It was a moment in the world’s history not recorded in any textbook. A spaceship crashed to Earth carrying within it a number of powerful, humanoid beings called Sekirei. Their physical and elemental powers are remarkable enough, but by kissing certain human individuals with special genes called Ashikabi, the Seikirei can form a bond with them that awakens a deeper power within the Sekirei themselves.
Sekirei tells the story of Minato Sahashi, a 19 year old teenager who can’t seem to successfully pass his college entrance exams. He’s already failed them twice, and has become a bit of a laughingstock to those who know him. But any plans he had for his future change when a Sekirei named Musubi crashes into him while trying to escape from two others of her kind. She recognizes the Ashikabi genes in the seemingly useless Minato, and to his great surprise, kisses him.
Minato is now an unwilling participant in a game known as the “Sekirei Plan” where he and Musubi must fight for survival against all the other Sekirei and Ashikabi. The victors, according to Musubi, will be able to ascend to the higher sky, but the fate of the Earth might be at stake as well.
Sekirei is an anime that has never been a critical darling! However, my good buddy convinced me to ignore all the critics and give this series a shot. Unfortunately...I kind of have to agree with the popular consensus on this one. Sekirei has enough problems to make it very hard for me to recommend.
Plot and characters:
The plot of Sekirei is that some hot alien chicks crash landed on Earth and an evil corporation is forcing them to pair up with bland males to act as their “masters” and fight each other to the death in a Battle Royale tournament with the winners getting to ascend into Godhood. If only I hadn’t seen so many highly similar plots in other shitty anime like: Akikan, Kampfer, Future Diary, etc. It must be said that Sekirei is not exactly going to win any awards for its creativity. Each of these alien girls called “Sekirei” have different “types” that determine which techniques they can learn and how well they match up against other types based on elemental strengths and weaknesses. Funny, this seems AWFULLY familiar from somewhere! The main character is Minato, who is supposed to be a lovable loser kind of guy that has failed twice getting into Tokyo University and is now studying hard to finally succeed. Seriously! That’s just how little this series tries in terms of creativity. Although I wouldn’t say he is a complete Keitaro from Love Hina ripoff because Keitaro didn’t keep a harem of female slaves that he fought to the death in gladiator matches. I guess Minato is more like Keitaro mixed with Calvin Candie from Django Unchained?! The first Sekirei that Minato gains mastery over is a “fighting type” Sekirei named Musubi. Predictably, Musubi is an airheaded bimbo that lacks any interesting character traits. She loves to eat, flash her tits, and punch other Sekirei in the face. That’s really about as far as her character development goes. My favorite character is the mad scientist leader of the corporation controlling the Sekirei. He is so bombastic and over the top that he actually made me laugh on several occasions, especially in the English dub where he is played by Chuck Huber.
The animation in Sekirei is decent and some of the fight scenes look pretty good relative to its year of release. However, I wasn’t a fan of the character designs. The tits are so absurdly large that it just looks fucking stupid! Sekirei’s idea of human anatomy clashed hard with my personal aesthetics.
Sekirei actually did have a few moments that were genuinely funny, or at least so incredibly stupid that I laughed. In one scene, Musubi randomly starts flying and takes Minato into the air to spoof the romance scene from the 1978 Superman film…then she announces that she has no idea how to land and they fall hundreds of feet before crashing into a tree. The fight scenes as mentioned above in the art section are fairly decent and if you simply want to watch some entertaining garbage, this series is passable.
Sekirei is not what I would consider a good anime by any stretch. However, it never annoyed me to the degree that Akikan and Kampfer did or infuriate me by being horribly written, yet taking itself dead seriously like Future Diary or Code Geass. Basically, Sekirei is a bad anime, but there are a LOT of anime I hate WAY more than Sekirei! Still, I would avoid this one unless you really want to see some mindless entertainment featuring impossibly busty Pokemon women fighting each other for the sake of a highly cliche' and contrived plot. read more
Sekirei is targeted at male audience, viewers who dislike ecchi/harem anime should look elsewhere. Likewise, those who love fan service should give Sekirei a try. It contains all the "ripped up clothes" scenes, "censored panty" shots, "semi-bare breasts", etc. You will not be disappointed.
It should be noted that while the show does follow the manga quite closely for the most part, the ending of the anime does deviate from the manga a bit.
Are you familiar with Fate/stay Night? If you are please continue reading this paragraph, if not skip to the next. Upon reading the synopsis, you may find Sekirei's plot to be very similar. In fact, to sum it up in a nutshell, the major difference is that instead of 8 servants fighting each other, this time we have 108 seikirei instead. But rather than only having 1 servant to fight for the master, in the Sekirei world, the master can have as many seikirei as he/she can get.
For those who are not familiar with Fate/stay Night, Sekirei is about a battle royal between 108 artificially made life forms (disguised as mostly female, though there are some male as well). These life forms, known as sekirei, are to find their Ashikabi (humans with special genes that allows them to partner with sekirei) and fight for them.
The quality of the animation is great as it is done by Seven Arcs, whose work includes the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha franchise and Inukami!. Everything flows pretty smoothly and characters are drawn in detail, though sadly the show is not broadcast in HD.
There are occasional scenes that, when compared with the manga's artwork, the level is plainly a grade lower. Hence for those who actually appreciate artist's drawing, I recommend try reading the manga as well.
The OP and ED are very well rated by most viewers due to the talented casts of seiyu singing them. Talking about seiyu, one should be able to recognize a few names right away. Just to quickly name a few:
Kazehana voiced by Yukana Nogami (C.C. in Code Geass, Teletha Testarossa in Full Metal Panic, etc)
Tsukiumi voiced by Inoue Marina (Yoko Ritona in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, etc)
Asama Miya voiced by Oohara Sayaka (Milly Ashford in Code Geass, Alicia Florence in Aria the Animation, etc)
Matsu voiced by Endou Aya (Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier, Lena Sayers in Mai-Otome 0~S.ifr~, Kinue Crossroad in Gundam 00, etc)
Karasuba voiced by Paku Romi (Edward Elric in Full Metal Alchemist, Hitsugaya in Bleach, etc)
etc...you get the point
Believe it or not, this talented casts of seiyu was one of the major selling point for Sekirei (beside fan service of course).
Many characters tend to be under developed for the most part of the story (this is usually the case when there's half a dozen "main" characters and only a dozen episodes to talk about them). As the series approach the ending, we see quite a lot more development for the main casts, particularly Minato (the male protagonist) and his sekirei. It is also interesting to note that the relationship between Minato and his sekirei throughout the series also provided a lot of entertainment, but more often than not these don't contribute much to character developments.
I enjoyed the series very much. Each episode has its own comedy to laugh at and at the same time it still contain enough action and drama to make the overall story attractive enough to me glued to the screen episode after episode. Definitely worth spending your time on.read more
It doesn’t take a genius to look at the anime page for Sekirei and have a pretty good idea what you are getting yourself into. But I have a weakness for such shows regardless how silly, played out, and clichéd they usually are. I have to say though that with Sekirei I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
The basic premise for Sekirei was interesting to me. In a lot of ways it reminded me of the action movie Highlander, only with tits and asses. The setting is a town in Japan controlled by the massive MBI cooperation. They are administering a "game" of sorts which pits 108 mysterious girls (and a few boys) called Sekirei against one another in a battle in which only one will get the prize. Each of the Sekirei binds themselves to a human called an Ashikabi with a kiss which grants them extra powers. There can be only one... giant pair of boobies.
Sekirei does a good job of combining a lot of different genres together and making it work. Action and fighting anime mixed with harem romance and comedy and a healthy dose of supernatural magic. It manages to work quite well and despite being a short series there is enough of everything to keep fans entertained. Though the series doesn’t wrap up the main storyline it ends with an announcement of a second season. This is good because quite a few unanswered questions remain at the end. The pacing of the plot is good and it keeps you interested and never feels like its dragging along or becoming repetitive. It doesn’t always stay on topic but I never found myself minding that much when it didn’t. Unexpectantly I really did enjoy the harem aspect of the story. This was one of the few series in which I liked the entire group of girls. It also may be the only time I wouldn’t mind if there is never a romantic choice between them and the male lead. They all work so well together and have so much chemistry that I really just think they all belong together.
The cast overall is a bit mixed but for the most part very good. It is brought down mainly by an uninspired and uninteresting lead in Minato. He is your classic harem lead and I really fail to understand why the girls in the cast find him so damn interesting. It’s not that he’s an unlikable guy, because he is but he is very unoriginal and doesn’t stand out. Viewers are unlikely to think much of him other than to wish they were in his place. Besides spouting clichés and acting holier than thou he contributes nothing to the plot other than to be saved by his busty harem.
It’s the harem though that saves the series for me. I really loved them all, they were hilarious together and while none of them are inspired characters from an originality standpoint they just matched each other so well that they were a lot of fun. Musubi is the ditsy and airheaded fighter who really just cares about the competition. Her personality provides for a lot of comedy and a whole lot of fan service. Early on in the story you would say she was the main love interest and while she may turn out to be that in the end she kind of became just one of the girls by the middle portions of the show. I didn’t mind this so much because the rest of the girls were fun as well. Tsukiume is the main rival for Minato's affections with Musubi. She’s the resident tsundere so of course I loved her immediately. Like most tsundere characters it seems she underwent the most growth in personality so I felt like I was rooting for her. Misato stars as the perverted and geeky glasses girl. She takes more of a backseat with the romance but her personality is more for laughs. Of course a harem wouldn’t be complete without a loli, Kusano. Despite me not liking loli's much I have to admit Kuu was pretty damn lovable and impossible to hate.
The rest of the supporting cast and villains is solid but not particularly deep. Everyone’s favorite is likely to be Miya, the landlady of the house they all live in together. She’s a bit of a mysterious character in her origins but she acts a bit like a teacher, combat trainer, and a mother. But dont tell her that or she’ll make a scary aura appear. Other Ashikabi and their Sekirei appear over the course of the story, some to help and others to fight against our heroes and heroines. We only get a small taste of the main villains which mostly serve to tease the next season. Other supporting characters like Uzume and Homura remain mostly clouded in mystery and set for larger roles in the future.
Artistically I can’t say I like Sekirei. This is not to say the animation and art is bad, because it’s not. Sekirei really puts the service in fan service and its uncensored version rivals pretty much any other show in terms of its nudity and panty shots. My main problem though is the unrealistic and silly body measurements and character designs. The boobs are outrageously huge on practically every non-loli character and really not even that attractive to look at. They are unrealistically shaped and this is important because you are going to see them ALOT! Additionally the girls’ bodies are completely malformed with huge hips and asses and tiny waists. Often characters, particularly Musubi look practically deformed. It really takes away from the show as I dont think it was necessary. Dial it down a couple of cup sizes into at least a feasible size range. The magic and fighting special effects are pretty good though but there are far less of them then there are nipple shots.
I enjoyed the music and voice performances. I felt the OP/EN theme songs which were performed by the cast were cute and captured the spirit of the series. Of the seiyuu, I really liked Marina Inoue and Saori Hayama as Tsukiume and Musubi. They really brought out their respective characters and stole the show.
Looking back I shouldn’t really have liked this series as much as I did. It’s not remarkable in any aspect except just being entertaining. If your dont like harems and over the top fan service then you should stay away from this. However if you have a boob fetish, love service anime, or like fighting anime then Sekirei will probably be an enjoyable experience. read more
Can you believe what they're doing with the pokemon franchise these days? I mean I know the games are getting stale but jeez Nintendo, I didn't think they would go down the fanservice road by turning the pokemon into big boobie bouncing girls that blindly follow their masters... Oh, hold on, this isn't pokemon, it's just another generic harem ecchi show.
STORY: College drop out boy meets a cute boobilicious girl and proceeds to move into a dorm with other girls of different shapes and sizes, and also begins his quest after catching his first Sekirei to become a master or something... Okay that's all I got, the "Oh it's exactly like those other things" joke are lazy tiresome and a bit repetitive, but anime like this is exactly what it should only get and deserve.
And Sekirei is absolutely nothing different from any ecchi anime you'll see, lazy characterizations? Check! Clueless and borderline retarded female lead? Check! Female lead devoting herself to the main male lead for, no joking about this here, no reason at all and despite they only just met? You know it...
But, the gimmick this time to get you interested in the tittie show is this is like pokemon, as the Sekirei practiably act like mindless tools for battle and follow their master's demands as this ecchi anime is also a generic action anime, you know, the kind that only clothes take damage (There clothes should only be treated as a health bar before they "faint" apparently). Not that it's a terrible idea or anything, but there is an obvious marketing underside to the idea, as the girl just love to repeat what type of Sekirei they are. I'm the fighting type! I'm the fire type! etc, etc...
The girls range from all kinds of sizes, you got you perfect woman build, the ridiculous proportioned ones, and even a loli so no pervert is left out, as there's enough for all. As character's go... The main lead is too generic to even care about, even his name escapes me (I know I can just look it up on wiki or something but why should I if generic hero of ecchi anime is a more suitable name?) and the lead female or pokemon-Sekirei whatever has the IQ of half her breast size in centimeters, so there's no dodging the "oops, I saw your panties" jokes or "OMG, you're naked!" routines, even we get full frontial boobs in this one, but just like any other ecchi, is nothing more than cock teasing to point of saying, "Why isn't this just a hentai?"
All Sekirei manages to do is kill brain cells and empty wallets, well until the next tit anime comes along, and if you're the type to fall for it, then more power to you, because it least you're fueling one of the bigger budget anime producers, Aniplex, and maybe they'll use the money to make more Fate/whatevers or other colored Exorcists so that they can market something not as completely bland as this.
ANIMATION: At least... The animation is fine, action scenes are good and the titties are... well, bouncing, so that's all that should matter anyway for anime like this.
SOUND: I can't remember, it's forgettable to the point of amnesia. Didn't watch the japanese version as much as the english version, and I did check out Funimation's dub and it's underwhelming, but even Funimation knew that the effort of a good dub would be unfitting for this anime. Chuck Huber is in it as a type-casted professor so at least that's kind of a treat.
+ If you're in it for titties, more power to ya.
+ Don't worry, they're animated quite nicely.
+/- A decent idea / A gimmick used for easier marketing.
- About as deep as every generic harem you've ever seen.
- No memorable character, retard main female lead.
- Forgettable audio, both english and japanese audio are just as lazy.
I'm not trying to talk shit here, and I know I didn't really give this anime a chance (Though I can get enough information from watching two episodes to write a review speaks volumes of how truly little there is offered in this anime in terms of everything but titties) and of course it's only about the titties and it's redundant to criticize the show for it, but this is almost insulting, but if you really want to watch this, try watching it with a few friends and have a blast cracking pokemon references or even do your own Mystery Science Theater 3000 commentary with this show, that's probably the best way to get through this the non-shameless way instead of beating off to this.read more
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