Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~

September 18, 2011

Two years later. Finally the sequel, Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ was released back in mid 2010. It was kinda expected when at the end of the final episode of the first season, the words ‘To Be Continued’ were displayed on screen. But 2 years seems like a long time for a sequel. However since I wasn’t really desperately pining for it, you could say that I didn’t heave a sigh of relief when it came out. Moreover, it felt like “Oh. It’s already here. Might as well continue watching it and find out more”.

I was wondering why the second title was named “Pure Engagement”. It could either mean 2 things. One, our main Ashikabi (the term for ‘master’ that has made a contract via kiss for the buxom babes destined to fight each other called Sekirei) Minato may have been ‘forced’ to be purely engaged, as in married to the Sekireis that are under his wing. Or two, the Sekireis are ready to engage themselves in pure combat as part of Minaka‘s personal entertainment on a grand scale. By the way, he’s the maniac who discovered the Sekireis with colleague and head researcher Takami and founded the large corporation MBI. So which engagement is it? Feels more like the latter but I won’t dismiss that there will be some truths in the former.

Episode 0
Prior to the start of the sequel, there is an OVA or episode 0 as some like to call it, aired. It only lasts 3 minutes long and to me, it serves more like an uncensored appetizer of fanservice for what is to be expected in the second season. Actually as I later found out, that was just a preview and the real deal is s a full 28 minute OVA and released around 3/4 of the run of TV series. Basically we see a big majority of the Sekireis, known and unknowns, taking a physical examination conducted by MBI. So it’s either you see the babes flaunting their F-cups or flat chests trying to be real proud of their ‘compact’ ones (why are every Sekirei wearing the same colour and pattern undies?). Among the other fanservice antics include Musubi being tied up real tight by a measuring tape by Karasuba which makes it look like they’re in some sort of S&M play, androgynous Homura is in a dilemma of entering the male of female side and with Benitsubasa wanting to scare Musubi and co as revenge, she gets into a humiliating position whereby she loses her bra in which the big busty Sekireis make a mockery of who it may belong to. It’s either too small or too big. Benitsubasa loses her cool and destroys the whole centre. Later an outing at a private beach courtesy of MBI for the Ashikabis and their Sekireis. Everything is paid for and free so you bet that penny pincher and freeloader Seo is going to be in. Here we see the ladies having fun in the water, Musubi squeezing Tsukiumi’s boobs at the locker and another round of flaunting their assets and sexy curves at the spa Then Tsukiumi’s water power accidentally hits Benitsubasa while chasing Musubi and in return she retaliates with an attack that destroys the building. Deja vu? So yeah, we expect these sort of things to happen, right? It’s ironic that these babes who are destined to fight are so relaxed here. The calm before the storm? Finally, we see Miya soaking alone at home and having a nice quiet time together since this is the death anniversary of her husband, Takehito. At the end of the OVA, there is a next episode preview which is actually what the various characters speculate on what the TV series will be. More like their delusions and fantasies. Heck, it lasted over 4 minutes! Everyone has their own desires, eh? The funny part is that they are showing random clips from the first season while they’re ranting. Another funny part was the mid-intermission whereby we see the Sekirei ladies given a manly look! Now we know why Sekireis are better suited to be sexy babes, right?

The story of the second season starts off where we were left off at the end of the first season. The part whereby Minato and his Sekireis tried to help an Ashikabi and his weak Sekirei to flee the capital. They encountered the resistance of the Disciplinary Squad and due to the twist of events like the dead Yume possessing Musubi’s body, the getaway was a success.

Episode 1
We see a group of military flexing their muscle to capture the Sekireis but are being easily taken out by a group of five that includes Karasuba, Matsu, Kazehana and Mutsu. You can tell the leader of it is Miya from the shape and all even if throughout the series this particular character in this scene is never named nor clearly shown. Who needs an army when you need these babes. Erm… Okay, so one of them is a guy. Back at Miya’s Izumo Inn, Minato and his Sekireis are probably having a ‘normal’ time. I guess when they’re not fighting other Sekireis, they’re fighting among themselves over Minato. They get into compromising positions and doing lewd stuff in Izumo is a big no-no. Miya may never have shown her angry face but you can tell she’s mad when the devil Hannya mask and a deadly aura appears right by her side. But later Matsu seems not to have learnt her lesson because she intends on strengthening the bond between her Ashikabi and tries to get physical with Minato. Do you see this pattern every time something lewd is going to happen somewhere in the inn, Miya is always there? As punishment, they won’t be getting lunch. Even if it isn’t Minato’s fault. Uzume goes to see her sickly Ashikabi, Chiho at the hospital. But she too has been reminded by Higa’s secretary, Kakizaki about the things that she needs to do if she wants Chiho to continue living. Although data of the escaped Ashikabi and his Sekirei has been completely erased, there are others too who hold on to that little glimmer of hope and tries to do the same. However they aren’t so lucky this time because Benitsubasa is really taking out on them. On her way home, she passes by Izumo and sees Minato in his usual ‘escape’ from his ever-quarrelling Sekireis over him. She suddenly thinks up a good idea for this.

Episode 2
Masterless Kazehana continues to bum around Izumo. There is something beating in her heart that makes her attracted to Minato but the loss of her previous lover prevents her from moving forward. Elsewhere, Yukari and Shiina have been gaining an infamous nickname as the Devil Ashikabi and Grim Reaper Sekirei because they’ve been going around beating others alike just to get information about Shiina’s sibling, Kusano. Yukari calls Minato and plans to meet him. I guess he doesn’t want her to have an impression that he’s some sort of a polygamous jerk so he agrees to meet her at the train station. By the way, both are still unaware that they have become Ashikabis. Tsukiumi insists that she wants to meet his sister too, seeing that she IS his legal wife (depends on how you interpret this) and Musubi have already met her previously. On their way, the duo are being attacked by Benitsubasa and Haihane. Haihane distracts Tsukiumi long enough for Benitsubasa to kidnap Minato. This is part of her plan to lure Musubi out as revenge for her previous humiliation when she clashed fist with her. In a warehouse, Benitsubasa calls Izumo and Kusano pick it up. Benitsubasa wants to speak to Musubi but Kusano keeps insisting who she is, pissing her off. Kusano hangs up.  She calls again. It’s Kazehana’s turn to pick up. Benitsubasa being rude and all wanting to speak to Musubi, Kazehana soon hangs up on her. This is getting annoying. By the third call, Matsu takes it and this time she learns Minato in her custody. Before she could finish her sentence, Minato knocks her off her balance and breaks her handphone. Matsu uses her hacking skills to determine where Minato is. Kazehana flies like the wind to the warehouse and before Benitsubasa could beat up that Ashikabi, tadaa! Kazehana is here. They both fight while Yukari is left in the dark of her brother’s no-show.

Episode 3
Minato isn’t going to sit around while the ladies duke it out. After freeing himself, He gives Haihane a hard time too by ramming her into boxes so that Kazehana could escape. Matsu relays information about Minato’s whereabouts to Tsukiumi and Musubi and off they go. Kazehana gets injured in the battle and even in this time, Minato is selfless and is willing to buy her time to escape. Iron pillars fall on him. Minato says that this has nothing to do with being an Ashikabi or Sekirei. He doesn’t want any more people to get hurt because of him. That’s when Kazehana has become decided. She was waiting for someone like this. She got over her ex-lover and kisses him. And yeah, she gets Winged and is now Minato’s official Sekirei. Her wind powers increase drastically and sends the Disciplinary Squad duo flying into the sky. By the time Tsukiumi and Musubi arrive, it’s already over. Minato collapses at the end and is being taken to the hospital run by MBI by his mom Takami. Minato shockingly learns about his mom working in MBI as Musubi and Tsukiumi try to look good in her books. I mean, she could be her future mom-in-law, right? Takami soon has to return to work when she receives report of a badly injured Sekirei (seems Karasuba was going on a killing spree). Speaking of which, she meets Musubi on the rooftop to remind her about their promise and wants her to become much stronger. When Minato is discharged, Miya holds a feast to celebrate his return. Kazehana thinks she can do anything by donning a naked apron but Miya’s Hannya… Better change it quick. Uzume gets another vexing call from Kakizaki about Chiho. The conversation is cut short when Kazehana comes in to look for a change in clothes. As she rummages through Uzume’s wardrobe, Uzume spots Kazehana’s crest and has that urge to press it (this is one way of defeating a Sekirei). As for Homura/Kagari, she is still pondering about her future and realizes that she is the last Unwinged Sekirei left.

Episode 4
Uzume stops short of her sneaky actions. Soon she leaves the inn giving an excuse she has business to attend to. Kazehana returns to the party in a Brazilian samba outfit? I guess this is more acceptable. Minato invites Kagari to celebrate with them but she too leaves shortly. In her room, she starts feeling pain in her chest and is dismayed with the thought she is reacting to man. As she soaks in the bathtub, she ponders who she was being told by her adjuster Takehito that she was probably a prototype Sekirei. This means her power is unstable till she gets Winged. That signal to get Winged is when she reacts to someone. But she still isn’t going to believe that crap. Minaka comes up with another devilish plot. He sends mail to every Ashikabi that about the last Unwinged Sekirei in the north. This means there will be a mad frenzy rush for every Ashikabi to come rushing to Izumo or at least this area to Wing the last Sekirei. Kagari gets out of the bathtub since the other buxom Sekireis are getting in. She starts collapsing but Minato catches her. She was even going with her instincts to kiss him but Minato felt something soft in his hand. Seems he has got his palm over Kagari’s boobs. Kagari pushes him away and is going to burn him since her secret is busted (Kagari’s gender is unstable and Minato has always thought of her to be a guy). Minato witnesses fire coming out from her palms and realizes she could be a Sekirei. He could’ve been roasted if Tsukiumi didn’t splash her water over her to cool her down. Kagari has made up her mind. She is going to kill Minaka but Miya warns that it isn’t going to be that easy.

Episode 5
Minato is still confused about his newfound information on Kagari. He tries to go talk to Kagari about being the last Unwinged Sekirei but she doesn’t want his pity. She gets 20 miscalls from Takami and the 21st got through. She tells about her intention to kill Minaka and then out she goes through the window. Takami calls again but Minato picks it up. He is shocked to learn Kagari as the last Unwinged Sekirei. As for Tsukiumi, she finally figures out by herself that Homura is Kagari. Took her quite a while, eh? So Minato and his Sekireis discuss the probably of Winging Kagari before the rest and though this idea is much hated by Tsukiumi as it will increase the number of ‘rivals’ to become his wife, she gives in with some twisted logic of hers (it proves that she is a tolerant wife…) and allows Minato to take Homura/Kagari as his sixth wife. WTF?! But Minato is going to save her not because of increasing his harem, but rather Kagari is a precious friend at Izumo. After Minato and his Sekireis set off, Seo and his twin Sekireis visit Izumo. They discuss about the downfall of Minato having so much Sekireis (in the end there can only be one standing) but this is all part of their plan even if it seems harsh. Homura encounters and fights numberless Sekirei, Akitsu as her Ashikabi Mikogami watches on in hopes of obtaining the last Unwinged Sekirei. Literally, it’s a fire and ice battle. They couldn’t settle their battle in time so much so Uzume joins in. Better hurry before all the others arrive. Homura starts feeling hot and can’t control her fire powers that are burning her from within.

Episode 6
With Kakizaki and his Sekireis appearing, Mutsu decides to take Mikogami and retreat even if his Ashikabi intends to stay on and fight. Akitsu leaves a scathing thought to Homura that it wasn’t the fact that he became her master after becoming an Ashikabi, but rather he accepted her and therefore she has a master. She envies Homura is able to be Winged. Yukari and Shiina’s run to the last Unwinged Sekirei is interrupted when she bumps into another motorcycle-riding Ashikabi, Nishi Sanada. Anyway he gets pounded. Homura can’t go on further and thinks of burning herself to death but is cooled off by Tsukiumi’s water. Kakizaki unleashes his Sekireis to attack, #101 Oriha and #86 Katsuragi. Tsukiumi fights Oriha, Musubi taking on Katsuragi and Kazehana against Uzume. Kusano uses her plant powers to hold up Kakizaki. While the Sekireis are fighting, Minato hugs Homura and lets out his earnest feelings for her. He kisses and Wings her. The result not only stabilizes Homura’s powers but his other Sekireis also power up tremendously. Musubi defeats Katsuragi for good with her Bear Fist. Kakizaki orders a retreat as Musubi stays by Katsuragi’s side till the MBI picks the fallen Sekirei up. Though Homura is still confused, nevertheless she accepts Minato’s extended hand but soon collapses due to exhaustion.

Episode 7
Before her collapse, Homura and Minato talk about if the former still wants to kill Minaka. Though Minato won’t stop her, she won’t do so for now. She understood why she reacted to him. Back at Izumo, Minato and the rest continue to treat and take care of Homura. With that, Matsu decides to let Minato and the rest know a little about the Sekirei Plan. First with a little lesson in history. To cut it short, the Sekireis were found lying asleep in a huge spaceship on some unknown island and were found by a pair of students then (Minaka and Takami). Of the 108 Sekireis inside, 1 was an adult, 8 were embryos (the single number Sekireis) and the remaining 99 were in the state of fertilized eggs. Each of them was adjusted and had a Tuner. Matsu couldn’t say more about the adult Sekirei, which wasn’t technically a Sekirei. Then a threatening event occurred. Some unknown country tried to take control of the Sekireis even if the island was kept a secret to great lengths. To protect the other sleeping Sekireis, the first 5 were awakened and formed the S-Plan Protection Disciplinary Squad who were adjusted by Takehito. They slice and dice the army like child’s play. Takehito wasn’t happy with the outcome. He wanted to create something that would be above people but instead many died. Soon after the first Disciplinary Squad was somewhat disbanded. Matsu was on the run from MBI, Kazehana left because her heart was broken when the President rejected her and mysterious Mutsu just left and disappeared. Now another storm is brewing. Minaka mails to every Ashikabi with another game plan. To all those Ashikabi and Sekirei without a win, they need to fight and achieve at least a victory or else they will be deemed to have no interest to participate in the Sekirei Plan. As such, their Sekireis will be immediately terminated. This is part of his plan to force all those who hasn’t participated yet to fight each other and as statistics show, 40% haven’t seen action and victory yet.

Episode 8
However this doesn’t apply to Minato and his Sekireis as they already have qualified. But Minato isn’t happy with the fact that some Ashikabis and their Sekireis will be forcefully separated. Yukari and Shiina are in this mess even though they’ve been going around beating up others for Kusano’s whereabouts, they didn’t really defeat them. While Minato and Musubi are returning from a shopping errand, they encounter and Ashikabi and his Sekirei, wanting their help to join them and others to escape the capital. Seems he went to Seo for help first but was turned down and that’s when he was referred to Minato. However he keeps badmouthing the weak Ashikabi and Sekirei Minato helped to escape previously so Minato says he will not help them. Soon, that pair are on the run as the MBI army are seen chasing them led by Karasuba. Back at Izumo, Minato explains that he turned them down is that he doesn’t intend to run away anymore. But his action has caused that pair to be taken out by Karasuba. As Minato and his Sekireis continue to frolic, this time Kusano wins the right to accompany Minato to do shopping (Musubi has always been the undisputed ‘champion’). Uzume spends more time with Chiho and is in a dilemma to fight but she has to because she hasn’t had a decent win to her name. Kakizaki says her next opponent will be from the north and won’t be forcing her to fight but Uzume says she’ll do it. Minato and Kusano are on their errand when Kusano follows a kitten and ends up by Chiho’s side.

Episode 9
Both girls have a good talk and soon become well acquainted. Meanwhile Minato looking for Kusano spots a mean Ashikabi, Junichi mistreating and abusing his Sekirei #84 Yashima. She is okay that she will let her master do anything to her. Soon they pick the wrong Ashikabi and Sekirei to mess with: Yukari and Shiina. They look like weaklings? Don’t judge a book by its cover. Yashima whips up her giant hammer to attack but Junichi continues to abuse her over her uselessness. This doesn’t sit well with those watching like Tsukiumi who is searching for Minato after he is taking too long to return. Junichi force kisses Yashima to power up but even so, Shiina’s greater power defeats her. Junichi is not happy and is going to take out on Shiina but Yukari gives her a good kick in his face. Still not happy, he brings out his knife. Tsukiumi breaks it off and Yukari lands the final blow. Tsukiumi and Yukari talk but the former has to run seeing that Yukari is somewhat interested in touching her humongous boobs. Next day, Minato, Kusano, Musubi and Tsukiumi pay Chiho a visit at the hospital. They are surprised to see Uzume there. Kusano and Chiho are left alone together. Minato overhears Kakizaki talking to the other end of his handphone taking down Musubi and Tsukiumi. Speaking of which, Uzume confronts Musubi and Tsukiumi and is dead serious about taking their lives.

Episode 10
Chiho narrates her story. About her born with a weak body, her parents died in a plane crash and their house which was ultimately sold. She lost everything that was dear to her till she met Uzume. At first Uzume wasn’t interested in the Sekirei Plan and was just resting on the hospital’s rooftop. Chiho thought she was trying to commit suicide and tried to prevent her from jumping off but slipped instead. Uzume used her powers to rescue her. That’s when she became her Ashikabi and Uzume found a reason to exist: To protect Chiho. Tsukiumi watches Musubi takes on Uzume in a 1-on-1 battle. Minato arrives and is surprised to find Uzume as a Sekirei. Both sides are heading for a draw and tired out when they are being attacked by Sekirei #18 Ichiya and #16 Toyotama. Seems like an unfair fight as they take on Tsukiumi but Kazehana and Homura arrive in time to turn the tables. Kakizaki orders their retreat but Toyotama plans on stabbing Musubi. Just then Uzume uses her body as a shield and takes the stab in Musubi’s place. With Uzume officially defeated, she has Minato promise to take care of Chiho in her absence. Musubi also promises to do the same because she owes it to her lifesaver. Chiho starts shedding tears after feeling her separation from Uzume. Back at Izumo, Minato learns from Matsu that Higa was holding Chiho’s treatment facilities to hostage. However all that data of it seems to be erased now. Now that her Ashikabi is gone, she can’t stay in the hospital anymore since that hospital is run by MBI. Minato wants to meet this Higa guy and Matsu would gladly help him. First, she hacks into Higa’s computer system to make them go bankrupt. Works like a charm when Minato gets a call from the hospital that Chiho’s in critical condition. Erm… So was it wise to do that hacking? At the hospital, Minato meets Higa for the first time.

Episode 11
As explained by Higa, Uzume offered to do anything to protect Chiho and he merely respected her decision. Though he apologizes for the unintentional death of Uzume, he stops Minato before he turns into an angry monster by saying that they’re all victims of MBI’s twisted game and many lives ruined by that single man. As a Sekirei’s disease is incurable by modern medicine, the data Higa has only slows it down and passes a chip to Minato for Chiho. But he could get his hands on that technology that surpasses modern medicine and the only way is via MBI. Minato calls Takami, wanting a little favour about MBI’s technology but she shoots him down about his promise to be his own man and find his own answer with his own effort. Soon Minato gets a video mail from Minaka that he intends to assist him but with a condition: He has to reach the highest level of MBI tower by tomorrow midnight. Oh, another thing. He also sends mail to all other Ashikabis and Sekireis that haven’t won a single match yet, that if they prevent a certain team from advancing to the top level, they will be exempted from the victory rule and will not have their relationship terminated. And yes, all those who qualified are also free to participate. Looks like another frenzy is about to begin. Higa is seen discussing with Seo about a task to be done by the latter and he doesn’t mind as long he gets paid. The next day, Minato and his Sekireis are ready to charge into the MBI tower. For the first time, Matsu will be leaving her sanctuary. How long has it been since she first saw the sun? As part of her plan, she needs to hack into the tower’s systems to gain control of it and has Kusano and Homura accompany her via a botanic route while the rest follow Minato through the city. The plan to invade by day is so that there will be many people around. However MBI has thought of this and are a step ahead of them as helicopters fly through the city telling people not to leave their homes. Now the city has become a ghost town. Minato’s team are surrounded by a large group of Ashikabis and Sekireis, thinking this is their last chance for a victory. Sanada then rides through and gets pissed off when the rest calls him an idiot. He starts fighting everyone and in the mess, Minato and co gladly take this opportunity to slip away into the building. Matsu’s team stumbles upon Mikogami and his team of Sekireis, Akitsu and #65 Taki. Homura stalls them to let the duo escape. However with the combination of Akitsu’s ice and Taki’s mist, they freeze Homura. Minato has entered the MBI building but it’s like a trap because the shutters come shutting down and trapping them inside.

Episode 12
But it’s more woes for them since Minaka announces that they only have 60 minutes to get to the top. And since the elevators are out, I guess it’s only the flight of stairs. Wow. 108 levels… Crazy! Why didn’t Kazehana just whisk them up with her wind power instead of everyone running like mad rushing for time? As part of Minaka’s game, each time they reach a certain level, they will face the ‘mid-boss’. Like the first one is Benitsubasa. Kazehana fights her on another rematch while the rest advances. Next is Haihane and Tsukiumi offers to take this one. As for Homura’s frosting, seems he defrost himself with his great fire power and has extreme control over it, causing the surrounding plants to be on fire. Another tactical retreat, eh? Then she gets a call from Takami saying that the main control room is laced with traps. Since there is no signal in the tower, Homura has to rush to Matsu and Kusano before it’s too late. The duo are crawling through the air ventilation when they spot Mutsu and Mikogami being confronted with Karasuba. Both Sekireis clash swords. As for the other Ashikabis outside, they see the tower on fire and start thinking that they don’t really have to infiltrate the tower and just need to defeat the Ashikabi next to them. Yeah, they start fighting among each other and Sanada was pretty confused to see more mayhem unfolding before his eyes. Kazehana and Tsukiumi are having a tough time because their opponents got them in a pinch with tight enclosures (Kazehana has no wind to use and Tsukiumi will be squashed). Luckily, Matsu and Kusano have entered the control room and Matsu hacks everything and frees her comrades from the traps. They make a comeback so all the Disciplinary Squad members back out. Then little deadly robotic balls threaten to electrocute Matsu and Kusano. Kusano uses her plant vines to stall the traps while Matsu works fast and hard to find a way to disable them but the system is suddenly locked down. Sanada is bored with this lameness of everything and decides to go home. Minaka ups the ante by activating bombs he placed around the tower. So now it has turned into an event called The Great Escape From The Exploding Building. Better hurry, hurry and hurry.

Episode 13
The collapsing building won’t wait for Matsu. But thankfully in episode 13, Seo and his Sekireis arrive in time to stall the traps as he gives her a chip from Higa to disable the traps. Apparently his job is to access MBI’s server and steal all its valuable information. The traps further activate as they release poisonous gas. Matsu wants Seo to take Kusano to safety while she stays back to handle unfinished business. But Kusano gave Seo the slip to return to Matsu and buy her some time. Before they pass out, Matsu sees onscreen something about the Third Stage is about to begin and thinks all this have been planned out. Minato and Musubi reach the top and meet Minaka. Congratulating them for making it in time (with 37 seconds to spare!), he gives the chip to cure Chiho as promised. However he cautions that they have to escape since the explosions have weakened the building structure. Well, he did set explosives not for this event but demolition and its reconstruction. Minaka escapes via a capsule in the tower top. I don’t know why Musubi and Minato are jumping down from inside the building as it is collapsing. Shouldn’t it be faster, less dangerous and easier if they do it on the outside? I mean, they’re going to ‘fly’ down in the first place, right? Don’t worry, everyone in Minato’s harem is alright, though lying weak on the rubble. But standing between them is Karasuba. She hasn’t had her fun yet and wants Musubi to ‘play’ with her or else she’ll have to make do with the others. Musubi accepts and charges straight. We see the difference in their level. Let’s just say Karasuba is like waltzing through Musubi’s hits. She manages to stop her sword with both her palms but Karasuba is disappointed she isn’t strong enough. Minato goes over to protect her and wants all this to stop. Karasuba gets an idea maybe she’ll unleash her true power if Minato is killed. Musubi’s inner voice tells her about believing in their bond. She wants Minato to lend her his powers as she kisses him. Her Norito powers up and dramatically increases her speed and strength as she launches another attack on Karasuba. Their clash is so powerful that not only the debris are sent flying but Karasuba’s sword also broke. Musubi collapses after using up all her energy. Karasuba is going to finish her and Minato who goes over to cover her. But his other Sekireis stand up to protect them and tells her not to underestimate their bond. Karasuba decides to back off and hopes it will be more entertaining the next time they meet. In the aftermath, Takami leads the swift reconstruction of the MBI building, Chiho is cured and now able to stand on her own feet, Matsu ponders the destruction of the tower as a signal for the next stage as she is holding a weird item called Jinki and thinks Minaka will be looking for it, Higa realized he has been duped by Seo after seeing the data to be a fake (Matsu’s picture in it). Seems Seo two-timed him and he is laughing all the way to the bank with the tons of advance cash he has received. Life returns to normal for the Izumo Inn residence as Minato is now having a hard time tending to his wounded Sekireis wanting his attention. Another different battle, eh? But this is just the calm before the storm. Lastly, Minaka is floating in space (thanks to Matsu’s pre-tinkering of the capsule) and is preparing to re-enter orbit while planning for the next stage in his new capital.

On a wing and a prayer…
As expected and how things are going, the words “To Be Continued” just like in the first season means that there will be another sequel produced. I’m not sure if this will take another 2 years or so but things have started to heat up. Though the development of the story in this season is steady, however in my opinion I felt that it is somewhat slow. I’m not saying that it should be made in a rush but between both seasons, the only major development and advancement is the expansion of Minato’s Sekirei harem and the little events that will set course for the next stage of the Sekirei Plan. Of course that little flashback also helped to understand the formation of the Sekireis. I just thought that the game proper would start and I could see some tournament action between the other Sekireis but we’ve just got short little glimpses and introduction of the other potential opponent Sekireis and their little skirmish. But they replaced this season’s finale with some ‘tower climbing’ arc. Sheesh. By the way, I read that there are supposed to be 6 stages in the plan and as the manga is ongoing, currently it is still at some series of matches in the Third Stage. So maybe if there is going to be another sequel, it will take some time for this part to clear yet as plans or even outlines of the remaining stages are not revealed yet.

While we can see that the bond between Minato and his Sekireis have strengthened to a point whereby it isn’t about Ashikabi-Sekirei relation, noticed that Minato’s Sekireis are elemental base? Well, at least he’s got the 4 basic elemental of fire, wind, water and earth (plants in this case). Non-combatant Matsu provides the brains and intelligence while Musubi serves as a close-range fighter. He’s pretty well ‘equipped’, don’t you think? We are also introduced to the main and powerful Ashikabis that control certain area within the city. Due to the short nature of this sequel, nothing much can be said about them yet. Again it was a hit-and-miss encounter for Minato and Yukari. Both didn’t make any contact with each other nor do they know each other are involved in the Sekirei Plan. And Shiina is still looking for Kusano… It’s the case of right under their noses, so near yet so far. It was a bittersweet case for Uzume because I didn’t think she would get eliminated this early but it’s a good thing in a way that her Ashikabi is no longer under hostage. Characters like Seo and his twin Sekireis and the Disciplinary Squad trio didn’t make much screen time as they did back in the first season but they’re still the pretty same people with the former a shameless freeloader (his Sekireis always having to apologize for his attitude when borrowing stuff from Miya) and the latter a bloodthirsty action group especially with Karasuba as the leader. Miya’s Hannya mask is still as amusing as ever. Even if it isn’t revealed yet but you can tell or those interested would’ve looked it up and with the many hints dropped, she is actually Sekirei #01 which technically isn’t a Sekirei. Huh? Is it a wonder why nobody could beat her? She must have some plan by being passive in this game. Minaka may seem like a mad scientist and a comic relief but he’s got everything well planned out even if he doesn’t show it. Even Takami has a hard time understanding how he thinks or keep that guy away from doing things that will cause unnecessary problems. Heck, he is the big boss of MBI!

I want to mention something about the other minor Sekireis. I know there are 108 of them and all of them have been released into the capital and found their Ashikabi. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw them was it made me think that if they are some sort of cosplay people. I mean, we see all sorts of designs on them and with the kind of ‘weak’ and ‘not important’ Ashikabis, it’s hard to believe that they are really fighting babes rather than cosplay enthusiasts. Besides, many of them didn’t want to participate in the Sekirei Plan but was ultimately forced to or risked being separated forever. After finding yourself a gorgeous girl, do you think you want to let her go? And with the number of Sekireis drastically being reduced due to Minaka’s sudden and naughty prank, I somehow feel that there are still lots more of them hanging around. So let’s think about this and say half of them made it to the Third Stage, so that will be around 50 over of them, right? Some of the main powerful Ashikabis do own multiple and several Sekireis and could be way more than what Minato has. So if the next stage is going to be a team battle, what about those small fries that have only one Sekirei? Wouldn’t that sound like a one-sided match? Who cares? We know which team is going to emerge tops, right? And it’s going to be real hard for Minato and his Sekireis if they ever need to fight each other because there’ll be conflict of emotions and all. After all, there can only be one Sekirei left standing at the end of the game.

The opening theme for this season is also sung by the main quartet of Minato’s Sekireis (that’s before Kazehana and Homura got Winged) and is called Hakuyoku No Seiyaku ~Pure Engagement~. Somehow it gives the same feel as the opening theme of the first season. The ending theme didn’t sound like R&B this time and resembles more like anime pop. Also sung by that same quartet, Onnaji Kanji. Also just like in the previous season, a special ending theme for episode 10 called Oboeteiru Kara is for Uzume and Chiho’s character sung by Saori Hayami (though she is the seiyuu of Musubi) is a slow moderate piece.

In my previous blog on this series, I did mention I felt like having my own Sekirei harem. Sure, it looks fun if several busty babes start fighting for your attention but come to think of it, I don’t think I can really keep up with their pace or do them justice. Hats off to Minato who must be one great patient guy in dealing and treating well his Sekireis. Some bad Ashikabis should learn from him and not mistreat their Sekirei. Just because they are your Sekirei, that doesn’t mean you can do anything you want with them even if they allow it. This is what separates from a good master from the bad. Doing anything you like is only reserved for anime maids. Oh, what am I saying?! So it doesn’t matter the kind of person you love as long as you love him/her with all your heart, forever and ever. That does seem like a long time, doesn’t it? Well, I hope the sequel won’t take that long and cause my interest for this series to wane.

Sekirei

May 30, 2009

Although I’m still not familiar nor really understand what is going on, that still didn’t prevent me from enjoying and looking forward to each episode of Sekirei. I’m not saying that the terms and jargons of this series can cause non-hardcore fans like me to have tremendous headache, but it’s enough to get by. This is one of those action comedy harem animes with lots of fanservice in it. How many animes out there can mix action and harem together?
 
So what on Earth is a Sekirei? Literally in Japanese it means wagtail, which is a kind of bird. No, you’re not going to see characters in this series which resembles our feathered friends. Instead, as far as I can understand, Sekireis are super-powered beings with enhanced powers or abilities created by a mysterious but large and powerful conglomerate, MBI. Thus Sekireis are mainly made up of busty babes, little lolis and androgynous characters which even experienced ol’ me have a hard time of telling whether they are male or female. How many are there? 108 of them. Possibly more. Woah! Over a hundred Sekireis?! Don’t jump the gun just yet. You’re not going to see all of them appearing here. Just the main ones. Why are they named Sekireis? My theory is that since kirei means pretty or beautiful in Japanese, I guess it’s just right to name these bishoujos so, right? Right.
 
So what are the roles of the Sekireis, you ask? Okay, I’ll try to simplify this as simple as possible. You see, the MBI is led by some crazy chairman named Minaka Hiroto. He’s planning to unleash a battle royale style competition through his Sekirei Plan and has considered himself the Game Master. Well, at least he’s not one of those world domination maniacs. Probably he gets his kicks from seeing beautiful ladies kick each other’s butt. The setting? The entire capital city of Shintou. And the time frame is the year 2020 by the way. Thus it is the destiny of a Sekirei to battle each one of their kind till she is the last one left standing. The winner of this tournament is then able to ascend to Heaven with their Ashikabi. Ashika what? It’s a term in this series to indicate a Sekirei’s master. So before a Sekirei can really engage in a battle royale, she has to find an Ashikabi of her own and be ‘winged’, that is enter into a contract. How? Simple. Just kiss. So be careful next time when you kiss a girl… Just kidding. You can easily identify that one is a Sekirei with a bird-like crest behind the neck.
 
And how does this entire harem thing comes in? Who is the lucky guy that we are all eagerly waiting to know (yeah, right)? Meet Minato Sahashi. Erm, looks like your ordinary guy. Not the kind of perverted losers who want a bevy of beauties by his side to satisfy his sex crazy fantasies. Anyway, Minato’s experiencing a streak of bad luck. He does what Keitarou of Love Hina does. Yep, he fails his university entrance exams not once but twice. That makes him a 3rd year ronin if he ever decides to try again. Thus he is unemployed and unattached (read: no girlfriend). Really down on his luck.
 
Although episode 1 starts off with a confusing flashback (at least to me), about a Sekirei babe in some conflicting fight with another of her kind and the massacre of several MBI army, Minato is contemplating of returning back home after another year of flop when a busty lady comes dropping down on him from the sky. She is Musubi, a Sekirei and is trying to escape from several lightning attacks from twin Sekireis, Hikari and Hibiki. Before Minato knows it, he is dragged by Musubi as they run away from the relentless lightning attack and successfully gives the twins the ditch. Next thing Minato knows is that he opens his eyes to find himself sleeping back in his rented apartment and Musubi is sleeping next to him! I guess it’s natural for a guy to take a liking on such a bootylicious lady but of course this innocent guy gets a nosebleed to find Musubi semi-naked sleeping next to him! One thing viewers tend to notice about Musubi is that she’s an airhead, a little slow at times and isn’t shy walking naked in public (if that ever happens). With no place to go and hungry, I guess nice guy Minato has no choice but to let her stay here but the only catch is that they better not let his landlord find out or else he’ll kick Minato out due to his strict no gender mixing policy. Because of that, Musubi is very grateful and thinks he is her Ashikabi.
 
We also see that Musubi is a big eater, emptying fast Minato’s wallet and he may be forgiven if he starts thinking that she’s some kind of parasite who sticks with a guy just because of his money or food (thankfully, Minato isn’t the kind to have that thinking). As the duo takes a walk, they’re being spotted by Hikari and Hibiki doing some part time job. Hey, even Sekireis have to earn a living. Another round of chase. I wonder how much the repair bill is going to cost seeing they’re blasting away like as though they own the city. The duo are trapped in an alley when Musubi feels hot (not that kind of ‘hot’ lah!) as she starts to kiss him. A pair of illusion wings sprout from Musubi’s back as her crest lights up and it seems Musubi’s attacks has powered up. Hibiki and Hikari decides to flee seeing that Musubi has been winged (it seems they’re targeting unwinged Sekireis). The twins are confronted with a masked Sekirei, Homura who give them some advice in which they scoff off, but yet again escapes when Homura displays his fearsome power.
 
Minato and Musubi arrive back at their apartment and the former is surprised to see his TV turning on by himself. On it is Minaka who congratulates him for partnering Sekirei #88 Musubi and explains to him about the Sekirei Plan since he is now a player. Plus, he has to keep this Sekirei Plan a secret from the general public, or else. Better listen. Before things can settle down for Minato, an MBI men comes knocking on his door and Minato panics because he thinks he’s toast. But he’s just here to hand some clothes to Musubi. After he leaves, the landlord catches Minato living with a girl so he instantly kicks him out. Heartless. Didn’t even hear his explanation. But with Musubi’s positivism to support him, the duo try various places to find a place to live but to no avail. At the park, Minato gets depressed but Musubi cheers him up as she kisses him once more and says she’ll do anything for him. She then flies and takes him up to the clouds to have a beautiful look of the night sky and the city below. Meanwhile Minaka is standing atop his MBI tower and is excited that some legend is soon about to begin.
 
Remember Musubi being an airhead? After taking Minato up so high, she has no idea how to land. Yeah, they’re dropping like a brick in episode 2. Free fall! So I guess the flight thingy was just temporary, huh? Thankfully, a tree in the compound of Izumo Inn broke their fall (there’s a reason later on how a little tree can make them a safe landing). There they meet the landlady, Miya Asama, who invites them in for a change of clothes and dinner. We find out her late husband, Takehito, previously worked in the MBI (there are hints that the corporation may have something to do with his death) and because of his policy of never refusing help, Miya takes them into her guest house. Looks like the pair will be living here from now on. They also meet other tenants which include the equally busty Uzume and the mysterious Kagari (common sense tells us that he is that Homura guy. So to avoid confusion, I’ll refer to Homura when he is masked and Kagari when he isn’t).
 
The next day, Minato and Musubi goes back to their previous apartment to gather their belongings to the new place. Since Musubi is a fist type Sekirei, looks like she has the strength to carry the heavy load. Minato also meets his little sister Yukari who is to study in a college in the area. She is here to give Minato some girl clothes as previously requested by him. After they parted and the duo walk back to Izumo Inn, Minato finds out a little more from Musubi about the different Sekireis and their abilities. Meanwhile, we see a Sekirei named Akitsu sitting like though she is abandoned when a guy Hayato Mikogami comes up to her and is interested in making her part of his collection. However, one day noticeable about Akitsu is that her Sekirei crest is on her forehead. Sekirei’s with such markings are considered ‘discarded’ Sekireis and without a number, and thus cannot be winged. Though Akitsu cannot be winged, she sticks by Hayato as gratitude for saving her from being abandoned.
 
Back at Izumo Inn, while Uzume and Musubi get acquainted in a hot bath together (nothing steamy here, mind you). Minato is at the compound and wonders how that tree could break their fall when he envisions a little girl asking for help. Musubi then finds out that Uzume is also a Sekirei and starts to enthusiastically fight her. Though Uzume isn’t interested, however Musubi is too excited to stop until Miya comes by to stop them and lectures her that no fighting allowed is one of the rules of this house. Though Miya has that eternal smiling face, whenever we see a dark aura and the appearance of a Hannya mask (a devil-like mask used in theatres), it means you’d better listen to her or else. Enough to even scare the toughest gangster and make the most stubborn ruffian listen. Meanwhile, Homura is confronted by another Sekirei, Tsukiumi, who challenges him to see who is the strongest. But Homura tells her to find an Ashikabi instead. However Tsukiumi is reluctant because she is known to be an Ashikabi hater (because she fears them doing this and that on her?). Also, Minato continues to have that weird dream whereby that little girl, Kusano or Kuu for short, is pleading for his help.
 
Episode 3 begins with Kuu’s flashback about an MBI researcher, Takami (I think she’s Minato’s mom) telling her about finding her onii-chan and subsequently being attacked by Hayato and his Sekirei #43 Yomi which forces her to unleash her great plant-like powers. In the morning, Musubi spars with Miya but the latter proves why she is the master of the house with her awesome powers. But this doesn’t put Musubi down as she gets even more encouraged by it. Minato goes off to work part time in some construction site and befriends another colleague named Seo Kaoru. Seo is quite interested in Minato’s lunch but Hikari and Hibiki appears to beat him up for causing trouble to others as they apologize to Minato before realizing he was the guy with that Musubi girl. It seems Seo is the Ashikabi of Hikari and Hibiki. Meanwhile, Kagari gets a call from another MBI staff, Tamaki, about how that madman Minaka has sent SMS to all Ashikabis about the location of the Green Girl Sekirei #108. First come first serve. Kagari/Homura then says how he is the protector of unwinged Sekireis.
 
Since Seo got that SMS, he and his Sekireis drags Minato to the botanical garden to find the Green Girl. Homura is at the garden’s gates when he is being confronted by Yomi and Akitsu. Yomi’s job is to get the Green Girl for her Ashikabi as she heads in first while Akitsu uses her ice power to stall Homura. Musubi decides to go give Minato his handphone seeing that he has forgotten to take them and as she arrives at the botanical garden, she mistaken Homura for Kagari but dismisses it because she thinks Kagari doesn’t wear a mask though he looks similar. Airhead. Well, at least his identity isn’t busted. Musubi heads in then. Inside the garden, Minato is being led by visions of a crying Kuu and Seo seems to know that she has already chosen Minato as his Ashikabi and decides follow him and see for himself. Though Minato manages to find Kuu, scythe wielding Yomi arrives and starts attacking. Luckily Musubi appears in time to defend Minato. Musubi snaps Yomi’s precious scythe easily which pisses her off as she unleashes her fury so much so Musubi’s clothes get blown away, leaving her only in her undies (like Ikkitousen series, remember anyone?). In the end, Musubi rips Yomi’s clothes and presses upon her Sekirei crest. A light glows from it as Yomi collapses and her crest disappears. I found out that this is a way to defeat a Sekirei. Musubi proclaims how she protected Minato and her modesty. Seriously, how can she fight with one hand while the other is covering her boobs? I don’t know, but she did it. With Yomi’s loss, Hayato couldn’t feel her presence anymore and tells Akitsu to return. The rest then escapes as the garden is soon surrounded by MBI helicopters. Back at Izumo Inn, Miya finds out that Minato has brought back Kuu. Another tenant for her inn. Later that night, Kuu tells Minato how she was the one who cushioned his free fall. He thanks her and Kuu wants to him to be her Ashikabi. Yeah, she kisses him as her wings sprout. That’s 2 Sekireis Minato has now. And it’s going to grow…
 
In episode 4, as Minato leaves for work, he is being closely watched by a mysterious bespectacled girl in a room filled with monitors. Yeah, she’s interested in him. Minato notices Kuu crying on his way out as she mentions something about her brother Shiina whom she is quite close to and has opposite abilities of hers. Minato then comforts her. As Minato finds out Seo has quit his job, Musubi continues her morning spar with Miya. Minato comes home from work and to his surprise finds Seo there. He finds out Seo was Takehito’s best friend and his visits at Izumo Inn are mainly for free meals (remember of Miya’s policy not to refuse help?), though Miya personally thinks he’s trash. Seo’s a freelancer problem solver now? Hikari and Hibiki then come in to apologize and retrieve their useless Ashikabi for causing inconvenience. That’s one problem he can’t solve.
 
That night as Kuu heads to the toilet, she got the scare of her life when she thinks she has saw a ghost. She runs to Minato who then checks around the inn with Musubi but finds nothing. The next morning as Miya visits the grave of her late husband, Musubi and Kuu help out to make lunch. You know, Kuu looks cute and weird in that wagtail outfit. Uzume sure has lots of those weird outfits. Meanwhile Yukari bumps into Shiina in the streets and I’m not sure if she has shotacon because she’s totally taken in by his looks and trying hard to control herself. Then Sekirei #38, Mitsuha, a Sekirei under Hayato finds Shiina and is under her Ashikabi’s orders to bring in unwinged Sekireis. Yukari, who doesn’t know what’s going on, takes Shiina’s hand and flee. Back at Izumo Inn, Minato wonders the fate of defeated Sekireis as Musubi explains who they are being taken away by the MBI. Though Minato isn’t too fond of the idea of a Sekirei being separated by her Ashikabi, Musubi says how being with the person they love is a reward for the last standing Sekirei and vows not to lose. Because that bespectacled girl, Matsu, notices how close Minato and Musubi is, she declares that airhead her enemy. On a day whereby Musubi is running some errands, she unleashes several satellite lasers to blast her. Hey, can she do that? I mean, putting holes in buildings just like that just to keep her busy. That’s because Matsu comes in the bath surprising Minato who the heck is this never-seen-before woman. Meanwhile Yukari takes Shiina back to her place and wonders what to do next (hopefully nothing ecchi) while Musubi continues to evade all those lasers like a pro.
 
Musubi comes home with her clothes in tatters in episode 5 while Matsu continues to seduce Minato. Matsu gets irritated when Musubi comes back a little earlier than expected but she has to cut short her seducing because Miya says how illicit sexual relationships are forbidden (that Hannya mask again…). As Matsu introduces herself to the rest (she was the one Kuu thought saw as a ghost), she reveals her secret room filled with monitors. It seems she is hiding from the MBI. Meanwhile Mitsuha and Akitsu continue to find elusive Shiina when Homura appears before them. They attacked him but have to retreat after realizing they’re not up to match with his superior fire power. He could’ve nearly burnt himself (couldn’t say the same for his handphone when he tried to call Tamaki) if not for Tsukiumi using her water powers to cool him down. She’s still ranting about not wanting an Ashikabi and would kill him if she had one. In Yukari’s room, she’s still thinking of what to do with Shiina when he tells her that she is his Ashikabi. At this point, I’m still wondering if Shiina is a boy or a girl. Experience tells me Shiina’s a boy but because I thought all Sekirei are females, that’s why I’m in doubt. Later I found out that there are a handful of male Sekireis. So Shiina’s a boy…
 
While Minato is sleeping, Matsu sneaks into his room and kisses him because she’s interested in him (in experimenting terms, that is). Yeah, she’s his Sekirei now. Sekirei #02 at your service. However they both get their punishment of no breakfast when Miya barges in to catch them in the act. The next morning, Matsu thinks of getting a morning kiss from Minato but met with Musubi’s lips instead. Ugh! Thankfully, there is no effect when 2 Sekireis kiss. Minato sees Kagari in bandages as Miya feeds him before her usual sparring with Musubi. Then Minato gets another dream whereby he dreams of Tsukiumi saying how she’ll kill him. Scary. So Minato goes to ask information specialist Matsu more on this particular Sekirei and finds out more about the Sekirei Plan. It seems that 90% of the Sekireis in the city has been winged and that the next phase will soon to begin. Also Matsu mentions how it isn’t unusual for other unwinged Sekireis to be attracted or react to an Ashikabi that has multiple Sekireis. Matsu then finds out the Sekirei in Minato’s dream and suggests he go find and befriend her. Minato and Kuu are searching through the city (Minato being the bait actually) and at the same time, Hikari and Hibiki are attacking Tsukiumi but the tables are turned on them. Minato also meets Seo and the latter seems to know Minato has got more Sekireis and Matsu in particular. How does he know? Well, he made that secret room door for her. When the twins arrive with Tsukiumi hot on their tail, Tsukiumi starts to react to Minato’s powers as she feels hot and her knees feeling weak. Because of that, she declares that she will kill him. A dream come true, eh? More like nightmare.
 
Tsukiumi starts attacking in episode 6. Kuu tries to attack back but Minato stops her saying that his purpose is to befriend her. Hikari and Hibiki continue to unleash their lightning attacks and power up with Seo. A disadvantage of being an unwinged Sekirei is that her powers are weak. Seo has Tsukiumi in his grasp and wonders if she could be his Sekirei when Minato declares how Tsukiumi is his. Seo has to let go because he got zapped by the twins who are furious as they mentioned they are to be his only Sekireis. Tsukiumi is touched by Minato’s words and wants him to take responsibility as she kisses him. Yehaa! He has now got Sekirei #09 under his harem. Musubi just then arrives at the scene and seeing that Minato has more than 1 Sekirei, Tsukiumi declares herself as his legal wife. Yeah, Musubi too wants to be Minato’s legal wife. Wonder if she know what that means. So Minato returns to Izumo Inn with yet another Sekirei. With a new Sekirei under Minato, competition is getting tough as Kuu now clings on harder to her onii-chan while Matsu loves watching the bickering drama between Tsukiumi and Musubi. Even if Tsukiumi is a tough lady, she still can’t beat Miya. Don’t mess with the landlady. Kagari himself is surprised that Ashikabi hater has got herself one but Tsukiumi can’t seem to put her finger that Kagari and Homura are the same person and keeps wondering if they’ve met somewhere before.
 
Elsewhere, Yukari remembers how Shiina told her about the Sekirei Plan and even suggests to kiss. Woah. Control yourself Yukari. Back at Izumo Inn, the usual fight over Minato like we usually see in harem animes. Tsukiumi is relieved to find out that Uzume isn’t Minato’s Sekirei. Tsukiumi and Musubi takes a bath together while Kuu has a chat with Minato about which one he likes best. Well, he has to like everyone, right? That’s what being in a harem is about. Thankfully, Minato is a humble guy as he says how he’s grateful for them choosing a loser guy like him. With that, Kuu pecks his cheek and this sends an uneasy shiver down Tsukiumi and Musubi in the bath. Yeah, the harem battle starts now! Poor Minato has got his hands full. He’s got to worry about the battle with other Sekireis and their Ashikabi, what more a battle among his own Sekireis. But we love it lah! So Minato’s got a naive airhead, a loli with onii-chan complex, a secretive bespectacled hacker, and a crude aggressive and possessive short tempered woman in his harem. It sure is getting rowdier by the day. Ah, variety is the spice of life. Meanwhile Minaka is glad that another Sekirei has been winged and that the 2nd phase is going into motion soon.
 
Episode 7 starts with a flashback of Minaka and Takami back in 1999 when they were students and doing some excursion on some unknown island whereby the found several tubes with bodies in it (Sekireis, I presume) and that’s when Minaka started his crazy idea of playing God and becoming the Game Master. At Izumo Inn, Minato’s Sekireis are fighting for their right to sleep next to Minato. Because they can’t resolve it peacefully and all ended up sleeping with him, Miya intervenes and draws up their sleeping rooms. Nobody gets to sleep with him. There, solves it. As Miya goes out shopping, Musubi is watering the lawn with Kuu when Sekirei #04 Karasuba, also known as the Black Sekirei, unexpectedly drops by at Izumo Inn for a visit. It seems she and Musubi know each other well. However Matsu dreads the fact that she is here and quickly goes into hiding. Something about she’s like a dog for the MBI and will obediently do anything under the corporation’s orders. Karasuba is here to ascertain that Musubi was the one who defeated Yomi and soon leaves after Musubi still remembers her promise with her. The TV then has a sudden announcement from Minaka who says MBI have bought over the city and is sealed. Normal inhabitants need not worry and those leaving will be thoroughly inspected at exit points.
 
Karasuba meets Miya on her way and there is a standoff between the 2. They engage in a short display of power battle and we learn that Miya is Sekirei #01! Karasuba goes back to her Ashikabi in his Ferrari and along the way she spots Mitsuha and Akitsu and decides to let go some steam. Akitsu suggests to run away upon realizing the Black Sekirei but Mitsuha doesn’t know anything so she starts attacking Karasuba. That’s why we shouldn’t be so cocky in the first place. Blood thirsty Karasuba slices Mitsuha in a single strike (not sure if she’s dead or not) while Akitsu runs away. At Izumo Inn, Musubi reveals to Minato about her promise she made to Karasuba. Something about the necessity of humans. If Musubi wins, then her theory of falling in love will come true. Otherwise, Karasuba’s view of not needing those useless humans stand. Thus they promised to be the last 2 Sekireis so that they could battle each other. Musubi also wants all Sekireis to be free and to fly with their own wings. Meanwhile Yukari is walking through the streets with Shiina dressed in a girl’s dress (unsuitable if you ask me) as a disguise. Hayato watches them from his car and notices Shiina isn’t winged yet and decides to move on his own seeing that his previous Sekireis failed to do so. At the same time, Tsukiumi and Musubi continue their rivalry over household chores but Miya ups the ante by saying the first person who comes back from shopping gets to sit next to Minato for dinner. And off Musubi and Tsukiumi go. Nice method of getting things done in a way. That night, a Sekirei draped only in white cloth defeats another Sekirei while another drunken busty Sekirei, Kazehana watches the city from a building while commenting on the blowing unpleasant wind.
 
The capital is tightly sealed in episode 8 but an Ashikabi Haruka Shigi (yes, a guy with a girl’s name) and his Sekirei #95 Kuno decides to flee but is spotted by a disciplinary squad Sekirei #104, Haihane. She looks like a zombie version of Freddy Krueger. No choice they have to U-turn back into the city. After Minato does his chores with his Sekireis, Minato goes to visit Matsu in her room whereby she tells him several information about defeated Sekireis. It seems that during a fight when a Sekirei is defeated, there is a rule which must have the victor wait next to the body of the vanquished as respect till the MBI comes to pick up and verify. Recently there has been several defeated Sekireis but the winner is not in sight. Speaking of which, didn’t Musubi too broke that rule during her fight against Yomi? For the record, Musubi beats Tsukiumi for the 3rd time in a row, reaching back home from her errands first. Now we see Kuu in a cute mouse costume so this prompts Minato to asks Miya more about Uzume since she’s always out. She says that Uzume has these weird costumes to cheer up a precious person who is in hospital. That person is Chiho and is Uzume’s Ashikabi. Speaking of which, she is there visiting her now. Uzume comes home late to find Tsukiumi and Musubi once again arguing about being Minato’s legal wife. Matsu then notices a stain of blood on Uzume’s pants. Elsewhere, looks like Hayato confirms losing Mitsuha as his Sekirei so he decides to move in and make Shiina fill in that gap as Akitsu monitors the unsuspecting duo. Yukari learns that Shiina is looking for his sister Kuu and she agrees to help him find her after she tells her own story of how Minato used to look out for her when they were younger.
 
Uzume makes another visit to Chiho but when she leaves the room, she is being confronted by an Ashikabi who seems to be blackmailing her into doing jobs against her will in order to save Chiho. He shows the picture of Uzume’s next target, Kuno. Tsukiumi learns about a Sekirei breaking the rule of not being next to the body of the defeated and decides to go find the culprit along with Musubi. Haruka and Kuno are trying to find a way to escape when they are being confronted by that white cloth Sekirei. By now, viewers should know that she is Uzume with all the things falling into place. Kuno’s high pitch screaming ability only manages to restrain Uzume for a while before she comes pursuing them again. Luckily Musubi and Tsukiumi arrive in time to save them and the latter concludes she is the culprit. They are still unaware of Uzume’s identity and Uzume feels uneasy because she doesn’t want to fight them yet. Drunk Kazehana reeking with alcohol smell then casually walks by and says how she doesn’t like all this.
 
So in episode 9, Kazehana’s interference is because she doesn’t like an unfair fight. Meaning, 2 Sekireis against 1. So Tsukiumi tells Musubi to go play with Kuno. Though Musubi enthusiastically introduces herself, Kuno feels ‘defeated’ in all aspects. Kazehana then whisks Uzume away after introducing herself as Sekirei #03 to panty flasher Tsukiumi (haha). Tsukiumi turns around to find Musubi is missing along with Haruka and Kuno. Somewhere, Uzume and Kazehana has a little chat and the former challenges the latter to a duel. Back at Izumo Inn, Matsu decides to do some seducing experiment on Minato when Kagari interrupts. Since Minato flees, Matsu turns her attention to Kagari, so he burns her a little as a warning. Kagari then experiences some chest pains and asks Matsu for some medicine. Wait a minute? Is he a she? Nothing conclusive yet. Meanwhile Musubi drops onto Minato (deja vu?) and drags him to his old apartment so that she could let him hear Haruka and Kuno’s story. Minato and Haruka instantly click because the latter too failed his entrance exam twice. Haruka explains that he doesn’t care for the Sekirei Plan and wants to leave the capital but the tight security of the MBI and disciplinary squad makes it impossible to do so. Furthermore, Kuno is a weak Sekirei and doesn’t have any other abilities. Even her voice ability is her only one, she’s still weak nevertheless. Funny to see Kuno sinking into depression and apologizing to Haruka everytime certain comparisons are made between her and Musubi. Before they leave, they want Minato to keep this a secret.
 
When Minato and Musubi come home, Tsukiumi and Kuu are seen waiting for them and they are suspicious that the duo might be doing something secretive behind their backs. This doesn’t help at all when Musubi says how all this is a ‘secret’. Tsukiumi takes out on poor Minato and I guess Kuu too joins in. That night Uzume and Kazehana comes home all drunk and drops like a log sleeping next to Minato. Of course that guy has another shock of his live when he finds 2 naked babes by him. Not as shock as his Sekireis (especially Tsukiumi) will soon find out. To make matters worse, Kazehana is also interested in Minato and starts flirting with him. Before another fight could occur, Miya steps in. She tells the gang how Kazehana was a former residence of Izumo Inn. Uzume recalls the duel she had with Kazehana and could’ve lost if the latter decided to press her Sekirei crest. So to make things up, Kazehana wants Uzume to take her drinking. So that’s why they got all drunk. Next morning, Minato discuss on how to let Haruka and Kuno escape but Tsukiumi isn’t too fond of that idea. Matsu then tells Minato the origins of the Sekirei Plan and the history of how Minaka became its chairman. Since MBI’s sole purpose is the execution of this plan, anyone participating and then withdrawing would become instant enemies of the MBI. They may even resort to killing and not even the Ashikabi will be spared. While Minato is having second thoughts about the escape plan, Musubi comes to reassure and support him as usual. Meanwhile Karasuba is soaking herself and notes how things will get more interesting after learning Haihane has let an Ashikabi and his Sekirei go.
 
Episode 10 starts off with a short touching and romantic flashback on how Kuno met Haruka (at least that’s how Kazehana viewed it). The gang are at Seo’s place and he agrees to help Minato and Haruka out. Initially he wanted to charge a fee but when he gets a call from Miya… You know the rest. Seo shows the map of the capital which is the supposed battlefield and that it’s being divided into 4 areas. The south, east and west areas are controlled by powerful Ashikabis so their only chance of escape is through the north. Why isn’t there a powerful Ashikabi controlling that area? Seo hints of a Hannya devil which lives there. Uh huh. I guess Miya’s reputation is so fearful that nobody dares challenge her. They’re supposed to dash across the bridge in the north because even though there are guards, they won’t be inspected. But there will be 2 problems. Firstly, the MBI satellite surveillance and secondly, the disciplinary squad. Minato says how he’ll inform Matsu to hack it while Musubi mentions how she’ll take on the squad. With that all settled, the plan starts tomorrow night. In the meantime, Tsukiumi and Matsu are discussing about Sekireis running away without the fight. Tsukiumi doesn’t like it because she thinks it’s a Sekirei’s destiny to battle each other and that she thinks Matsu who has never stepped out of Izumo Inn, to be akin like Kuno’s case of running away. So Miya offers to test Tsukiumi powers and in a single blow, her powerful blast not only causes a ripple in the ground but also rips off Tsukiumi’s entire clothes (only leaving her undies. See, how Ikkitousen this is? How come the panties are the only one remains unscathed?). Tsukiumi then wonders who Miya is exactly.
 
The night before the escape, everyone gathers at Izumo Inn for a farewell party. Haruka questions why don’t Minato escape the capital too since he too wishes to live peacefully with his Sekireis. Minato spots Tsukiumi outside and excuses himself. Though Tsukiumi still doesn’t want to get involved in the escape plan, Minato says how Musubi will be the only one capable of fighting the disciplinary squad. This prompts Tsukiumi to ask him if he’s worried about the contract or Musubi. She then places his hands on her boobs and asks if he really wants her too. Matsu interrupts so Tsukiumi takes the chance to go off. Meanwhile Uzume has returned home and Kazehana knows she’s been doing some jobs against her will. The next morning, Yukari and Shiina continue to find Kuu while Hayato follows them and plans to make his move tonight. Miya also meets Kagari and believes his transformation has begun though he says it isn’t definite yet. Musubi is excited by that ripple left by Miya in the ground and feels encouraged to do her best during her morning practice while Kuu confronts Tsukiumi and boldly tells her that she isn’t Minato’s wife because she doesn’t want to help Minato. That little kid’s words at least made her do some serious thinking. Must be the ‘wife’ word. Nightfall comes as Minato, Musubi, Kuu, Haruka and Kuno prepares to leave according to plan.
 
Episode 11 starts off with Karasuba telling her Ashikabi about that flashback we’ve seen in the first episode. How Karasuba fought with Sekirei #08 AKA the Sekirei of Fate, but the latter died after rescuing a young Musubi. Karasuba feels her death is a shame and that she should’ve died at her hands instead. At the same time, Minato and co dashes across the bridge when Seo and his Sekireis blast a transformer station as a diversion. While Homura and Kazehana watches from a distance, Takami is upset that Minaka knows all this would happen as well as he watches on. Well, he didn’t call himself the Game Master for nothing. Kuu on the other hand, distracts the bridge guards with her plant powers. However reinforcements arrive a little early so Matsu tells the gang to abort their plan. But Minato is bent on saving Kuu since she’s in a pinch (and remembering the promise he made to her). Seeing Minato’s determination, Matsu volunteers herself to go save Kuu as she tells Minato to carry on across the bridge. For once, Matsu leaves the Izumo Inn riding on a motorcycle. Biker babe looks hot! Even Tsukiumi is surprised on what Matsu is doing. Are you still unconvinced to go? Matsu arrives in time to rescue Kuu as she gives her a bazooka that shoots little plant capsules which sprout giant plants whenever she fires. Shiina notices the plants and that Kuu is here as he rushes to find her along with Yukari. Unknown to them, Hayato is following them.
 
As Minato and the rest run across the bridge, as expected they are met with Haihane and another disciplinary squad member, Sekirei #105 Benitsubasa. Musubi eagerly takes on Benitsubasa (also a fist type like Musubi) as they exchange several magnificent blows. Because Musubi is being an airhead, Benitsubasa unleashes a combo of hers to send Musubi crashing to the ground and causing the bridge some damage. Minato hangs on for dear life because he can’t swim if he ever falls off. On the other hand, Haihane corners Haruka and Kuno. Back at Izumo Inn, Miya talks to Tsukiumi on how Matsu and Kuu are doing their best for Minato because their feelings for him are the same as hers. So after all that talking finally reached to her head, eh? Tsukiumi decides to go help Minato because she doesn’t want to become a widow. It has got to be that wife thing in the end. Benitsubasa continues to pound Musubi with her combos (speaking of which, Musubi’s now totally naked except in her undies). Musubi is knocked unconscious when she tries to reach for Minato. As Minato gets the strength to pull himself up from the bridge edge and is shocked to see Musubi’s Sekirei crest disappearing. Oh no! It can’t be happening that Musubi has been defeated!
 
While Minato is saddened by the loss of Musubi in episode 12, Haruka uses his body to shield Kuno from Haihane’s claws. Kuno then uses her ultimate move (after kissing Haruka) and unleashes a very gentle and melodic voice which causes Haihane and Benitsubasa to lose their fighting will. But after she finishes singing, Kuno’s body couldn’t handle it as she coughs out blood. The effects of Kuno’s power then disappears as Benitsubasa prepares to attack Minato. Luckily Tsukiumi arrives in time to do battle with both the disciplinary squad members. Tsukiumi is pissed because her (shopping) rival has been defeated. However Tsukiumi gets pinned down under a beam during the duel. Meanwhile Matsu and Kuu thinks something is wrong with Minato and decides to go to where he is. Kuu could’ve been reunited with Shiina if Matsu didn’t sped off. Unfortunately, Yukari and Shiina are being surrounded by Hayato along with Akitsu and his other male Sekirei, Mutsu. Sword slashing Mutsu is going to get rid of Yukari by slicing her with his sword when Shiina dives to save her. It is then when they both confessed that they love each other and kissed. Too late Hayato. He’s being winged. See lah. Wait some more lah. With that, Shiina unleashes her destructive decaying powers which sends Hayato and the rest retreating.
 
On the other hand, a strange light starts to glow from Musubi’s body and a voice telling Minato to teach those little birds love. Yume possesses Musubi’s body and easily throws away Haihane and Benitsubasa just like that. Yume then says how Minato’s gentle and warm heart which woke her up and proceeds to put his face in her boobs (remember Musubi’s naked…), pissing off Tsukiumi and Kuu, who thinks this must be some underhanded tactic to catch them off guard. Karasuba then arrives and is happy to see Yume again and starts attacking her. As Yume evades her slashes, she hints that the one who will fight her is Musubi. Before Karasuba could strike her, Yume disappears and Musubi is back to her old airhead self again. Karasuba stops attacking and walks away after a short friendly talk with Musubi as though her fight with Yume didn’t happen at all. Minato is overcome with emotion and rushes to hug Musubi. Yay! Musubi’s back. Is that legal? Heck, who cares. However, time is up and the satellite starts to fire its beam as it splits the bridge into half. Haruka and Kuno are thrown into the air but a mysterious white cloth grabs hold of them before the duo are being blown across the bridge by a mysterious gust of wind (we all know who, right?). Haruka and Kuno are safely across the bridge as he shouts to Minato to come with them but that guy says he has to stay back because he has things to do even though he isn’t pretty sure what it is. Haruka and Kuno continue their escape, promising that they’ll meet somewhere else. Elsewhere, Kazehana confirms Minato’s manliness while Karasuba hopes Musubi will grow stronger.
 
Minato is getting emotional about how he’s a useless bum depending on the girls. Musubi once again cheers him up by saying that everyone’s doing their best because of him and that Minato should be himself. The other girls think Musubi is going to steal the limelight once more and decides not to lose out as they hug him. Better escape before the MBI arrives. In the aftermath, we see Hikari and Hibiki profusely apologizing to Miya for Seo’s intrusion of free meals for 3 days. She doesn’t mind, unless Seo minds that Hannya aura… Also, Minato’s Sekireis continue to fight over him, Tamaki couldn’t believe the revival of Sekirei #88 and wants to investigate, Hayato rues his lost of winging another Sekirei though Mutsu notes he has many of them back home, Haihane and Benitsubasa lamenting their loss to that big breasted woman (Haihane making a cheeky remark how Benitsubasa’s will be only a B-cup if hers ever get that big), Karasuba feeling happy because things are getting interesting, the Ashikabi who blackmailed Uzume decides to let her off the hook for her betrayal seeing that she’s still useful to him, Shiina and Yukari continue to kick ass beating other lowly Ashikabis and their Sekireis, Kagari’s chest continues to experience pain and his boobs are now obvious as Kazehana hints how a Sekirei forcefully reacts to a destined person and finally Minaka noting how the story hasn’t really ended yet and is just the beginning.
 
That’s right, 12 episodes isn’t enough to satisfy my insatiable need for a second season. A second season is highly probably because at the end of the last episode, a large "To be continued" sign lets viewers wanting for more. Perhaps the sequel will take some time since the manga is currently ongoing and depending on how popular this anime is, the producers may just make the sequel when the time comes. They’d better! Thus I felt that all these dozen episodes were just to serve as an introduction and build-up suspense before the next stage of the Sekirei Plan. It’s going to get deliciously exciting from now on. More characters and more awesome fights. Really looking forward to it.
 
There is an OVA filler episode which lasts only 10 minutes, though. It’s about Kuu who decides to join Musubi and Tsukiumi’s shopping race to be Minato’s legal wife. However noting that she is still small and susceptible to danger, everyone decides to help her from the shadows and let her win. Unfortunately Kuu gets lost and distracted by a cat so much so Musubi and Tsukiumi had a hard time bringing her back to the right path without blowing their cover. At that expense, they caused some damage to the streets. Even when Kuu finally arrives at the mart, she is unsure what to buy and it’s up to the duo to ‘remind’ her in some trench coat disguise. After Kuu safely returns home, Musubi and Tsukiumi start their real race. They come home and notice Kuu coming in from the gates. Kuu knows that everyone has helped her from the shadows and proceeds to thank them and admits her defeat. But Tsukiumi decides to let Kuu be with Minato anyway since she did her best on her first outing. As the ladies take a bath and reflect the day’s events, Kuu wakes up on Minato’s lap. Minato express his wish for everyone to go shopping together without racing and this has Kuu saying how she loves everyone.
 
Though the drawing and art is the contemporary kind with gorgeous looking babes, I can’t help feel that some of the characters look the same in terms of facial details. For instance, to me Homura/Kagari looks like a serious version of Shiina, who in turn looks like a less menacing version of Haihane. Then sometimes at a certain angle, I couldn’t differentiate between Minato, Seo and Haruka. Though I think the producers tried their best to give variety and uniqueness to each of the Sekireis in terms of their design and abilities. Of course, you can’t have a bevy of beauties without fanservice. So if you’re a little ecchi lover, all those fanservice shots may provide some much needed eye candy. Sometimes I get the feeling and wonder why some of those busty babes have such huge boobs. Besides the fanservice reason, wouldn’t it be a liability during battles? Some of them are dressed in a way which are quite revealing like Tsukiumi which made me go, "Why in the world does she need to wear a skirt that’s so short and revealing because it makes no difference if she doesn’t wear one either". At comical times, the characters would go into chibi mode and they certainly look cute especially Kuu.
 
New seiyuu Saori Hayami did a nice job making Musubi a ditzy girl. Likewise Kana Hanazawa makes Kuu sound cute whenever she goes squealing "Hmmph Hmmph". She was also the voice of Potemayo of the anime of the same name and Yuuka in Kyouran Kazoku Miki. Marina Inoue’s assertive voice fits Tsukiumi nicely as she has with previous roles like Kana in Minami-ke series and Chiri in Zetsubou Sayonara Sensei series. Among the many other casts include Shinnosuke Tachibana as Minato (Sana of Myself; Yourself), Aya Endo as Matsu (Miyuki of Lucky Star), Romi Paku as Karasuba (Nana O in NANA), Shizuka Itou as Benitsubasa (Wilhelmina of Shakugan No Shana), Sayaka Ohara as Miya (Alicia of the Aria series) Yuki Kaida as Homura/Kagari (Fuji in Prince Of Tennis), Hitomi Nabatame as Uzume (Miki in Muteki Kanban Musume), Jun Fukuyama as Hayato (Kei in Special A) and Toshihiko Seki as Minaka (Mousse in Ranma 1/2).
 
The opening theme is named as the same as the series and is sung by the seiyuus of Minato’s 4 Sekireis. I don’t know but the song starts off on a nice note and when it gets to the chorus, I feel the tune isn’t suitable. The same quartet also sang the main ending theme, Dear Sweet Heart which feels like an all-girl R&B group. Then there’s a special ending for episode 11 by Saori Hayami entitled Kimi Wo Omou Toki which is a slow piece and has a feel of sadness in it. Some of the background music especially those for battle and action scenes are quite fitting and gets viewers in the mood of the suspense.
 
Having taking a liking for this series, I too feel like being an Ashikabi and having a Sekirei harem of my own! I wonder what kind of ladies I should wish for. Should I go for the tsundere class or the maid type. Ah heck, all of them would be fine. Just keep the love comin’! Erm, sounds like one of those perverted ubiquitous harem… Till the next season comes up, I’ll be dreaming of it. So hurry up with the next stage already! "You are my destined one, my Ashikabi…".
 

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