I’m watching an anime called Bodacious Space Pirates (Mouretsu Pirates) and OMG it’s so good. Don’t let the title fool you, though. I remember seeing the title on Crunchyroll a few years back and being all “Yep that’s something I’m never touching with a 10 foot pole” because I assumed it was pure…
I really like it when people talk about Bodacious Space Pirates because literally everyone is like “the title made it sound gross and fanservicey but THEN I WATCHED IT AND THERE WERE BADASS NON-SEXUALIZED LADIES AND A CANON LESBIAN COUPLE” (including me; I was also like that).
About your nitpicks, in particular, if you think “legal pirates” is an oxymoron, I’d suggest looking up privateers, because they were actual historical legal pirates who were hired by governments to attack enemies during war! The basis of the Bentenmaru being a legal pirate ship is based on that idea of privateering; even the “letter of marque” is historically something the governments gave to privateers.