「遠イ物語」 (Tooi Monogatari)
Gather around, it’s story time! A lot of it wasn’t really new story as far as the anime is concerned though, seeing as the discovery of the crashed spaceship on Kamikura Island after it mysteriously appeared in the Sea of Japan was mentioned back in episode seven of the first season. In addition, the part of the flashback involving the first Disciplinary Force was shown as a cold open in the first episode of this sequel. As such, the only new revelations were some of finer details in Matsu’s explanation of the Sekirei Project and how Minaka Hiroto got to the alien technology first and founded M.B.I. with it. We learned whatever was deemed by Miya to be permissible information to tell Minato anyway, which evidently doesn’t include how she technically isn’t a Sekirei. Judging by the arrangement of their stasis pods, I gather there’s something special about her being the sole adult Sekirei at the moment of discovery, surrounded by eight other embryos that would go on to be known as the single numbers. I don’t know whether or not she’s the original sample that all the other 107 Sekirei were created from (i.e. a mother of sorts), but that’s my hunch for now based on what was said and shown this episode. (I haven’t read the manga.)
Some other notable points brought up included how the military of unknown origins was likely a combined effort of multiple countries trying to seize the alien “Over Technology” for themselves, during which the five Sekirei who were awakened and fully “tuned” by Takehito at the time became the first generation Disciplinary Force that protected all the other fertilized Sekirei eggs. There was also mention of how a being single number doesn’t necessarily make a Sekirei one of the strongest, as that was merely a rumor that went around since after they held off the invasion of Kamikura Island with ease. Given how Takehito was the genius “Coordinator” who regulated their development, I’d say there’s probably some element of truth to that rumor though. Matsu did mention that the regulation of the other fertilized eggs doesn’t necessarily lead to powerful Sekirei, but ones that are inline with their coordinators’ desires, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume that Takehito tried to bring out Miya and the others’ combat abilities to serve as the original “S Project” — the Disciplinary Force that protects the other Sekirei. The sad turn of events is that Minaka figured it’d be fun to make a “story of gods” and twisted the Sekirei Project to what it is now, where it pits them against one another in what he believes to be some love story. Incidentally, “absurd story” seems to be the more appropriate name for it, according to Matsu.
Unfortunately, they decided to make us hold our breath on exactly why the Sekirei Project is still proceeding as-is, other than to satisfy Minaka’s eccentric nature. However, I did appreciate the additional background info on Takehito and how he didn’t seem happy about turning Miya and the others to killing machines. I’d still like to know who traumatized Tsukiumi so much coordinating her, since it would probably explain why she’s a tsundere today. Musubi and Kusano’s innocence on the other hand show the fruits of Takami’s work, which suggests to me that she wanted them to lead a normal life. It’s just too bad the start of the third stage throws a huge wrench in those plans, now that Minaka’s added a stipulation to the game where all of an Ashikabi’s Sekirei will cease functioning unless they have some kills. Last I checked, Minato has two tallies thanks to Musubi, whereas Ichinomi Natsuo probably has a crap load with the way Karasuba’s been having a field day out there. Now is it just me or is it ridiculously unfair to have the current generation Disciplinary Force participating as well? I thought they were supposed to regulate the game, not be a powerhouse in it.
In the meantime, it looks like the next episode will show how Takehito brought Miya around to the person she is today who’s not sinking warships. This is also the first time I recall seeing Izumi’s face, so perhaps he’ll be joining the mix himself instead of sending in Kakizaki all the time to do his bidding. Minato’s has his full flock of Sekirei ready to go at least, with Homura remaining in his somewhat mixed gender form at his new Ashikabi’s wish. Apparently Minato has influence over turning him completely female personality-wise if he so desires, but is content with whatever Homura wants to be, even if it means remaining in his current state.
* On a completely separate note, I’m still curious as to why Hiroto, Takami, and Takehito’s hair is all white and if it’s somehow related to the alien technology.