Although I am guiltily enjoying this anime, I keep correcting them on their chemistry. Sometimes it sucks to be a science nerd. When the tit sucking began, I almost got whiplash from a violent nosebleed, and I'm still not entirely used to it. I mean, people sucking virgin breasts for power? Can I just point a couple of things out? Good:
1) Women aren't permanently lactating (producing milk).
2) In order to be lactating, you have to be heavily pregnant or have recently had a baby.
3) If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, you are no longer a virgin.
In a word: suckage.
In more than one word: a fanservicey show that uses breasts as a distraction to prevent you from realizing the plot has numerous holes and things left unexplained. Don't get me wrong; I don't mind nudity when it is relevant to the plot; I actually liked the first couple of episodes of Freezing, since the nudity involved was the result of actual battle slashes (that series also quickly went downhill, but I digress). I also don't mind hentei when I'm in the mood, but this was far from even being satisfying in that regard. If you're going to do porn, do porn; don't half-ass it in this manner.
Also, whoever wrote this fails biology forever.
Okay, so apparently there are these people who have control over an elements like Iron. They can manipulate it and such to fight with. For reasons that are never explained, they need to drink soma, which is essentially the breast milk of virgin women.
Yes, you heard that right, and are probably wondering: "Women only produce breast milk after giving birth, so how...?" Well, don't expect them to ever explain. In fact, get used to having nothing really explained, partly because the characters are dumb enough to never ask.
No real arguments here, although it's nothing to write home about, either. Quality also varies depending on where you're watching it (TV, webcast, or BD/DVD). I will say that battles are craptacular. They barely last 30 seconds to a minute, and there are plenty of times that speed lines are used.
But hey, you're not watching this for the battles or plot, but for the copious amounts of boobies. And I suppose it delivers on that end... in the standard horribly inaccurate portrayal of female chests. Whoever wrote this has pretty much never touched a real breast, but then again, anime is is fairly famous for consistantly never getting it right. The way they jiggle, defy gravity, and get smooshed like marshmellows, means they apparently never consulted any females. Instead, whatever seriousness this show intends, is destroyed by comically inaccurate boobies. Considering the importance to the plot, if they had at least treated them decently instead of a 12-year-old-snicker-snicker-you-said-boobies way, they might have had something.
Seriously, though, I've seen hentei with more realistic tits.
Probably the best part of the whole series, but that's not saying much. I rarely notice the music except when it's bad, but the music fit the mood as required, and the second opening theme was fairly good.
Dumb as shit.
Mayufu never asks about soma, when a normal girl definitely would. "Oh wow, some 13 year old kid is sucking on breasts... why? And why am I suddenly producing breast milk when I'm being sucked on?" That should freak any girl, but we're not dealing with real women here, which I suppose makes sense when the writers obviously haven't dealt with any real girls, either.
I got a headache at one point, where one boy sucks the chest of a surprised girl in a classroom with everyone watching... and no one (including the girl) thinks to ask "Why the hell did he do that? And how the hell is she generating breast milk anyway?" I don't care who you are; that is going to freak any girl out.
Characters never explain things when they should. Why? Well, gotta keep the viewer in the dark for hte surprise factor! I really wanted to smash my head against a wall half-way in, when *SPOILER ALERT* a certain character has another presence inside them... and no one bothers to tell the cast and explain, which might actually help.
Tomo, in particular, was the dumbest of the bunch; she was basically a walking plot device who didn't really do anything on her own. Of course, I rarely expect much from an airheaded character, and she was just there to showcase the biggest boobs of the bunch (in another stroke of comedy, no 15 year old has a chest that huge). So, Tomo was just basically a pair of giant walking tits that people want to suck for some reason. She supposedly produces really, really good milk, but we're never told why that is, and no one stops to ask.
Perhaps because she has huge tits and no brains, which might be a subtle message: Hey girls, you can raise your value as women by having huge tits and not thinking at all, and tripping all over yourself like a clumsy oaf! Men really like that!
Not worth your time. Well, unless you have a fetish for watching a 13-year-old boy suck breast milk from various women. That is the sole redeeming feature of this anime, and the only reason anyone could overlook the flaws. Then again, you could find hentei better than this.
I watched mainly to see what the hub-bub was about, thinking that perhaps there had to be something good in this series. "It couldn't be all bad fanservice, could it?" Oh yes, it could. Save yourself time, don't watch. I wasn't originally going to, and am now sorry I did.
In the meantime, I'll stick with good adult anime, that can treat nudity and adult topics well and still churn out a good plot. However, if you enjoy comical boobs that have very little basis in reality, and a milk-drinking fetish that needs new material, then by all means, go for it!
I downloaded this as a torrent containing 12 episodes, an OVA and 6 "picture drama" episodes, so I thought tat would be it. Later I came to realise that it was actually a 24 episode anime. Now, at about episode 8 or 9, I did indeed think that it would not be possible to finish the story in 12 episodes, but my goodness.
I wish they had. Up till that point, despite the characters being retarded and the story being full of holes and unexplained occurences, I actually had a few laughs and it was all kind of funny.
But they introduce too many characters, not working them out, which is espcially annoying when they introduce characters which actually seem interresting!
There's no explenation to how these Qwaser can suddenly get milk out of virgins, they seem to lose their measurements all the time, making the breast vary in cup-size constantly, they want to make you believe that thse characters are ages 15 and UNDER!!
I mean, come on!! What kind of a semi-lolicon made this all up?
I endured the rest of the season, but got more and more bored, although in the end, there is finally some more action, but then all the nice sciency stuff that did make sense, that made it seem like they at least did think about some stuff, suddenly also gets thrown over board and they go all out, using several different elements....
But the best lolicon example is the highest-Maria, the godmother... She's like... What, 8? 9 years old??? Oh yeah, need to explain. 'Maria' is the person giving milk to a Qwaser.
And then, looking back at the first few episodes. If 'soma' (breastmilk/MOTHERsmilk) is needed for Qwaser to become strong, why did they kill them?
What's the point? Especially when you start off with bloodspilling violence and then turn the rest of the anime in some softy thing where nobody gets hurt in a way to die... Oh wait, no, the slain enemies do get cut in half, so that's pretty much ouch.
Just like Katja starts of having fun cutting people into tiny bits and then also turns soft in a way by not killing anybody anymore, but just threatening. Ok, she's still a sadist, but now it's translated in a girl being tortured for the fun of it. Fun for both it seems.
And remember! 15 years or younger!
Yeah, hormones are weird around that age, but not THAT weird.
I am really surprised there are such high rated reviews for this anime....
Although, if they're all guys with only one thing on their mind....
It is a ginormous boobfest...
Still, there's so much wrong with this anime, and there are so many questions raised, I probably haven't even mentioned half of the problems yet.
And now I'm thinking, who can I reccommend this to? If you're in it for the boobs, yeah, they put some effort into animating those, but then there's too much going on that would try to make you take it seriously.
And yet, the 'story' is so lacking, that that doesn't really explain why we need to see 24 episodes of it, and better yet, even a second season?!
Action is there, sometimes, shortly... But....
No, if you want boobies, go watch some hentai.
If you want lots of action, plenty of anime out there for that as well.
If you want to have a couple of laughs? Why not go for more than one or two per episode and watch some actual comedy.
You know what?? F*** this S***!! I've wasted way to many words on this already.
Do yourself a favor, don't watch this bull...
"Seikon no Qwaser is a tricky mistress."
This is what I say to anybody who asks me to explain what this show is.
Additionally, I would never recommend it to anyone out of the blue. Not because I don't love it (because I do) but because it's a "niche anime".
The premise of this show is--no, not breastmilk, I'll get to that later--really a "battle shounen" archetype. The main character fights evil lackies throughout the show, and ends up defeating the Big Bad at the end. In this sense, the show is a masterpiece. Driven by a very clever (if not always scientifically accurate) idea of people having the ability to control a particular element (as in the periodic table of elements) in almost the same way as Benders from Airbender do--except in far more chem-nerd and varied ways.
As for the ecchi? Well, the show really doesn't need it, but you know what they say: "sex sells". I wish the show had taken the same route as the manga, and depicted nudity in an artful, symbolic manner, rather than the more-than-often prepubescently immature scenes rampant with faux-lesbianism intended solely to get the audience's rocks off rather than contributing to the overall plot. Thankfully, these kinds of scenes are few and far between. By the way, are you bothered that virgins are spurting breastmilk, when that's nigh impossible in real life? Only Qwasers can pull out Soma; normal people can't make other normal people lactate.
The music is EXCELLENT. The battle tune and the first OP never fail to get my blood boiling. The rest of the soundtrack is varied and never misses a beat--every single song on the OST makes for easy listening.
The main character, Sasha, is a perfect example of bishounen Bad-Ass-MotherF**ker. His character development lies in what begins as uncultured mannerisms, having not been provided with a healthy childhood. The love interest, Mafuyu, does not take well to the change her life is going through, nor Sasha's uncultured mess, but eventually comes to in very tender character development. The best friend, Tomo, is a moe mess, but manages to gain a little bit of my respect because she's sickly, and doesn't go through any character development beyond being a plot device. Katja and Hana solely exist for the masochistic lolicon's fanservice, but are pretty legitimate characters when they feel like it. Lizzie is the tomboy fan's fantasy and goes through alliance conflict. Teresa isn't much more notable than just being an awesome battle nun. The rest of the cast is, appropriately, extremely minor. Miyuri is the only one that manages to make me truly hate her--she's the typical arrogant bucket of fail who pretty much ruins the show whenever she speaks. (Don't watch episode 14. Just don't do it. COMPLETELY irrelevant to the plot and nothing but Failbucket.)
Provided that you're going into this show already diddling yourself, and are looking forward to this "battle shounen" previously mentioned, you will find yourself alienated by the ecchi. Alternatively, if you're going into this show begging for tits, you will find yourself alienated by a rich story and action sequences. That is why this is a "niche anime"--the only people that will love this show are battle shounen fans that are comfortable with sexuality edging in on the territory.
Seikon no Qwaser is a good show in my opinion. The characters actually have hidden depth, and the story itself is very good. This isn't a "boob-action" show, there is actually a plot believe it or not, even though it is well hidden at the begining. Hidden meanings behind some things, and I've even noticed some symbolism. The only problem, well, boobs. I'm a female, so the whole naked thing doesn't really bother me, but it does bother quite a few, and that is why I think it is rated so low. Am I saying its wrong to rate it as such, no! There are simply people who can't stand/can't see past those kinds of things, and it's completely understandable. I have only decided to rate it a 9 for the fact that many don't like completely naked girls and sexual things. But when you can see past it, or maybe clsoe your eyes for a bit, I think there is a really good story. Just my opinion though.
My favorite reasons:
But please, do not watch if you are extremely uncomfortable with naked/skimpy clothed people. There IS nuditiy and sexual references to practically sex. I don't think you shouldn't even watch in less you are 17 or older, not just for the sex but for other reasons, like the understanding of religion and science fields. I hope this helps some of you! But of course I haven't finished the series yet, I will periodically update this as I see fit.