What is Sekirei…?
Sekirei is a Japanese manga series by Sakurako Gokurakuin. Originally starting serialization in the seinen magazine Young Gangan published by Square Enix in June 2005, Sekirei is an ecchi manga aimed at young men. The manga stars a male named Minato Sahashi, a typical Keitaro-grade loser, and has even failed college examinations twice. His life changes, however, when he meets Musubi. Unknown to him at the time, Musubi is a Sekirei, an artificial life form designed to fight others of her kind. An anime adaptation produced by Seven Arcs and directed by Keizo Kusakawa has begun airing in Japan as of July 2008.
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Minato Sahashi has failed the college entrance exam twice, is awkward around women, and unemployed. Growing up, Minato could never stand up to his mother or little sister, a trend that continues to this day. In reality, Minato is extremely intelligent, yet his inability to cope under pressure results in his constant failure. As a result he has been branded an idiot and loser by many. One day, Minato meets a girl named Musubi, who literally falls from the sky. Musubi, who is under attack, runs off with Minato in tow. Minato soon learns that he is an ‘Ashikabi’, humans with specific genetic traits that allows them to partner with ‘Sekirei’. The Sekirei are 108 super-powered beings created by the mysterious MBI corporation. Made up of cute girls, buxom women, and bishonen, the Sekirei fight in a dangerous and sometimes deadly competition called the ‘Sekirei Game’. With the entire city of Tokyo as the battlefield, the Sekirei seek out those humans who are destined to become their Ashikabi partner. Minato soon learns that being the partner of a beautiful girl is not all fun and games, especially when he discovers that an Ashikabi can have more than one Sekirei partner, and that’s where the real trouble starts.
The main protagonist. Minato’s known family consists of his mother and younger sister. Minato is extremely intelligent, yet due to his inability to cope under pressure has failed the college entrance exam twice. As a result he has been branded an idiot and loser. He met Musubi by a stroke of luck after failing the exam the second time while Musubi was being attacked. As a consequence of their meeting, Minato discovers that he is an ‘Ashikabi’, a person that can partner with Sekirei. He has a passive personality and is said to have gone along with what ever his mother and sister has said since childhood. Recent events in the story suggest that other Ashikabi consider Minato the strongest Ashikabi in the northern part of the city. Subsequently, Minato is recognized as one of the four strongest Ashikabi and receives the title, Minato of the ‘North’.
The main heroine. Minato’s first Sekirei. She met Minato when she fell out of the sky. After hearing Tsukiumi say that she is Minato’s wife she decides that she is going to be his wife too. She is very naive and often says things she does not understand, and is often the most ‘childish’ of Minato’s Sekirei, even more so than Kusano. Musubi’s ability is “power”, which gives her greatly enhanced strength. She is also a close range hand-to-hand fighter and wears sparring gloves.
This mysterious Sekirei who used to associate with Karasuba was the first member of the punishment unit force and called herself the Sekirei of “fate”; her power is light and in the past she killed herself to save Musubi’s life by giving Musubi her own “tama” (the core which let Sekirei live and use their powers). From perspective of Karasuba’s memories of Yume, it seems she bears an uncanny resemblance to Musubi herself. Only possibility is that Yume could have been related to Musubi or perhaps a relative, but that is not speculated. She once temporary took over Musubi’s body after having been knocked down, because Minato’s warm heart somehow woke her up.
Often referred to as ‘Ku-chan’, she is also known as the “Green Girl”. She is Minato’s second Sekirei. She calls him Onii-chan (Japanese term of endearment for ‘older brother’). Kusano does not like fighting or quarrels and she can be seen stopping them when they start. She said that she wishes to be Minato’s wife when she grows up. Her ability is “life” or “growth”, which she uses to control plants making them grow at accelerated rates and to enormous proportions.
Matsu is a hacker that lives in a secret room of Izumo Inn. She becomes Minato’s third Sekirei. Despite her high intellect, she is very perverse and often comes up with schemes related to ‘experimenting’ with Minato. Matsu uses a vast network of satellites and spying devices to gather large amounts of information and has even succeeded in hacking the MBI mainframe computer. As a result, she is being chased by MBI and lives in a secret room at the Inn. She refers to herself as the ‘Wisdom’ Sekirei, however, most call her the ‘Shameless’ Sekirei for her habit of using her resources to peep on people. It has yet to be revealed if she has any special powers besides intelligence. Her ability is most likely “Mind”.
Minato’s fourth Sekirei. She first appears to him in a dream saying that she would kill him. This was due to her desire to be the strongest, and demonstrate that Ashikabi were not necessary to win. However, when they finally met she was persuaded into becoming his Sekirei. She says that she is Minato’s legal wife and is very possessive of Minato. She is the most aggressive of Minato’s Sekirei and has a very short temper. Tsukiumi later tells Miya that she still wants to be the strongest, but it is so she can be with Minato forever. Tsukiumi’s ability is “water”, giving her the ability to manipulate water into many shapes and forms.
Minato’s fifth Sekirei. She first meets Minato at the Izumo Inn when she stumbled into his bed. She has implied that she knows Minato’s father. Despite Minato’s lack of manliness, his concern and love for his Sekirei causes Kazehana to develop feelings for him and eventually becomes his Sekirei. Like Tsukiumi, Kazehana addresses herself as Minato’s “wife”. Kazehana normally has a very relaxed personality and often becomes very giddy when discussing matters of love. However, when she is serious she displays a lot of power and lets nobody, except the MBI Director and Miya, talk down to her. Kazehana’s ability is “wind”, giving her the ability to manipulate wind and allow her to fly.
Minato’s sixth Sekirei and the self-proclaimed ‘Sekirei Guardian’. Homura’s power and gender are unstable, however he continues to think and act as a male even after his body started becoming female. He lives at Izumo Inn as ‘Kagari’, a popular host club entertainer and for a long time no one except Miya, Uzume, Matsu and Kazehana knew his secret identity. Homura began reacting to Minato after he came to the Inn, causing Homura great stress over his potential Ashikabi being male. He’s later revealed to be Sekirei #6 and his ability is the basic element, “Fire”. Homura left Izumo Inn to go after the MBI Director in order to bring an end to the Sekirei game. However, he is cornered by several Ashikabi and their Sekirei, looking to ‘claim’ him.
The landlady of Izumo Inn. She specializes in swordsmanship. Her husband had worked at MBI as a researcher, but supposedly died of reasons yet to be revealed. She states she never refuses anyone needing shelter; however, she prohibits fighting in her house. She trains both Musubi and Tsukiumi to help them win the Sekirei battle. When Miya is mad she appears to have a demon behind her. She seems to be one of or maybe even the strongest Sekirei, as she can easily defeat Tsukiumi who held her own against the Red and Blue Sekirei who are regarded as very strong Sekirei. She also seems to be the only person whom Kazehana allows to talk down to her, another statement to her abilities.
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