Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 Review

Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 Review

I’ve got some serious questions after watching Fena Pirate Princess episode 3. Depending on how the anime answers these questions, we might be headed down the path of yet another mediocre Crunchyroll sponsored anime. If it’s done right, Fena and her crewmates might be headed on an exciting journey to “Eden.” Only time will tell which path we’ll go down.

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Where can I watch Fena Pirate Princess episode 3?

As you probably guessed from the intro paragraph, you can watch this anime over at Crunchyroll. This anime was made due to Crunchyroll’s support. I can’t think of any reason why they would not have first dibs on the new episodes. Just think of it, “Up next is the debut episode of Fena: Pirate Princess! Sponsored by Crunchyroll, airing exclusively on Funimation!” I would think that someone would be fired if that happened.

You can also watch Fena over at Adult Swim. They partnered with Crunchyroll to get this anime to our screens. This is actually the first time I’ve heard of Adult Swim doing something like this, but it might just be me living under a rock. I’ve always associated Adult Swim with American cartoons. I know they’ve carried anime over their history, but it was always licensed stuff.

Watch Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 at Crunchyroll or Adult Swim

How was the story in Fena Pirate Princess episode 3?

Is the old guy on Goblin Island who’s also the leader of the samurai betraying Fena to the British navy? Really, episode 3 starts with a scene of Sanada sending a message via carrier pigeon to the blonde-haired British commander that’s after Fena. If that’s the case then I have so many questions.

Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 - Fena's pursuer

First off, if Sanada planned on helping out the British in search of Fena, why would he go through all of the trouble to send her on an ocean voyage? Shouldn’t he lead her right into the arms of her pursuers? Why, also, would he put his strongest subordinates in Fena’s care while all of this is going on? Isn’t he just putting them at risk as well?

I’m confused. We’re only three episodes in and we’re already getting a hint that something is off. Usually something like that comes much later in an anime, possibly even as a shock surprise near the end. I can’t help but get flashbacks to Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood. That anime just seemed to throw plot twists at us just to have them in the story. I hope Fena doesn’t go down that route.

Sounds like you didn’t like the story. Is that true?

I think it might be a little too early to tell. I get that Fena has pursuers. That’s what I expected, but I don’t get Sanada’s part in all of this. Besides that, episode 3 does exactly what you would think it would. The British navy, in an effort to chase down our protagonist, hires pirates who catch up with Fena and the samurai at their first stop. After fighting their way out, the journey continues.

The only thing that I did not see coming was how the British navy dealt with the creepy guy who paid to have Fena for her first time. He led the pirates who were tracking down Fena in the city of Bar-Baral. Their failure to bring back their target led to this guy going for a swim while wrapped up in chains. I did not expect that from an anime like this! Violence during a fight is one thing, but cruel acts like this are something else completely.

With this scene in mind, I guess you could say that the story in Fena Pirate Princess episode 3 was similar to the first two episodes. The anime is somewhat bipolar. It can be silly and funny or fairly serious and violent. I’m not sure which one it’s supposed to be, so I’m not sure how I’m supposed to react to the different story elements being in there.

What are you talking about?

Am I supposed to be appalled that Fena has some pretty disturbing moments? A girl being forced into prostitution, a gang of men suggesting they’re going to rape Fena and throw her body to the sharks and now a man being tossed overboard while wrapped in chains are all pretty mature content. I wouldn’t let my kids watch this anime for sure.

A guy getting tossed overboard

Is the silliness supposed to be for an adult audience though? Fena’s escape plans were all drawn in crayons. The way the samurai interact makes me view them more as large children than anything else. Fena too, behaves like a child. Who is supposed to be the core audience for this one? I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what this anime is trying to be.

What did Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 get right?

The fighting was pretty good. The samurai from Goblin Island are operating on another level. I get the feeling that it’s going to be a little while before we’re introduced to someone who can hold their own against them. Especially Yukimaru. He seems to be the one who’s the best at cutting down his opponents.

The twins, Enju and Kaede, weren’t that bad either. Once Fena was taken to safety they were able to show off what they could do. The twins also did the whole “I’m not fighting seriously” shtick at first. It was pretty entertaining to watch even though their situation started to get more serious as more pirates showed up.

Anything else?

I did appreciate the scene where Enju, Kaede and Fena haggled with the rare gems merchant. For a moment there I thought that things were about to get ugly. How else could things go after the merchant proposed a trade that was just not going to happen. Fena just escaped becoming a prostitute, I doubt she’s going to use her body as a bargaining chip.

Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 - Haggling with the merchant

The quick turn Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 took was unexpected. All of a sudden, the merchant and the twins were fascinated by the lighter that Karin had made. It’s as if the merchants proposition had been completely forgotten. It was a much better scene after that.

The best part about this whole encounter was that we found out about the crystal that Fena was handed in episode 2. We now know that it was made in Libar-Oberstein, Germany. The crystal was also supposedly the property of royalty. Is Fena even more elite than her Houtman ancestry? That’s what it appears to be after episode 3.

What did Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 get wrong?

I don’t really have anything for this section. I guess you could put in here the fact that this anime is having a hard time determining its identity. Is it aimed at a younger audience or more for adults? If it’s airing on Adult Swim at midnight, then is the target audience the 18-34 male demographic? If so, is this something that they’ll like?

I could see the fighting and violence as something that would be entertaining to that crowd, but not the silliness. Fena acts like a child. She’s annoying. Is that the type of protagonist that will be appealing to a young male audience? I don’t know but my instincts tell me “No.”

Is Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 worth watching?

Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 - The pirates after Fena

Yes, Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 is worth watching. We’re still at the beginning of this anime, and I still think there’s the possibility that it’ll go off the rails, but so far it’s been fun to watch. I’m curious to learn about Fena’s past and who she really is. I’m actually starting to get the feeling that we’re about to have a situation similar to the one in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.

You may not get that reference and that’s just fine. Just know that two of the important characters, Relena and Zechs, are related with the younger sister, Relena, not knowing anything about it at first. That’s the vibe I’m getting between Fena and the British naval commander who’s chasing her down. If that ends up being the case then I have some big questions about episode 1, but we’ll put those to the side for now.

Fena Pirate Princess Episode 3 should be entertaining for most audiences. I’m just holding back on any full endorsement until we find out where the anime is going. Crunchyroll has burned me on more than one occasion so I’m cautiously optimistic at this point. I’m saving room to criticize later if things take a turn for the worse. So far, it’s been pretty good.

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