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「風立チヌ」 (Kaze Tachinu)
“Restless Wind”

The start of this sequel is focusing a lot on Benitsubasa’s grudge against the ass-kicking she received at the hands of Yume at the end of season one, and I’m loving every minute of because she’s proving to be good comic relief. I was amused to no end when she and Haihane kidnapped Minato in order to lure out Musubi, who was out grocery shopping at the time. Her phone call to Izumo turned out to be a gag-filled affair, with her first demand to get the “girl with the big tits” on the line confusing Kusano like crazy. Benitsubasa demanding for “eighty-eight” right after didn’t help either, as Kusano was thinking about bust size measurements. As hilarious as that was, Kusano hanging up on her proved to be the icing on the cake, since she didn’t know any better about how to hand off the phone to someone else. To rub Benitsubasa the wrong way even more, Kazehana did the same when she called again (thinking it’s a prank call), leading to an Itou Shizuka outburst of epic proportions that was frightening just as much as it was hilarious. Given how Haihane wasn’t all that interested in helping out with Benitsubasa’s revenge and was sulking over missing the finale of her favorite TV series, the seriousness behind the whole kidnapping situation was more or less nonexistent from the very beginning.

While the plot here didn’t take itself too seriously, it still led to some pretty good fight scenes between Tsukiumi and Haihane when the latter was acting as a diversion, which included Tsukiumi breaking out her water dragon attack. I was also a bit impressed by Minato’s new-found resolve to put his Sekirei’s safety above his own, as he had the guts to tackle Benitsubasa and break his own cellphone so that they wouldn’t be lured into a trap. After the whole setup of this episode with Kazehana falling for Minato more and more, it was rather befitting that she was the one who was able to figure out where he was being held from the background noise over the phone. Upon her arrival, it didn’t seem like she had any difficulty taking on Benitsubasa alone — being an original member of the Disciplinary Force — but the return of Haihane evidently changed all that. It looks like the tables won’t be turned in their favor for long however, as the preview hints that Kazehana is finally going to get “winged” after holding out on falling in love all this time. I actually thought this was going to happen back in season one, but I guess Minato already had enough new Sekirei at the time.

Quite frankly, I wasn’t too sure where this episode was headed when I first started watching it, but it ended up being a pretty good one in terms of both story and humor. Matsu pointed out early on that various Ashikaba and Sekirei have tried to flee the city after hearing how a pair (Haruka/Kuno) were able to do so and how none have been successful thus far, explaining the attempt shown last time. In addition, Yukari and Shiina finally got some notable screen time in their quest to find Kusano together, which they’ve earned a fearsome reputation doing thanks to their interrogation methods. For now, I’m curious as to what Kazehana will be able to do when she realizes her true powers with Minato as her Ashikabi, since we know she can drink Ethanol straight-up as a substitute to her usual Japanese sake. Good ‘ol Matsu thought it was going to be funny handing a bottle to her, but it ended up being the perfect thing to quench her alcoholic craving. It’s just too bad Kazehana doesn’t put a Drunken Fist style to her fighting, because that would be pretty awesome to see.

 

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July 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm
23 comments »
  • July 12, 2010 at 12:15 pmChimasternmay

    i don’t remember something like this in da.~] but love Kazehana so it was a great watch.

  • July 12, 2010 at 12:17 pmchaos

    i have a feeling she gets winged shortly

  • July 12, 2010 at 12:33 pmDragonite88

    I was so unsure about the second season but now it getting better

  • July 12, 2010 at 1:03 pmdeathies

    you have successfully captured Kazehana, would you like to give a nickname for it?

    • July 12, 2010 at 2:55 pmDa5id

      Kazehana’s data was added to Boob-dex. Kazehana was sent to Bill’s PC.

      Bill, keep it in your pants! They aren’t for you!

  • July 12, 2010 at 4:23 pmItsME

    a little disappointed they aren’t following the manga as much, but it’s still interesting.

    • July 12, 2010 at 4:26 pmandy

      @ItsME
      well they got find some way to get her wing , cause the mess up last season .

  • July 12, 2010 at 4:43 pmcrazystudyguy

    Kazehana nothing spells sexiness like maturity, just like a wine get finer with age tehe XD.

  • July 12, 2010 at 5:02 pmKarmafan

    As of right now in the manga he has Show Spoiler ▼

    so we will see how far into the manga they go for this 2nd season.

  • July 12, 2010 at 5:16 pmZnail

    Karmafan, we have seen hints about that already in this season so we will most likely get at least as far as that. All that is needed is to fix the mess made by improvising the last episode in season 1. But it looks like it will be back on track by next episode. They fit in a few things that already supposed to have happened in this episode, so it looks promising.

  • July 12, 2010 at 5:21 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    need sub’s naow!

  • July 12, 2010 at 7:24 pmcutemi2

    good thing that Kazehana will be the 5th Sekirei for Minato?

  • July 12, 2010 at 7:25 pmcutemi2

  • July 12, 2010 at 11:08 pmarb

    if you go from the manga Show Spoiler ▼

    • July 13, 2010 at 10:28 amchaos

      ya i think that they did this original one simply to work it into the story over all its been fairly close to the manga -as long as it doesn’t do a naruto ill be happy

  • July 13, 2010 at 1:18 amtheburntshadow

    http://randomc.net/image/SEKIREI/SEKIREI%20Pure%20Engagement%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2005.jpg
    Girl: Your pennis is tiny.
    Guy: *DAMN she found out!*

  • July 13, 2010 at 7:20 pmwizard172

    when is coming this episode with subs

  • July 13, 2010 at 8:30 pmiroha360

    where the hell are the subs for this episode nothing but raw >_<

  • July 14, 2010 at 9:11 amAshen

    Uwaaah! Finally, finally!! Yukari and Shiina make an appearance! I absolutely love these two.

  • July 15, 2010 at 10:18 amIsland Esper

    Kazehana is so nice… Anyway last season we were told you can wing a sekirei by force. Minato should learn that “technique” instead of pushing Benitsubasa he should have imposed over her… I don’t read the manga,yet; but he’s going for a rough ride with Tsukiumi if he ends “winging” Kazehana. He needs to start giving some loving to his sekirei soon.

  • July 17, 2010 at 8:09 amZombieland

    Great another useless male main character sure a recipe to disaster!

    • July 17, 2010 at 1:31 pmDivine

      I don’t know if you watched the first season or not, but Minato has come a long way from being a “useless male main character”. This episode was a good example of that when he bumped Benitsubasa and broke his own cellphone to protect his SEKIREI. The only thing he can’t do is fight himself, but no Ashikaba really can.

  • August 11, 2010 at 11:05 pmDa5id

    This is kind of late, but this may be the first episode of Sekirei where no one has gotten naked!