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「草ノ遊戯」 (Kusa no Yuugi)
“Playing in the Grass”

After one episode of flashbacks, this most recent one was almost entirely invested in setting up the Sekirei Project under Minaka’s new rule. In short, it was his way of saying go out there and kill some other Sekirei or the M.B.I and its Disciplinary Force will come by to kill yours. It could be that I’m just not twisted enough to understand his train of thought, but I still fail to grasp how forcing an Ashikabi to put their Sekirei in danger and risk letting them die a meaningless death constitutes a “love story”. If anything, it’s a tragic one that involves falling in love with a mysterious being known as a Sekirei (or several if you’re the pimp of your region) and having them cruelly killed in front of you. For an eccentric genius, Hiroto doesn’t quite seem to understand that people don’t willing want to do that. I’d really like to consider him a sadist for forcing people to do so anyway, but part of me still questions what the true purpose of the Sekirei Project is.

Assuming that Hiroto’s more concerned about the “story” from the Sekirei’s perspective than the Ashikabi who get pulled into it, the purpose of this project could be to teach these alien beings both feelings of love and the pain of loss. Some may even argue that those are some key emotions that make us “human”, so perhaps that’s some underlying intent of the absurd game he’s running. One of the biggest unknowns at this point is what happens to defeated Sekirei after they’ve been retrieved by the M.B.I. Despite the fairly severe wounds that some of them receive at that hands of Karasuba, I’d like to believe that they are revived in some way and don’t simply die when they’re brought back to the lab. Up until now, that’s the only thought that seems to explain why Takami puts up with Hiroto’s stupid game when she’s been taking care of the Sekirei all these years. If she believes that the Sekirei can acquire some key life experiences this way that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise, then I can see her reluctantly agreeing to help out with his twisted project (like she seems to be).

As for some more specific things that happened this episode, the desire of a lot of the lesser known Ashikabi and their Sekirei to flee the city and seeking Minato’s help only went on to reiterate how fruitless that is. However, their appearances did support the ongoing list of all Sekirei and their respective Ashikabi that we’ve come across, including No.78 Nanaha and Himura Youichi (Okitsu Kazuyuki), who were written off just as quickly as they were introduced. Other than that, it was kind of funny to learn that Miya got her scary ways from Takehito and how the latter used it to coerce Kaoru into doing things for him, but somewhat unsettling to learn that she feels responsible for his death. I’m still not sure why Miya’s so intent on hiding the fact that she’s Sekirei No.01 from Minato, though I do enjoy the humor that results from everyone being afraid of accidentally letting that slip out. For now, the focus seems to be finally shifting back to Uzume even after Kazehana tried to get Minato’s mind off it by getting him to go on a date with Kusano.

Without any confirmed kills and now being sadistically sent after Minato’s by Kakizaki, Uzume might actually be freed from Higa’s control over her once she clashes head-on with Musubi and the others. It may get ugly at first, but I see Uzume eventually coming over to join Minato’s side with Chiho safe and sound. Last but not least is Karasuba revealing that she’s intent on testing how strong Musubi really is after Yume gave her soul to her. That’s been a lingering question I’ve had ever since season one, and I suspected that was Karasuba’s ultimate goal after learning she succeeded Yume as the leader of the Disciplinary Force this season, so it’s nice to have confirmation that that’s what we’re really dealing with here. I still can’t help but think of Fullmetal Alchemist every time I hear Paku Romi talking about the “Promised Day”, but that’s another matter altogether. Next time, more Sekirei and more Ashikabi look like they’re going to join the fray and are probably be dispatched just as quickly.

 

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August 25, 2010 at 9:10 pm
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  • August 25, 2010 at 9:20 pmMegaX

    I hope they don’t deviate from the manga much, because in the manga, this is when things get really serious. the anime took it pretty light with jokes and etc

  • August 25, 2010 at 9:57 pmcyberdemon

  • August 25, 2010 at 11:09 pmLectro Volpi

    Poor Nanaha, she was a total victim.

  • August 26, 2010 at 1:24 amewok40k

    Alas poor no 78… We hardly knew ya… Should the minor Sekirei just wear red shirts?
    I hope too for some form of revival of defeated Sekirei. After all what use is with collecting dead bodies (unless MBI is afraid someone else will gain too much from analysing the bodies).
    It’s official Minaka is painted now for laser guided karma. It will be race between Miya and pretty much the entire Minato’s flock (save Kazehana perhaps).
    I hope for Uzume and her Ashikabi to be resolved with happy ending, but I am afraid Higa is capable of killing off her Ashikabi if needed. This way or another the resolution of the conflict is nearing with Kuu-chan given on a plate for Uzume, seemingly.
    Karasuba while disturbingly bloodthirsty is at the same time totally awesome with her sword skillz and disciplinary squad cape.

  • August 26, 2010 at 7:25 amAuroraFlame

    It seems like the defeated Sekirei survive, but have to be “re-adjusted” by people like Takehito and Minato’s mom, to the point where they aren’t even the same people anymore. They aren’t returned to their Ashikabi, and seeing how MBI can tamper with their gender and powers, their memory is probably wiped as well so that they can play the game again with a new Ashikabi. Also, Minato’s mom said the scale of damage is from 1 to 5, and Karasuba has been scoring 4 on her kills. So, is 5 complete obliteration or damage to the point that they can’t be revived?

    I’m still curious about Karasuba: does she have a magical ability or is her strength solely from kenjutsu? Even if that’s all, it seems like she could simply cut through the elemental abilities of the other single digits — the show makes it look like Miya, Karasuba and Yume are far stronger than the others.

  • August 26, 2010 at 7:43 amIsland Esper

    Hmmm things are being shuffled here, there must be some real fighting now. I don’t recall the date with Kusano :( old age ain’t fun :D

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    Totally agree Minaka is crazy; but I still hope he’s hiding something that will make this a true love story.