Co-production by Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, Fena: Pirate Princess is unseen in France, before Japan! An original anime full of humor, adventure and romance.
After a violent shipwreck of which she seems to be the only survivor, Fena Houtman ends up on an island. Now an orphan, she was brought up there as a servant in a brothel.
But her life is turned upside down when two figures from her past help her escape. Taken to a pirate island, she leads a formidable crew, in search of the hidden truth about her family.
Fena: Pirate Princess (1 season – 3 episodes – Ongoing) – Available on Crunchyroll
AN INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE
Original creation, Fena: Pirate Princess is the perfect alliance between Japanese animation and American production. Co-produced by Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, this anime has been available as a simulcast on these two channels since August 15, two months before the Japanese broadcast scheduled for this fall.
A very popular exclusivity if we are to believe the first glowing feedback from Internet users. And for good reason, with its bewitching landscapes, its ingenious pitch and its endearing characters, this small series promises to cause a sensation.
With a five-star technical team, Fena: Pirate Princess already had everything to convince on paper. It is the director Nakazawa Kazuto (at work on Samuraï Champloo, Kuroko’s Basket, as well as on the animated part of Kill Bill by Quentin Tarantino) who finds himself at the helm of the project, accompanied by the talented Kajiura Yuki in the music. You can hear the OSTs of this famous Japanese composer on Demon Slayer, Pandora Hearts or Fate / Zero.
On the animation side, we can count on the expertise of Production IG studios, always as efficient when it comes to creating sets, each more sublime than the next (an essential point for a series of adventures!). An elegance and fluidity that can also be found in the characters.
The fine team here is made up of two women and six boys, ranging from the adorably naive heroine to the dark and tortured warrior, including the hyperactive and quirky twins! Enough to make you want to embark headlong and go on an adventure with them.
A SHOJO FOR ALL
Asked about his influences, director Nakazawa talks about shôjo (editorial category of the manga probably intended for a female audience) as a strong inspiration. We would then have thought that Fena: Pirate Princess would take up the codes of this genre and focus primarily on his love story.
However, even if we detect all the romantic dimension of Fena, the first two episodes are closer to the action comedy. A welcome mix of genres since it attracts a larger audience without a particular target. Between chases, samurai fights and sea travel, the anime has something to convince both girls and boys!
An outpouring of classic elements but that Nakazawa has been able to use very well for the start of the season. It is an adventure of pirates which will undoubtedly not reach the fame of the unmistakable One Piece, but whose potential deserves our attention.
After a double episode to properly expose its story and its protagonists, Fena: Pirate Princess now returns every Sunday at 6 a.m. on the Crunchyroll platform with a new episode. On the Adult Swim side, the broadcast began on August 20 in SVOD and will resume a weekly rhythm with a new one every Friday, just after the US.