The Qwaser of Stigmata

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The Qwaser of Stigmata
The Qwaser of Stigmata vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume of The Qwaser of Stigmata as published by Akita Shoten featuring Mafuyu Oribe (center) and Aleksander Nikolaevich Hell (bottom)
聖痕のクェイサー
(Seikon no Kweisā)
Genre Adventure, Romance, Supernatural
Manga
Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino
Illustrated by Kenetsu Satō
Published by Akita Shoten
English publisher Tokyopop
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Champion Red
Original run September 2006 – ongoing
Volumes 17 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiraku Kaneko
Written by Makoto Uezu
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio Hoods Entertainment
Licensed by
Network Mainichi Broadcasting System, Tokyo MX, Chiba TV, TV Saitama, TV Kanagawa, AT-X (TV, censored), AnimeOne (webcast, uncensored), Anime Network (webcast, uncensored)
Original run January 9, 2010June 19, 2010
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
The Qwaser of Stigmata : Portrait of the Empress
Directed by Hiraku Kaneko
Written by Makoto Uezu
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio Hoods Entertainment
Licensed by
Released October 20, 2010
Runtime 25 minutes
Anime television series
The Qwaser of Stigmata II
Directed by Hiraku Kaneko
Written by Makoto Uezu
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio Hoods Entertainment
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, Chiba TV, AT-X (censored), AnimeOne (webcast, uncensored), Anime Network (webcast, uncensored)
Original run April 11, 2011June 28, 2011
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

The Qwaser of Stigmata (聖痕のクェイサー Seikon no Qwaser?) is an action manga and anime series authored by Hiroyuki Yoshino featuring art by Kenetsu Satō. The series is notable for its violence, fan service, and the use of breast milk as a central plot device. The manga series is published in Japan in the seinen/shōnen manga Champion Red, starting in 2006 and continuing as of 2013. A 24-episode anime television series was produced with the same title as the manga series and broadcast in Japan on Biglobe in 2010. An OVA adaptation titled The Qwaser of Stigmata: Portrait of the Empress (聖痕のクェイサー: 女帝の肖像 Seikon no Kweisā : Jotei no Shouzou?) was also produced and released on DVD with the manga series volume 10. A 12-episode second season was produced with the title The Qwaser of Stigmata II (聖痕のクェイサー II Seikon no Kweisā II?) and was broadcast in Japan between April and June, 2011.[1]

Sentai Filmworks licensed both seasons and the OVA for digital distribution and home video release in North America, releasing English subtitled DVD sets in 2012 and 2013.[2]

Story[edit]

The story chronicles the school lives of Mafuyu Oribe and Tomo Yamanobe at the Japanese Eastern Orthodox school St. Mihailov Academy where they have endured persecution and ostracization from other students led by the daughter of the current dean Miyuri Tsujidou and her second-in-command Hana Katsuragi. Mafuyu and Tomo's lives take a drastic turn when they nurse the silver-haired Russian-born Alexander "Sasha" Nikolaevich Hell back to health upon encountering him unconscious during their home commute one day. Almost immediately, Sasha begins to repay Mafuyu and Tomo's humanitarianism as he repels their tormentors; unfortunately, this does not change Sasha's prologue as a throw-away Qwaser from the Adepts and that the Adepts have no qualms about making an absolute war zone of the Academy in order to acquire the Theotokos of Tsarytsin from Athos who wishes to keep the icon's existence a secret from the world.

Concepts and terminology[edit]

  • Athos: an espionage and special operations agency of the Eastern Orthodox Church like the CIA or the FBI in the United States and even Interpol whose alpha objective is to prevent the Theotokos of Tsarytsin from becoming global community discourse. The inception of the series depicts the Iron Qwaser Aleksander "Sasha" Nikolaevich Hell performing this function alongside his Maria Magdalen partner Teresa.
  • Maria designation given to the alter-ego combat partner of a Qwaser whose primary function is to provide soma. In the series, Sasha and Ekaterina each demonstrate that the relationship between a Qwaser and its Maria can vary on the spectrum of being purely professional to very personal. Is a reference to the Virgin Mary breastfeeding baby Jesus as Qwasers recharge their powers by drinking the Soma from their Maria. Ekaterina referred to her Maria, Hana, as a Mary Magdalen as a form of abuse in reference to the supposition that the Mary Magdalen in the Bible was a prostitute. She is the only Qwaser who has ever referred to a Maria that way and only during the chapter when she chose Hana as her Maria.
  • Qwaser: any of the anthropoid beings who possess supernatural powers affording them utility over a single chemical element. This specialized utility can vary widely in quality between different Qwasers and even under different circumstances; in order to maintain this specialized utility, it is necessary for a Qwaser to always have an adequate supply of soma.
  • Soma: the sacred substance that fuels a Qwaser's elemental powers especially in battle. Whenever a Qwaser is replenishing its soma by breastfeeding from a nubile maiden, the Qwaser is draining away the maiden's life force through the breast milk whose quality and potency can be magnified (or diminished) by the situational emotions of the maiden like how coffee or tea is sometimes modified by adding cream or sugar. The personality of the quarry maiden also plays a role as well; although in the case of very childlike maidens like Tomo, this ends up working to the Qwaser's detriment. Even then, the perspective is that the benefits are worth the risk since Ekaterina tries to capitalize upon Hana's sadomasochism for this reason. The maidens selected for this are referred to as Maria or Mary in reference to the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus.
  • Theotokos of Tsarytsin: the legendary icon depicting the Virgin Mary breastfeeding an infant Jesus fabled to alter the homeostasis of the world.
  • High Ancient Circuit: mysterious elemental circuit consisting of five items that are known as Sword of Maria, Magdalena of Thunder, Noah of Gold, Moses of Silence, and David of Resurrection. Their existence cannot be copied or reproduced, even how the circuit was created is highly unknown.
  • Twelve Adepts: a religious sect whose leadership comprises thirteen Qwasers whose alpha objective is to acquire the Theotokos of Tsarytsin in order to purify what they see as pollution in the world using the secrets of the Sacred Mysteries. The Adepts' secondary objective is to accumulate a huge reserve of high-quality soma by kidnapping nubile maidens and torturing them into becoming human storage tanks. Sasha's vendetta with the Adepts lies in their objective of manufacturing high-level Qwasers through barbaric and medieval practices.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga is written by Hiroyuki Yoshino and illustrated by Kenetsu Satō. The Qwaser of Stigmata is currently serialized by Akita Shoten in Monthly Champion Red magazine and the chapters collected in tankōbon. As of October 2013, seventeen volumes have been released with the first released on December 20, 2006.[3]

The manga series has been licensed internationally, translated, and published in several countries outside Japan. This series is licensed in France by Kazé, listing the first 14 volumes in their online catalog.[4] In Italy the manga series is licensed by J-Pop Edizioni.[5] and Ever Glory Publishing in Taiwan.[6] Tokyopop licensed this series for the North American market and published the first four volumes, however since resuming business in December, 2012, this series title has not been listed in their online catalog.[7]

Anime[edit]

A 24-episode anime television series titled The Qwaser of Stigmata (聖痕のクェイサー Seikon no Qwaser?) was adaptated from the manga series of the same name and broadcast as a censored version on Biglobe. An uncensored version of the series was streamed online. The first season was followed by a single episode OVA with the title The Qwaser of Stigmata : Portrait of the Empress (聖痕のクェイサー: 女帝の肖像 Seikon no Kweisā : Jotei no Shouzou?) that was released on DVD with the manga series volume 10. A 12-episode second season titled The Qwaser of Stigmata II (聖痕のクェイサー II Seikon no Kweisā II?) was broadcast in Japan in 2011 . The first and second seasons were also released on DVD in Japan.

Sentai Filmworks licensed both seasons and the OVA in North America and released three English subtitled DVD sets between 2012 and 2013.

  • The Qwaser of Stigmata - Collection 1, 3 DVDs, episodes 1-12, released: 2012-12-31.
  • The Qwaser of Stigmata - Collection 2, 3 DVDs, episodes 13-24, released: 2013-02-26.
  • The Qwaser of Stigmata II - Complete Collection, 3 DVDs, episodes 1-12 plus the OVA, released: 2013-04-30.

Anime Network posted the Season I and II episodes for online streaming (uncensored).

Reception[edit]

All three of the North American DVD release collections have been reviewed and reviews for the series are generally positive. Long-time anime reviewer Chris Beverage gives the series' grades in the "B" range in The Fandom Post.[8][9][10] Theron Martin, an anime reviewer for the Anime News Network, reviewed the DVD release collections 1 and 2 of the first season gives the series grades from "C+" (story) to "A-" (music).[11][12]

Internet radio show[edit]

Lantis has taken the opportunity presented by the Seikon no Qwaser anime to produce an Internet radio show starring Aki Toyosaki as Tomo Yamanobe and Yōko Hikasa as Hana Katsuragi [13] alongside commercially releasing the five theme songs as indicated in the table below. They released also an original soundtrack composed by Tatsuya Kato on June 7, 2010.

Song Title Lyrics Author Composition Data Performance Parameters Commercial Debut Date
Errand Aki Hata Composed/arranged by Daisuke Kikuta (Elements Garden) Sung by Faylan as Opening I 27 @ January 2010 (Sole song on CD)
Baptize Itsuki Yui Composed/arranged by Daisuke Kikuta (Elements Garden) Sung by Yōsei Teikoku as Opening II 21 @ April 2010 (Sole song on CD)
Passionate Squall Aki Hata Composed/arranged by Tom-H@ck Sung by Ayumi Fujimura, Aki Toyosaki, Minori Chihara, Aya Hirano, Yōko Hikasa, (anime role voices) as Ending I 10 @ February 2010 (Sole song on CD)
Mimei no Inori (未明の祈り) Aki Hata Composed by Satoru Takada and arranged by Katsuya Yoshida Sung by Minori Chihara as Ending II (Dedicated solely to Episode 5) 10 @ February 2010 (Song released on Passionate Squall CD)
Wishes Hypocrites Aki Hata Composed by Katsuya Yoshida and arranged by Satoru Takada Sung by Ayumi Fujimura, Aki Toyosaki, Minori Chihara, Aya Hirano, Yōko Hikasa, (anime role voices) as Ending III 12 @ May 2010 (Sole song on CD)
Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou Aki Hata Composed/arranged by Daisuke Kikuta (Elements Garden) Sung by Faylan as Opening I from the second season 27 @ April 2011 (Sole song on CD)
metaphor Shoujo Byou Composed/arranged by Pixel Bee and RD-Sounds Sung by Shoujo Byou as Ending I from the second season 25 @ May 2011 (Sole song on CD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qwaser of Stigmata Season 2 Announced" (in Japanese). JBook. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Qwaser of Stigmata Anime". Anime News Network. July 1, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 第1巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Qwaser of Stigmata" (in French). Kazé. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Qwaser of Stigmata" (in Italian). J-Pop. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "聖痕鍊金士" (in Chinese). Ever Glory Publishing. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tokyopop Adds Songs & Laughter, Ratman, Seikon no Qwaser". Anime News Network. September 26, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ Beveridge, Chris (December 21, 2012). "Qwaser Of Stigmata Season 1 Collection 1 Anime DVD Review". fandompost.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  9. ^ Beveridge, Chris (February 20, 2013). "Qwaser Of Stigmata Season 1 Collection 2 Anime DVD Review". fandompost.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  10. ^ Beveridge, Chris (May 7, 2013). "Qwaser Of Stigmata II Complete Collection Anime DVD Review". fandompost.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  11. ^ Martin, Theron (January 25, 2013). "The Qwaser of Stigmata Sub.DVD - Collection 1". review. Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  12. ^ Martin, Theron (March 8, 2013). "The Qwaser of Stigmata Sub.DVD - Collection 2". review. Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  13. ^ "聖痕のクェイサーラジオ!~ミハイロフ学園放送部~" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 

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