Synonyms: Sekirei 2
Japanese: セキレイ～Pure Engagement～
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 13, 2010 to Sep 26, 2010
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.811 (scored by 35019 users)
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SynopsisThe battle to find the supreme Sekirei continues. Still some of the fighters and their masters refuse to participate in the battle since losing it means to lose the Sekirei forever, and many of them actually care about their partners, while others just use them as tools. A storm is rising on the horizon, a bigger threat approaches the city and it's about to bring pain and suffering to those who love and care for their Sekireis.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Sekirei
Side story: Sekirei: Pure Engagement Special
Characters & Voice Actors
Wow. Color me impressed. After the first season of Sekirei, I didn't really have high hopes for Pure Engagement, in fact, I nearly skipped it all together. Thankfully, I decided against that. While the core elements that were featured in the first season are still present and in full force again, the vast improvements to just about every flaw the show had bring this series up from the forgetable, campy, and cliche harem show it was after season one to a thuroughly enjoyable show. And with that, let's get right into things.
Pure engagement basically picks up where the first season ended, and the plot remains unchanged. Minato and his corp of buxom female warriors are still participating in the Sekirei Plan. Personally, I liked the whole idea to begin with so seeing things were unchanged was nice if you ask me. Despite that fact, Pure Engagement does a much better job with the plot by adding in three twists to it that do an unbelievably good job of keeping things fresh and interesting. The first addition is the introduction of two new Sekerei to Minato's posse. The new members are a bit obvious, but what is impressive about them is the amount of work was put into them as opposed to the other members of the group; I'll go into more detail in the characters section though.
The next twist is a sudden change in the rules of the game about a quarter way into the season. Basically, Minaka declares that any Ashikabi who doesn't have a win under their belt will be forcibly eliminated from the game and their Sekirei will cease to function. This was a brilliant alteration to the plot for two critical reasons; first of which is it's enabling battles to finally be pushed to the forefront. One of the few things that I actually liked about the first season were the battles between the Sekirei. They were surprisingly well done and the unique powers each of them posessed made them pretty interesting to watch, but there simply wasnt enough in the first season. Not the case this time around. Due to this new implementation, the many Ashikabi that have been trying to avoid participating in the game are now forced to play if they want to continue living with their partnered Sekirei. Thanks to this, not only do we see more fights in general, but we also get to see quite a few new Sekirei abilities. Admittedly, we only see most briefly, but it does a more than good job of keeping things new.
Secondly, the rule also brings about a little bit more of a focus on monogamous relationships as it seems the majority of other Ashikabi only have one Sekirei, and since the majority of these new players have been hiding in order to not lose their partners, it's obvious these newbies are in love with their Sekrei. Thankfully, the show actually embraces this fact, and it's stated more than a few times that this is the case. The result is Minato and the gang fighting for a much greater purpose; to protect the Ashikabi and Sekirei who have grown to love each other. In turn, fights have much more importance now that we know the sad truth to why they must battle. Thanks to all this, we also are given a reason to truly hate Minaka and finally see him as the villain he is meant to be. It's all done extremely well and gets quite emotional a few times; it's really some decently powerful stuff.
The third event I'm not going to go too far into since it's essentially the ending. Suffice to say, like the change in the games rules, this final event is extremely well done as well. My issue with the first seasons ending was that it really didnt feel like an ending event for the most part, it was more like a mid-season plot arc than anything else, and didn't even really have a whole lot to do with Minato and company. Not the case this season. This time, not only is it about the main group, their actually sort of turned into targets. Once again, it enables a greater focus on fighting, and some of the best battles of the entire series occur during this time.
Now let's talk about characters. Once again, this area has also been improved upon, though not as greatly as the story was. The problem is that the original members we met in season one aren't really touched up on enough, and generally remain about as generic as they were in the beginning. That's not to say there weren't any improvements on them at all. In fact, I'll even go so far as to say that "nerdy boobs" and "the loli" that I mentioned in my review of the first season will get promoted to finally being decent characters and grace them the privelage of being called their names, Matsu and Kusano, respectively. Where Matsu was little more than a creepy computer geek who bafflingly wanted to grope every other female in her proximity, this season she becomes a rather powerful, quite brilliant tech wiz. To get who she is in this season, think Oracle from Batman. We also learn a lot about her past in this season as well as her number in the Sekirei "ladder" which, I won't lie, actually took me by surprise.
As for Kusano, she has changed quite a bit more. First season she rarely talked at all, instead communicating with an anoying set of squeeks and chirps in tandem with equally annoying generic anime facial expressions. Now, all I can say is she's freaking adorable. That's largely due to her spot on vo work...well at least as far as the English dub's Tia Ballard is concerned; she seriously nailed it this time around. As per usual, I don't watch subs, so I have no clue how her Japanese vo is, sorry. Also, the show thankfully makes her relationship with Minato normal, making sure to point out that she sees him as a brother as opposed to a romantic interest. On top of all that, she plays a much greater role as a character towards the second half of the show, and actually turns out being instrumental during the final two major story arcs.
As for the two new members of the crew, I really don't want to reveal too much about them, as they are extremely interesting. Most who watched the first season likely know who the two are already, but for those who don't I'll keep it a surprise. I do want to say though, the work done in terms of their backstory and character development is extremely well done. Both of them we discover are very prominent figures in regards to MBI and the game in general and both are quite powerful for very special reasons.
As for the art, it's similar to last seasons, but I will admit that I felt it was improved upon at least a bit. Character designs are far more consistent this season with the girls looking to be somewhere between relatively normally proportioned (once again, aside from their rack) and "Barbie Doll" unnatural. So, yeah, they look like what you'd expect when you hear "hot anime girl". As far as the environments and such go, they too seem to have received some extra TLC this time around. Overall, it's still a pretty well animated show.
Oh. Yeah; their tits still look surprisingly good too.
Sound is once again a weak link, though this time I'd say its the weakest. For the most part music is forgettable, though once again, the op is very well done sounding even more epic than the original, which is nice as it mirrors my feelings for this season as a whole. For the most part, the vo is of the same quality as last season, with the sole exception of Kusano's Tia Ballard, who really stepped up her game this go around. The usual ending theme is kind of "meh", as are the unique ones that play after significant plot arcs conclude.
Now, before I end this review I want to touch briefly on the comedy this season. Anyone who read my review of the first season may realize I never once mentioned it. That was for a good reason; it was straight up awful. So much so that it was hardly worth mentioning. Filled with far to many recurrent ecchi humor gags and feeble attempts at generic harem jokes, it was just terrible. Thankfully a lesson was learned and this season is actually quite funny with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. It does still have a few moments where it falls back on those over used gimmicks, but this time you'll only see them happen once or twice and their done for good.
So if you watched the first season and were trying to figure out if Pure Engagement is even worth your time, I'll say yes, it most certainly is. Give it a shot, and I can almost promise you you'll be surprised at how much better its gotten. The season ends with almost a promise that we'll be getting a third season (no idea if that's still really the case or not but...); and this time I'm actually pretty excited to see it. Very well done. Very well done, indeed. read more
Sekirei: Pure Engagement--as the Second Season of Sekirei, this season seems to be the shift from just boobies to actual story line and theme.
Story - 9
The animators took the liberty to adjust some of the storyline to their own liking...fortunately and unfortunately, while it does not completely follow the manga's plot, I would say it actually brings out the theme of love and unity instead of just plain old boobies.
There are parts that even have you crying/tearing up/getting angry, as they also bring out the cruelties of life (not to a mature extreme) and lets just say, much sacrifice was made...(both on the part of the manga, and of the sekirei).
Art - 8
The art actually improved from Season 1 and began to look more like the OG Author's actual drawings. Alot of the mistakes that were in Season one were Rectified. Good work! Still, obviously not the best, so only 8 points.
Sound - 7
The OP/ED themes are somewhat lacking, although cute.
If you're looking for an anime that will inspire you with breathtaking sound effects and soundtracks, this is not the anime for you. The soundtracks in Season 2 DO fit with the story and theme, but there could have been better choices in my opinion. (Although this could be me, as I am a musician who writes his own music...and plays 7 instruments...but back to the anime..)
Character - 9
Character development is EXCELLENT. By the end of this season, there is little chance for one not to have selected a favorite character...
I do dislike the fact that the animators seemed to favor Musubi (for example, in the main plot Tsukiumi had her own share of "kills," but in the second season Tsukiumi doesn't have kills, she gets "assists.") and thus it seems like Musubi and Minato become a "Predetermined" couple.
Which is annoying. I personally love Tsundere characters (my own view at any rate) and Tsukiumi was really well developed into that role.
At first sight, Kazehana appears as a typical drunk, but the animators did her a good turn by utilizing an episode entirely on her to better display the theme of love.
Pretty much all of Minato's Sekirei change by the end of the second season.
Maybe not Kusano and Matsu, but all of them tend to change and develop nicely.
Enjoyment - 9
Personally I enjoyed this season more than I enjoyed the first.
Again, personal preference so this should really not matter.I did like that this had a little less boobies and more story. (Although there was still plenty of boobies!)
Overall - 9
What can I say? The animators did the OG Author a good favor by doing it their own way.
If you are looking for some ecchi anime, and haven't watched the first season, watch the first season.
For those of you who prefer story, I would advise Shakugan no Shana instead, although this is not to bad overall.
Girls are Great in Combat Battle [Many Girls too] , One male character surrounded by Girls and fight , with many ecchi things and harem
Similar story good vs evil, hot chicks and fighting, one guy who leads them, unlike sekerai the guy in hyakka is pretty strong and fights with the girls, both shows involve the girls kissing for big power ups
Both lead male character's (Minato and Muneakira) first kiss involves one of his harems falling from the sky (Musubi and Jubei).
Both animes features a lot of panty shots and boobies.
Both lead male characters always has someone in his harem that he fears the most.
In both animes the one that is closes (Jubei and Musubi) to the male character is the most naive and ditsy, but had the most potential of all the harems. There were also the youngest in the harem that makes the male character look like a lolicon.
In both animes it is the ladies that does the fighting for their lead male characters even if they are reluctant to allow them to (the ladies).
Also, in both animes the ladies reach their full potential when kissed by the male character.
One has more women in his harem that the other, however, one has more partial boob exposure and full panty shot that the other.
One has caught 2 girls falling from the sky, while the other has only caught only 1.
One has to watch out for 3 of the girls from his harem that he fears, while the other only has to watch out for the 1 who is the most jealous and his lady lady too (who is not part of his harem).
One has a member of the harem which the lead male character is not sure he can trust,while the other one has a member of his harem who was a dude before,but turned babe which the male character was reluctant to kiss at first.
One has 2 girls in the harem who were very young, one is flat chested but smart,the other is well endowed but stupid, while in the other anime the male character has only one who is very very young, adorable to all but very powerful.
One male created a harem of girls who fight for him and to power up the female warriors both male characters need to kiss the female character and both female character has a mark on them
Opening Theme"Hakuyoku no Seiyaku ~Pure Engagement~ (白翼ノ誓約 ~Pure Engagement~)" by Saori Hayami, Marina Inoue, Kana Hanazawa and Aya Endo
Ending Theme#1: "Onnaji Kimochi (おんなじきもち)" by Saori Hayami, Marina Inoue, Kana Hanazawa and Aya Endo (eps 1-9, 11-13)
#2: "Oboetiru Kara" by Saori Hayami (ep 10)
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