I don’t normally do this kind of thing. But I’ve seen enough of the bloggers I follow doing these kind of tag lists that I felt I wanted to give it ago, despite the fact that nobody actually nominated me directly, but why the hell should I let that stop me.
I actually spotted this on Mechanical Anime Reviews, written by Scott, so I’ll link his blog, which is customary in these things. and I’ll thank him for the likes he’s been giving my posts these past few months. As posted in Scott’s post, here are the rules I’m working from:
1) Display the My Pirate Crew logo and add ‘My Pirate Crew’ as a tag.
2) Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
3) Link back to the original post here (So I can compare your crews to mine).
4) Select seven anime characters and give them a position on the crew. These are the positions you can fill: Warrior, Sniper, Chef, Doctor, Scientist, Navigator, Strategist, Mechanic, and Entertainer
5) Nominate 5-10 Bloggers
6) Set sail and rule the high seas
And with all those rules out of the way, let’s build a pirate crew!
Before I get into my crew though, I’m going to create a number of self imposed rules for myself, just because:
1) No Dragon Ball. I am acutely aware that I could easily become known as “That Dragon Ball guy” and honestly, fishing from that particular well would be too easy for me, I want to try and stretch myself a little here with these crew members.
2) Only one character per anime franchise. I kind of get the feeling this might be something of an unwritten rule in these lists already, but I’m just going to outright state that I don’t intend to use characters from a particular franchise more than once.
3) No One Piece. Again, kind of obvious, but it feels like it would be against the spirit of the list considering the roles listed and the logo made for the blog tag.
Let’s get into it then:
Warrior: Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
For this role I was utterly spoilt for choice. With so many big flashy, fighty series out there. I could have had the pick of the bunch when it comes to pretty much any shonen protagonist or their wider entourage of sidekicks and hangers on. I ended up choosing Levi, because after watching series 3 of Attack on Titan last year, he embodies what I’d want out of a pure fighter. Cold, effective and lethal. His amazing action sequences in that series showed he was just as deadly against humans as he was Titans. And that gear he wears allows him to fly around at high speeds. Ideal for battle between to pirate ships.
Sniper: Daisuke Jigen (Lupin the Third)
Another role I feel spoilt on. After almost picking Yoko (Gurren Lagann) for the longest time, I felt that she kind didn’t do all that much sniping in the grand scheme of things. Then I remembered my introduction into Lupin the Third last year through part V and remembered what a bad ass sharpshooter Jigen was throughout that series. He took down an entire armed convoy on his own to rescue Lupin, and even had an entire episode dedicated to a sniper battle between him and another sharpshooter. I don’t think there are many people I’d feel more comfortable watching my far back. He also seems like he’d be a bit of fun, which I’d need with Levi in the team.
Chef: Asirpa (Golden Kamuy)
I actually really struggled to think of a person for this one that wouldn’t steal from another slot thanks to my arbitrary, self imposed rule set. I ended up thinking of Asirpa, from another 2018 anime for me. In the first series especially, some portion of every episode was dedicated to the characters sitting down and having a meal, introducing the audience to some aspect of Ainu culture, how they hunted and prepared their meals. It all looked pretty good too. I’d be nice if she came packed in with a Sugimoto too, but I shouldn’t push my luck. Not only can Asirpa cook, but she can hunt, track and navigate the wilds, a vital member to be sure.
Doctor: Giorno Giovanna (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
While not technically a medical professional, Giorno’s ability to replace any lost body, large or small with a new one made from some inanimate object seems incredibly useful. The jury is still out on if these transformed replacements are permanent or not. But as of right now, I’m happy to let him work his magic. For a while, I was planning on actually giving this role to Josuke Higashikata, also from Jojo, whose ability to simply undo wounds seems more efficient. But Josuke is kind of a doofus, while Girono seems to be a hyper competent and brilliant tactical mind, which means he could probably bullshit some herbal remedy or antivenom for illnesses as well as physical injuries. Giorno would probably a much more useful crew members on the whole, outside of his role of “doctor”.
Mechanic: Child Emperor (One Punch Man)
There are a lot of brilliant people in a lot of different anime, after pure fighting prowess, I feel like a keen intellect is always the second most important characteristic in a lot of the anime I watch. Hence, again I was spoiled for choice with this one. Why I ended up choosing Child Emperor is mostly due to the focus his character has had over the past few chapters of the manga. Detailing his battle with the monster Phoenix Man that showed the kid’s tenacity, ingenuity and creativity, even when the chips were stacked all the way against him. It showed he was fully deserving of his S rank hero status and I’d sure as hell take him over that sketchy-ass Metal Knight fella.
Strategist: Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)
So often, mentor characters find themselves eventually fading into the background, overshadowed be their pupil who inevitably becomes the World’s Strongest, King of the Pirates or Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. However, right up until the end of Naruto, or at least as far as I got, Kakashi always felt like the smartest guy in the room. Even during the final ninja war that dragged on for way too long, and Naruto and Sasuke were throwing around mini nukes like nobody’s business, Kakashi was still the guy who’d probably outsmart them all and run away laughing. Sure he doesn’t have the grit and excessive determination that makes a shonen protagonist, but he’s still the guy I’d want in my corner, especially over the other three members of team 7.
Scientist: Van Hohenheim (Full Metal Alchemist)
Alchemy is a science right, I mean everyone in this show insists that shape magic is nothing but equations and chemical reactions. So why no take the oldest and most powerful practitioner of the elemental sciences in the entire series, who also happens to be a human philosopher’s stone. He’s also the father of Ed and Al, who would probably also work pretty well in this role. Honestly, I was looking for an excuse to put Alphonse Elric on my boat right from the beginning of writing this. but If I’m honest, a put of blood on the inside of some armour isn’t probably going to hold up that well on a seafaring adventure. Van Hohenheim seems like a good dude too, although I’d bet money he gets terrible sea sickness.
Entertainer: Hisoka Morow (Hunter × Hunter)
What could possibly be a more wholesome entertainer to a crew than a clown. With his fun loving sense of humour and magic tricks to keep everyone going, nothing could possibly go wrong… Hisoka is a total creep. But his asset to the crew would extent far beyond a simple entertainer, as he is one of the most fascinating and unpredictable characters in all of Hunter × Hunter. And honestly, I know it’s terrible, but with this crew I’ve put together, I’d get a ton of entertainment out of watching Hisoka and the rest of them play off of one another. I mean, sure, we’d all have a keep an eye on him. But nothing would go wrong… surely.
And there you have it. This was fun, I might try to do more of these in the future. I’ll probably just insert myself into them, even if I haven’t been tagged. Now’s the part where I’m supposed to tag other people, but I’m almost certain that I don’t follow anyone who hasn’t already made one of these already. So I’ll leave it then and hope you enjoy the motley crew I’ve assembled to rob, plunder and murder my way through the anime seas.