O, woe is me! How shall I ever survive in the barren wastelands that is the fall anime season without Sekirei‘s plump and nutritious, uhm, morsels to sustain me from now on?
Somehow, I think I’ll manage.
As reported the show was indeed only 12 episodes long, and yes, unless abysmal ratings or more strenuous TV censorship deter it, you can bet your first born’s college fund that a second season of Sekirei will grace our screens in a not-too distant future. Blessing or curse? Well, let’s see.
Sekirei is fundamentally a “good” anime. This is not an epithet I am bestowing on the show’s quality as a whole, but rather its mood, its morale, its leitmotiv. In the world of Sekirei the good guys always win, the bad guys always get their asses kicked, and when the going gets tough, the tough always find a bishounen to smooch! So if you’re afraid of them “ham-bee-gyou-uss” shows where main characters have failings and bad stuff happens to your favorite big-bosomed heroine, you should run to Sekirei like a puppy to its mother. Don’t worry. It wuvs you too, you yellow-bellied wuss.
Sadly the season finale was so telegraphed a blind man wearing sunglasses in a foggy cave on Pluto could have seen it coming from miles away. That’s the downfall of a “good” anime show: utter predictability. (Almost wrote “udder” there. Whew. That’s what a season of watching anime like this one does to your brain meats.)
Point by point:
- As I foresaw, everyone pulled new and awesome powers out of their rear ends at a record-setting pace. First it’s Kuno who sings her Gently Gentle Song (*facepalm*) to sap the strength from Haihane. Then Tsukiumi showed up after graduating from the Official Landlady Fencing University with a water sword. A water sword. What is she gonna do, moisten her opponents to death? And finally Minato’s sister’s bishounen was winged in a halfway touching moment and whips out his ultimate prayer, World End Garden, which is a totally feckin’ sweet name for an attack that doesn’t seem to accomplish much else besides large-scale deforestation.
- Oh, and Musubi came back from the dead. Surprise! It appears she’s possessed by the ghost of another Sekirei, probably the one who rescued her in the intro to the first episode along with the Black Sekirei. Readers of the manga are undoubtedly thrilled beyond telling. As an anime viewer who’s new to the material, however, this felt like a bad plot twist not even worthy of Code Geass. I suppose they’re planting the seeds for the next season.
- Blah blah bad guys get their asses kicked as Musubi/Yume (her other personality) beat them with one hand tied behind her back. Or, more precisely, one hand covering her chest.
Sometimes I wonder why anime shows are so afraid of everything that could qualify as entertainment. Fight scenes? Nipples? People receiving grievious claw wounds one minute and laughing it off the next? I’m not watching anime just so I can be pampered to like a babe who cries at the first unknown sight or sound. I’m a big boy now. I could survive the emotional devastation in the wake of, oh, I dunno, seeing Minato get his head ripped off for standing up against the Disciplinary Squad. Entertaining! Or how about killing off Musubi to give Minato some depth and a reason to care about the Sekirei Plan, aside from the plethora of boobs that smother him? Off the top of your head, can you think of any shows that decided to kill off a main character early on and turned out terrific? I sure can.
But I can’t heap criticism on top of criticism forever. Well, okay, yeah I could, but anything beyond the verbal thrashing thus far would be swept aside by one of Sekirei‘s few strokes of genius. Can you guess whose breasts these are? Hint: NOT A GIRL.