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Review: Space Pirate Sara

Space Pirate booty, now in animated format


Special thanks to Erobeat, the fansub group that had made English subtitles for this animation series, therefore giving me the ability to review it properly.


Space Pirate Sara‘s anime adaptation starts off much like the source material nukige (which I’ve previously covered here.) Introductions are much shorter, and less detail is fleshed out, which is to be expected in an animated adaptation. However, the basic idea and events of the story’s introduction are the same, you just get less fluff while maintaining a grasp of the characters, albeit a much weaker one.

In general, most of the story scenes are either skipped or trimmed down. Although considering that this is an animation, the draw is in the visuals and not the writing. It’s the double-edged sword that comes with any eroge’s or nukige’s transition to an animation, and it’s nothing new to those who’ve read the source material and then watched its anime.

The problems begin when we see that Pixy didn’t have much of a budget for this project, and it shows in the quality of the animation. (At least for episode one and two, which I’ll touch on later.) The characters have little detail visually. It doesn’t give you that satisfaction you would expect out of Sylia getting splattered in semen, or Sara being skewered and humiliated publicly on a lizard man’s cock. Everything just lacks the impact you get from the nukige version of the scenes.

An example of episode one and two’s animation quality


However, it should be said that they did add a few scenes that weren’t in the nukige at all, which is, at the very least, a nice touch. However, they also changed Sara and Sylia’s dynamic quite drastically too. Sylia is much more willing to help Sara escape, and a lot less broken in and shows less obedience to her master, the Duke.

When we get to episodes three and four, we can see that the animation and art quality has increased substantially, and it is here that the anime becomes a decent rival for the source material. The juicy looking art, and the sound effect design combined with the voice acting just drives home the difference here. Every little thing just looks and sounds better than the previous two episodes. From the phallic insertions to the thicker looking cum splattering all over both heroines, it all adds to the experience and shows that spreading the release over the course of almost two years only seemed to benefit the adaptation overall, oddly enough. Episodes three and four are also where the story forks off onto an entirely different path than the visual novel, and eventually an ending not seen in the game.

Since it’s not possible to see every scene in the source material in a single play through, scenes and story events happen in a different order to the original material. Though I’m sure there are a few examples of anime adaptations that have extended past four episodes, the first two showed they likely had a small budget from the start. To Pixy’s credit though, they did pick the most exciting scenes to animate, or combined certain ones together, improving them. They also included Syila in a lot more scenes than she originally was in, which I’m quite happy about personally. Her lack of a presence was one of the complaints I had with the nukige, so I am quite pleased to see that changed around here at least.

Here we have a scene from episode four. The difference is quite pronounced.


Like some of the other adaptations Pixy has done, they included a short bonus episode with the DVD box set. (And by short, I mean short. It’s about under four minutes or so long.) With the one included for Space Pirate Sara‘s adaptation, Pixy decided to add a follow up to the alternate ending they had created for the series.

It’s quite similar to one of the endings in the original nukige, but with a very welcomed twist to it. The extra episode is short, but personally, it’s one of the best things about the adaptation, and probably the scene I like most out of the entire animation itself despite it not initially being included.

At the end of the day, it is an adaptation, and you won’t ever get the same experience as the original material. There were a lot of things I found disappointing or have mixed feelings about as well. Such as how Sylia is so willing to help Sara and doesn’t seem to show any loyalty to the Duke at all, unlike in the nukige. The ending wasn’t something I would have gone with, but the heroines escaping in the end seems to be a running trend to Pixy’s adaptation of Black Lilith’s work. It’s a shame because you lose the primary focus and appeal that the nukige had, which was seeing Sara and Sylia submit slowly and willingly, and being wrapped around the twin’s fingers forever.

Still, I found it quite enjoyable after going through the nukige, and it’s not the worst adaptation I’ve seen from Black Lilith. The fact Pixy switched up things a bit is nice, even if I disliked the ending personally. If you’ve read through the original game, chances are you’ll get a lot more out of it, or maybe see more of something you didn’t get much of in the nukige. If you just wanted to watch it instead of reading the nukige, then that’s not a bad idea either, even if it’s not entirely the same thing. The adaptation stands up well on its own two feet as a hentai animation regardless if you’ve read the nukige or not. Despite its flaws, it is worth giving the animation a shot. Either as someone who’s a returning fan of the title or someone just looking for some decent fap fuel, you’ll likely have a good time.

Pros

  • Combines scenes from the original for a greater effect Adds some new scenes Sylia has more time in the spotlight

Cons

  • The first two episodes' animation quality is quite bad Alternate ending from the nukige (Might be a positive for some) Less backstory and context for the characters
  • Story
  • Sound
  • Art and Graphics

LewdFactor

Monster sex, tentacle rape, and plenty of futanari. As expected, there's some BDSM elements and hardcore sex. You can expect, for the most part, exactly what the nukige brought to the table, just with less mind break and minus the eventual subservience elements.

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