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The Sekirei are extraterrestrial super-powered beings with genetic code similar to humans. Once in the past 8 Sekirei spaceships ("Iwafune", lit. 'Rock Ship' , the name of the ship used when gods head down from the heaven to the surface world in Japanese mythology) reached earth of which at least one suffered severe damage and only the "Pillar" and 8 Sekirei survived[1]. Another spaceship, the one which carried the current Sekirei, crashed in the sea near Japan[1] and thousand years[2] later an island called Kamikura emerged suddenly which was discovered in 1999 by the two students Minaka Hiroto (future MBI chairman) and Takami Sahashi (future MBI head researcher and Minato's mother). Onboard the spaceship found on that island were 108 life-forms described as "One pillar and 107 baby birds"[3][4].
  • The first of them, the pillar, shown as #01[3] was an adult, and it is not a Sekirei.
  • Eight (later known as #02-09) were embryos.
  • 99 others (later known as #10-108) were fertilized eggs.

The Sekirei's development

The adult and eight embryos are also known as the Single Numbers. It is hinted, that unwinged Single Numbers are equal or even more powerful than winged others[5]. All Sekirei have undergone adjustments for the "Sekirei Plan", especially the Single Numbers (some of their adjustments were mischievous[6]). Adjustments to Sekirei's are needed to control and stabilize their power. In this process however MBI fitted all Sekirei with a limiter reducing their strength significantly[7]. Most Sekirei only knew about the world through TV because they never were allowed to leave Kamikura Island[8]. The first contact with the outside world they made was when they were sent out to find their Ashikabi. When the so called wings of the Sekirei are released by the Ashikabi, the power of a Sekirei multiplies and he/she can use his/her true potential. Miya stated that Sekirei are interesting beings because ordinary training wouldn't do much for raising their abilities, but according to the state of their heart their soul manifests itself through their ability. Anger, hatred, joy, sorrow and overall their feelings of love influences their abilities and let them get stronger[9]. This is further indicated by a statement of Musubi explaining to Toyotama their difference in strength. According to her, she lost the fight simply because the lack of love in her relationship towards her Ashikabi. Thus implying love is a crucial element to gain strength for Sekirei.[10]

The Sekirei's battle abilities and rules

Sekirei have a strong ability called a Norito. To utilize this, they need to confirm the bond they share with the Ashikabi through a kiss and recite a prayer. Each Sekirei has their own unique Noritos and prayers. Multiple Sekirei that are under the same Ashikabi can also merge their techniques in order to create more powerful techniques. This puts most Ashikabi at a disadvantage, as only a few Ashikabi possess more than one Sekirei.[11] An important rule for every Sekirei is, that if a Sekirei is terminated the winner has to guard the corpse till MBI arrives and recovers the body[12]. It was shown in the manga that if a Sekirei doesn't follow this rule and refuses to show her respect to the loser other Sekirei might try to punish her[13]. Musubi stated that the reward for the last remaining Sekirei of the game (Sekirei Plan) is that the Sekirei can be with their favorite person (Ashikabi) forever[14].

Sekirei's Physiology

The physiology of a Sekirei is similar to humans. They have similar requirements such as the need to eat food, drink water, and breathe oxygen. They are also also capable of reproducing with the human species; thousands of years in the past, some Sekirei were able to conceive offspring with their Ashikabi. Due to this, the genes of Sekirei, while recessive, are still carried by nearly half of the world's population[15]. However, they also have a significant differences that set them apart from normal members of humanity. Many members of this group have greater strength, speed, and stamina than is possible for a normal human. The what is most important and unique for the Sekirei's is the Sekirei Core, the source of their power and very existence. Sekireis who lost their core cease to function. In order to terminate a Sekirei, a fixed amount of damage inflicted to her is needed or the Sekirei opponent needs to touch the Sekirei Crest and recite a spell (Norito). Then the Sekirei crest disappears and a Sekirei whose crest has disappeared can't function[16]. The amount of damage a Sekirei received is categorized in 5 shutdown levels. Going from 1 - 5 (1 being the simple damage with 5 being the most serious), the more severe was the damage taken which caused the termination of the Sekirei[17]. According to Natsuo Ichinomi, as long as terminated Sekirei don't approach their 'Death' as living creatures, they can be put to sleep after special surgery according to the termination level. After that they are sent to a special facility, their body still alive. But a living body doesn't mean the Sekirei isn't dead, the loss of the Sekirei crest equals death for a Sekirei. The only hope to fix this "broken bonds" is in the last remaining Ashikabi and the Jinki .[18]

Ashikabi

There are four main Ashikabi whose power is supposedly above that of the other Ashikabis. There is one in each area of the city and are named for the area they rule over. Originally there were 3 main Ashikabis (East - Higa Izumi, South - Hayato Mikogami, West Sanada Nishi), however, Minato became known as the Ashikabi of the North after winging his 5th and 6th Sekirei. Most Ashikabis, however, only have one Sekirei and the four main Ashikabis are exceptions to this. Only Ashikabis can "wing" Sekirei, usually done through a kiss (exchange of saliva). The power's of an Ashikabi increase with the amount of Sekirei that they wing[19]. One important part of the Ashikabi-Sekirei relationship is the fact that when an Ashikabi is killed, all of the Sekirei that they have winged are 'terminated'. This is supposed to be classified information, however, most Sekirei and many Ashikabi know about it anyway. One part of the bond between Sekirei and Ashikabi is that they can feel each others feelings. For example, when Musubi's crest disappears and Minato becomes sad and starts crying, Tsukiumi and Kazehana (who wasn't winged at the time) feel his pain. Kusano who is far off at Izumo Inn immediately knows what happened and it is implied that Matsu also can feel Minato's feelings. The feelings of the Sekirei can also be felt in return by the Ashikabi.

List of Sekirei

Sekirei No.

Name

Ashikabi

Status

1

Miya Asama

none (widow of Takehito Asama)

alive

2

Matsu

Minato Sahashi

alive

3

Kazehana

Minato Sahashi

alive

4

Karasuba

Natsuo Ichinomi

alive

5

Mutsu

Hayato Mikogami

alive

6

Homura

Minato Sahashi

alive

7 Akitsu Hayato Mikogami self-terminated

8

Yume

Minato Sahashi

alive

9

Tsukiumi

Minato Sahashi

alive

10

Uzume

Chiho Hidaka

terminated

11

Hikari

Seo Kaoru

alive

12

Hibiki

Seo Kaoru

alive

13

Amebane

Yashiro Itsuki

terminated

14

Chiyo

Sanada Nishi

alive

15

Himeko

Hayato Mikogami

alive

16

Toyotama

Higa Izumi

terminated

17

Yūna

Sanada Nishi

alive

18

Ichiya

Higa Izumi

alive

19

Ikki

unknown

terminated

20

Hatae

Sanada Nishi

alive

22

Kochō

Kakizaki

alive

27

Nina

Mutou

terminated
28 Natsuka unknown

terminated

31

Sai

Higa Izumi

terminated

37 unknown unknown

terminated

38

Mitsuha

Hayato Mikogami

terminated

39

Mitsuki

Hayato Mikogami

terminated

40

Shi

Higa Izumi

terminated

43

Yomi

Hayato Mikogami

terminated

44

Yosuga

unknown

terminated

48

Kujika

Sanada Nishi

alive

54

Kuruse*

Minato Sahashi

unknown

55

57

Saki

Yahan*

unknown

Reiji Koya

unknown

unknown

62 Kaie Higa Izumi alive

65

Taki

Hayato Mikogami

terminated

72

Natsu*

unknown

terminated

73

Namiji

Takano Kouji

terminated

74

Narashino

Tsudanuma Osamu

alive

75 Niwa unknown terminated

78

Nanami

Himura Youichi

terminated

79

unknown

Higa Izumi

terminated

82

Hari

Kunimitsu Hiroyuki‎

terminated

84

Yashima

Junichi Tanigawa

terminated

85

Oshino

Higa Izumi

terminated

86

Katsuragi

Higa Izumi

terminated

87

Kaho

Oosumi Orihiko

terminated

88

Musubi

Minato Sahashi

alive

95

Kuno

Haruka Shigi

alive

101

Oriha

Higa Izumi

terminated

104

Haihane

Natsuo Ichinomi

alive

105

Benitsubasa

Natsuo Ichinomi

alive

106

Shijime

Sanada Nishi

alive

107

Shiina

Yukari Sahashi

alive

108

Kusano

Minato Sahashi

alive

?

unknown

Higa Izumi

terminated

? unknown unknown

terminated

?

Kaiha

Higa Izumi

alive

?

Kuzuri

Sanada Nishi

alive

?

Kujou

Higa Izumi

terminated

?

Mimi

Mutou

terminated

? Midorino unknown terminated

Total: 59

!

Total: 19

!


*A Sekirei using throwing knife's to fight, terminated by Uzume[12]. (In the anime episode 8 you can shortly see her data on one of Matsu's screens. Her name is Natsu No #72. No information about her in the Manga) *Both Kuruse and Yahan are characters within the Japanese only game Sekirei: Gifts from the Future. As such, their status in the manga's continuity is uncertain.


18 more Sekirei were terminated during the failed mass escape plan[20]

Trivia

  • Sekirei, or wagtails are also important in Japanese mythology and folklore. They are sacred to the two divine gods Izanagi and Izanami (Goddess of creation and death), for it was through these birds that these divinities first learned the art of love. Yume also refers to this Myth in a flashback[17].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sekirei Manga chapter 113
  2. Sekirei Manga chapter 117
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sekirei Manga chapter 69
  4. Sekirei Manga chapter 71
  5. Sekirei Manga chapter 72
  6. Sekirei Manga chapter 21
  7. Sekirei Manga chapter 115
  8. Sekirei Manga chapter 03
  9. Sekirei Manga chapter 66
  10. Sekirei Manga chapter 129
  11. Sekirei Manga chapter 87
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sekirei Manga chapter 28
  13. Sekirei Manga chapter 29
  14. Sekirei Manga chapter 12
  15. Sekirei Manga chapter 114
  16. Sekirei Manga chapter 09
  17. 17.0 17.1 Sekirei Manga chapter 53
  18. Sekirei Manga chapter 109
  19. Sekirei Manga chapter 20
  20. Sekirei Manga chapter 102

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