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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly well made fan-service anime!
Let's get this out of the way first. Sekirei is a harem based anime which is heavy in fan service created to attract male viewers and it is fair to say that Sekirei has probably got the heaviest amount of male enticing service that I have seen in any anime. You have to in some ways admire the level it goes to actually, as it's not just the odd panty and cleavage shots we...
Published on 19 Aug. 2011 by Gavin Perkins

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2.0 out of 5 stars Average Series, with little plot, overloaded with fanservice
Before I write anything else there is little point beyond the fanservice in watching this show, it contains little story, no worthwhile moments and is mostly again is overloaded with fanservice to absurd levels, but if you need some details. Read on.

The main character encounters a beautiful young woman named Musubi who has huge boobs, she introduces herself...
Published on 18 Sept. 2011 by Setsuna .F. Seiei


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly well made fan-service anime!, 19 Aug. 2011
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Let's get this out of the way first. Sekirei is a harem based anime which is heavy in fan service created to attract male viewers and it is fair to say that Sekirei has probably got the heaviest amount of male enticing service that I have seen in any anime. You have to in some ways admire the level it goes to actually, as it's not just the odd panty and cleavage shots we get (Though there are many off them too...) as we see clothes just fly off the Sekirei at the slightest excuses to which they expose themselves fully in the breast department, be it in a fight or in one of the many bath scenes that litter the series. Now there will be many people who despite this type of anime, while there are others who will lap it up for the reasons I described. I for one am in between as I don't particularly have a problem with fan-services as long as it has solid plot and good characters behind it to justify its creation and I am glad to say that Sekirei is one of the best example of a harem fan service anime.

The plot follows nineteen year old Minato Sahashi who after finding out he has failed to enter university for the second time encounters the beautiful Musubi who literally falls in to his life and his face. She is a Sekirei, a race of humanoids who have special powers and are using the city as a battle ground to decide who will be able to ascend to the sky with their Ashikabi, there `soul mate' like human masters who by kissing them allows the Sekirei to unlock their full potential and power.

What surprised me the most about Sekirei was its story. It is surprisingly well written, engaging and gives a genuine sense of emotion at times which is something I find is quite rare in anime series of this sort. The plot and characters do not just feel like mindless excuses for nudity and girl-on-girl fights, even if there is a lot both in this series. The story in general has a good speedy pace thanks to the short length of the series (12 episodes in total) and there are pliantly of twists here and there as we start to learn the darker secrets between the Sekirei and the mysterious MBI organization who keep them at bay. The more emotional aspects of the series can be quite predictable and sometime feel excessive during the middle episodes as woman after woman fall for Minato, but even so they are written with enough emotion to make them feel genuine enough for most of the situations presented especially at the latter end of the series. It also has a good sense of humour which while mainly cantered around the nudity is also drawn from the characters and story and helps keeps it from feeling too obscene or crud (Though there will be dose who disagree) The battles between the Sekirei themselves are very well choreographed and are quite exciting as the Sekirei fight with their fists, jets of water, spells of thunder, claws and even whips while they don't last too long and become tedious ether.

It is worth mentioning that despite what the DVD says this is not the complete series (There is a second series called Sekirei: Pure Engagement but it is unlikely that we will see this in the UK for a while) and as such the series ends with most of its questions un-answered.

While Minato and Musubi are charming in there innocence's there is little that marks them out from your regular anime hero and heroine and as such it falls to the wonderful supporting cast of characters who are the true stars of the series. Highlights include the perverted bespectacled Matsu, the stronger and tough talking Tsukiumi, the cheerful Uzume, the deadly leader of the MBI Discipline Squad Karasuba and the mysterious male Sekirei Homura along with many others who keep the series going. They may have some stereotypical anime traits among them but most manage to feel unique enough to be judged on their own which was quite a feat for any anime series. They all are well written and never feel like they were wasted opportunities, which is surprising given the series short length of time.

The animation is wonderful and is rarely a let-down while the character designs in particular have to be praised with many of the characters feeling very unique in their design.

The Japanese dub is superior to the English one which in itself not to bad considering but it is a little dull when compared. The music soundtrack is nothing special but goes well with the series especially during times of emotion and battle.

The DVD comes with a 10 minute OVA which follows the character of Kuu as she goes on her first shopping trip. It's a fun little adventure which manages to pack in plenty of action, humour and yes even a scene in the bath. The only other extras include text less openings and endings, which is a shame as I would have liked to have seen some making-off feature or even the odd commentary.

Sekirei may have boobs and patty shots excessively flying left right and center, but unlike other animes of its kind it stands out for having a great plot, some wonderful characters and most importantly a heart which many fan-service heavy shows severely lack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable!, 19 Jan. 2013
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<some spoilers to explain the set-up>

Yes, I know: admitting that an anime series which features naked female flesh in abundance is really enjoyable is more than a little suspect. For a guy. (And perhaps for some women too.)

So let's get that out of the way first: since the nudity is of the rather grotesque variety there is no real titillation-factor here. Breasts that approach melon-size are so unrealistic that they must primarily be considered a spoof. And not only are they generally covered up fairly quickly here (not counting the occasional bathing scene), but the main protagonist Minato is too polite and kind-hearted to ever sexually approach any of the busty young women entrusted to him. And too closely watched by de facto chapperone Mya to ever really get a chance to, as well. So I don't really see too many people watching a series like 'Sekirei' for the animated female nudity, nor for the pleasure of seeing girl-on-girl fights. Basically, if you've seen one of those fights in 'Sekirei', then you've seen them all. Not counting the ones that feature special powers, such as fire, water, ice, earth quakes or gusts of wind with rose petals. But in those it's the special powers that take center stage, and not so much the women using them.

No, the main attraction here has to be the story with love and self-sacrifice at its core. The main antagonist Minaka, head of the conglomerate MBI, has set up an evil game which forces 108 young women and men (but mostly women) to fight each other or lose their chance of being with the one they love. These young women and men are the Sekirei and each has certain special powers. They become stronger once they 'emerge', by being kissed by their one true love, also called their Ashikabi. This is where the series begins (after a flashback scene that is only gradually explained as the series continues). Protagonist Minato rescues the as yet un-emerged Sekirei Musubi (pronounced as 'Moozavee') from 2 emerged Sekirei who are cowardly trying to defeat her while she is still weak in her un-emerged form. Musubi decides that Minato must be her Ashikabi and kisses him, thereby becoming emerged and more powerful. Although her attitude towards Minato can be mistaken for submissive, he never abuses the power he has over her. The same goes for the other Sekirei that choose him as their Ashikabi. So any critics who label this series as centering around naked, submissive young women simply miss the mark. Although some unsympathetic Ashikabi who mistreat their Sekirei briefly make an appearance on the show, Minato's respectful treatment of women is clearly idealized here. Not what you might expect based on the DVD-casing featuring Musubi and her ample bosom, or some of the rather lewd comments included on the back of the case.

To cut a lengthy review short: don't judge a DVD by its cover. This series has a warm heart and is all about doing the right thing in very difficult circumstances. And about people (and the superhuman Sekirei) eventually rising above themselves. Don't let some playful nudity and the occasional lewd joke obscure that.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fan-service!, 13 Jan. 2012
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If you buy this dvd, you should be buying it for the fan-service, which is awesome. You can tell what it's going to be like by the first words on the back of the case - "BOOBIES for the win" :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I had hoped., 16 Aug. 2013
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I'm a fan of the manga and bought this in the hope that it would be entertaining. It is extremely entertaining and I was pleasantly surprised. Their voices aren't always what I had imagined but they're still very good, and I would recommend this to anyone who feels they can just take the gratuitous fan-service in the way it is intended - it's a bit of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it, 20 April 2013
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it is really good and really funny and its a really good amime and fun to watch and really good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and entertaining, 12 April 2013
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Funny, entertaining and enjoyable storyline. Equaly good to have on in the background or watch fully, something I would happily recomend to friends
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4.0 out of 5 stars manga madness, 17 Mar. 2013
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this is classic manga madness which will appeal to those who enjoyed the likes of strike witches and battle vixens
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4.0 out of 5 stars sekirei, 28 Jan. 2013
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Intersting series some good artwork and as with much of anime brought to video works quite well.
OVA scenes omitted the story is good versus evil or good takes on the bad guys as with all these stories.
The characters are well developed from the very beginnig and the action is well choreographed. Look
forward to the next series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sekirei Plan begins, 5 Sept. 2011
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Minato Sahashi is a student who has twice failed to get into college. On his way home from his latest failure Minato encounters Musubi, a very buxom girl who literally falls out of the sky and into his life. Musubi is a one of 108 Sekirei, beings of great power, who are searching for Ashikabi, people who can bring out the full powers of a Sekirei. Once Minato becomes Musubi's Ashikabi he is drawn into the Sekirei Plan, a battle for survival setup by the megacorporation MBI where only one Sekirei can emerge victorious.

This two disc set includes all twelve episodes of the first season of the `Sekirei' anime as well as a short but fun OVA. While this anime is generally a decent adaptation of the original manga although there are some changes to the plot towards the end of the season but most of those are minor chronological changed or to make the finale more dramatic. The plot of the series itself is interesting with some nice moments of humour and some nicely choreographed action throughout. The animation is good and the English dub, while not great, is decent enough. The series does tend to be a bit heavy with the fanservice with quite a bit of clothing damage and nudity throughout the series but the series still has a lot more to offer and most anime fans should find the series enjoyable.

There is a second season of the anime called `Sekirei: Pure Engagement' but as it only came out in Japan in 2010 it will probably take quite a bit of time until it is released here.
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