- Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)
Minato Sahashi (佐橋 皆人, Sahashi Minato?) is the male protagonist of the series. Minato's known family consists of his mother (Takami), his grandmother (whom Minato stated could live another 100 years), and his younger sister Yukari. Recently it was revealed that Hiroto Minaka, the MBI's director and CEO, is Minato's father. Minato is highly intelligent, yet due to his inability to cope under pressure has failed the college entrance exam twice, and as a result he has been repeatedly insulted. Despite possessing a keen intellect, Minato is usually quite dense and simple-minded.
Minato first meets Musubi after failing his college exam for the second time while she was being attacked by other Sekireis. After her body reacts with his, she kisses him, activating her powers in the process. As a consequence of this meeting, Minato discovers that he is an "Ashikabi", a human with special genes that allows him to activate a Sekirei's powers through a process called "winging". This process also bonds the Sekirei to him and allows them to use their full power in the elimination battle. After becoming an Ashikabi, Minato is forbidden by MBI from leaving the city under the threat of facing MBI's deadly Disciplinary Squad. In the beginning of the story, Minato possesses a passive and somewhat cowardly personality. As time passes, due to the kindness and love of his Sekirei and his desire to protect them, he becomes more confident and "manly". Minato often places himself in the path of danger to spare his Sekirei from harm, and avoids situations that pose a high risk of danger to prevent his Sekirei from engaging in needless fighting. Many consider these actions cowardly, however Minato is aware that his Sekirei will have to fight to survive, and sees no reason for engaging in battle unless absolutely necessary. These actions have greatly endeared him to his Sekirei.
Before the beginning of the "Third Stage", Minato "winged" six Sekirei. The six physically reacted to him prior to winging, with the first five choosing him as their Ashikabi. Musubi, Kusano, and Matsu were winged in the game's "First Stage", and Tsukiumi, Kazehana, and Homura were winged in the "Second Stage", earning him recognition as the strongest Ashikabi in the northern part of the city. As a result, he received the title "Ashikabi of the North" (北の葦牙, Kita no Ashikabi?), with few using his given name as a result of Minato being falsely described as an Ashikabi with a "shady" background. Many individuals think that Minato's role is the key to foiling MBI's ultimate plans for the Sekirei. By the end of the Third Stage, Minato is seen with some advantages against the other remaining contestants as he is the only Ashikabi with two Jinki in his possession, being one stolen by Matsu and other won in battle, and for having winged the most Sekirei among the single numbers being four at total (not including Musubi who inherited the powers of Yume, another single number) while receiving guidance from Miya, who despite not participating in the Sekirei Fight, is known as the strongest Ashikabi of all.
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