Sasha is partnered with Hana as his new Maria. They infiltrate an all-girls academy, forcing Sasha to crossdress, in search of a Qwaser-related artifact called the Magdalena of Thunder which has appeared in one of the students. However, they have some competition in their search of it.
Yes, it is true. The first season of Seikon No Qwaser started out great and ended with a decent cliffhanger. However, the continuation of the series (Seikon No Qwaser II) follows Sasha and Hana as they search for the Magdalena of Thunder, supposedly inactive and hiding within a girl at the Roman Curia Surei Academy. Sounds interesting, right? In the first six episodes, Sasha is dressed as a woman in an all girls school where the technology to expand and focus your mind has been used as a way to bait girls of various backgrounds to attend the Academy. Members of the Adepts start to show up to complicate matters and things begin to get heated as the presence of the Magdalena of Thunder is revealed to be inside the Academy, hidden deep beneath the flesh of a young woman. The idea is promising...
...Until the episodes following the sixth just begin to drag. Disappointing, really. This is where the show really began to nose dive into a downward spiral - and frankly, suicide!
Most of the episodes were fillers with no real intention to further the plot of the story. Every now and again, a character would slightly develop or would come to a sudden realization surrounded by a clusterfuck of fan-service. A COLOSSAL AMOUNT OF FAN-SERVICE.
You want cleavage? YOU'VE GOT IT!
You want boobies that jiggle for no reason? YOU'VE GOT IT!
You want breasts of every shape and size? YOU'VE GOT IT.
Unfortunately, the clusterfuck of fan-service actually killed the plot of the show. It felt as though in every episode, the mangaka left a pair of boobs lying around purely for the sake of his viewers to sit around and gawk at them. A little fan-service is good, yes, but it became more of a hassle to finish the series as the show very slowly progressed.
The last episode was engaging and yet, it felt somewhat rushed. Most of the action and deepening of the plot took place within the last 24 minutes of the series, leaving yet another cliffhanger at the end.
ART :: The art of the show was the same as the previous season's. A few times, the author had failed to correlate speech with lip movement in minor scenes or forgot to draw a movement to a sound, but nothing too serious. The detail of the characters and their wardrobe has improved since the last season, but the background is still rather average.
SOUND :: I highly enjoyed the opening and ending themes. Upbeat, funky, and melancholy, the song "Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou" by Faylan was well done, but definitely does NOT compare to the first season’s “Baptize” OP. On the contrary, "Metaphor" by Shoujo Byou, the ending theme, is my favorite from the Seikon series by far. If anything, the ending OP adds to what the anime is trying to define as the atmosphere of the show.
CHARACTER :: Not much development, if very minimal. Aside from the goofy and unnecessary fan-service of the show, there were hardly any slots open for serious character interaction. What has developed between the main characters in the first series stays relatively stagnant throughout the production. New characters emerge from the foreground, but are eventually shouldered to the side after the recovery of the Magdalena of Thunder; this, despite the maturation of the characters. Only one character from Surei Academy appears throughout the remainder of the episodes, but her appearances are primarily reserved for Ekaterina.
Not much. I rated this a 6 [enjoyment & overall] because the story lacked any real meat, there was hardly any action or development of the plot, the characters were static, and almost everything was sugar-coated with filler episodes. Seikon No Qwaser II ended up becoming a giant boob-sucking travesty, rather than a form of entertainment. read more
To put it simply I was disappointed with this second series, it shouldn't have even been made.
In the first season there was your usual beginning, middle and end. There were interesting relationships between the characters and some character development. I thoroughly enjoyed it and if you did as well then don't bother with the second season. The second season started out with some semblance of a plot, a goal if you will. However this was all over by the fifth or sixth episode and to be honest it wasn't even very satisfying. From then on it is pretty much half a series of random mini stories that don't really entertain. There is also a whole lot more ecchi this time around, which is fine for some, however it looks as though they exchanged any pretense of a storyline for more fanservice. There's an extremely weird ending too.
All character development ended with the first season. That's really the only way you can put it. If you were looking for a continuance of some of the romances and rivalries don't bother, they pretty much continue on as they were when the first season left off.
This did not leave me hanging out for more. If there is a third season I doubt I'll bother watching it. Usually I try to find some good points in an any but there just weren't any for me this time around. There may have been a few moments that I laughed throughout the series however this was more because of the ridiculous non-existant plot rather than anything intentional. When is comes down to it, how can you rate an anime in which nothing at all happened?read more
** THIS IS A NEW SERIES SO THERE ARE ONLY A FEW EPISODES OUT. 3 ARE RELEASED AT THE TIME OF THIS REVIEW **
So I'm assuming you know what Seikon No Qwaser is all about if you're interested in Season 2, but if you aren't then I'll give you a brief intro (this might have some manga stuff thrown in since I read/watched both).
Basically the male protagonist Sasha came to Japan under the orders of a group called "Athos" to prevent the opposing side, the "Adepts" from obtaining some amazing power in Season 1. The Adepts are made up of Qwasers (people who have abilities related to the elements of the periodic table. For instance: Sasha (Alexander) is the Iron Qwaser, so he can manipulate Iron).
HERE IS THE REVIEW NOW :)
* STORY *
~ Much like every other second season opening you are thrown into a fresh new atmosphere and slowly things are explained to you about what happened between the final episode of the previous season and this current episode. So far the story seems to be progressing slowly but surely, however around episode 3 is when I began to feel some sort of "excitement" flowing through me. I won't spoil it but it's the first time that you see an old friend make an appearance other then Hana, who is introduced in episode 1, so that's not much of a spoiler anyways.
* ART *
~ I don't think the artwork has changed much, or maybe since it's 2011 more sites have the "high quality" releases then the previous season. Seikon No Qwaser Season 2 is a tradeoff in terms of looks. If you prefer for it to look really nice then say goodbye to the "Ecchi scenes". Much like the first season, the higher quality releases cover up the "good parts" with a yellow glare -___-
Yeah I know, it bothers me too. But if you're impatient like me, you will attempt to find the uncensored version but only find the first season episodes. So just deal with it for now lol.
* Sound *
~ I always felt like the OP for Seikon No Qwaser was more exciting then the ending which I feel is true for the second season. The ending for both the first season and the second season scare the sh*t out of me. It's just so hardcore and deathly ( or at least the second season is, I usually just go to the next episode before I hear enough of the endings :P )
* Character *
~ Can't really say much yet since only 3 episodes are out but Sasha has retained his "openness" rather then reverting back to his cold demeanor thanks to Mafuyu (gotta love her), although Mafuyu hasn't been shown yet since her and Katja have apparently gone to train elsewhere in order to get stronger.
The new characters introduced however are something new and exciting. Some more backstory is shown and a few new faces appear, and also some old ones. Mostly adept members so far.
* Enjoyment *
By the time I started watching Season 2 there was already 2 episodes out so I didn't have to wait too long to wonder what was going to happen next. The 3rd episode really got me feeling "excited" again since the first 2 were a bit bland. This is of course due to a guest appearance by a familiar person from Season 1.
**** OVERALL *****
I feel like if you enjoyed Season 1 you will definitely enjoy Season 2. It has the breast sucking, and the fight scenes and a little bit more. Although I haven't seen Mafuyu and the gang yet, I personally loved Mafuyu :3 (she was such a sweetheart), the new characters sort of make up for it.
At least Hana is there to keep things lively since she's Katjas slave no matter what haha.
~ I'll probably change this as the episodes go on. read more
I've watched the first season straight through in one sitting, it was pretty good if you are into that sort-of thing. (Which I am, 10/10!) I was happy to see that this anime got a second season too! It was just more enjoyment to be had. God have mercy on my poor soul. I watched the first two episodes of the new season, without ruining TOO much of the plot here's what I've got for you:
Sasha is now pretending to be a girl (poorly) and sucking everyone's breasts which they seem to be fine with. Hana is now Sasha's maria, which is a horrible match-up. If Hana was willing to go into this organization to be with Katja, why wouldn't Mafuyu? Why wouldn't they send Katja to this mission instead of Sasha? She IS a girl, and she has that *cuteness* to get all the girls to like her, as proven in season one.
Story: 1 (0 if I could) - the very plot is flawed, the execution is pathetic, it's even more ridiculous than most of the nonsensical parts of season 1.
Art: 5 - People say this is higher quality, they call it higher quality, It looks MUCH worse than the way Season 1 was done. I guess I'm just a sucker for the old way.
Sound: 8 - Not too many subbed anime have a "sound" problem of any kind, though it has been an issue on a few anime I'm sure.
Character 3 - Why 3? Sasha isn't Sasha if he can't be as blunt as he was in Season 1. Hana isn't Hana if she doesn't have Katja to give her a "roundness" that she had in Season 1 (A fully developed personality)
Enjoyment 1 - Pathetic is right. They saw some of the bright points of Season 1, and made this anime a string of breast sucking. Fine, we like how they suck breasts... tone it back a bit!
Overall 3 - I am forced into giving this a 3. It's only poor, not pathetic. Which is just because, while the art isn't as good as season 1, it's still not TERRIBLE. and the sound is of decent quality. That's 2 points higher than it would have gotten based on how I feel about it personally.
If you liked season 1, and you liked how the relationships developed, you enjoyed seeing Sasha put people back in their place... This anime is NOT for you. Stop at Season 1, I'll continue to watch this anime (probably just the ending) to see if Sasha returns to you-know-where (Don't want to spoil season 1!)
Oh yeah, I forgot something: While I'm still on this site to hopefully prevent you from wasting your life watching this:
Part of this story takes place in virtual reality! Yeah. Nuff said. *wipes hands together and shows you the palms* This is a HORRIBLE attempt at a second season. Avoid it like the plague! Shield your eyes! Or prepare to have your thoughts and feelings about the first season one bent over a chair right in front of you.read more