The St. Mikhailov Academy student Oribe Mafuyu comes across a mysterious silver haired boy. He is called a Qwaser, a being that draws power from Soma and is able to manipulate a specific element. And now, in the 21st century, the mystery revolving around an Icon turns the academy into the battlegrounds for the fight between the Qwaser!
Seikon no Qwaser had two volumes published in English as The Qwaser of Stigmata by Tokyopop from August 10, 2010 to March 1, 2011 before the publisher went defunct. It has been published in Italian by J-POP since October 12, 2007.
Seikon no Qwaser is my favorite manga series. In my opinion it is one of the best battle shounen series there is (other battle shounen do execute things as well as Seikon no Qwaser, maybe even slightly better, but SnQ is still the one who speaks to me the most).
Thought I should start with the art since I don’t have much to say about it besides the fact that seeing it evolve over the run of the manga is very interesting and later on the high contrast art, where a lot of things are either completely black or white without much grey, looks very appealing.
on to the fights, a crucial aspect of a battle shounen, the most important thing about them are the qwaser powers, which allow their users to control one specific element of the periodic table and are fueled by soma, a substance that is not technically breastmilk (at least in the manga) but serves as a stand in for it in terms of fanservice scenes involving it.
The information above regarding qwaser powers is what you can find everywhere, what you won’t find anywhere, unless you read the manga, is how well developed the concept of these powers is without ever needing to give us an exposition dump. We learn the details of how these powers work, such as the 5 levels of control over it and their wave like behavior, slowly as we go through the story.
The best thing about qwaser powers is how almost all qwaser have around the same “power level”, with the only ones who seem stronger or weaker than the rest being mentioned as such. Due to having to manipulate chemical elements fights come down to how much of that element can be found in the surrounding area, whether or not the fighters know each other’s elements and fighting styles and how does each qwaser make use of their element instead of coming down to who has the higgest “power level”.
As I mentioned previously, in SnQ we receive information regarding qwaser powers slowly rather than in a big exposition scene, this is something that doesn’t just apply to said powers, we rarely ever get big exposition scenes in the series that aren’t relating to real world events since those are the only ones that are harder to integrate organically into the story. One of the strengths of this series is how we receive new information naturally as it progresses and how well set up and foreshadowed things are.
The characters are also interesting and the main cast gets a lot of development and growth over the course of the series, which is easy to notice due to the way that certain scenes parallel each other in this manga, letting us see how the character has changed by responding differently to two similar situations.
Finally, it should be mentioned that SnQ brings up some philosophical themes, mostly regarding utilitarianism, deontology, free will and determinism as the story goes on but explaining those would require spoilers so all I can do is mention them in hopes that it will peak your curiosity.
For a more in-depth analysis of the series (containing spoilers) check my blog on MAL.
This manga sets out to do one thing. Be a borderline porn. And it does it well.
Basically, some people are able to bend certain metals to their will and to do that they use this....liquid which is essentially mana. Guess where that mana comes from? That's right! Anime tiddies. Bottles are overrated so they suck it straight from the source. That's it, the rest doesn't matter.
If you're looking for manga, with decent art, that has ungodly amount of tits in it with nudity and a couple of superpowered fights sprinkled on top of it, this is what you're looking for.
If you require
decent writing, plot and character development, avoid this like your sick neighbor in 1350's Europe.
Oh yeah, it also has anime adaptation, it's....exactly what you would expect it to be like. A good ecchi series.
An unique idea isn't necessarily a well thought-out idea.
That seems to be an accurate description of the modern Anime/Manga Franchises. While each series may be unique in some instances, and perhaps more and more deviant and attempts to be unique. For example, a main character that turns into a dog in one of the more recent shows that's airing, or some of the more infamous titles, such as Sword Art Online.
But enough of that, let's get a good look at what Seikon no Qwaser is about.
Set in a Japanese Eastern Orthodox High School, Seikon no Qwaser takes an unique concept of using female lactation as
a source of power. While this idea is pretty much unique to the series itself(unless some 18+ Series happen to use this plot device as well), that uniqueness pretty much ends there.
Seikon no Qwaser while having it's chance to turn itself to an interesting series, practically squanders every chance that it has gotten.
In essence, the plot is pretty much irrelevant. What matter is fanservice to boobs and guro fetishists. If it isn't clear enough by this point, the usage of boobs is nothing more to serve you with young and pretty girls.
While the boobs + hot girls + Fights formula is pretty much time-tested and is a sure success to some degrees in the Anime/Manga industry, it certainly is also a sure ticket to mediocrity when misused. The story starts off in a promising fashion, but is quickly deterioated by the dropping of multiple points that was previously relevant.
The coherency of the story is very low. Why a Qwaser would be located in a Japanese High School is poorly explained and seems like it's only there to induce melodrama. Why most of the Qwasers would be high school kids, or the fact the protagonist is 13 years old, is just there made for you to swallow down.
Now, having the "Kids save the world" theme is certainly nothing new, and is rather a cliche. The religion as a basis for magic is also nothing new, and is rather cool. But no explanation that's rational is ever give to explain it, while the author pretentiously gives scientific explanation on the properties of the matters, even if he seems to be unknowledgeable about girls not having breast milk until impregnated.(Their powers is to control an element, in case you did not read the synopsis)
If you are looking for a coherent plot, prepare to be confused! Characters literally jump out of nowhere in between transitions. For one chapter, a girl who's "genki" would start talking in the middle of nowhere, and another girl who's shown in a few pages back would jump out of no where and challenge that girl for no apparent reason! Everything in this series, the placements and coincidences all seem to be arranged for one thing: More boobs!
And that leads me to the next point, the characters. While not expected to have any excellent characters, the series is shockingly bad at portraying real people. The main character is the stereotypical ice-hearted revenge boy, another character is the airhead with big boobs, another is a protective main heroine, and a manipulative loli who dominates people, along with various psychotic individuals from the antagonistic side. But other than the main protagonist, not many characters made me care about them. From time to time, a "sad past" is used, but then the character is pretty much used up and then thrown away. Numerous characters accept the Dominatrix Loli's seduction(Keep in mind this girl is 11 years old), and other tactics, almost immediately accept themselves as her "Slave", and begins to call her "-sama". Realistic! And not only that, the main characters, such as one of the slave girls of the loli, are mostly normal humans before the events of the story. Yet the characters accept the supernatural occurances, such as the Qwasers manuiplation of elements with relative ease. And the slave girl even left her home for who knows how long, but none of her family members is shown to care...
The dialogue is also nothing special. The characters general have a catchphrase that is thrown out in a cheesy fashion, such as the main character "tremble in fear!" Every time he defeats a villain, or is about to. The characters engage in discussion in a stereotypical fashion, and most of the word bubbles are either babble, or filled with moans, or an idea of a moan, anyhow. The exchanges in general doesn't seem to be well thougt-out
And Finally, the art. The characters, except maybe sasha, are all drawn with average drawing skills. the background is mostly blank, and next to all the Russian characters are drawn with Blonde hair, typical of Japanese perception of Western people. The breast is the most well-drawn part of any of the characters, you might like the art style' simplisticness, though. Most of the characters' faces look similar, but the distinction is mostly in the eyes. Lots kf cliched expressions such as a character talking with one eye shut for no apparent reason. But again, that might be what you like.
Some of the designs, though, are relatively cool, even if they made no sense.
In conclusion, Seikon no Qwaser has an interesting idea, but fails to comprehensively deliver it's characters, story, or just events in general as something cohesive. You may like it, but this one if given thought, will fail you.
The breasts are rather well-drawn, and the amount of guro in the series is rather high when certain characters are introduced.
Try not to look for comedy or a coherent plot when watching this, if you still decide to do so.
STORY: Seikon no Qwaser has a great story except for all the ecchi parts. I mean, everytime they do the breastfeeding thing, I get shruggs... I actually learned about science and russian history with this manga.
ART: I really liked the art although it may have been a bit over the top with the boobs. Their weapons also had great designs.
CHARACTER: The characters were nice but they didn't have that deep personlity where you get dragged with what thy have to tell.
ENJOYMENT: Yes, it was enjoying but I don't really like it when it comes to all the naked scenes. It's like you get into the
drive of the story and then comes a scene where you have to turn to the page really fast unless you wanna see a naked body.
OVERALL: I recommend it for those who really like ecchi. Other than the ecchi factor, this manga has battles that gives scientific details. If you can stand all the ecchiness, then reading this won't be a problem because it has a great plot even if part of it is the breastfeeding ritual.
P. S. You can learn about Science and Russian history with this manga.