9: just... waiting for the real action. Please don't stay as a slice of life with minor space pirate moments for much longer.
It's actually an extremely realistic take on how things would proceed in that type of world. So, yeah, most things would end up being posturing and aggressive but combat would be normally avoided. Which might not make for the best action series, but it's a solid take on the setup. This is also has a novel as the base work, so that dictates a lot of this slow pacing. Plus, most of the "slice of life" aspects can be viewed directly as building Marika's leadership potential. This is a much more "brainy" anime than you would normally think with its title.
As for Ep 9 itself, I liked it. More strategic thinking and implementation. Very good situation management. I really want to know what Schnitzer actually has under that poncho, now, as him and the two other pirates powered up and had 4 lights emanating from under their clothes. Those are "real weapons". That entire scene leaves a whole lot of questions that we probably won't get answers to, for at least several episodes. Should be really interesting.
We can also take away that Mami is part troll & part awesome. And please don't call her Chiaki-chan.
The "golden ghost ship" is going to be very interesting. It's a sub-light city-ship. Which means finding it in the spaces between systems is worse than finding a needle in a haystack. Which also explains why the Princess hired a pirate ship. She needs a military ship that can crisscross a whole lot of jurisdictions. You don't just take a military ship out like that. But "why" is now the really big issue. But they won't address that until it's actually important.
Oh, and new ED. Liked the first one a bit better.