It’s Squawk Like a Parrot Day. Here are the Bonzos with an appropriate tune.

Addendum: If it’s pirates you want, here’s a set of variations on a tune named for Gráinne Mhaol, alias Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Ireland.1

Saa! Kaizoku no jikan da! Let’s not forget Marika Kato.

There are many space pirates in anime, and a surprising number of the are women. Their speech sounds like normal Japanese, and none of them gargle their rrrr’s.


  1. There are quite a few songs about O’Malley that you can find with a quick search on YouTube. I found this one in a collection of Celtic melodies.

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  1. One of my Japanese teachers commented that rolling your r’s is only found in a few local dialects, including the one she grew up with. It came in handy when she went for her PhD in Spanish Literature.


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