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You know how sometimes, when you're sitting there watching a series, your mind picks up on a character's gesture, or tone of voice, or a plot situation, and just soars with possibilities? And before you know it, you've imagined a whole new subplot or opened new vistas within the series' world?
Isn't that the sign that a series speaks to you?
Well, Sekirei (which it appears you can still buy from Amazon) is one of those series that speaks to me. Now, before you ask, let me switch to full disclosure mode. Yes, it's partly because the show is jam-packed with ridiculously beautiful and powerful women like Musubi and Tsukiumi. But more than "just" beautiful and powerful, they're great people! There's no way I wouldn't want to meet them.
The coolness doesn't stop there. Ashika Sakura, the writer, brought a wonderful sensibility and romance to the series. You know how so many harem anime have a clueless main character? Or a main character (often male) that makes you wonder just what in tarnation the others (often female) see in him? Not so with Sekirei. Minato Sahashi attracts the Sekirei he attracts for a specific reason that's core to the series' theme. Matsu (probably my absolute favorite character in the series!) even comes out and says it a couple of times!
Man, I wish this show would get a third season...
In part to celebrate Crow's World of Anime's third anniversary, and in part to scratch a creative writing itch that's getting really annoying, I wrote a fanfic for Sekirei and shared it on Archive of Our Own. Let's Talk Anime (soon to be Dokidokon) suggested that site, and I have to say that it seems to be very well run and stable! If you're at all interested in reading or writing fanfic, I'd suggest you check it out.
My fanfic picks up just after the 2:30 point during Season 2, episode 8 (Kusa's Play). It explores a question I often wondered about during this part of the series: How did Minato not freak out completely? He's this gentle kid, he loves his Sekirei, and he's almost painfully sensitive to their feelings. How did he not run screaming from the room as Matsu explained the Sekirei plan?
And why didn't he try to do more? Even make a desparate and hopeless gesture?
I try to answer those questions. And I try to shine some light on just how insightful Musubi can be.
I'd love to know what you think of it! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!