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Do I have your attention yet? Good. Let’s review the fan-service anime Sekirei, shall we?
We follow the exploits of Minato Sahashi, your basic loser everyman Keitaro clone. He has failed the college entrance exam twice, is awkward around women, and is unemployed.
One day, Minato meets a girl named Musubi, who quite literally falls from the sky. Minato soon learns that he’s an ‘Ashikabi’, who are humans with special genes that allows them to partner with ‘Sekirei’.
Sekirei are super-powered beings created by the mysterious MBI corporation. Made up of cute girls, excessively buxom women, and bishonen (pretty boys), the Sekirei fight in a dangerous and at times deadly competition called the ‘Sekirei Plan’.
With the entire city of Tokyo as the battlefield, the Sekirei seek out those humans who are destined to become their Ashikabi partner. Minato soon learns that being the partner of a beautiful girl is not all fun and games, especially when he discovers that an Ashikabi can have more than one Sekirei partner, and that’s where the real trouble starts.
Sahashi Minato – The basic, loser everyman male lead.
Musubi – The bubbly female lead and Minato’s first Sekirei. She specializes in hand-to-hand combat.
Kusano – The cute little girl who can control plants. She’s Minato’s second Sekirei.
Matsu – The smart and stealthy computer hacker who works behind the scenes for Minato. She’s Minato’s third Sekirei.
Tsukiumi – The overly aggressive member of the group who can manipulate water. She’s Minato’s fourth Sekirei.
Homura – The aloof bishonen Sekirei who secretly protects the unwinged Sekirei.
Asama Miya – The group’s fearsome landlady. She’s also the very first Sekirei.
Sekirei is an anime that doesn’t bring much to the table story-wise. Pretty much all of its storyline has been rehashed from various manga, and not in a good way.
Normally in cases like this, I would look for the creative spin that would set this anime apart from the rest. Unfortunatly, I couldn’t find it.
Also, whenever a character was in trouble, someone would save them at the very last second every time. Every single time!
I give it a 3/10 for a storyline that follows the magical harem cookie-cutter genre to a T without adding its own uniqueness to the mix.
Animation & Music: 6/10 for Animation and 4/10 for Music
The animation quality of Sekirei has some flaws with proportions (watch the female characters for two seconds and you’ll know what I mean). The backgrounds are decent, but nothing notable.
One good thing about the animation is that the characters are really unique to each other. It didn’t take me long to figure out who was who in this series.
The opening and ending themes fall flat for me. However, the second ending theme was okay.
I give the animation a 6/10 and the music a 4/10 for a disappointing job.
I was annoyed by pretty much all of the characters in Sekirei except for Kusano. Little Kuu-chan made me laugh several times throughout the series!
Fun Fact: Her seiyu (Japanese voice actor) is also the same one who did the voice of Potemayo, everyone’s favorite little face-raper!
Like I said before, the other characters are pretty bland and predictable. There are a couple plot twists, but they’re either “saw that coming a mile away” or “WTF?” The W stands for “Why” by the way.
5/10 for mediocre characters that have both predictable and weird plot twists.
One good quality to note about Sekirei is that each episode went by fast. I can’t believe that I watched the whole 12-episode series in two nights. Normally my anime ADD would kick in and I’d do something else for awhile, but not this time!
To be honest, despite the fast pace, I didn’t really enjoy watching Sekirei that much. Kuu-chan’s interaction with Minato and Tsukiumi was the only noteworthy aspect to this series. Although the ending leaves things open for a second season, judging from how this season faired, I doubt I’ll watch the second season as intently. If I would watch it, it would only be to see how the loose ends were tied up.
5/10 for a small amount of enjoyment, and that’s being generous.
Sekirei really needs to develop their story if they want to make a second season that’s worthwhile. Although I didn’t like it, I encourage you to make up your own mind about it and watch it for yourself!