By Melissa C.
The dubbed second season of Sekirei was released this week. Sekirei fans who have been waiting for the release of the dubbed version of Pure Engagement since the Japanese version’s release in 2010 seem to be pretty pleased with new developments in the series. Those who have watched Sekirei 2: Pure Engagement (both the Japanese and dubbed version) have been almost unanimously pleased to report that the plot is much more developed in this new installment of the series. What seems to make Sekirei 2 great in the eyes of many viewers is that the characters are consistently challenged throughout the season. The conflict and challenge in this season seems to bring out the true nature of all the characters, making them seem more real and multi-faceted.
If you’re not familiar with the first Sekirei, here’s the premise: An ordinary guy named Minato Sahashi is visited one day by a young woman named Musabi. When Musabi visits Minato, she reveals that she is a Sekirei, which is a being with superpowers that has to fight against 108 other Sekirei beings. Sekirei beings exist as a result of game called the “Sekirei Plan.” The sole purpose of the Sekirei Plan is to have the Sekirei beings fight against each other until one Sekirei defeats all the others. Sekirei beings have masters, and Musabi reveals that Minato is her master (or Ashikabi, as it’s referred to in the series), much to his surprise. After Musabi moves in with Minato, other Sekirei women move in with him, all claiming that he is their Ashikabi. Uncomfortable situations and hilarity ensues.
The second season takes up where the first season left off. Minato and his Sekirei are on the run from the MBI (the organization that created the Sekirei Plan). The MBI announced that any group of Sekirei that has not won against another group of Sekirei in combat must be separated. Since Minato’s group of Sekirei women have never won a fight, they are at risk of being split up. Overall, there is a lot more action and combat in this season. Sekirei beings seem to come out of hiding in hordes to fight each other. And the MBI becomes the target of several Sekirei attacks, but the MBI proves to be quite a force to reckon with.
If you enjoyed the premise of the first Sekirei season but craved more character and story development, you won’t be disappointed with the dubbed version of Sekirei 2: Pure Engagement!