Tin Salamunic: Takashi Watanabe, best known for directing Slayers and Boogiepop Phantom, released a little gem called Space Pirate Mito back in 1999. The show never gained much popularity here in the west, despite being animated by the prestigious Triangle Staff studio. It may be due to its kiddish nature, or maybe because of its narrative absurdity. It’s a shame, because Space Pirate Mito is full of heart and charm. Its silliness is occasionally overbearing, but it’s balanced by fantastic action sequences and lovable characters.