I haven’t gotten on the TWILIGHT hate train, myself. Sure, the portions I’ve caught while flipping through channels on cable have looked as utterly ridiculous as I've been told to expect, but I think it’s unfair to rag on something so clearly unintended for your particular “demo.” Lord knows, I’ve enjoyed plenty of “guy movies,” metal and pro wrestling that nobody without a Y chromosome will ever be expected to enjoy. I’m also not somebody who sees much use in lavishing the amount of effort the Twi-Haters use in voicing their disapproval of the Twi-Hards. You only get so much so much leisure time in a week, why not fixate it entirely on things that you, you know, you enjoy?
Then again, I haven’t been ever forced to marathon the movies by a girlfriend. That might change my attitude considerably...
All the same, I won’t hesitate to come down on this SEKIREI thing because, unlike TWILIGHT, its attempts at fantasy are, indeed, "targeted at my demo." Or at least one I’ve been a part of. Look, there’s a whole chunk of fantasy that’s dedicated to fulfilling the fantasies of young, lonely, often geeky guys. You’ll have a kid fretting about how things aren’t going his way - - especially on the ladies side - - and then… POOF! A gorgeous genie girl literally falls into his life and turns his world upside down because she’s so inexplicably infatuated with him.
I suppose it’s the other side of the kind of wish that TWILIGHT grabs at. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with it but, at least something like WEIRD SCIENCE has some plot and some humor so it isn’t just about that sex fantasy. SEKIREI has almost nothing else going for it except big boobies (and at least you can see the nipples because it’s an adult show!) I think the ire about the "manic pixie dream girl" is unwarranted a lot of the time but, good lord, this girl's otherworldly mix of naive innocence and sexual aggression is impossible to believe.
I'll leave it to somebody smarter to put it in some big essay about gender roles in pop culture. Myself, I just thought it was dumb.
Watch this episode "Sekirei" below and decide for yourself.