The Ashikabi of the North, and the main protagonist of the story. He has failed college entrance exams twice, due to his inability to deal with pressure. As a result he is seen by others as an idiot and a loser. His life changes immensely when he first meets Musubi and becomes her Ashikabi. As he gains more Sekirei over the course of the story due to his kind heart, he becomes a pivotal and powerful player in the Sekirei Plan.Sekirei: Musubi, Tsukiumi, Matsu, Kusano, Kazehana, and Homura.
Above the Influence: Minato is trying his best to remain a gentlemen...even with all his Sekirei hitting on him.
Big Brother Instinct: He has it, but in the past he was bad at following through with it. Is doing a much better job with Kuu.
Big Good: For having a lot of loving, very powerful Sekirei.
Bi the Way: Claims he isn't, but nobody really believes him.
Black Comedy Rape: While discussing over-the-top ideas about the major powers in the Game, a group of Ashikabi express their fear of being molested by the Ashikabi of the North.
Blood-Splattered Innocents: In the manga, Uzume dies in his arms. He's left covered in her blood, shocking the others when they return home.
Book Dumb: He does not do well under pressure. When Matsu gives him a sample college entrance exam, he aces it entirely, causing her to wonder how the heck he failed it twice. She also mentions that the test she gave him was a lot harder than a normal exam as well.
Character Development: His experiences and love for his Sekirei has allowed him to become a much stronger person, impressing Seo with his determination. He states it's his desire to become "someone worthy" of the faith everyone has in him.
Gag Penis: Matsu is rather.....pleased the first time she sees Minato naked.
Matsu: But Mina-tan, the data down here is much more than I expected..!
Game Breaker: An in-universe example. Minato gets called out by Higa as being one during the 4th stage of the Sekirei Plan; thinking that Minaka had purposefully set the system up so that Minato would end up with a majority of the top-level Sekirei.
Good Is Not Dumb: Once Matsu hammers into him how capable he is, he begins taking an active role in strategy and tricking the enemy.
Go Through Me: Shields his injured Sekirei from attackers on multiple occasions, refusing to back down even from the very real possibility of being squished like a bug.
Guile Hero: Thanks to Matsu, he's finally realizing how to best take advantage of his Non-Action Guy status. He's managed to run a gambit on Higa, and came up with effective strategies to outsmart enemies.
No longer true as of chapter 156, as he learns from Higa that Minaka is his dad.
Magnetic Hero: He has a way of bringing together other Ashikabi, who are inherently rivals due to the nature of the game.
A Man Is Always Eager: Subverted. He's generally more flustered and nervous about the idea of sex than most of his harem.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted. Minato has absolutely no problem admitting he's still a virgin, and his rejection of sexual advances from his harem is presented as evidence of his strength of character.
Minato's first Sekirei. She is somewhat dim-witted and clueless, but holds an incredible strength of will and compassion for others. A power-type Sekirei, she is a close-combat fighter with amazing strength. As a child, she was kidnapped by unknown forces and rescued by the 2nd Discipline Squad. Her core was badly damaged during her captivity, driving Yume to sacrifice her own existence and pass her core on to Musubi.Ashikabi: Minato Sahashi
Friendly Enemy: Insists her friendship with Kaho is really strong, partially because they promised to fight next time they met. Hilarity Ensues when they meet pre-battle, and are forced to hide from each other to avoid breaking their promise.
Genki Girl: Perky, sweet, and never one to give up!
The Heroine: Drives the story with her personal quest to free all Sekirei.
Horrible Judge of Character: She's incredibly fond of Karasuba. Subverted, as it turns out. She isn't fooled by Karasuba for one minute, but shares Yume's desire to teach Karasuba the error of her ways, even describing her as a child that just doesn't understand a Sekirei's true nature and purpose.
Idiot Hair: Showing her innocence. It tends to react depending on her emotions.
The Pollyanna: Optimistic, and full of hope even in the most dire of circumstances.
The Promise: She promised Yume she would defeat Karasuba and free all the defeated Sekirei, as well as promising Karasuba that they would be the final two Sekirei, and promising Kaho they would fight the next time they met.
Sharing a Body: Yume continues to exist within her soul, and sometimes takes control.
Minato's second Sekirei, who considers him her "big brother" and future husband. The youngest of the Sekirei, she is a cheerful and innocent girl with the power to control plants. She was forced out into the world early, after Mikogami attempted to capture her and used her powers to build a forest to protect her. Dubbed the "Green Girl", she called out to Minato in dreams until he was able to rescue her.Ashikabi: Minato Sahashi
Minato's third Sekirei, a perverted techopath in hiding from MBI. She originally viewed Musubi as a rival, but quickly decides watching the others fight over Minato is more entertaining. As Sekirei #02, she knows many secrets about the Sekirei Plan and provides the others with information and tactical support from the safety of her room.Ashikabi: Minato Sahashi
The Ageless: Appears about the same age as all the others, but she was an adult at a time when even Homura was still an infant.
Anything That Moves: She has shown "interest" in a number of people, of both genders. Not to mention Homura...
Mission Control: While she seems capable of holding her own in a (non-melee) fight, she performs better in this role.
More Deadly Than The Male: An "intellect"-type Sekirei, she makes use of things such a Kill Sat and various gadgets when forced to deal with enemies. And as Miya points out, she's actually one of Minato's most ruthless Sekirei when necessary.
Ms. Exposition: She's the one Minato turns to, whenever he needs information. As such, she's the major source for info-dumps in the series.
Playful Hacker: Even when it isn't necessary, she likes to peek in on systems. Her powers actually allow her to monitor computer systems, though her own hacking skills are necessary to do anything beyond looking.
Minato's fourth Sekirei, a proud and bad-tempered woman with control over water. She is the youngest Single Number, and initially holds a deep contempt for Ashikabi to the extent she planned to kill Minato. After he defends her, though, she is deeply moved and agrees to become his wife — considering the other Sekirei his "concubines". She fights constantly with the others for Minato's affection, but also cares deeply for them and considers them her comrades.Ashikabi: Minato Sahashi
Master of Delusion: Completely oblivious to the fact she'd been having breakfast with her rival for months. It took seeing him use his powers, remembering there's only one flame-type Sekirei, and Musubi pointing out their resemblance to make her realize that Kagari and Homura are the same person.
Minato's fifth Sekirei, a deeply romantic woman that has power over the wind. A shameless flirt, she drinks heavily and enjoys pushing the limits of the rules at Izumo Inn in terms of "indecent behavior". She challenges Minato to prove himself to her, and agrees to become his Sekirei when she witnesses the depth of his love for them. While rarely serious, she is a skilled fighter and one of the strongest Sekirei.Ashikabi: Minato Sahashi
The Ageless: She looks only slightly older than the others, but has been an adult since Homura was an infant.
The Alcoholic: A heavy drinker, almost always at least a little buzzed. Played for comedy at first, but hinted to have darker elements due to her past.
Berserk Button: States she only allows three people to talk down to her. Minato, #01, and the president of MBI.
Beware the Silly Ones: She's flirty, often drunk, and squeals about The Power of Love in the middle of a serious situation. She's also one of the strongest Sekirei, with more combat experience than most put together.
Ethical Slut: Hinted to be one, readily encouraging others to follow their hearts regardless of social expectations/norms, and playfully scolding Minato for worrying about gender and sexuality when it comes to ~love~.
Minato's sixth Sekirei. One of the residents of Izumo Inn, he goes by the alias of "Kagari" and works at a Host Club while concealing his identity as a Sekirei. He also serves as the Sekirei Guardian and wields power over flames, protecting unwinged Sekirei from harassment by humans or attacks by other Sekirei. Stated to be a prototype, his powers are extremely unstable and he has no default gender, though requested to be male. Over time, his body begins to change gender in reaction to Minato and in despair, he attempts to either kill Minaka or himself. After being talked down by Minato and winged, he comes to accept himself.Ashikabi: Minato Sahashi
Absolute Cleavage: Once he's winged, he starts wandering around with his shirt unbuttoned very low. An omake features Minato worrying about how Kagari doesn't seem to realize it, and he's not sure where he's supposed to look anymore.
Aloof Ally: At first before becoming Minato's sixth Sekirei.
Animal Motifs: All his named attacks are themed after snakes or dragons.
Broken Bird: His powers and physical sex are highly unstable, which gives him complicated body and gender issues. As a result of this, he believes himself to be broken and plans to murder Minaka or die trying. His suicide attempt is interrupted by Minato, who convinces him to go on living. He's very slowly beginning to get better.
Gender Bender: Once he began to react to Minato's presence, Homura's body became like that of a female's while retaining his male mind. However, it's heavily implied that the transformation wasn't completed and he retains a certain significant male part.
Hermaphrodite: Implied. Ever since he began to react to Minato, Homura has gained a feminine body structure and breasts, but he compares himself to a slug (an animal with both sexual organs), and implies that while his overall appearance is female, he still has certain male parts intact.
If It's You, It's Okay: He wanted to have a female Ashikabi, but ended up reacting to Minato, a man. Homura isn't happy about it and acts quite Tsundere to Minato, but is slowly accepting his feelings for him.
Interrupted Suicide: Refusing to be a trophy in Minaka's "Game", Homura attempted to commit suicide through self-immolation. Minato and his Sekireis arrived just in time to stop him and Minato winged him, saving his life.
Meaningful Name: Homura simply means "Flame". His alias of "Kagari" also counts, as it was purposefully chosen for its meaning, "Bonfire". He explains it as reflecting his wish to protect and guide unwinged Sekirei. Later, he admits this desire to protect and guide now applies to Minato.
Tsundere: Wasting time acting like he doesn't have feelings for Minato. Homura once punches him in the face right after getting all blushy and dere, for crying out loud. It was most severe when he began to react to Minato, but still has shades of it on occasion. He readily blames Tsukiumi for "infecting" him.
The landlady of Maison Izumo. Her late husband was the head researcher of the Sekirei Plan, giving her considerable insight into its secrets. She is a skilled swordswoman, and offers training to help improve the skills of Minato's Sekirei. In truth, she is Sekirei #01, though she has retired from the game and remains neutral to hold Karasuba in check. Her exact nature is unknown, but she claims to be a being that is not human or Sekirei, and states she is something akin to a goddess.
The Ageless: She hasn't aged at all in the 20 years since Minaka and Takami found her.
God Was My Copilot: Miya keeps her true identity hidden from Minato, Musubi, Kusano, and Tsukiumi for much of the story. After Uzume's termination, she finally reveals herself to Minato and agrees to share all her knowledge with him.
Past Life Memories: She possesses all the collective memories of the other 7 pillars from the past, who she states are all her other selves.
Person of Mass Destruction: Those who know her true identity have stated that if she were to actually fight, the capital would be completely destroyed. Merely speaking to her on the street was enough to make Blood Knight Karasuba so excited that she needed to kill someone RIGHT AWAY.
Yamato Nadeshiko: In addition to looking the part (see the kimono) Miya has the composed, articulate charm of a classic matron. even while training swordfighters. She can deliver deadly warnings with the same sweet civility.
The Discipline Squad is a specialized unit used by MBI to enforce the rules of the Sekirei Plan. Their membership has changed over the years, but their purpose in eliminating threats remains the same. They are the primary antagonists of the series.
An MBI clerk for the pharmaceutical department and Ashikabi of the Disciplinary Squad. He is a deeply cynical person, and harbors a deep hatred of the world because of the death of his lover, a military doctor. To most, he comes across as casual and unconcerned about the events taking place around him, with his true intentions known only to Karasuba.Sekirei: Karasuba, Benitsubasa, Haihane
While Rome Burns: It doesn't matter what kind of chaos the Sekirei Plan has caused or currently causing. He remains calm and isn't bothered. He's angry at the world and no longer cares what happens to it.
White Hair, Black Heart: In the manga, describing himself as "empty" and genuinely unconcerned about the horror Karasuba intends to unleash on the world.
The "Black Sekirei", and longtime member of the Discipline Squad. She is the primary antagonist of the series, and fully intends to destroy humanity if she claims victory. An incredibly skilled swordswoman, she is feared by other Sekirei as a monster because of her strength and blood lust. She longs for the end of the Sekirei Plan, and actively encourages Musubi to become strong enough to challenge her in the final battle.Ashikabi: Natsuo Ichinomi
The Ageless: She looks the same age as other Sekirei, but was an adult when all the others were still infants.
Ax-Crazy: Death, destruction, and suffering are her bread and butter.
Badass: The second most badass (and feared) Sekirei of them all after Miya.
Big Bad: Eagerly awaiting the day she'll become this for Musubi.
Blood Is the New Black: Played straight, and also used for comedy. She's often left splattered with blood after dealing with targets, and a side story parodies this with Musubi's flashback of a Super-Deformed Karasuba coming to tell her about the new Hot Springs that just opened. Arrows point to splatters of blood, noting it to be from her victims.
Blood Knight: She lives to take on strong opponents, which is the only reason she keeps Musubi around as a Morality Pet. She's grooming her to be an opponent worthy of the Final battle.
Close-Call Haircut: Ends up losing her long hair, when she narrowly escapes Kaho's Norito. Since she's pragmatic to the extreme, she uses her coat and lost hair as a decoy....
Coat Cape: She wears her grey coat this way, as did most of the original Discipline Squad.
Combat Sado Masochist: Excited by killing, as well as the very idea of facing opponents capable of killing her. She discusses almost dying at Miya's hands as something positive, and longs to experience it again.
One Woman Army: Once left a pile of corpses for Yume to see, after slaughtering human soldiers.
Psycho for Hire: Really the one reason she's still on the Discipline Squad.
Psycho Lesbian: Obsessed with Yume, and by extension, Musubi. Further hinted at, when Natsuo talks about his deceased lover. His comments about "hating the world where the person he loves no longer exists" makes her think of Yume.
The Rival: To Musubi (or more accurately, to Yume).
Scars Are Forever: Hints at the existence of a scar left from when she almost died at Miya's hands.
Single-Stroke Battle: Dishes these out like candy. She was once on the receiving end of one thanks to Miya, who did it with her BARE HANDS. Karasuba recalls it fondly and wants to experience that "fear and pain" again.
Known by the title of the "Red Sekirei". She has a vicious temper, as well as serious insecurities about her figure, and enjoys causing pain to her opponents. A close-combat fighter, her abilities allow her to cause massive destruction. Completely in denial of her Ashikabi's sexuality, she is often the butt of her squadmate's jokes. After the battle on the bridge, she becomes obsessed with killing Musubi.Ashikabi: Natsuo Ichinomi
A-Cup Angst: Don't tell her she's on the itty bitty titty committee.
Known by the title of the "Blue Sekirei". She is far more laidback than Benitsubasa, and takes any opportunity to mock her over her various shortcomings. Her weapon is a pair of clawed gauntlets, and her body is covered in scars from injuring herself on multiple occasions. Unlike her partner, she is an intelligent and level-headed fighter....as well as completely aware of their Ashikabi's sexuality. She claims to simply admire his personality, but is extremely protective of him and easily flustered when he mentions kissing.Ashikabi: Natsuo Ichinomi
A pharmaceutical company that rose dramatically in prominence roughly twenty years ago, thanks to the discovery of the Sekirei. Utilizing the technology discovered on the crashed vessel, it has become an incredibly powerful company and owns almost everything in the capitol. With their own private military force and the Discipline Squad, the company has almost unlimited resources and command of the city. It oversees the care and maintence of the Sekirei, as well as forcing them to participate in the Sekirei Plan.
The eccentric chairman and founder of MBI, and the father of Minato and Yukari. Hiroto has completely taken over the city with MBI in order to implement Sekirei Plan in which all Sekirei and their Ashikabi must participate.
Nice Shoes: Hidden platforms in his boots, to make him look taller.
Parental Abandonment: It is shown that he hasn't been in touch with his children for years or never met them to begin with. He has shown interest in knowing how Yukari turned out to be, but Takami doesn't want him near their kids.
Parental Abandonment: Well, she didn't abandon her kids per se, but Minato mentions that she worked a lot, so both him and his sister didn't get to spend much time with her. When we do see her, she clearly has a lot going on since she works for MBI.
Scars Are Forever: She's left with a scar down her face, after being attacked by Yomi.
Secret Relationship: Minaka is the father of her children, and is strictly prohibited from joining the Sahashi family or telling anyone he's the father.
Miya's late husband and Seo's best friend. A researcher of the MBI, he was the discoverer of the winging system, Norito, and the existence of the Ashikabi. He was the adjuster of the first generation Disciplinary Squad ( Miya, Matsu, Kazehana, Karasuba, and Mutsu), Homura, Uzume, Hikari, and Hibiki. After witnessing the destructive power of the first generation, he comes to doubt the intentions of Minaka and the change of the S-Plan from scientific study to a battle royale. He eventually comes to oppose the Sekirei Plan, but died stopping an out-of-control Jinki and was never to see his plans through. Seo was given an unspecified task by him, and Miya continues to carry on his will.
The Atoner: He was attempting to be this, before his death.
Take Up My Sword: Minato has unknowingly taken up his goals, thanks in no small part to grooming by Miya and Seo. Seo also seems to have been charged with a yet-to-be-revealed task.
Tragic Dream: He longed to free Miya, and all the other Sekirei as well. Since he wasn't an Ashikabi, freeing Miya was impossible for him and his death prevented him from doing more than laying the foundation for Minato.
The Ashikabi of the South. A wealthy and spoiled teenager, he is known as a collector of Sekirei and aggressively pursues any target that catches his interest. While extremely cunning and ruthless, he is also very childish and treats the Sekirei Plan like a very exciting game rather than a serious life-and-death conflict. Because of this, he tends to stick to the rules and will step in to prevent others from cheating.Sekirei: Mutsu, Akitsu, Yomi, Mitsuha, Mitsuki, Taki, Himeko, Juusa, and Momo
Abduction Is Love: Infamous for aggressively pursuing Sekirei, and forcefully winging them. It's unclear how many of his Sekirei were victims, but the trope is played straight in that they all seem genuinely fond of him.
Abusive Parents: Possibly, in that they're stated to be extremely controlling and threatened to send him off to live alone on the other side of the planet again if he misbehaves a second time.
Adopt the Dog: Invoked in-universe with his relationship with Mutsu, as he's explicitly compared to an "abandoned dog" that Mutsu picked up. In turn, his relationship with Akitsu is one big Pet the Dog moment.
Benevolent Boss: Of the Affably Evil variety, if Hikari's complaints about his Sekirei are anything to go by. Turns out to be true, as his response to Mitsuha's termination is to immediately fret over Akitsu and then order everyone to be careful.
Ditzy Genius: He's book smart, and able to outwit adults.....but he's also got ZERO common sense.
Even Evil Has Standards: Expresses disgust at how Higa treats his Sekirei like disposable things, and wonders if he actually hates them.
Fair Play Villain: Generally, he considers it important to stick to the rules of the Sekirei Plan. This brings him into direct opposition with the East, since Higa continually cheats.
Freudian Excuse: His relationship with his parents is....poor at best. His parents' treatment made him feel like he had no control over his own life, leaving him deeply resentful of the world and terrified of further abandonment. As a result, he calls his defeated Sekirei "useless" and claims to hate them, since they abandoned him.
Jerkass: Arrogant, bratty, and utterly ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He's prone to insulting rival Ashikabi, and considers most people stupid.
Jumped at the Call: He's an enthusiastic participant in the Sekirei Plan, having finally gotten the chance to live a more exciting life.
Karma Houdini: At first. He seems to have escaped punishment for the attack on Takami, possibly because this allowed the "Green Girl" game to occur. However, it's later averted when his karma definitely catches up to him later on. Sanada's realAmazon Brigade slaughter almost all his Sekirei in a matter of moments, with Akitsu sacrificing herself to defeat them.
Keet: Veers into this on occasion, especially when something exciting happens.
Last Name Basis: His butler is the only one who calls him by his personal name, Hayato.
Lonely Rich Kid: Ignored by his parents, and completely friendless until he met Mutsu.
Man in White: Usually dressed in his fancy, all-white suit with gold accents.
Man of Wealth and Taste: His first few appearances suggest this, but it's quickly blown out the window when it's revealed he's simply a bratty teenager.
Moral Myopia: He's not above crossing lines to get what he wants, such as attacking other Ashikabi in his quest to obtain a new Sekirei. However, he reacts poorly to slights against him, even ordering Mutsu to take care of Yukari after she hits him.
Off to Boarding School: It's mentioned that his parents punished him for acting up in the past by sending him to live by himself in America for a while. This seems to have been their version of grounding him.
Old Retainer: His caretaker and driver, Hasegawa. He seems to think the Sekirei are his master's "friends".
Only Friend: During his battle with Sanada, he describes his Sekirei as the only friends he's ever had.
Parental Abandonment: States his parents have always ignored him, other than when he got into trouble or proved useful in raising their status.
Shoo the Dog: To Akitsu, telling her that since she's not really his Sekirei, she doesn't have to fight for him anymore. While she initially fears that she's being discarded again, he makes it clear that isn't the case.
Spoiled Brat: The "lavished with material goods in place of affection" variant.
Villainous Rescue: Rescues Minato and his Sekirei when they're ambushed by Uzume, forcing her to retreat. He later shows up during the assault on Izumo Inn, sending Mutsu to protect Miya and eventually forcing Higa to retreat after lecturing him on his failure as an Ashikabi.
A reserved and serious swordsman, as well as one of the few male Sekirei. He is one of the founding members of the Discipline Squad, and now serves as the bodyguard for the Ashikabi of the South, Mikogami. More often than not, he serves as a Voice Of Reason and attempts to keep his master out of harm's way, a duty that has thus far kept him out of battle. He is noted by his former allies as being a difficult person to get to know, but is deeply devoted to his young master and turns out to be surprisingly kind, even to his enemies.Ashikabi: Hayato Mikogami
Lean and Mean: Subverted. A tall, thin antagonist in black.....who turns out to be a pretty nice guy without any malicious intentions. He, along with Akitsu, are the only Southern Sekirei that aren't Jerkasses.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He states he's got no interest in killing girls. This would put him at a serious disadvantage, since almost all Sekirei are female......but his strength means he rarely has to fight seriously.
A Sekirei that was discarded, after her tuning failed. She is not considered officially part of the Sekirei Plan, but considers Mikogami her master after he took her in. Quiet and subdued, she often forgets to wear her underwear but is one of Mikogami's most trusted and powerful Sekirei. She is a rival to Homura, and has faced him many times in battle.Ashikabi: Hayato Mikogami (Unofficially)
Facial Markings: The Sekirei crest is on her forehead, rather than on her back.
Fate Worse than Death: She can never be winged, the very thing all Sekirei are born to experience. She seems deeply resigned to this, but expresses that she is jealous of Homura because it's a possibility for him.
The Four Loves: Akitsu's main wish is to find someone who will love and care for her.
Freakiness Shame: How Mikogami won her over. When she protested that as a Scrapped Number, she was broken and worthless, he stated it didn't matter....and instead made her special and rare.
Going Commando: It's usually only because she forgets to wear panties, not necessarily by choice.
One of Mikogami's Sekirei, first appearing during the 3rd stage. She expresses sympathy for Hikari and Hibiki's difficult life, but proves to be quite violent and even slightly cruel in battle. She wields a special, double-sided blade as her weapon.Ashikabi: Hayato Mikogami
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: May be one, expressing sympathy for her pathetic, poverty-stricken opponents while promising to kill them.
Cute and Psycho: She's genuinely cute, and cares about her comrades. But she's also thrilled at the idea of slicing up her foes.
Defeat by Modesty: Just barely avoided, as Kuzuri wasn't fighting seriously at the time.
The Ashikabi of the East, and the head of a powerful pharmaceutical company. He is extremely ambitious, cunning, and ruthless to the point that he treats his own Sekirei as disposable tools. Using his influence, he blackmails Uzume into serving him and bribes other Ashikabi into serving him. He opposes the Sekirei Plan, and seeks to undermine MBI's authority.Sekirei: Toyotama, Ichiya, Oriha, Katsuragi, Shi, Sai, Kaie, Oshino, Kujou, Kaiha, and two unnamed.
Abduction Is Love: He is one of the Ashikabi that forcefully wings Sekirei, though he makes it clear love isn't even on the table. He also kidnaps Yukari and intends to marry her. It doesn't work out as he'd planned.
Faux Affably Evil: He usually introduces himself in a very polite manner, often seeming like a reasonable and friendly individual. But he quickly drops this, in favor of showing just how ruthless and cruel he can be.
Green-Eyed Monster: He greatly resents Minato, convinced that the other has benefited so much from his father's position as Gamemaster. Even when he learns Minato was unaware of his father's identity and obtained everything through his own efforts, he continues to hate him.
Humiliation Conga: Goes into a board meeting. Comes out to learn four of his Sekirei have been terminated, his hostage has been rescued, his blackmailed assassin has been terminated, and to top it off? The girl he'd kidnapped with the intention of forcing her to marry him has set fire to his penthouse before escaping. He's understandably less than pleased by the news.
I Will Find You: Promises a defeated Toyotama that he will come for her someday, and asks her to wait for him.
Jerkass: Readily uses other people to accomplish his own goals, using Chiho's life to force Uzume to do his bidding and subjecting his own Sekirei to all manner of emotional abuse.
Kick the Dog: Repeatedly makes it clear to his Sekirei that he has no use for them if they disobey him or fail in any way. In particular, he forces a badly injured Oriha to face Minato's three Sekirei, telling her that he has no further use for her if she can't win. He also treats Uzume this way prior to her termination by his own Sekirei.
Loophole Abuse: During the 3rd Phase of the Sekirei plan when he brings in more Sekirei and claims it's not breaking the rules so long as they don't fight.
Magnetic Hero: A villainous example. He regularly recruits other Ashikabi, often through his claimed goal of ending the Sekirei Plan and allowing all his followers to remain with their Sekirei. He's.....telling the truth about the first part, at least.
Man in White: Prefers a nicely tailored suit in various shades of white and cream.
Meddling Parents: His family, as the senior board members of his company, constantly get in his way. This comes to a head when he's dragged into a meeting with them, and comes out to a Humiliation Conga. He's beyond furious and declares his intention to kill them all someday.
Non-Action Guy: Implied to not be the case, surprisingly enough. Upon witnessing Seo and Sanada's Big Ball of Violence, he remarks that it's a good thing he took up boxing.
Higa:I'm taking over this company by force. Tell that to the old farts. From now on, I do as I want.
Screw The Rules, I'm an Adult: Actually believes that simply because he's 20+ years old, he is exempt from any and all legal, ethical, or moral consequences to his behavior, at least until Mikogami's Reason You Suck Speech. There are numerous examples in the story, but the most ominous is immediately after his Humiliation Conga, when Minaka broadcasts the coming 4th match of the 3rd stage, he proclaims "now I'll show them how an ADULT fights as opposed to little kids running around."
Sharp-Dressed Man: His tailored suits and obvious fashion sense make him stand out from other Ashikabi.
Smug Snake: Oh, so very much. He's the smuggest of the smug, but quickly loses his cool if things don't go his way.
Villainous Breakdown: The cracks are definitely showing in his cool exterior, and at this point he's lost much of his former bite.
Villainous Demotivator: His Sekirei know they have two options: Victory or termination. Several have mentioned being told they couldn't come back unless they were successful.
We Have Reserves: Tends to throw his Sekirei into battle, and makes it clear that he has no more use for them if they can't win.
Xanatos Gambit: His participation in the 3rd Match, as if he managed to win he got a second Jinki. And if he lost, he still only sacrificed his weaker Sekirei while gaining valuable information about his opponents and could still have Uzume steal the Jinki from the winner afterwards. When Uzume was intercepted, he still benefited by being able to order her to lead a direct attack on Maison Izumo. However, things eventually derail after a combination of The Dog Bites Back, the dropping of the Distress Ball, Mikogami's interference, and Minato running his own gambit. Cue his Villainous Breakdown.
One of Higa's first Sekirei, acting as an enforcer for his various schemes. She is a tall woman that fights with a staff. Her defeat at the hands of Musubi has a great impact on Higa.Ashikabi: Higa Izumi
The Dragon: Higa's secretary, and the field handler for all his Sekirei.
Faux Affably Evil: He's completely professional, but just as much of a jerk as his employer.
The Handler: To Uzume, and all the other Sekirei working for Higa.
Moral Dissonance:(actually legal dissonance) Knowing he's an accomplice to aggravated kidnapping, and illegal imprisonment (both felonies) his immediate response upon seeing Higa's penthouse on fire is to rebuke Yukari "You set the fire, didn't you? That is a crime, you know." She immediately calls him out on it.
Smug Snake: Seems his greatest joy in life is (as handler) to openly torment those already under Higa's heel. Case in point, telling a distressed Uzume "you don't have much time left" regarding Chiho's health, and he does so with a cruel smile.
Stoic Spectacles: Calm and composed, at least when he's not directly in the line of fire.
Villainous Friendship: Type 1, as it seems he and Higa are genuinely good friends that care for the others well being.
The Ashikabi of the West. Though a hot-tempered and violent biker, he is actually a good person that deeply cares for his trio of Sekirei. After befriending Seo, he is convinced to become another of Minato's ally and supports him during the 4th match. He is something of a pervert, and seems to develop a crush on almost every woman he meets.Sekirei: Kuzuri, Kujika, Shijime, Chiyo, Yuna, and Hatae
Amazon Brigade: The South and East Ashikabi each had a dozen or more Sekirei under their command. Minato has six, almost all of which are Single Numbers. And Sanada, the fourth Ashikabi that controls territory in the city? He's got three, but is still considered a threat by the others. This is because he actually has six Sekirei, and his concealed Sekirei are ruthless and powerful low-digits.
Amazon Chaser: Thinks Miya's strength makes her even more attractive.
Hot-Blooded: The hottest of all! He shouts, throws punches, and emotes with the best of them.
I Am Not Left-Handed: In his battle against Mikogami, he reveals that he actually has six Sekirei. His real Amazon Brigade proceed to tear through most of Mikogami's Sekirei in moments, and are strong enough to prove a challenge to Single Numbers like Mutsu and Akitsu.
Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: He proudly declares that he's never caught a cold. Mikogami thinks this makes perfect sense, pointing out the belief about idiots being immune to colds. Sanada...is less than amused.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may seem like a thug, but he's actually a pretty decent guy. At least, if you don't accidentally piss him off.
Leeroy Jenkins: Unlike Seo, his general strategy seems to be limited to "jump into battle and hit things". Because most Ashikabi are Non Action Guys, this usually works out for him.
Shijime: These are the sleeves of my pledge, smash and clear the wall before my Ashikabi.
Kuzuri: These are the heels of my pledge, smash and clear the wall before my Ashikabi.
Kujika: These are the elbows of my pledge, smash and clear the wall before my Ashikabi.
Clothing Combat: Shijime's Norito implies her sleeves are her weapon. Kuzuri also uses the pair of straps hanging from her top to parry attacks, showing they are strong enough to withstand blows from another Sekirei's sword.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: They're constantly off in their own world, and rarely see the seriousness of a situation.
Humans with a special genetic trait that allows them to bond with Sekirei, a process known as "Winging".
Blessed with Suck: Having a beautiful Magical Girlfriend? Awesome. Having to watch her fight to the death against another Magical Girlfriend, knowing the odds are stacked against you and losing means never seeing her again? Yeah, not so awesome. Little surprise that most Ashikabi are desperate to escape the Sekirei Plan.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Many Ashikabi experienced this in some form, prior to encountering their Sekirei. Minato and Haruka were both losers unable to find their place in the world, while Oosumi and Mikogami both experienced extreme boredom and acted out in an effort to fill that missing something. All Ashikabi find their purpose, and tend to undergo significant changes as people once bonding with their Sekirei.
Devoted to You: Sekirei are naturally devoted to their Ashikabi, to one degree or another.
Half-Human Hybrid: Modern Ashikabi are the descendents of ancient Sekirei and their human masters, and are as a result not completely human.
The first Ashikabi that Minato encounters, Seo is a shady but kind-hearted man that becomes one of his most vital allies. His Sekirei are the twins Hikari and Hibiki, and he was once the best friend of the deceased scientist, Takehito Asama. This friendship allowed him to learn many secrets about the Sekirei, and also granted him a special ability that allows him to weaken enemy Sekirei.Sekirei: Hikari and Hibiki
Hidden Heart of Gold: Beneath his tough exterior, he's actually.....a pretty decent guy, and becomes one of Minato's most important allies.
House Husband: Surprisingly enough. Before Miya got the hang of married life, he was the one that handled all the domestic stuff for Takehito. Miya teasingly refers to him as an "adulterer" for keeping house for her husband.
The Strategist: He formulates the plan to help Kuno and Haruka escape the city. He also helped Minato to find Kusano when she first appeared. And in the end of Season 2, he's hired by Higa to break into MBI's headquarters and steal their company secrets.
Supreme Chef: Really! He's the one that taught Miya how to cook.
Twin Threesome Fantasy: Proudly declares he was late to the 4th Match because the twins "kept him up all night". The embarrassed reaction from the twins and Hibiki's pleas about children being present suggests he wasn't making it up.
Minato's younger sister, a cheerful but violent girl obsessed with pretty boys. After becoming Shiina's Ashikabi, she promises to help him find Kusano and hunts other Ashikabi looking for information. This leads to her earning the title of the "Devil Ashikabi", making her something of an urban legend feared by other pairs. She is completely unaware that her brother is also an Ashikabi, and that Kusano is one of his Sekirei.Sekirei: Shiina
Big Bad: How she's seen in the Ashikabi community.
Big Brother Worship: She does it without even knowing she does it. The majority of the reason she likes Shiina in the first place are because of his similar qualities to Minato.
Bi the Way: Equally excited by pretty boys and big breasts.
Daddy's Little Villain: Played with, since she's considered a monster by other Ashikabi. Yukari isn't exactly evil, but she's certainly just as ruthless as her father and regularly hospitalizes other Ashikabi.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After finding out that Kuu is with Minato and somehow managing to survive the end of the Third Stage, Yukari and Shiina exit the game via a raft as it starts the Final Stage.
Skinship Grope: She's often trying to cop feels on the big breasted women running around.
Wife-Basher Basher: Ruthlessly deals with anyone that makes girls cry, which leads to hilarity when she mistakenly believes Minato was mistreating Kusano and kicks him across the room, then threatens to kill him.
Voiced by: Sayori Ishizuka (JP), Kara Edwards (EN, as Janét Mason)
Chiho is Uzume's Ashikabi, and has been confined to a hospital since the death of her parents. Suffering from a terminal and incurable disease, she feels helpless to do anything for Uzume, who she knows is hiding something from her. Because of her condition, the owner of the hospital (Higa) is able to blackmail Uzume into working for him.Sekirei: Uzume
Brown Eyes: Big brown eyes to emphasize her kindness and innocence.
An Ashikabi with many things in common with Minato, including living in his old apartment. His sekirei, Kuno, is extremely weak and unable to fight, so he requests Minato's help in escaping from the capital. Though prone to mocking Kuno as weak and useless, he is kind-hearted and loves her deeply.Sekirei: Kuno
Earn Your Happy Ending: A letter sent to Minato reveals what happened to them after the escape. They're happily living with Haruka's parents, after a vague explanation of them being engaged. His parents ADORE her.
Kaho's Ashikabi, an intelligent and level-headed young man that aids Minato during the 4th match. He knows quite a bit about the Sekirei Plan, and is considered one of the serious contenders that could win. After Yukari quits the Sekirei Plan, he is the only Ashikabi left with only a single Sekirei.Sekirei: Kaho
Androcles Lion: Helps Minato during the 4th match, to express his gratitude towards Homura for protecting his Sekirei in the past.
She is a resident of Izumo Inn, and becomes good friends with Minato and his Sekirei. However, she is being blackmailed by Higa and forced to hunt down other Sekirei in violation of the rules. This double-life weighs heavily on her, and she is desperate to keep her secret from Chiho and her friends. Eventually, she flees Izumo Inn and embraces her role as the Sekirei Hunter. After Minato successfully rescues Chiho, she sacrifices herself to protect her friends.Ashikabi: Chiho Hidaka
Death of a Thousand Cuts: One of her special moves involves doing this literally, by wrapping her target in her veil and then SHREDDING them with thousands of tiny cuts. It's one of the more vicious attacks in the series.
Heroic Sacrifice: Throws herself in the way to protect Minato (manga) or Musubi (anime).
Iconic Outfit: Out of all the Sekirei clothes we've seen, from kimonos to battle wear, Uzume is known for pretty much being the most normal-looking Sekirei when not in battle mode. Simple jeans and a shirt, not standing out at all.
The twin sister of Hibiki. She is a violent and bad-tempered woman, with lightning powers. Originally, she and her sister attacked Musubi (and other unwinged Sekirei), but she becomes an important ally to Minato's group. Often physically violent towards Seo, electrocuting or hitting him when he angers her.Ashikabi: Seo Kaoru
Shoot the Dog: The twins hunt and attack unwinged Sekirei, stating it's better to defeat them before they're able to find their Ashikabi. After all, they're almost certainly a Red Shirt and destined to have their bond broken in the end.
The twin sister of Hikari. She has power over lightning, and is soft-spoken and kind, compared to her more violent sister. Together with her sister, she hunted unwinged Sekirei and attacked Musubi. However, she quickly becomes an important ally of Minato's group and attempts to temper her sister's more aggressive behavior.Ashikabi: Seo Kaoru
Shoot the Dog: The twins hunt and attack unwinged Sekirei, stating it's better to defeat them before they're able to find their Ashikabi. After all, they're almost certainly a Red Shirt and destined to have their bond broken in the end.
Stripperiffic: Minato even comments on it, comparing it to S&M gear.
He is very soft-spoken and kind, and considers Kusano his younger sister. His powers are related to death, and he is known as the "Death God" Sekirei, with many urban legends surrounding him. While extremely powerful, he dislikes violence and expresses remorse for having to hurt others in battle. After Higa kidnaps Yukari, he is briefly forced to join Uzume in hunting other Sekirei.Ashikabi: Yukari Sahashi
Badass: There is a reason why he is known as the "Death God", despite being so kind-hearted. His powers are very destructive. Shiina eliminates most of his opponents without much effort, and practically destroys Yashima in one hit.
Badass Adorable: No one expects such a cute, gentle boy to kick so much ass.
Psychic Link: With Kuu, heightening the fact that they were pretty much designed to complement one another. Shiina and Kuu appear to sense how the other is faring, and are capable of knowing if the other is nearby.
Shinigami: The symbolism is heavily tied to his character, powers, and reputation.
Shout-Out: "World's End Garden", his first Norito shares it's name with a short story by the same author.
Standard Female Grab Area: A rare male example. Mikogami is able to restrain him simply by grabbing his wrist, requiring Yukari to intervene and rescue him. This, after his first appearance had established that Shiina was already a powerful Sekirei with a Touch of Death.
Cowardly Lion: Using her Norito against the Discipline Squad most likely saved them all, by giving Tsukiumi more time to arrive.
Cute Clumsy Girl: Unlike most Sekirei, she's incredibly weak and clumsy. But she's cute enough that Haruka forgives her for being useless.
Earn Your Happy Ending: A letter sent to Minato reveals what happened to them after the escape. They've happily living with Haruka's parents, after a vague explanation of them being engaged. Haruka's parents ADORE her.
A strong and exceptionally skilled Sekirei, wielding a naginata in battle. Her Ashikabi is Oosumi Orihiko, who she found with Homura's assistance. She is extremely honorable and kind-hearted, but takes her role as a warrior very seriously. A long-time friend of Musubi, the two share a significant history and have promised to face each other in battle. After Yukari decides to quit and flees the capital, Orihiko and Kaho become the last remaining group with only a single Sekirei.Ashikabi: Oosumi Orihiko
Action Girlfriend: The first few times, Oosumi was a bit frightened of how eager she is for a good fight.
Androcles Lion: Homura once protected her as the Guardian, leading her to rescue his Ashibaki when they meet in the 3rd Stage.
Badass: Only the second person ever shown to have successfully landed a blow on Karasuba.
An Ashikabi that approaches Minato during the 3rd Stage, and proposes a mass escape attempt. However, he is cold-hearted towards the plight of other pairs and even mocks those he defeated in the past. After mocking Haruka and Kuno, his request is rejected and he is forced to flee when discovered by the Discipline Squad. Karasuba later terminates his Sekirei, and he is taken into custody.Sekirei: Nanami
A Sekirei that is tricked into accepting a bounty placed on Yukari and Shiina. She survives the battle, and later appears during the 4th Match. However, when she realizes that Yukari is taking part, she retreats from the match. Later on, it is revealed that she somehow escaped the capital and ended up in Kyoto. There, she and her Ashikabi encountered Haruka and Kuno, passing on valuable information to them about the goings-on in the capital.Ashikabi: Tsudanuma Osamu
Chekhov's Gunman: Osamu and Narashino are first introduced in an omake, and appear again to cause a mass retreat from the 4th Match. Then a later chapter reveals they escaped the capital, and befriended Haruka and Kuno. Their information prompts Haruka to write a letter to Minato, which provides him with an extra boost of resolve.
A Sekirei that wields a massive halberd, and managed to win the 2nd match. She celebrates her victory with her Ashikabi, Takano Kouji, but was attacked and terminated by two of Higa's agents in order to steal the Jinki.Ashikabi: Takano Kouji