After the last bit of news and thanks to recently finishing Tench Universe, I recently went back and looked at some information on GXP available at TMAU. There was a surprising conclusion made there, but even discussing the background to it is a huge spoiler, so I’m putting it below the fold.
In the last episode, Senia finds out that Seto has arranged matters so that he’s slated to marry not one of his haremettes, but all four of them. This plan goes off the rails when Seto’s four lovely assistants (who have spent every opportunity to flirt with him) are actually agents of a rival empire, who want to kidnap him so he can fight pirates for their kingdom, the Renza Alliance. They grab him, and escape in their ship, the Kaeisho. When it proves to be too slow to escape the four brides chasing them in the Kamidake, they toss every bit of spare mass overboard — including their clothes. From TMAU’s episode summary (empahasis added):
Despite tossing almost everything overboard, the Kaeisho is still too slow and the Kamidake soon catches it up. Much to the shock of the crew (not to mention the watching wedding party), they find Seina surrounded by the naked Renzan girls. Kiriko is the first to blow a fuse, screaming at the girls to release Seina. They protest that what they are doing is for the sake of justice, and go on to tell the brides they have eloped with Seina. Of course, the brides don’t believe them, so the Renzans jump on Seina to make them believe! At the wedding reception hall, Mikami observes that the argument sounds more like a lovers’ tiff. Airi begs Seto do something about it, but Seto just finds the whole thing extremely amusing. With an audience of thousands listening, the sounds from aboard the Kaeisho grow steadily more obscene (with whole words having to be bleeped out!), while Seina’s brides scream with rage as they try to stop the Renzans’ space-borne orgy!
Some time later, the Kamidake is back on duty and chasing space pirates. The usual crew has grown somewhat; Hakuren, Karen, Gyokuren and Suiren have somehow wangled themselves into the arranged marriage and have joined Kiriko, Amane, Ryoko and Neiju as crew members. Between his eight wives, NB, NaBiko and their numerous robo-children, the bridge of Seina’s ship has become rather crowded! Nevertheless, they have a job to do, and Seina orders his crew to chase after the pirate ships at full speed. With a resounding meow, Fuku powers up the Kamidake and it blasts off into the distance, off on the first of their new adventures.
Although the exact origin of this conclusion is not clear, TMAU uses sources outside the shows themselves (such as interviews, novelizations, etc.) for its information. SDB had concluded, and I had agreed, that there was no reason to actually add the women to the marriage; their addition to the crew was just a diplomatic arrangement to build ties with Rezna. After all, making it a nine-way marriage was just silly.
That conclusion, I have realized, has two problems. First, if the Rezna women had any status aside from just being pretty spies, such a marriage wouldn’t be unreasonable, given Seto’s goals and reason for the alliance in the first place. Even if the four of them had no special status, Seto might think it advantageous to add them to the marriage. (This gives rise to the thought that other kingdoms might be looking for sexy, high-ranking women with naval or pirate-fighting experience to prepare for marriage to the Juraian heir…)
Whether they do have such status in their home nation is not addressed in any way; however it should be noted that they had no problem being around or interacting with high Juraian nobility, which argues for some familarity with such lofty rank on their part. The four of them don’t even hesitate to forcibly seduce Seina, knowing he’s third in line to the throne! Although it might be considered that the “on camera” aspect of the seduction was even more outrageous…
Still, the willingness to seduce someone of rank is not necessarily conclusive of having rank oneself, for some obvious reasons that would label me a misogynist if I were to elucidate further, so I’ll skip straight to the second, more convincing reason — that it would be silly to make it a nine-way marriage. It would indeed. And who are we talking about, making this show? Nabeshin. Remember him? Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, and The Wallflower. Yeah, I’m sure that one guy marrying eight beautiful women (well, 7 and a half, given the last needs to grow a bit) would be too silly for the guy who threw two robots and all their robotic children into that final scene.
So…. you think he picks, has a rotation, or draws lots to see which wife he spends the night with? Japanese tradition among the concubines was to draw lots, IIRC. Or was that the Chinese?