Synonyms: Sekirei 2
Japanese: セキレイ～Pure Engagement～
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 13, 2010 to Sep 26, 2010
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.831 (scored by 24029 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Apr 25, 2013
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.
Aug 11, 2010
Story - 7
For those who had followed the series back in 2008, Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ is a continuation as Sahashi Minato endeavors to 'catch' as many girls as he can to add to his harem collection. For those that haven't seen the first season, I strongly suggest watching the series or else SPE will not make any sense to you(nor this review).
Plot-wise; with the final Sekirei being 'winged' in this season, SPE now delves into the Sekirei game which is the main focus to which Minato and others like him must compete in.
I must admit I've started to enjoy this series as the cast who had seemed like your average clichéd characters last season now seem to have some purpose for a plot to develop as a whole. Of course that doesn't mean the show has lost its other harem/ecchi clichés like your accidental 'oops, I tripped and fell on your breast' gag, but what it does mean is that this series no longer has to rely on its fan-service to keep us from seeing how good this show can be...and it is. Whilst the idea of collecting women as battle figures like you would Pokemon may not be to everyone's preference, it's a gimmick that's aimed at a certain crowd and being part of that crowd, I think it's just pure genius!
Art - 7
Art for Sekirei is always a crowd-pleaser specially in the male department. As a fan of ecchi and hentai material, the creator has made sure that all the leading ladies with D-cups and above, are captured in every angle possible for the service fans had anticipated since first season. In term's of animation I believe SPE has improved, and one episode of noteworthy is a particular Sekirei's 'winging', which I have to say was beautifully animated compared to the previous seasons Sekirei's.
Sound - 7
The OP "Hakuyoku no Seiyaku PE" sung by the leading ladies of the series gives a feeling of nostalgia of 2 years ago as it's in the same rhythm, as well as the ED "Onnaji Kimochi". Also as a guy who doesn't like change when it comes to sequels or spin-offs, I was pleased to find that Seven Arcs studio had kept the original seiyuus to lend their voices for the cast of its sequel(especially since I'm a big fan of Yukana).
Character - 5
Unfortunately not much has changed in regards to character development as Minato(uninspiring as he is), is still clueless to his actual surroundings. Whilst there are moments when you think he might actually shine when he stands up for one of his cast, it just doesn't outweigh how indecisive a male lead he can be.
Minato aside, the supporting cast is what saves the show as we're shown Minato's harem increased, who have likable personalities that correspond with the original girls, and which one of them pretty much provides the comedy and humor for the series.
One thing I did like about the sequel so far was the opening of episode one where we are shown a flashback of Miya(caretaker of Izumo Inn to which Minato boards) when she was part of the first Sekirei strike team. The two and a half minutes of pure demolition from her and her team, makes any Sekirei fan realize again just how "bad ass" she was. I can only assume that we will be seeing more of these flashbacks in future series as we discover how the Sekirei came to be.
Enjoyment - 7
As a guy who's not usually into harems(especially if it's an action where the male lead is useless), Sekirei is an anime I didn't mind watching and have found to be amusing since last season. Whilst it's not an FMA: Brotherhood or (insert your No.1 anime here), what it does deliver is pure fan-service with comedy and action. If anything, I believe this season may have raised my amusement up a notch opposed to the 6 I had given it back in 2008 and hopefully it get's better in future.(fingers crossed)
OverAll - 7
As I mentioned Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ is not everyone's cup of tea, and for those looking for twists and/or a riveting story, this anime will not provide it. But if your into harems mixed with action an 'over the top' fan-service, and if you found the first season enjoyable, then Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ is definitely an anime to pass your time with. read more
Oct 8, 2012
Art - 6
the characters sometimes become deformed for extended periods and during times when its not needed. the fight scenes are also down-graded because of the background-less attack sequences
Sound - 7
the ending themes attempted to show the love and friendship themes of the show but came short.
Character - 6
Pure Engagement does slightly better at characterization than its prequel but explaining some of the female backgrounds.
enjoyment - 10
boobs, action, and boobs. I am a guy after all ^^
Jan 11, 2011
The story in the first season was pretty good, somewhat fresh and interesting. A boy meets a bunch of girls that will fight for him, but he doesn't really want them to fight but doesn't know what to do. What I got from the second season felt like a copy and paste from season 1. But this time, it lost it's freshness and felt very dull.
The art and animation in Sekrei isn't anything special. At times the costume can be dull, and I always feel that the eyes of the characters are to big for the face. But when it comes to the animation in fighting scenes, I think they are pretty flashy and nicely done. Anything else like backgrounds isn't extremely detailed, but it isn't bad.
Sound-8 Very Good
The BGM in Sekirei doesn't really stand out, I sometimes think there isn't any at all. But what really stood out was the opening and ending. They really fit into the story, and it's fresh. The song and animation of the op and ed matches very well, and I thought it's a bit funny when I first saw it.
Typical? I thought that the characters were not very original. You typical guy wanna protect the girls protecting him. The main girl that is ALWAYS happy. The girl that always fights with the main girl over something etc. etc. But yet I still thought that they were very likable. They fit into the story, and they can be really funny sometimes.
I really enjoyed this series. Some of the comedy it really funny, and some of the characters (even though they're unoriginal) can be put into a funny scene and be funny too! And not to mention, for all you ecchi fans out there (Including me XD), this is the right anime for you. Large amounts of exposed breasts and panties (woot for the fan-service!)
Overall, I enjoyed this anime for it's comedy, action, and ecchi (XD XD XD) If you're looking for a serious anime, then look somewhere else. If you're a ecchi fan looking for a easy story with lots of fan-service then look no further! read more
Aug 25, 2012
Sekirei: Pure Engagement is the sequel to Sekirei and with a largely story driven anime like this it really is important to have watched the prequel first, I'll be writing this as if you had. But if you didn't enjoy Sekirei then you might as well stop here, the formula remains very similar and it's unlikely Pure Engagement will turn your view on the series around if you didn't enjoy the first season.
With those two little disclaimers hung up let's move on to the plot; well as I hinted at above, not much has changed. We see the Sekirei Plan move forward, I'll avoid giving too many spoilers here but really most people can likely guess at how it's likely to go. With most of the Sekirei snapped up by the end of the first season Pure Engagement is more focused on relationships within the group/harem/cast than adding more people to it and we see more action in general than the first season. Sadly though there are several plot threads that are left dangling at the end and no real conclusion is ever met, even without having read the manga it's quite clear when the anime deviates as the last few episodes suddenly jump in pacing to hurry to a conclusion of some kind within the 13 episodes given. Also if you're anything like me you'll get annoyed by the consistant lack of use of Norito's despite being established as being the 'ultimate attack' of any Sekirei they are used maybe.. 3 times in this entire series.
Art wise, well art is always a subjective thing so I won't comment on the style but it's pretty much the same as Sekirei, very few changes and I didn't notice any serious quality drops or flucctuations, characters seemed consistant and easily identifyable. But then I didn't watch to look for these things so it's perfectly possible they slipped me by.
With the characters, well it's a sequal so there's not much to say here Uzume gets some welcome exposition but there are very few entirely new characters introduced between seasons and those that are are usually cameos at best so if you liked them in the first season, you'll like them here.
Sound quality was good and I never found the voice actors ill-suited to their character or found any of them to get grating. For the OP and ED, again these are subjective, I enjoyed them at the time but neither is likely to find it's way onto my computer or ipod and I wouldn't fault anyone for skipping them over.
In conclusion Sekirei: Pure Engagement is just what it says on the tin, a continuation of Sekirei, if you enjoyed the first series then you'll enjoy this but if you were expecting evolution of the sries in the sequal then you'll likely be dissapointed. read more
Oct 9, 2010
-Little focus on other Ashikabi.
While this leaves more time for Minato, it would have been nice to see more interaction between them. There is obviously fighting between the groups, yet I don't recall more than one other ashikabi having any true impact.
-I was honestly surprised by an arc twist.
Without spoiling much, i will say there is a chance a twist will actually work. It is not groundbreaking, but in the relative atmosphere of the show i didn't see it coming.
-Next phase begins, and more fighting ensues.
As usual there are fights between the 108 sekirei. However it seems that, while not lacking, there was less fighting than the previous season. This is also due to the fact that the fighting is distributed to the large cast of Minato's sekirei so don't expect your favorite character to fight more then a few times. It also seemed that the fights were shorter.
-Matsu, Uzume, Kazehana and Homura get the focus.
I found out just how truly awesome Matsu really was all this time. Actually, along with Kuu she became my favorite sekirei personality wise. The other members get some much needed development; Uzume and Homura's secret identities from the first season finally comes into play, as we can expect a bit more closer. While we learn about a few of the other older sekirei there is minimal development from other characters.
Aug 8, 2012
Reason: This story is a very compelling one, something that drives you into watching the next episode every time, when I was watching this story unfold when the first season came out, it was just a compelling story. And when it seems like everything is going to be peaches and cream, they tell you that only one Sekirei gets to be with their Ashikabi. And that seems depressing because of the fact that he meets so many wonderous Sekirei as the episodes come. So in the end, it has a very heartwarming story. With breasts galore, I might add. I'm not one to say that an anime really pulled on my heart strings, but this one sure did.
Reasoning: The artwork that I saw within this series was extremely fluid, even within the battle scenes, because with some of the anime I've been watching, it seems very sloppy, but Sekirei was different. This anime was very well done in terms of the art because nothing was poorly drawn, everything was put into care. The characters looked cute, and most of their body was put into proportion, but that's what you get when you're looking at a "harem" anime. Breasts WILL be more developed. But I digress.
Reasoning: The soundtrack was amazing, I loved it because it really enhanced the mood of the scene whether it be sad or happy or anything inbetween. The Openings and Endings were also a joy to listen to. I have been a musician for 10 years, and the background music was invigorating. Something that I completely enjoyed, through and through.
Reasoning: The emotions that were drawn from this anime, I cannot fathom. The characters were very unique. Some of them had quirks and stereotypes, but a couple of them through me for a loop. Tsukiumi with her "Shakespearean" speech was quite humourous at times. And I liked that a lot. And Musubi for always being a smiling, cheerful girl. Someone, no matter what the situation, she always has a smile on her face. That's something I'm not used to. And Kusano, the cute little thing. I like her as well because of the fact she believes that she is one of the women, even though she hasn't even developed yet, and her willingness to try as hard as the others, despite what I had mentioned before. Matsu, being the nerdy girl she is, I love how she's also a little perverted, because it reminds me of a certain "Soul Eater" character that loves to do "experiments". And Miya, how she is always so motherly and kind to each and every one of them. I cannot even dream of losing even one of these characters in the story. When I had seen that Usume was dying, after she had been attacked by "No.16" to defend Musubi, it brought me to tears, because she was such a loving character, and no matter what wrong she committed, she was doing it to help her Ashikabi live another day. I couldn't help myself to cry when she told Minato to take care of Chiho, as her final request. The protagonists of Sekirei seem to be a very lovable bunch, and in turn, if I were able to live with them, I totally would.
The more villainous ones characters are also flawless, because they are so sinister, and so evil, that they would think it is just "entertainment" to see innocent lives be taken away from people. While they may be Sekirei, they still act and feel just like humans, and react just as humans would do. But to see them just be killed or "deactivated" is some man's "entertainment" which is just sick, in my personal opinion. And even though they are sinister, there is a bit of comedy in them, with Benitsubasa as the comedic relief of the Disciplinary Squad, which reminds me of Team Rocket a little bit because even though they may be all evil and have the mindframe to kill, they still have some comedic bits about them that you can't seem to get out of your head.
Reasoning: I completely loved this series, 100%. There was just something about this anime that really reeled me in after the episode had finished. There was this sense of wanting more, that I always had. I couldn't stop myself from wanting the next episode. I laughed, I cried, and I loved this anime. I couldn't veer myself away from this series because some of the characters were very heartwarming.
Overall: This anime was an absolute wonder to watch. The series was riveting, and the characters were well thought out, even though a few of them had cliched roles, Tsukiumi being tsundere, Kuu being the small lolita, Kazehana being the drunkard, Matsu being the quirky perverted nerd, Homura being the distant, aloof guy and Musubi being the happy-go-lucky girl. But you gotta love 'em anyways.
It may have not been one of the top series in my list, but it's a very solid anime that I think anyone that loves action, and harem in the same title should be able to see. I sincerely hope they make a third season, because it's killing me to know what happens to Musubi, Minato and the rest of the Sekirei bunch.
Jan 26, 2013
This is a fun series to watch, even the OVA's are (which I will not rate separately, my score includes the OVA's because of how different this is from the manga) worth watching for a few giggles. If you have read the manga before watching the anime then you may have a problem with this series.
Firstly, the manga is far superior to the anime as far as story and artwork goes. The part of the story they ended the first season on was changed a bit, so they recovered at the beginning of this season with filler episodes. Once they had the story back on track they truncated it so they could end this season with an original sort of finale. For those that care about accuracy with manga adaptations, you have now been warned. That being said, it's still worth watching, and I gave it a 6 because it's still not quite as good as the first season/series.
All in all, not a bad watch. read more
Sep 27, 2012
Art & Sound- 9
The story continues from the first Sekirei, and it was a little but dull but still enjoyable. The story is what's interesting about the show, the whole survival game was interesting, but at the end it gets really weird and I think this is where the producers went overboard.
The art and sound were good, every character had a unique appearance quality. The voice actors were great for the characters given to them.
The characters are all lovable. I totally doubt anyone will dislike the main characters in this. Each of them are funny in their own way.
Overall I really did enjoy both the Sekireis. Despite the harem and fan service it was still good, the main character wasn't a pervert and he was a respectable guy. I am looking forward to the next Sekirei (if things go according to plan), and I'm also hoping for more violence and also more blood (lol).
I recommend this for anyone who are looking for Comedy, Drama, Romance and Action. read more
Sep 19, 2012
The story hasn't changed much since the last season. Parts of the background story were revealed but that didn't change my perspective on the whole story much. I was sometimes annoyed by the action of the main character and some elements of this series got a bit old.
The animation is still good. Nothing jaw-dropping.
Pure Engagement definitely isn't better than the first season but I hope it's a necessary link between the first and the third season. read more