There were a few POV changes that I couldn't keep up with. The characters in the beginning all looked the same. It took six episodes, but once the story sorta stabilized I got it! Let me show you what I learned...
I'd want to find out what they could do if they had a bit more fun with their Ashikabi, (bow-chicka-bow-bow) but hey--not fit for TV apparently.
There were two characters that I found complex enough to circle in my mind. One of them was Sekirei number 6 AKA Homura and Higa Izumi, the Ashikabi of the East. The others played entertaining bouts of action and emotional balance.
So there's lighting crashing all over town as Musubi saves Minato from the lighting twins. He brings her home because, hey, girl falling from the sky doesn't happen every day. But there's a problem. He rents a singles only apartment. So when Musubi realizes he's her Ashikabi and kisses him, the landlady throws them out. Homeless and jobless, that's when they met Miya, Homura and Uzume.
Uzume is a winged Sekirei whose Ashikabi is unknown.
Homura at this point is a male unemerged Sekerei...more on that one later.
As episodes go on, Minato becomes an unintentional Sekirei collecting Ashikabi.
Ku has the ability to grow plants at an accelerated rate and make them do as she asks.
She see's Minato and knows he belongs to her. Now look people it's a peck. Not a full on french kiss so, even though she's a little girl, kissing a stranger... just get your mind out of the gutter.
Now in Minato's defense he's not asking them to be his Sekirei, they just find him hot, sweet, awesome or whatever their reason.
Minato is your typical smart kid with a confidence problem and does not try to take advantage of his Sekirei. But he does in fact love them and wants the best for them. Yeah, yeah, it's a harem scenario, but this one I like.
Tsukiumi fights having a Ashikabi, but doesn't have an underlying reason (like Homura) other than she don't wanna.
Minato convinces her that she doesn't have to be forced into being his Sekirei and because he's got three others she feels his power as an Ashikabi and agrees, sealing the deal with a kiss.
Tsukiumi is a hot-headed, jealous type with power issues claiming she's the real "wife" to Minato. She's the major reason for playful competition between the other Sekirei but she's a very powerful ali dedicated to Minato and each one of his other Sekirei -- just don't tell her that.
Somewhere in Season 2, I believe, Minato is kidnapped by the MBI enforcers and Kazehana is the one to find him. In the midst of battling the discipline squad she realizes Minato is the one for her after he tries to save her from the MBI.
Being an unwinged Sekirei she chooses Minato because of his pure heart. He never suggests becoming her Ashikabi and she realizes Minato's noble nature is just what she needs to mend her heart.
Let's connect the dots. Minato's mom calls him all the time. She says she's working and they elude to his father. Minato's mother works with Hiroto. Hiroto and the mother found the Sekirei together. Kazehana's Ashikabi was Hiroto. He rejected her--he was married and didn't want to be involved in the experiment. He wanted to run the experiment. Kazehana was also compatible with Minato. Remember it's DNA compatibility. See the conncetion? Okay, back to facts.
When he grows breasts and starts reacting to Minato (effectively becoming a hermaphrodite) he fights the desire to become Minato's Sekirei and goes out on a suicide mission to destroy Hiroto (the eccentric MBI CEO that started this whole thing).
Realizing what Homura is (take in mind Homura was known as Kagari to our hero), Minato consults his five other Sekirei and they all agree--they need to save Homura. Hell, Minato has a harem already, what's one more? Minato struggles with having a male Sekirei for half a second and realizes it's not about gender--it's about love and bonds.
They go after Homura and save him from self-destruct. Whew. Still, fucked up situation for both of them. Homura has the shit end of the stick and is pretty confused as to which gender he is. Minato accepts him the way he is and while Homura might have a somewhat female body, he's still male. Hot.
He's one of the most powerful Sekirei and a total sweetie! I would have liked to see more of him and his Ashikabi, which I think is Minato's sister.
Shiina struck me because of his naive way, calm demeanor and lost puppyness.
There are, of course, other Sekirei that deserve mentions, but there are so many. There's 108 for heaven's sake. They all are awesome. Some die, but they all find their Ashikabi. Thanks to luck and Homura they all had a chance.
Yes, this is a harem manga, but I found it work in that all the others loved each other as well. It was about Minato, but also, it was about finding balance in a polyamorous relationship.
However, the series didn't go that far and, as I understand, the manga was very different (what's new?). We ended with my writerly mind thinking of how to end the series. But "Sekirei" was the inspiration for Pyromage. I could give you a million and one pictures, but I'm going to give you to this AMV instead. It's awesome and I love watching it!
Until next time!
♥ ~ Stephy