「婚グ言葉」 (Kunagu Kotonoha)
“Marrying into the Family”
“Flame Sekirei GET!” is probably what Minato is thinking again with the way he’s snagging Sekirei like they’re Pokemon. For his most recent catch, I could probably joke all day about how Homura was the first one he initiated the kiss on and its implications of his sexual preference after he was flashed with the “goods”, but I’ll abstain from doing so for the sake of not spoiling Minato’s heartwarming gesture. We are talking about a Sekirei who had lost all hope in getting revenge on Minaka for giving him such a twisted body and was considering suicide, so I do have some sympathy towards Homura’s situation. In fact, I like how he never once went to anyone for support and tried to deal with his burden alone as a Guardian, rather than sulking about it and feeling sorry for himself. It was a refreshing change to see a Sekirei driven by anger and a thirst for revenge, so his decision to go out in a blaze of glory instead of being a pawn in Minaka’s game warrants some respect as well. At this point, I’m still not entirely sure if his body has completely stabilized as its female counterpart, though the scene following his winging seemed to suggest that might be the case. All Homura’s monologue indicated was that his powers and body have stabilized, so unless someone’s planning to take a peek down his pants to confirm, I’ll assume he’s still some hybrid-gender for now.
For a free-for-all hunt, the sudden departure of Hayato, Mutsu, and Akitsu upon the arrival of Kakizaki and a couple of Higa Izumi’s Sekirei from the East was a bit disappointing to see. Just when I thought there was going to be a four-way clash between the dominant Ashikabi from each region, one leaves and another doesn’t join in. However, I am curious about the other Sekirei looking on that Mutsu took notice of before retreating, and whether they were all Izumi’s or some of Sanada Nishi‘s (Taniyama Kishou) while he was getting a taste of Yukari’s fury. I’d like to believe that we’re not down to a handful of Sekirei already if there were 108 to start with, even with the killing sprees that Karasuba’s been on, so I’m hoping it’s the former just for variety sake. Of the ones that actually do get any sort of introduction, they seem to get written off quickly enough as is. No. 86 Katsuragi was a prime example of that at the hands of Musubi’s Bear Punch, which is a bit of a shame because I would’ve liked to hear Kanemoto Hisako a bit more since her lead role as Sorami Kanata in So-Ra-No-Wo-To. Incidentally, this does mark Musubi’s second registered kill, after she took out Yomi in season one. In light of characters coming and going too soon, I was actually relieved to see No. 101 Oriha (Iguchi Yuka) live to fight another day even in the face of Tsukiumi’s “Yamata no Orochi” (i.e. Eight-Forked Serpent of Japanese mythology).
While I understand the need to have some characters killed off to progress the story, the lack of screen time really diminishes any sort of impact their death may have had. Now if we’re talking about one of the Disciplinary Force members, that would definitely have some “oomph”. As for where things stand now, Minato’s harem should be complete with the addition of Homura and marks the shift to the third stage of the Sekirei Project. Miya is finally showing indication that she has hopes for Minato as well, which coincides with the revelation of Takehito’s face for the very first time. I never quite understood the need to wrap him up in so much mystery, but apparently now’s a good time to show his eyes. Before things continue on though, it looks like we’re taking a trip down memory lane to learn a bit more about the first generation Disciplinary Force from Matsu’s perspective. As interested as I am in that, it sure feels like we’re overlooking Uzume’s situation a bit too much. Miya, Matsu, and Kazehana are well aware of it, so uh… someone help Uzume now…?
* lol at Minato saying the Sekirei trademark line “ikuhisashiku” (forever) to Homura after being told to take responsibility.