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「乱戯ノ塔」 (Rangi no Tou)
“Tower of Confusion”

I almost thought I was watching The Tower of Druaga again when Minaka announced that Minato had sixty minutes to get to the top of Teito Tower. The difference was, it turned out to be frantic race up 108 floors that they had to climb using stairs alone. The amazing thing is that Minato didn’t tire along the way and kept up with Musubi, Tsukiumi, and Kazehana just fine. Equally as amazing was Homura showing that he wasn’t in any sort of a pinch at all and could free himself easier by setting his whole body on fire. While the preview last time pretty much spoiled the cliffhanger by showing him no worse for wear, the way he single-handedly chased off Akitsu and Taki actually made up for it… a bit. If nothing else, it did emphasize that he’s a changed Sekirei now the he’s been winged by Minato, which was one of the big things that happened during this sequel. His actual role following that display of power turned out to be rather small though. Not that it really mattered, as the rest of the episode played out in a fairly scripted manner with Minaka setting up mini bosses in the form of the Disciplinary Force to hold Minato up — all in the comfort of his private room on his PSP.

While somewhat cookie-cutter, I didn’t particularly mind the one-on-one fights that were staged along the way. I sure wouldn’t have minded playing the super-deformed Sekirei fighting game version of what Minaka was seeing either, because it looked pretty cool spin on Capcom’s Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, a.k.a. Pocket Fighter. If there’s one thing that this anime original conclusion is doing well, it’s providing a ton of fight scenes in the final stretch. Granted, the setup leading towards that got a little overdramatic when Minato was hesitantly leaving Kazehana and Tsukiumi behind and believing that they’ll be fine on their own. Still, the fights themselves weren’t too shabby. Kazehana versus Benitsubasa got a lot more attention than Tsukiumi versus Haihane, whereas Karasuba versus Mutsu didn’t get quite enough in my opinion. I definitely would have liked to see how far things would’ve gotten between two of the original five Sekirei, which was pretty funny as well since Mikogami had no idea whatsoever about their history together. It seems all he cared about was the fame that would come with having defeated a Disciplinary Force member, unaware that she’s the leader of it.

Admittedly, it was a pretty anticlimactic when Matsu and Kusano reached the server room and disabled all the traps Minaka had set up throughout the building, resulting in the Disciplinary Force retreating like they were ordered. A shame to say the least, as I would’ve liked to see Kazehane give Bentsubasa a good ass-kicking again like she did back in episode three, especially after she was locked up in a small room and unable to use her wind to its full potential. The same goes for Tsukiumi after she was locked in a room and about to be crushed. Despite what Takami had me believe, the trap that Minaka set in the server room didn’t turn out to be that scary either, thanks to Kusano being around to keep the spiky electrical machines at bay. As such, the real surprise is that the crazy M.B.I. president went and activated the self-destruct that he had built into the tower. It sure as hell seemed uncalled for when Minato and Musubi weren’t anywhere near the top floor, plus the Sekirei outside had started fighting amongst themselves like he was hoping for. Talk about excessive measures all to prevent Minato from getting some M.B.I. technology to save Chiho’s life.

With some major landscaping happening as a result of the tower’s collapse, I’m at a loss on where this series is headed even if it does see a third season. For now, the focus seems to be shifting back to the vendetta that Karasuba has with Yume, which she’ll realize through Musubi’s inheritance of her spirit. However, I somehow get the feeling that it will remain pretty open-ended as well, meaning the only real thing that will be resolved is the situation with Chiho. So um, was blowing up the tower really necessary?

* Note: Sanada Nishi’s Sekirei, Kuzuri, Kujika, and Shijime actually spoke up in this episode, but they don’t really have any set seiyuu to play them yet. Instead, it’s just one of the extra voices for the other nameless Sekirei we’ve come across.

 

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September 22, 2010 at 1:44 am
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  • September 22, 2010 at 1:55 amFlamingYu

  • September 22, 2010 at 2:41 amShirt

    I just wanna see Musubi-tan fight like she does in the opening sequence. So cool~!

  • September 22, 2010 at 3:11 amCroosboy

  • September 22, 2010 at 5:17 amewok40k

    Can anyone create a mugen sekirei and post here a link for download?
    Almost fell off the chair when saw interface for controlling the towers defences aka PSP, and SD cute like hell versions of the Sekirei involved :P
    Minaka is definitely a genius, even if twisted and evil :P
    Loved recycling the traps from movies – Star Wars Deathstar compactor – check, Indiana Jones rolling ball, check – with Musubi clearing that one with a single fist blow, to boot – spikes in a trapdoor, check…
    Now I can see showdown in the ruins from opening happening.
    Also loved when the assorted Ashikabis outside tower realized they can fight amongst themselves when real target escaped them.

  • September 22, 2010 at 5:31 amSilivious

    Nice…I want that game. :3 Chibi versions of the gals fighting each other. XD

  • September 22, 2010 at 5:59 amKarmafan

    I wonder if Minaka is Minato and his sister’s father? I love this series and will be sad when the season ends next week. Hopefully we see a 3rd season!

  • September 22, 2010 at 7:16 amewok40k

    @ Karmafan it is very probable, since Minato’s mom and Minaka are very close, and were that way back when they discovered the Sekireis. Vader moment, anyone?
    “Join me , my son and we will together rule all the Sekireis!”

  • September 22, 2010 at 8:19 amIsland Esper

    Geesh I’m at a lost and very very sad. Why, oh why I have to spoil myself. Big spoiler of chapter 106 of the manga :
    Show Spoiler ▼

    I said in the shout box before it crashed and will say it again I want the PSP lol

    • September 22, 2010 at 11:26 amKarmafan

      RE: your spoiler… I said last week that was gonna happen in the manga.

      • September 22, 2010 at 11:47 amIsland Esper

        I’m a non believer until real and concrete proof falls in my hands. No worries I’ll trust you next time :)

        Is just I can’t accept this kill. Even If they hand her head in a plate to Minato I’ll keep my faith that it ain’t true.

  • September 22, 2010 at 10:59 amewok40k

    if Sony has anyone in right mind they are working on the game right now…

  • September 22, 2010 at 1:06 pmMangaFigures

    One of the most uninspired episodes ever. The fights were longish and boring, somebody tell me please what’s going on with this series :/

  • September 22, 2010 at 8:07 pmLectro Volpi

    Sadly it was stated (manga and anime) by Uzume that Mutsu is weaker than Kazehana. He did not stand a chance.

    • September 23, 2010 at 3:19 pmLectro Volpi

      Talking about “not having a chance” today I went to the bank and When a couple of guys
      Who were up to no good started making trouble in my neighborhood (a robbery) tried to steal my belongings I got in one little fight and they decided to left me as I was to much of a pain and they were in a hurry… today I toyed with my life and I feel superior… hum!

  • September 24, 2010 at 2:50 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    MBI…108 floors…coincidence? XP lol