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Seikon no Qwaser – Volume 1

Posted by FuyuKaze on July 16, 2009

The story takes place on the grounds of St. Mihailov Academy, a Japanese Eastern Orthodox school, and draws heavily on religious references from the aforementioned religion. Here it follows the trials and hardship of two of its students, Oribe Mafuyu and Tomo Yamanobe, until the encounter with a mysterious, silver-haired, Russian boy named Alexander, or Sasha for short. This pits them and the whole school in an all-out war between the Church itself and the so-called “Adepts”, a sect of individuals wielding powers linked to the elements of chemistry. Though based on the common magical girl concept shown in series such as Sailor Moon, the story diverges in depicting extreme acts of bloodshed, brutality and perversion, and also makes heavy use of fanservice.

One important and controversial theme of the series is that of the sacred substance known as Soma, which allows the Qwasers to draw upon their powers and wield their elements in battle. This is connected to the main goal of the Adepts, the Theotokos of Tsarytsin, an icon depicting the Virgin Mary breastfeeding an infant Jesus which, according to their belief, holds the secrets of the Sacred Mysteries, such as the Messiah’s resurrection. Linked to this is the fact that the Soma is, in actuality, breast milk, and that the Qwasers have to replenish themselves by means of suckling it, a process which apparently derives pleasure and tires heavily those women who nurse them.

I am quite sure some of you have already stumbled upon the news that Seikon no Qwaser will be having an anime adaptation. Well, I have decided to finally read what actually is out at the moment to see how it will end up. After carefully thinking of how to exactly bring this about, compared to my last review, I think I will just explain a bit more the first chapter, as that is usually what catches our attention or not. And I will go through the rest of the chapters quickly before going to my personal thoughts. Honestly, writing that ‘review’ on Highschool of the Dead was a bit tasking and a bit too long. I think I would rather spend my time writing a fanfiction than writing a long and tedious overview if I can avoid it and just write my thoughts on it.

Anyways, first volume is separated into four chapters as such:
Chapter 1 – Night of Terror
Chapter 2 – The Boy from Siberia
Chapter 3 – The Masked Person’s Friendship
Chapter 4 – The Golden Shadow

Chapter 1 starts off with a little scene that gathers our attention quickly as we do not know exactly what is going on. Of course, like every first chapter of every first volume of every manga, we are introduced to the basic plot and the major characters. Nothing new here. So, as we move along, we are introduced – as expected – to some of the characters: Mafuyu Oribe, Tomo Yamanobe, Teresa Beria and others along the way.

So, normal every day school life, that is until we see the whole development of the plot inside the church and the peace [or stationary moment] is disrupted when Mafuyu and Tomo finds a person outside.

Not long after, we get to see Mafuyu being attacked by some assailant. Seriously, who would have thought? I digress though, continuing on, some fighting ensues and we get to see some more adult content. Seriously though, I give props to Yoshino Hiroyuki for originality! So, it ends up with Alexander Nikolaevich Her [Sasha – I cannot remember what my Russian teacher told me about nicknames but all I remember is that Alexander has the nickname Sasha – plus it is used in the manga].

Chapter 2 – once again starts off with some adult content – brings us a more in-depth character development. Well, it is more like a revelation on who exactly Sasha is. He becomes a student and we get to see a bit of his Siberian coldness. It is cold there? right? Never been to Siberia… Anyways, moving on, fight ensues once more! The Magnesium Qwaser versus the Iron Qwaser once more! Too bad the Magnesium Qwaser escapes once more – but we do finally get to see her face! And who is the Golden Qwaser?

Chapter 3 – like the previous chapters starts off with some adult content – you guys getting the pictures? Anyways, more character bonding happens in this chapter – if you can call it that. But the thing that is important to note is that we finally get to see the real Magnesium Qwaser – hence the whole title of the chapter. But nevertheless, like I said before, I am going to be quick on most of the chapters from now on aside from chapter 1 in every first volume of every manga I will be reviewing. Furthermore, the future volumes will be just reviews…

Chapter 4 – do I really need to say how it starts off? Anyways, the fight ends in this chapter and we finally get to understand more of the plot of the manga. Stuffs are explained and shady scene happens here and there. And to add a sweet cliffhanger – do not the sarcasm – the volume ends with a some little chick killing off men who tried to rob her. Seriously – A lovely little girl… who looks like an imp…

Review Time
So, personal opinion on this manga? I simply love it. This is why I totally love chemistry. Seriously, not only do we just see the action of the molecules, elements and all the chemistry terms that I am quite lazy to enumerate right now, but we also get the explanation of everything. This is but one part of the puzzle that makes me like this manga series. Just like Yakitate!! Japan where we get explanations here and there on what is going on, Seikon no Qwaser deliver us with them too.

Aside from the whole periodic table elements which is the main weapon and identification of a person, the presence of adult contents do bring up its interest rate by a factor. And unlike Queen’s Blade which is just an overabundance of it, we have adult content that is placed strategically through its chapters. Furthermore, like I have said before, I give props to the author of the manga. Honestly, this is completely original, well, to me at least. And the artwork is simply amazing. All in all, they did an awesome job with volume 1. Not explaining everything so they leave some mystery here and there and enough to actually keep the readers interested in it.

I will be making a gallery for all the fanservice of Seikon no Qwaser later on as more volumes come out!


One Response to “Seikon no Qwaser – Volume 1”

  1. […] reading Fuyukaze’s review on Seikon no Qwaser volume 1, I decided to write my manga reviews in the same format. It’s pretty neatly organized and his […]

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