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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sekirei

Sekirei Episode #01

Sekirei Episode #01 Review

By Chris Beveridge     June 22, 2010
Release Date: July 02, 2008


Sekirei
© FUNimation

When busty young women fall from the sky into your lap, do not question it. Accept it and revel in it.

What They Say
Minato's depressed about failing his college entrance exam - again. Luckily, he finds a distraction from his bad mood in the form of busty and beautiful stranger who appears from out of nowhere.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Based on the manga of the same name by Sakurako Gokurakuin, Sekirei is a twelve episode series that originally appeared in the seinen magazine young Gangan from Square Enix. The manga is still ongoing and this series, which ran in 2008, has a second season kicking off in the summer of 2010. Ten volumes of the manga have been produced so it looks like there's some material to work with, though I wouldn't be surprised at some padding.

The series revolves around a young man named Minato, who as you can tell from every bit of promotional text about the show, has failed his college entrance exams only to have something more interesting fall into his lap in the form of a very busy young woman named Musubi. She's being chased by some rather angry women in skimpy outfits that want to do her harm, so she blazes off and takes Minato with her. Where she promptly changes and shows that she has no issue in showing off her rather sizable cleavage, complete with nipples, to a complete stranger. It's an awkward but not unfamiliar meeting of people as the two eventually do exchange introductions once things die down a bit.

Musubi seems fairly typical here at first as she's all about the eating, able to pack away ten meals for one person (I suspect she stocks the food up in those massive breasts) but wants to do right by Minato in order to repay him. She's very happy to have met him since he's exactly what she's looking for in something called an Ashikabi. Apparently it's something that involves a guy fondling her breasts, which makes Minato a touch uncomfortable for all of a minute before he remembers himself. Musubi's having a mixture of luck overall since falling into his lap as she's gotten on well with him, but she's still being sought out by the other two women who want to take her down before she has a chance to awaken. Yet every touch with Minato seems to push her close to awakening, and she has no choice but to take it all the way in order to protect both of them.

Sekirei goes through some of the basic motions that you'd expect from an opening episode like this. The general plot of the show seems to be that the city is about to be turned into a battle zone with the various players, known as Sekirei's, are going to go at it and Musubi is an easy target since she's such a novice. And without an Ashikabi, at least at first, which makes her even easier to pick off. So it's little surprise that she hooks up with Minato and that he loves having her there once things settle a touch since it's a very attractive, very busty, young woman who takes up residence with him and does some of the cooking. And all of it happens just before he learns of the overall plan from the man who is buying up the city in a very public way. Which is amusing because the whole battle royale that's planned is supposed to be kept secret.

In Summary:
Sekirei doesn't do anything that really stands out strongly here in the first episode but it does lay out the basics of what the show is about and what kind of style we can expect. With clothes being shredded here and there, busty women leaping about and a straightforward information dump that we'll be seeing lots of fight, Sekirei lays most of its cards out on the table right from the start. There's a definite advantage to that in that we know exactly what you're going to get. There's some mild comedy, lots of fanservice and a decent helping of overacted action. The opening episode isn't terribly impressive nor does it set any artistic heights, but it looks like it could be a decent bit of distracting fun.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1" Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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