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「風ノ答エ」 (Kaze no Irae)
“The Wind’s Response”

After the “Kazehana GET!” from Minato in the preview last time, it’s no surprise that he adds the Wind Sekirei to his collection this episode. What was a bit of surprise was how he won her over, by doing whatever he could to try and protect her. Compared to the first season when Minato was a bit clueless about the whole Sekirei Project and let the girls protect him, I think he’s come a fair way in terms of manning up in any situation, even when it involves the likes of Benitsubasa and Haihane. It’s still hard to see his attempts to protect his Sekirei as anything more than reckless and suicidal, but I can understand where he’s coming from after witnessing Musubi get “killed” before his very eyes during the bridge escape. It’s pretty safe to say that Minato’s not trying to be a hero nor does he even think he can win. He just doesn’t want to see his Sekirei getting hurt like he has nightmares about and would rather suffer in their place after realizing how painful that is. When I look at things from that perspective, it’s hard to see Minato as some “wimpy male lead”. For any series that’s harem-esque in nature like this one, where Minato currently has five of the most powerful Sekirei and one more on the way, it’s always nice to see that he isn’t a completely useless guy that’s undeserving of their affection. At some level, this is intended to be a love story after all, so moments where Minato can act cool and win over his Sekirei that way is always welcome in my eyes.

Production-wise, this series continues to look pretty impressive even during the quick fight sequences. It doesn’t look like any major shortcuts were taken for the characters’ faces during any of them, as they tend to be what suffer the most in such cases. Super-deformed character designs look like they’re being used more frequently to bring out the humor in a lot of scenes too, which is something I always enjoy seeing in any series. As for the humor itself, I don’t recall Haihane ever being this funny in the first season, but she’s turning out to be a hilarious manzai partner for Benitsubasa. From everything to worrying about recording her TV shows to getting drunk in a pile of sake that Minato tackled her into, watching Haihane repeatedly stab herself in the head turned out to be one of the funniest moments. I don’t recall ever hearing Saiga Mitsuki voice a drunk character either, but she sure made Haihane a lot of fun to watch here. I wasn’t expecting Minato’s mother Takami (Itou Miki) to be so funny as well, teasing Tsukiumi about calling her “Okaa-sama”, but that proved to be a nice change-up from the somewhat serious turn the story took in that scene. Seeing Tsukiumi in tears with Minato trying to restrain her amused me to no end.

In general, the jokes seem to be much more abundant in this sequel and make the series a lot more fun to watch because of them. They don’t seem to take away from the plot either, as the mysterious appearance of Yume in Musubi after her Sekirei crest was erased is finally being looked into. It helps that Minato’s mother has finally told him that she works for M.B.I as a researcher and not a pharmaceutical company like he’s always believed, since Musubi didn’t seem quite like herself when talking to Karasuba about how Benitsubasa and Haihane have been spurred on to fight her. She didn’t seem quite like Yume either, leaving me wondering exactly what’s up with Musubi. Apparently, Karasuba’s goal in all this is to try and make Musubi awaken as an even stronger Sekirei than Yume was. Yume was the leader of the second generation Disciplinary Force, so I can’t help but wonder if there’s something Karasuba wants to prove by defeating her as the current leader of the third generation one. The way she’s going around and taking out Sekirei indiscriminately with extremely severe wounds (a Level 4 severity rating out of 5) seems like her way of coping with her restlessness in the meantime.

In any case, it’ll be interesting to see if she’s really after a fight with Yume later one, while Kazehana distracts everyone with her “hadaka apron” (naked apron) appearance for now. Uzume hasn’t gotten a lot of focus just yet, but it looks like that’s going to change soon since she continues to get blackmailed with Chiho’s well-being. Dealing with the northern Sekirei such as Minato’s seems to be part of her orders and she has Kazehana in a bit of a precarious position at the moment, making for a good cliffhanger. Unfortunately, the preview ruins the suspense of it by showing Kazehane no worse for wear.

 

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July 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm
25 comments »
  • July 18, 2010 at 10:25 pmJay

    EPIC

  • July 18, 2010 at 10:43 pmTakumii

    Sekirei is just getting better and better :)
    the funny thing is, they are also very close to the manga… (if they are going at this speed >:]

  • July 18, 2010 at 10:58 pmsimP

    That’s some massive breasts as usual

  • July 18, 2010 at 11:20 pmOtakuLeader

    I’d say they are following pretty close to the manga in some areas but I like how they are going with the series so far when it leads to actual battles and winging of the Sekirei. And I love it when Tsukuimi gets more screen time. She’s my fav after all! I know what’s going to happen next in the show more or less and it will be interesting to see how they play it out.

  • July 18, 2010 at 11:30 pmZnail

    Its finaly back on track with the manga! I wonder how far we will get this season?

  • July 19, 2010 at 12:34 amarb

    i dun know znail can’t say if its back on manga track cause don’t know what else they gonna screw with

    • July 19, 2010 at 7:36 amZnail

      I think they plan to stick to the manga from now on as they worked rather hard to get the story back on track with the manga. There wouldn’t be any reason for them to do that if they planed to just run off with their own story.

      • July 26, 2010 at 12:36 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

        That’s what they tend to do a lot of the time for anime based on manga that isn’t finished yet. They stick with the original manga story up until they start getting close to where it cuts off and then they may start to deviate a bit like they did with the end of Season 1, thus why they had to make the beginning of Season 2 and Kazehana’s winging a bit different from the manga.

        When they finally do reach that point, the following tends to happen…

        1.) To Be Continued (like Season 1 did); wait for another season while the manga churns out more chapters and creates a big enough gap for the series to continue another season and keep most faith to it with minimal changes to make up for how things may have deviated at the end of the previous season, if anything at all.

        2.) Similar to 1, but rather than ending it, they make a bunch of filler arcs to keep people interested until they can actually continue the story or at least do so in the middle of the season (like Naruto, Bleach, etc) and also let the manga dish out more chapters so they don’t catch up to it too quickly as, for example depending on the length of manga chapters, 1 anime episode like Naruto can use up to 3 chapters at a time.

        3.) They end up having to make their own original “ending”. A lot of series tend to fall prey to this like Inuyasha (for a while), Claymore, Elfen Lied, Kampfer, To-Love-Ru, etc.

        Hopefully Sekirei will fall under 1 or 2 again this season.

  • July 19, 2010 at 5:46 amcutemi2

    http://randomc.net/image/SEKIREI/SEKIREI%20Pure%20Engagement%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2003.jpg
    that Haihane is such a idiot, putting her hand on her head and got bleeding because of her hand

  • July 19, 2010 at 6:29 amKarmafan

    I wonder if the anime will outpace the manga before we get to the end of this season. They really aren’t too far away from catching up to the manga. They will probably milk his winging his 6th for 2 episodes and the business with Uzume will play out for a couple episodes as well. That still leaves 1/2 a season unless they are gonna add some anime original material.

    • July 19, 2010 at 7:43 amZnail

      But they have already used up 3 episodes, so I don’t think we can expect them to progress too far realy. We aren’t at a good end point in the manga yet either, so they don’t have any reason to skip ahead to an ending.

  • July 19, 2010 at 8:13 amShirt

    I don”t understand what’s going on. I think I’ll have to marathon the first season again to understand this whole war thing. It’s been a while since I saw the last season. If there’s another way, please let me know. I remember enough of the first season. Just not the technical stuff about the Sekirei’s war and who’s fighting who for what reason..

  • July 19, 2010 at 8:13 amacht

    ” Unfortunately, the preview ruins the suspense of it by showing Kazehane no worse for wear. ” <- Divine,that line really cracked me up, especially when i saw the preview. So it looks like Homura is next on the to-wing list…,he/she(?) is getting more feminine every minute it seems.

  • July 19, 2010 at 8:40 amjon

    AT-X!!! Where are thou!!!

  • July 19, 2010 at 9:07 amSOSAnimeBoy

    I don’t know where some of you are getting the notion that the anime is going to catch up to the manga… there’s all the jinki gathering stuff coming up right? That’s going to provide lots of fighting time.

  • July 19, 2010 at 1:40 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    are sekirei IMMORTAL??? i mean do they age, or are they like vampires? kazehane definitely puts out an okasan vibe, i hope one day they don’t turn around and say shes 17.

  • July 19, 2010 at 4:29 pmIsland Esper

    I’m sick need help… just can’t wait for any subs on this. I’m watching it RAW. I have some kind of sekirei fever lol
    <3 <3 <3 <3
    <3 <3 Kazehana is great <3 <3
    <3 <3 <3 <3

    As for the cliffhanger I didn't "feel" it. Uzume is my second favorite sekirei and since season 1 she had plenty of chances of taking down any of the girls and didn't. so when Kazehana mark was exposed I kept my faith on Uzume. I haven't read the manga but I wish Minato wing Uzume too once the baddies kill her ashikabi. just wishfull thinking though.

  • July 19, 2010 at 6:00 pmKarmafan

    Kazehana is also my favorite. Musubi 2nd, Kuu 3rd, and the other 2 tied for 4th place.

    • July 22, 2010 at 4:16 pmPlot Twist

      Mine is Kazehana first, Matsu 2nd, Tsukiumi 3rd, Kuu 4th, then Musubi (she too much of an airhead to hold a convo.)

  • July 19, 2010 at 8:49 pmcz

    gotta catch them all

  • July 20, 2010 at 3:12 pmKarmafan

    Sure are slow with the subs this week… Tuesday evening and still no episode yet.

  • July 21, 2010 at 7:47 amentropy

    Homura’s turning into a girl now, and not gradually but in separate increments LOL. She loses a button of her shirt at a time LOL

  • July 21, 2010 at 10:30 pmAvenger

    Dear god Beni’s adorable! But come on, she’s not THAT flat hana! :(

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