Sekirei are 108 beautiful ladies of unknown origin, who together with their Ashikabi (human partners), must battle with one another in order to determine who will ascend and claim the "prize." What is the larger purpose of this event? What are the plans of the event's overseer, the same individual who found these Sekirei and introduced them into society?
Enter Sasashi Minato, 19 years old and approaching his 2nd year as a ronin. He is about to give it all up and return home, when quite literally, Musubi falls into/onto his life. An extremely well endowed, energetic, simple and sweet girl in a short miko outfit. Suddenly he finds himself as an Ashikabi, living with a girl for the first time in his life. And this is just the start of his new crazy life, which at most times is more than the poor Minato can handle.
Sekirei has been digitally published in English by Yen Press under their Yen Press World imprint since November 24, 2015. The publisher has been physically releasing the series in 2-in-1 omnibuses since July 25, 2017. It has also been published in Italian by J-POP since June 9, 2012.
First impressions, so my first impressions is.
That this is about a bunch of supper powered human looking aliens fighting it out in a city wide battle torment in order to reach paradise with there master.
Sounds fucking cool and I want to see what they do with it.
One day while two time college entrance exam failure minato is walking in depression from his lastest failure of try's to get into college of his dreams.
While in dispear an extra thick shrine maiden falls from the sky and lands on top of him
During this encounter he finds that musubi being chased by a two women dressed in s&m outfits who are shooting lighting out of there hands.
During there escape minato finds out that musubi is something called a sekirei,
Which is are this group of 108 strong super power human like aliens that have been looked after by the local corporation
(which are mostly comprised of hot milfs, thick as fuck school girls, pretty boys that make your hart go doki doki and the odd trap and loli.)
Apparently the main character has been chosen against his will to take place in a city wide death torment called the sekirei plan where sekirei and there masters called ashikabi
(which are certain people who attract sekirei almost like a magnet because of reasons I will dive into later)
Fight it out for the ultimate prize.
which minato now finds himself involved in the fight for his life in quest for this ultimate prize so afterwards he can continue his normal life and also live in peace with musubi.
So sekirei if you couldn't tell is another one of those battle harems which is quite common especially now a days.
which I haven't got the biggest love for anymore being completely honest here because of how oversaturated the genre has been in recent years.
But battle harem aspect aside I would probably say that sekaikei is probably one of the better battle harems out there not because it's deep, complex or any thing like that.
But more on the line of it has a simple story that's it's wants to tell and it sticks to that story to the every end faults and all.
which is why I wound call it the everyday man of the battle harem genre because it try's to have a few themes about friend ship and comradey which it portrays in quite a straightforward manner and its not a defftive that the main character going to win just because he has a few more sekirei in his team than some of the over contestnice
Actually when I boil it down its plot to it's most basic stature and think about it sekirei pretty much plays like a Pokemon game except the Pokemon are hot human like aliens.
(Maybe they should have run it by the slogan "gotta to fuck them all")
But I digress.
So has far as storyline and content is consured
Sekirei has a basic plot which follows the formula of.
Main character gets involved in drama or some shit while this tournament goes on in the background. which most of the time involves a girl who got problems and after that shit or drama is done.
he gets another sekirei added to his ever growing team which the story will repeat this process about six for times which kind of gets old really fast it's the usual thing In harems there a male lead and a bunch a girls with problems which the main character solves using his dick.
Except in this case the problems that come up wasn't always an external problem sometimes it was more a of an internal thing Which made the confits slightly interesting and I did want to see where they would go with them.
one example of one of the drama or problem I found interesting was
when the character Homura who is a male sekirei stating to get attaced to are main character and before you think that is a one of those characters finding out about there sexual orientation it's nothing like That because it's reveled that hormura has a unique biology in the sense that he can't actually control what gender he is or his power to a certain extent.
And it's not the fact he falling for a dude or Turing into a women because of his body reaction to the main character that's the main cause of his problem
it's apart of it but what really bothers him is the fact he has no control over his own destiny and is pretty much a play thing to the winds of fate which he tries to fight against.
Which I thought was pretty interesting idea even though afterwards when the problem was fixed they kind of played it off for gags which got less funny every time they brought it up like how meny times you you have to show that hormura is slightly embarrassed because he having homo lust for the main character.
The after we get though about 2/3 of the story.
We finally get into more off this battle tournament and more focus on the history of the sekirei.
So the actual tournament it's self isn't bad as far as tournament arcs are considered.
Because in this point in time main character actually has more of a reason to why he wants to win because before he just wanted to win in order to be with musubi.
But now he wants to use the prize to revive all the sekirei that has fulling at this tournament and reverse some of the damage it has caused on others around him and also keep it out of hands which could lead to the death of most of humanity.
Which is kinda a generic reason but it's better than not taking this thing seriously which he was doing before and it doesn't follow the usual main character fights everyone with his team and beats everyone and wins.
It's more along the lines of he unofficially won because of events outside his control and people just kinda went with it and to be honest if the tournament keeped on and continued on officially to its ending pretty sure the main character would have lost most of his team and might of won by the skin of his teeth.
the action all right and there enough background and side plot to make the battles have more impact not just in the case of who wins the gets the ultimate prize but also from a character perspective as well which was good to have.
Now just before the continent with the characters and what not I would like to mention that the history of the sekirei was slightly interesting and is another reason why I call this the Everyman of battle harems.
Because it's reviled that sekirei have been on are planet before of corse in yee olden times and that the ashikabi are people who are descended from sekirei and human breeding with each other.
Which is why I think this is the Everyman because any one could be a ashikabi from a rich politician to a homeless man because as long as they have sekirel blood in them they are able to be in this battle tournament.
Of course one problem I do have is that they don't really explain much about where the sekirei come from because the information we are given is that they came from outer space and that there are ships full of sekirei that are possibly underground waiting to be found again.
So my question is what are they and who made them because they look and act Human and they are can also breed with humans without much difficulty.
Are they are race that similar to humans and they found are planet on accident or where they made by some other alien race for god knows what and where sent here to mate with the local population.
Guess we never will know but that just was a little nit pick I wanted to bring up.
So I guess my pros are that's slightly better written than some harems story's out there and it's doesn't try to over stay it's welcome.
It's not amazing like golden boy or high school dxd story wise but it's not a harem I would forget in a week I would probably forget it in a year.
I think my cons are is that some of the drama the story brings up becomes pointless at times and brought up for gags after they solve the problem.
Which I didn't like because it took some of the inpact out of those problems.
Like for example what I meanion before with Homura when his problem started to become a run on gag which is didn't like to much.
The main character minato is another on of those bland harem protagonist that are a dime a dozen.
He just the nice guy who though the events of the series becomes slightly more manly and take charge of the situations he is in.
I kinda which that he wasn't like this because some of the other side characters have a more distinct personally and are more extreme in there beliefs and morals I just wish he wasn't just the nice guy that every likes and some people dislike because of his somewhat fence attitude.
Side characters are probably slightly more interesting but most of them are still the usual tipcle character you find in most story's but I give credit they didn't feel like cardboard cutouts because there as enough characterzion to make them stand out slightly but enough for me to say of that's him/her personality
Some characters that where slightly better written and had more of a personality that's its bothered me less than usual.
One example of this is Hayato Mikogami a character when we fist meet him comes of as a extremely childish rich person who pursues his wims and interests with no thoughts to who it will effect what's so ever and also thinks this tournament is a a game.
As a series continues on we find at that even though he is rich and all the freedom in the world it doesn't take away the fact that he is very lonely and has no one who really understands him but that all changed when he meet the sekirei and now he isn't lonely because he has people who accept him for who is and nothing more.
Interestingly enough a lot of the other major players in this tournament have that similar dynamic where they come off as assholes but though the interactions with there sekirei this isn't exactly the case.
While on the topic of the sekirei I think the relationships that sekirei have with there ashikabi are slightly interesting because it's pretty much a mix of best friend, lover, or just loyal servant even though I feel that the relationships themselves kinda progress way to fast like there are even some ashikabi who are dating there sekirei with plans are marrying them in the future even if they known each other for about a month or two.
But the reason for that could be that ashikabi and sekirei have a spiritual bond which allows the understand each other in a deep way I guess.
Artwork is decent most of the time except for a few panels that look a little un focused or panels that look amazing.
The backgrounds look alright although when there doing there fight scenes and shit gets destroyed the background dose a ver sub par job at show casing the level of destruction that going on around them.
The fight scenes themselves are alight but the fights don't really flow every well and most of the battles are son using the special attack to finish the fights instead of basic hand to hand combat which we do get but its only every now and then.
I like the characters designs for some of the characters,
Most of them are the sekirei character designs which look very nice and are easy on my eyes.
When I first watched the anime and read the manga of this.
I liked it quite a bit it's was a show to me that I would watch every now and then to pass the time if I was bored or wanted a quick chuckle.
Now a days it's still has that effect to an extent but it isn't the series I would go back to every now and then for enjoyment it's become more a once in a blue moon enjoyment for me. I will probably won't ever read it again unless I feel like taking a trip down memory lane.
As far what I enjoyed about it Well I liked the fights and I thought the story as entertaining enough even if it was basic as fuck and every dated by today's standards.Character interactions where slightly more engaging than I thought they would be.
So I guess I enjoyed this manga for slightly going over the expectations I had for it.
So if your a person who enjoys harem and people fighting I would recommend you give this manga a shot.
It's not as good is high school dxd, golden boy or Rosario vampire but it ten times better than most generic battle harems with school and teenagers.
It's a good time passer.
If your not into harem or you want something with a bit more serious stay away
But it's not like anyone pays attention to what I say anyway so why do a bother.
If you want a good tournament battle and not getting it here probably go watch or read any of the fate stay night series or the dark tournament arc from yu yu hakusho.
One guy, several girls and a heap of mishaps are the base ingredients to what make a harem however Sekirei does things a little differently. Rather than focusing on being a typical Harem, Ecchi, Rom/Com; here we have a sort of battle royale, with a "gotta catch 'em all" feel to it. But instead if catching cute Pokemon, these trainers gotta catch cute girls, not with a ball but with a kiss. Oh, and occasionally their clothes explode.
The "Sekirei Plan" is a super duper secret project where hot girls & guys of unknown origin have to fight, fight and fight some more. Why? Who knows.
What's the point of it all? Probably for the enjoyment of a deranged multi-billionaire, who spends most of his time ranting and raving atop his ivory tower. And no, that is not a joke.
Down on the street-level, Minato Sahashi is the young man who’s thrown into this startling, unfamiliar situation, where he becomes the Ashikabi (partner) of one of the 108 Poke- Sekirei. A cute girl who goes by the name Musubi, with her augemented abilities and augemented physique. Her goal is simply to fight for her master. Why? I dunno... I guess to be the last one standing and win... Something. The main plot of the story is established by the first 3 chapters, yet it just isn't explained well. It's usually through the multi-billionaire game master’s eccentric monologues, or through some other character imparting some exposition they've been withholding. Honestly a lot of the dialogue just feels unnatural and the battle royale itself feels uninspired and becomes rather convoluted, as it tries to shoehorn in some depth. But inbetween the fights and exposition dumps, Minato is just a guy, going with the flow and trying to make the most out of the situation he's found himself in, which is fairly enjoyable. Especially as he gradually increases his roster.
Which is weird to say, because these aren't animal-like creatures, one sends into battle to slaughter one another. These Sekirei are basically like augemented humans, with a variety of personalities and desires... That one sends into battle to slaughter one another. Although there are meant to be 108 Sekirei, the story spends the bulk of its time focusing on the ones Minato claims and the Sekirei they intereact with. So there's a good 2 or 3 dozen for fans to pic their favourites from and make doujins on. As for Minato himself. He is quite frankly a self-identified useless NEET, who manages to luck out of his stagnant life, somewhat from ident of birth. Nevertheless he is one of those protagonist who attains some character growth as the story progresses but not enough, as he remains weak-willed throughout and one can easily tell this by the demenear he is drawn (usually on his hands and knees).
Well sure Minato is not much to look at but for an ecchi harem manga, featuring a boat-load of cute girls, the mangaka can just unleash their creative juices on the page and carry even a subpar story with their art alone. Which is why, it is with a heavy heart, I must say that those hoping for a bit more creativity would find the artwork for Sekirei rather lacking. Simplistic character designs, with wonky features and exposed-lopsided breasts are just some of the issues I personally had. Let alone the background environments which are all rather basic; lacking a sense of detail and shading, to elevate it to greatness. All in all, it art looks incredibly simplistic and usually the simplicity in the art would make action sequences really easy to follow (take World Trigger for example), but even there the mangaka for Sekirei fails.
Overall Sekirei is a Battle manga, with mediocre battles that one can only follow by reading the attack moves. An Ecchi manga that fails to arouse, due to the lacklustre artwork. But a Harem that holds some interesting character dynamics and relationships. I wish it just had more of those fun character interations and less of the clusterfuck it had towards the end. Sekirei is really the kind of manga I enjoyed many years ago, but re-reading it now (2017), after reading a 100+ superior manga, it makes it very difficult to ignore the flaws.
Sekirei described in a sentence would be ahem... highlander with boobies. but don't let that put you off now I say i've read 61 chapters but that is a bit of a guess it's around 61 but i lost my place
so now for the reveiw (oh and please forgive my bad spelling and gramer)
Story: as mentiond it's basicly highlander with hot chiks in revealing outfits oh and if you haven't seen highlander got to a dvd rental shop and rent it I'm not describing it for you but basicly it's a good plot taken from a 1980's action movie so it losses points masivly
for lack of originality it could get them back at a later date however if something happens that is signifinantly diferent to the plot of highlader say if the main chacater started shooting ligtning fron his eyes or somthing (ok thats just silly but it's just an example) so for story 6\10
Art: good that's it good nothing special nothing bad just good 7/10
Characters: this is where this manga really shines mainly the main character because unlike most harem storys the lead isn't a perv of just plain clueless he is a belevibal character a kind polite boy failing at getting into uni (or collage if your a yank) a extreamly cute girl in a revealing miko outfit literaly falls out of the sky and he gets draged into her problems he tries to help and never atempts to take advantage ofher yet understands that she is a she and he is a he everyone else also mannages to avoid stereotypes (or at least most of them) so i'll be generous and give this catagory 10\10
overall if you love ecchi harems read this you will love it if you don't however you will still probably enjoy it 8\10
Ah, Ecchi manga. Typically I stay away from these, but I wandered upon this one
and just decided to read it.
Story - 8
The story isn't that bad. Not much plot though, too much boobies. Stick to the main plot more and this would've gotten a higher score.
Gags (old man gags at that) were pretty funny though, I would be laughing all the time. Sometimes I laughed that my parents would come in--exactly when I press Alt + Tab.
Art - 7
Again, too much boobies. Aside from that I like the Author's style of art.
Also, I think I could handle one, two,
three, or even four chicks (up to Tsukiumi) but beyond Tsukiumi...no...just TOO much for me to handle.
(And how do you draw that many boobies? It gives you an eyesore!)
Character - 9
Surprisingly I love the characters...
Particularly Tsukiumi. The Author really made this Tsundere-type character good heh heh and I love Tsundere...
The other characters were not so bad.
Musubi was all 'bout boobies
Kusano was funny for the most part.
And beyond that...I think...I had enough.
Enjoyment, not bad. I think I MIGHT read it again.
Overall 8. Deserves it score, if you like Harem/Ecchi style, this is perfect.
Not for the weak of heart who cannot stand polygamy.