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So you know all that “anime” stuff people like?  You know how some people are totally into it? Well i’d never seen much of it until today. I found myself awake at around 7:00 AM bouncing Kung Pao this morning, and after watching the awesome bicycle movie Breaking Away, I started perusing the Netflix archives. One of the recommendations: Sekirei

Sekirei DVD Cover

I probably should have known better since the plot snippet described one of the female characters as “busty” (which was then confirmed by the cover art), but I decided to watch anyway. I made it through 3 episodes. I could totally see the potential plot appeal: it was mystical, magical, fantastic, etc. There was swords, fighting, battles, etc. and I even appreciated the animation.

But, eh… this was probably one of the most objectifying shows I’ve ever seen. Despite the fact that the women were the characters with all the superpowers, they were also reduced to sexbots since all of their clothes got ripped off every time they had a battle and they each had a male companion whom they referred to as their “master”. In some cases, the (gender ambiguous) men were even “master” to several women (whom he claimed by kissing them), which introduced a kind of weird polygamy thing. It was pretty clear I’d stumbled onto the American Pie of anime. Far from outright pornography, but not exactly plot-driven either. I don’t have a problem with characters being sexy, but I’d rather not have that be their best trait.

Anyway, all this is to say that I’m sure there is better anime out there I should be watching. So help me out? Don’t make me aimlessly peruse the endless Netflix gallery again (that’s how I found Sekirei).  Got any anime recommendations? Ever seen Sekirei? Thoughts?