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November 16, 2012

Anime Review: Sekirei

Much like your typical action comedy anime with accidental ecchi and the main character with a harem, Sekirei just ticks all the boxes. Of course though, even if the formula is reused plenty of times, you can never get enough of these type of anime.

SekireiSynopsis:

Minato Sahashi 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 by many. One day after talking to his yet again disappointed mother he comes into contact with a girl named Musubi who was under attack. The girl runs but takes him with her and soon finds that Minato, while unknown to him, is an Ashikabi, one of the mysterious set of masters that have the genetic trait that can become partners with some of the 108 cute girls, buxom women, and bish┼Źnen called "Sekirei". The reason for the partnership allows the Sekirei to use all their power to win in the competition held by the mysterious MBI corporation.

Review:

Ecchi harem anime is like the ultimate indulgence of fan service. Sekirei is considered pretty much all fan service with a pretty good story thrown in. It starts off like any other ecchi anime with the main character being all ordinary and limited in a variety of skills. In a harsh way, being brand as a loser so to speak. However, being all depressed and expecting nothing good will happen to him suddenly finds himself faceplanted on the ground by none other than a girl named Musubi. This of course starts the whole story into motion with the explanations of the whole Sekirei and Ashikabi game. So, with that in mind, he starts to collect more and more Sekirei and in the end decide to participate in the game anyway.

The quality of the animation is great and the characters were cute and revealing. Everything flows pretty smoothly and characters are drawn in detail. However, most of the characters felt a bit too generic and similar to other titles of this genre. In the end, they weren't that memorable. However though, the backgrounds and sceneries well well done and contained fine detail. The special effects used in the anime were pretty convincing and did not feel scrappy or lazily done.

The voice acting was pretty good for most of the characters. They suited their personalities perfectly. I must note that even though there were plenty of characters in nearly every scene, you can instantly distinguished the characters apart just by their voice. The characters were full of expression and emotion.

Anime of this genre generally focuses more on characters and character development rather than story. Sekirei has followed the given formula and added in plenty of characters (girls) for epic fan service. To make it an harem, Minato Sahashi is made the main characters. There really isn't much to describe him expect that he is really ordinary and quite average. However, he is really caring and kind towards his Sekirei. Musubi is another generic female lead character i which she is quite lively and a bit of an airhead. Of course, she has some sort of connection to the whole story and has some hidden ability locked away somewhere. As for the other characters, you've got your "lolicon" type girl, a girl with glasses, and finally a tsundere one. It all pretty standard stereotypes right there.

Overall, I particularly enjoyed the fan service relating to the action and interactions between Sekirei. The ecchi side of things were slightly unnecessary but those with ecchi-fetishes would enjoy it more than I did. In addition, the story was quite good and I did find it more engaging to other ecchi anime such as To Love-Ru. What the anime falls short is in uniqueness to other similar anime. As long as you are just into the fan service, then this anime will satisfy.

STORY: 7

ART: 8

SOUND: 8

CHARACTER: 7

ENJOYMENT: 9

OVERALL: 8