a lot of explanations that needed to take place. Most of the explanation needed to cover what Eden is and why Fena needed to quest to find it. Unfortunately, the reasons we got didn’t do much to satisfy. By the time episode 12 is over you’re left with a feeling of “that’s it?” I guess it shouldn’t surprise too much as ever since Fena was revealed to be Joan of Arc’s reincarnation things have gone off the rails.

Probably the most frustrating part of the story in the series finale is that Fena is made out to be nothing more than a pawn in a much larger narrative. She has no real choice, both in the quest to discover Eden and what she has to do when she gets there. Fena’s destiny is to find Eden and choose between recreating the story of Noah or allowing humanity to continue on for another generation. If she chooses the latter, she’s just allowing humanity to go one step closer to its ultimate destruction. Basically, Fena was raised to determine whether humanity is destroyed now or later.

Don’t worry, if Fena chooses the latter option then another girl, most likely Fena’s daughter when she has one, will be forced to undertake the exact same journey. That means this story is only going to repeat itself over and over. That’s a depressing thought. That also means that the only way for Fena to end up with Yukimaru is to choose to destroy the world.

How did you come to that determination?

I know the creators of the story for Fena Pirate Princess didn’t care to much for consistency, but they let slip something in Abel’s backstory that is important here in episode 12. It was revealed to us that in order for Joan of Arc’s reincarnation to be born, the father had to be a king. That’s why Helena did what she did. Abel, Helena’s true love interest, was the odd man out.

If Eden requires Fena’s bloodline to continue, doesn’t that mean that she’s going to have to do the same thing that her mother did? If so, is Yukimaru destined to take the place of Abel? That’s what this story is telling me. What a horrible way to end a story that’s supposed to be uplifting and satisfying. It feels like there wasn’t much thought put into how everything was going to end. Either that or they just didn’t want to look back and see how the grand finale fit into the overall narrative.

Overall, the story in Fena Pirate Princess episode 12 is just as much a mess as the rest of this anime. There are gaping plot holes that are left unanswered, “just because” events are common and Fena fails to connect as a heroine that you can invest in. Once again, it’s style over substance.

What did Fena Pirate Princess episode 12 get right?

As down as I’ve been on this anime, there’s no way that I could say a bad word about the production quality. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m no expert on art, music and other artistic pursuits, but I can at least tell when something looks good. Fena Pirate Princess episode 12 looks good and sounds good. I don’t know any other way to describe it. Besides that, there’s really not much to praise about this episode.

What did Fena Pirate Princess episode 12 get wrong?

Do you mean besides the huge gaping plot holes? There are some things to mention here. I’ll start first with the whole idea that Eden is this godlike entity that is just waiting for one maiden to say “lets start over.” You mean to tell me that one teenage girl is going to determine the fate of everyone living on the Earth? That seems like an incredibly flawed premise.

Think about what we’ve seen from Fena for instance. She’s been a fairly naïve, innocent girl for most of the anime. She doesn’t have any particular skills. She’s been goofy, silly and clumsy for the majority of the 12-episode series. There has been very little development in terms of her character. She’s just there to get possessed every now and then to make the plot go forward. That doesn’t sound like someone who I would want to be making world changing decisions to me. I was balking at Fena leading the Goblin Knights, there’s no way she should be making this decision.

But she’s the maiden who’s been chosen!

So what! Fena Pirate Princess episode 12, like the rest of the anime, has done nothing to establish that Fena is a qualified anime protagonist. At most she’s been a conduit for someone else’s memories. Eden comes across as a severely flawed supreme being because of the decision to nuke the world on the decision of a girl like this. You’d think that a being that has the power to reset the world would be able to find better candidates.

If the decision to destroy and remake the world was going to be given to the main character in Fena Pirate Princess, then we could’ve at least been given a better protagonist. Maybe if Fena had actually learned something during the journey it would’ve helped. Perhaps she could’ve been forced to make a hard decision at some point over the previous 11 episodes to get her some experience. No, we don’t get that. We get a half-baked ending that leaves you unsatisfied.

Are you done complaining?

No, not yet! I’ve got one more thing to discuss because it needs to be covered. As we’re getting the last few scenes with the credits rolling in the background, three of the female pirates pop back up. I’ll just refer to them as Blonde, Black Hair and Purple Hair. I don’t know their names and I’m not going to look it up. They’re not that important. What is important is that the last time we saw them was when they were being blown up.

It’s a stretch to think that even one of the female pirates survived their fight with the British Navy. If you don’t remember, back in episode 7 Abel ordered a cannon meant to bombard fortified land positions to take out the Rumble Rose. In one shot he turned the Rumble Rose into a burning pile of wreckage. We’re supposed to believe these three women made it out of that?

It’s not like the entire ship was destroyed in an explosion!

Now, I’ll grant you that the Blonde was up in the crow’s nest. She might’ve been able to avoid the intensity of the explosion and get tossed into the sea. There’s still the issue of her making it back to land, but that’s the least of my issues. The biggest problem with the three pirates shown is the purple haired one.

Purple Hair was right next to the captain when the Rumble Rose was ripped to shreds. We know from the footage we got in Fena Pirate Princess episode 7 that the captain was engulfed in flames. Go back and watch it if you don’t believe me. The anime made a big deal out of her death. What they didn’t take into consideration is that they showed Purple Hair standing right next to the captain when the shot landed. That means she should’ve died in a ball of flames as well.

Don’t come back and say “there was some time between the impact and explosion! She could’ve run away!” Purple Hair lost her footing and fell backward right before the dramatic scene I just mentioned. There wasn’t enough time for her to get up and get away. She should be dead. The fact that she shows up here encapsulates the issues I have with the story of Fena. “Just because” is not a good reason to defy logic.

Is Fena Pirate Princess episode 12 worth watching?

No, not really. I’m glad I watched it just to see how epic this anime crashed and burned. If you want to watch it go ahead but you’re not getting something that’s all that impressive. You might be captivated by the visuals and be able to overlook the obvious issues with the story, but that’s not me. I’m very disappointed considering how this one started. I really thought we were going to get a completely different anime after watching the first two episodes. Fena Pirate Princess episode 12 is just not worth your time.

Is Fena Pirate Princess worth watching?

It’s not the worst anime I’ve ever seen but I wouldn’t recommend it to others. What starts out as an interesting premise quickly devolves into a boring story that doesn’t grab your interest. In my opinion, this anime should’ve stayed more towards the non-fantasy elements that were present at the start. What’s so bad about a story where a girl runs away from prostitution and lives a life as a pirate? You’d think that’s what kind of anime this is looking at the title. Right now I feel like I’m the victim of a bait-and-switch. I need to go cleanse my pallet.

Now go watch some anime!

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