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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, Supernatural
Manga
Author Hiroyuki Yoshino
Illustrator Kenetsu Satō
Publisher Japan Akita Shoten
English publisher United States Canada Tokyopop
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Monthly Champion Red
Original run 2006 – ongoing
Volumes 8
TV anime
Director Hiraku Kaneko
Studio Taki Corporation
Network Japan Mainichi Broadcasting System, Tokyo MX, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, AT-X
Original run January 9, 2010 – ongoing
Episodes 24
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The Qwaser of Stigmata (聖痕のクェイサー Seikon no Kweisā?) is an ongoing manga series authored by Hiroyuki Yoshino and featuring art by Kenetsu Satō. The manga is serialized in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Champion Red. It will be published in North America by Tokyopop. A 24 episodes anime television series adaptation is currently broadcast.

Contents

Overview

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, Mafuyu Oribe and Tomo Yamanobe, until the encounter with a mysterious, silver-haired, Russian boy named Alexander, or Sasha for short. This puts 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 and My-Hime, the story diverges in depicting extreme acts of bloodshed, brutality and perversion, making heavy use of fanservice, often propelled to extremes.

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 Orthodox 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. Indeed, the more intense the emotions that the woman feels in that moment, the more powerful the Soma will be. As such, various characters employ different, often questionable means to take advantage of this characteristic, such as Ekaterina drawing on Hana's sadomasochism, and the Adepts using atrocious forms of torture on their victims.

Characters

St. Mihailov's Academy

An Eastern Orthodox private school once directed by Tomo's father Yamanobe Yudai, which is home to most of the main characters, including Sasha, Mafuyu and Tomo, and which often is targeted by the Adepts due to its apparent links to the Theotokos - links of which little is known as of now. The following characters all attend the school.

Aleksander Nikolaevich Hell (アレクサンドル=ニコラエビッチ=ヘル Arekusandoru-Nikoraebicchi-Heru?, Александр Николаевич Хэлл)
Voiced by: Yūko Sanpei[1]
The main protagonist of the story, Alexander is a young Qwaser of Russian origin that controls the element of iron, with which he can manipulate the said element on a molecular level, thus being capable not only to morph it in any form he wishes, but also create extreme heat or cold by molecular friction or stillness. He was held captive and brutally trained into harnessing his powers, and survived the cruel ordeal mainly thanks to the affection received from an older girl named Olja (オーリャ Ōrya?, Оля), and whose murder by the Qwaser of Gold he witnessed. He received a large scar on the left side of his face from that same Qwaser, shaped like an inverted Eastern Cross, and tends to bleed heavily when he draws upon his powers. He appeared out of nowhere on the grounds of St. Mihailov, and was quickly accepted into the school as a student of class 1-A, the same that Mafuyu Oribe and Tomo Yamanobe attend. He became Tomo's protector because of her resemblance to Olja. Silver-haired with blue eyes, Alexander, or Sasha (サーシャ Sāsha?, Саша) for short (though he allows only those close to him to call him by this nickname) is usually extremely cold, harsh and serious, although his weakness for borscht, his favorite dish, can soften him. He slowly changed and warmed to those around him, especially Mafuyu, though he remains extremely fierce when fighting other Qwasers. Usually he fights wielding an enormous black scythe that is at least twice his size, twin swords similar to katanas, or throwing darts. Sometimes he tends to comment on things in Russian, though such quotations are often written incorrectly, probably due to writing errors made by the authors. Due to his harsh temper, Sasha initially has a bitter relationship with Mafuyu, though this softening considerably during their time together, to the point of them being attracted to each other, albeit still not bold enough to admit it. He was involved in the most serious confrontations that happened in the series, the last one being the one against Shin'Ichiro Ootori, where he managed to reach the 4th (on a scale of eight) grade of elemental control. Nevertheless, he was recently forced to separate from Mafuyu, much to his dismay, and undertake training sessions to prepare for future confrontations.
Mafuyu Oribe (織部 まふゆ Oribe Mafuyu?)
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura[1]
Mafuyu is the adopted daughter of St. Mihailov's last dean, and the self-appointed protector of Tomo Yamanobe. Upbeat and cheerful, she is so proficient in kendo that she carries a wooden sword with her all the time. She has to endure hardship on a daily basis in form of her classmates picking harshly on her and especially Tomo. This changes when she encounters Sasha for the first time, where she starts living with him and, little by little, is pitted herself in the fights between Qwasers. Though at odds with Sasha's coldness, Mafuyu has started to open up to him and the two have formed a stronger bond. This is especially true as she has recently taken on the habit of feeding Soma to Sasha when in need to, and it has become quite clear that both of them hold feelings for each other. After recent events she is the current holder of half the Sword's Maria, a powerful incantation which was kept hidden in a Fabergé egg. The power she gained are still unclear, though apparently they at least boost her physical prowess enough to let her challenge low-level Qwasers head-on. Also, in the latest chapters it was hinted that she shares some sort of connection with Joan of Arc, though it is unknown what such connections may be.
Tomo Yamanobe (山辺 燈 Yamanobe Tomo?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki[1]
Daughter of St. Mihailov's last dean and currently best friend and roommate of Mafuyu Oribe, Tomo is her exact opposite, both physically and mentally: she herself is very childish and naïve, and while having the largest bust of the whole female cast so far, she is physically weak. Tomo is the spitting image of Sasha's original protector, Olja, which explains why he took so willingly the role of Tomo's guardian, much to Mafuyu's chagrin. Also, sometimes an upside down Eastern Cross (with its third slab being a scar), the symbol of the Adepts, appears between her breasts. This is later revealed to be the presence of the Qwaser of Gold, which apparently inhabits Tomo's body as a disembodied projection and, as itself stated, is slowly draining her of her life, which is why she has to constantly replenish herself with Soma. Indeed, it was revealed that the Qwaser of Gold does have some control over Tomo, as he/she possessed her and tried to unseal Sword's Maria. The plan backfired however, and now Tomo is apparently free from his/her control and possess the other half of the incantation, with Mafuyu possessing the first.
Teresa Beria (テレサ=ベリア Teresa-Beria?, Тереза Берия)
Voiced by: Minori Chihara[1]
A Serbian Orthodox nun that serves at St. Mihailov in a variety of ordinary chores, such as taking care of children in the school's kindergarten or tending to flowers, she is notable in that, for most of the beginning of the series, she never shows any form of emotion, reacting with fright only when Mafuyu was about to close a door on her. This is explained when her past is revealed: as a child she was part of a Serbian Orthodox convent in Krajina, during the Yugoslav Wars, a jovial and hyperactive girl until the day a group of Croatian militiamen, led by "Gas Chamber" Croa, assaulted the convent and pillaged it, slaughtering and raping its occupants in a bloody carnage. The sole survivor, Teresa assisted at the whole massacre from inside a closet, and when found, she was so shocked that her emotions were locked away by the trauma. Only when Sasha gave her his support and they both avenged the slaughter by killing Croa, did she manage to smile for the first time in years. Teresa used to offer her Soma to Sasha, but since Ootori's death she partners with Lizzy. While an ordinary human, Teresa is well-versed in combat, using a bow for long-range attacks or fighting bare-handed, using blades concealed in her gown. A running gag involves two curious flocks of hair that she has on her head, which look and behave like a puppy's hears, flipping when she is happy or excited, dropping loose when she is embarrassed, and so on.
Miyuri Tsujidō (辻堂 美由梨 Tsujidō Miyuri?)
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi[1]
The daughter of the current dean at St. Mihailov Academy, who succeeded Tomo's father. While beautiful and well-endowed, Miyuri is extremely bossy, arrogant and prideful, making nothing to conceal her disrespect for Tomo and Mafuyu and to bully them on a daily basis, supported by Hana. Greatly humiliated by Sasha, who correctly defines her as a leecher of others' powers, she "takes revenge" by welcoming and taking care of Ekaterina Kurae, the Qwaser of Copper. It can be noted that Miyuri is very rich and appears to have a sheltered upbringing, based on her drowning Ekaterina with expensive gifts. However, being treated as a fool after Sasha's arrival made her somewhat of a comic relief character. On a positive note, it can be assumed that she truly cares even for those she bullies, as she stripped naked for a group of terrorists so as to spare the same ordeal to Ekaterina, Mafuyu and the others. She briefly enjoyed Qwaser-like powers, donning a magical girl-like outfit and wreacking havoc before being stopped by Tasuku Fujiomi and becoming normal once more.
Hana Katsuragi (桂木 華 Katsuragi Hana?)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[1]
A student of class 1-A, she acts as an enforcer on school grounds, but also she is the main architect of the physical abuses that Mafuyu and Tomo have to endure every day, such as regularly throwing the class' garbage can on them or forcing them to fill it after "casually" tripping on it, to covering Tomo's desk with writings and trash. As Miyuri's braws, she encountered Ekaterina shortly after her arrival in Japan, heavily hinting at something that greatly troubled her in the presence of the young girl - something that appears to be homosexuality or a fondness for lolicon, as when the occasion presented itself, she kissed Ekaterina out of lust. This made her Ekaterina's personal tool and reserve of Soma, and from then on she had to endure daily abuse and sexual torture by her malicious mistress, abuse that she apparently enjoys to a degree and that gave her amazing BDSM-related skills. Unfortunately for her, this relationship with Ekaterina meant that she was often exploited by the enemy, as it happened with Yuu Kuchiba, who abducted her and drained her of Soma to the point of exaustion, or with Friederich Tanner, who mind controlled her in order to pit Taisuku and Ekaterina against each other. Currently she is training with Sasha to improve herself as a partner to Ekaterina.
Ekaterina Kurae (エカテリーナ=クラエ Ekaterīna-Kurae?, Екатерина Курае)
Voiced by: Aya Hirano[1]
A little Russian girl, nicknamed Katja (カーチャ Kācha?), at first she appears to be a cute, helpless ten-year old, whose doll-like features and childish manners, such as referring to herself in the third person, granted her admiration from many that encountered her. Indeed, she is far from innocent, and especially, she is not ordinary. In fact, she is a Qwaser whose element is copper, with which can freely control any copper-made material, such as electrical wires to direct flows of electricity as she sees fit, or generate massive amounts of liquid copper and solidify it as she pleases. Nevertheless, being a young girl forces Ekaterina not to fight herself, but instead to rely on a sinister-looking, richly decorated gynoid of archaic design named Anastasia, whom Ekaterina calls mother or mommy for reasons currently unknown. Anastasia can accumulate and release electricity, is far stronger than a human being and can use her copper, angel-like wings to create razor-sharp blades, among other functions provided by her mechanical body. Also, she can morph parts of her body at will, and apparently has another form that was only briefly showed but not fully revealed, which however appears to give her a nightmarish appearance. Another characteristic of Ekaterina is her temper: she is incredibly prideful and also a sadist, pleasing herself in humiliating and tormenting Hana Katsuragi, her unwilling partner, on a daily basis. Being only a child, she attends St. Mihailov's elementary school, where she is treasured by the other students, be it boys or girls, thanks to her appearance and facade of childishness. One interesting fact about Ekaterina is that she is often hinted to have deep connections with the late Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family, the last monarch of Russia, and in fact, it was hinted briefly that she herself could be related to the Tsar's wife, Tsarita Alexandra Feodorovna, or that she could in fact be the late Tsarita herself. It is yet unknown if these fact are truth, or mere similarities.
Elizabeth (エリザベス Erisabesu?)
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu[1]
A girl with short blonde hair and red eyes, whose undeveloped body, brash manners and manner of dressing make similar to a boy, she is a disciple to Shin'Ichiro Ootori and a Qwaser herself, whose element is titanium, that she primarily wields in a massive double-handed greatsword she calls Excalibur, after the legendary blade from the Arthurian myth, which can not only cut through practically anything, but when drawn produces a deafening wail. Deeply loyal to her master, she bitterly followed him when he feigned treachery so as to draw the Qwaser of Gold out of hiding, where she provided defense for him by challenging Sasha, who however spared her life. After Ootori's death she accepted Teresa as her partner and joined the ranks of Athos, thus becoming an ally to Sasha and his companions.
Taisuku Fujiomi
A Japanese boy with a wild look and an aggressive personality, not to mention something of a womanizer, he confronted Sasha soon after his appearance, revealing himself to be a powerful Qwaser, whose abilities initially surprised Sasha, as Taisuku apparently had his same powers, though he managed to use them better. He is indeed a Qwaser, but his element is neodymium, which allows him to control any kind of metal through magnetism, not by interacting to it at the molecular level. He is also very skilled in Buddhist incantations, as he is the sole heir of a family of sorcerers and shamans, and thus can create elaborate incantations or even Buddhist-related weapons. His explosive personality and his occasional foolishness harbor a dark secret however: as a child he was greatly traumatized when his mother was brutally raped in front of him, which led him to become mad with ideas of revenge and turn to a life of constant conflict, slowly drifting to senseless anger. His encounter with Mutsumi Sendou saved him, and the two became inseparable since then. Though initially antagonistic, Taisuku quickly became a valuable ally, though he was accused of raping Hana and had to fight Ekaterina, when Friederich Tanner pitted the two against each other. When angered, he fights with a murderous frenzy that makes him attack with blind fury, especially if it's Mutsumi who's in danger.
Mutsumi Sendou
Former partner of Sasha and currently both partner and lover of Taisuku Fujiomi, Mutsumi is an upbeat, cheerful and well-endowed girl who rarely lets her inhibitions restrain her - for instance, she is bisexual and openly flirts with Mafuyu, much to her dismay. She encountered Taisuku shortly after Sasha left Athos, nursing him back to health and winning his trust and, with that, his love, which she reciprocates. Similarly to Teresa her primary role is to provide Soma to her partner, though she can defend herself using a pair of bladed tonfa.

The Adepts

A secret group of thirteen Qwasers who, much like Athos, desire to uncover the Theotokos, though apparently to use its powers for their own ends. They were introduced as a cult-like organization best known for its extreme brutality and harsh ways to initiate new members, willing or not, to their cause. Sasha was part of their ranks before being wounded and banished by the Qwaser of Gold, who appears to be the sect's leader. However, recent chapters have revealed the group to be far less sinister, showing them to be respectable - albeit still sinister - people. They entered a truce with Athos since they currently hold Tomo Yamanobe captive, and thus half of the incantation necessary to unseal the Theotokos. Subsidiary to the Adepts appears to be a secretive organization known as Paracelsus, formed from the remnants of Japan's Unit 731 and the Nazi eugenics program, whose members, through demented medical science, can conquer feat deemed impossible and blasphemous, such as reviving the dead and cloning at will. Their base appears to be a secluded place named Magnolia, the ruins of a fortress splendidly decorate by lush gardens, which stands in stark contrast with the grim portrait of the organization.

Ayana Minase (水瀬 文奈 Minase Ayana?)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[1]
A bespectacled classmate of Tomo and Mafuyu, Ayana appears to be one of the only students of class 1-A willing to take their side despite them being bullied or ignored while mistreated, though she feared to stand with them due to possible retaliation by Miyuri and the other students. Although she appears to be a weak-willed and timid student, she was one of the Adepts, the first Qwaser introduced in the manga with her element being magnesium, with which she created razor-sharp chakrams or chains that she could ignite and control at will. Ayana terrorized St. Mihailov's premises as a mysterious assailant that targeted girls and drained their Soma, often leaving them severely injured, before trying in vain to find where the Theotokos was held. Confronted by Sasha, she tried once more to find the icon by kidnapping Tomo, and in the ensuing fight she was mortally wounded by Sasha. She burnt herself instead of succumbing to the wounds, giving a first impression of the Adepts' fanatic zeal. Unexpectedly she re-appeared as a reanimated corpse when Friederich Tanner summoned her and other fallen Qwasers to fight Shin'Ichigo Ootori, against whom she was easily dispatched and burnt once more, this time apparently for good. Her nickname as an Adept is unknown.
Croa (クロア Kuroa?)
Known as Gas Chamber, he is a tall, wicked-looking member of the Adepts, and as a Qwaser he wields the element of chlorine, with which he can create noxious and lethal gases or, in conjunction with water, generate hydrochloric acid. He was the one that led the vengeful militiamen to Teresa's convent during the Yugoslav Wars, and appears to be highly xenophobic, often lamenting that his preys smell awfully bad. He threatened to turn St. Mihailov in a massive grave by gassing all its occupants before Sasha fought and defeated him. A clone of him, reanimated and controlled by Friederich Tanner, was used to force the awakening of Sword's Maria by fighting and being defeated by Ootori.
Aoi Kuchiba (朽葉 葵 Kuchiba Aoi?) & Yū Kuchiba (朽葉 悠 Kuchiba Yū?)
Third member of the Adepts, nicknamed Double Face, a single person which was originally two twins, brother and sister. It is unknown what life they lived before being captured by the Adepts, but they had to endure their harsh trainings by themselves, with Aoi supporting Yū, much like how Olja had to help Sasha. Unfortunately, this connection resulted in their damnation, and Yū became a homicidal maniac as a result. Not only that, but he also became a massively powerful Qwaser with the element, oxygen, which allowed him to walk in the air with impunity, create pressures of enormous proportions, air currents capable of large destruction and more devious acts, such as suffocating anyone he wished with no more than a thought or incapacitating them by saturating their surroundings with oxygen. His sister, Aoi, contacted Sasha and begged him to kill Yū and stop his rampage, though initially both him and Ekaterina were no match for someone who could oxidize their metal with a whim, rendering them powerless. However, when Sasha fought him for one last time it was revealed that there was no Yū, as he died long ago, it was Aoi all the time: deemed unfit for combat as a Qwaser, the Adepts wanted to use her as a supply of Soma, and when she was about to be assaulted, she unleashed her powers in self-defense, slaughtering her assailant only to discover, to her horror, that it was her brother. The event shattered her mind and drove her to complete madness, forcing the creation of a split personality of anger and hatred that took the identity of Yū, plaguing her with fits of rage and hallucinations of her brother raping her. Devastated by the revelation, with the last of her sanity she begged to be killed, a plea Sasha mercifully accepted. Though seriously wounded, Aoi did not die, and thanks to Paracelsus' efforts she was saved, with the procedure also sealing her identity of Yū away, reducing it as a "voice in her head".
Eva-Q (エヴァ=Q(クー) Eva-Kū?) & Eva-R (エヴァ=R(エル) Eva-Eru?)
A pair of deranged, ghastly twin sisters dressed in scandalous, bondage-looking suits and armed with a wide variety of obscene BDSM tools, which suddenly appeared at St. Mihailov, searching for Sasha, begging those they asked informations to "order" them - that is, to torture them to death with the array of gadgets they carried, with refusal immediately followed by "disqualification", the gruesome death of their would be-master. Probably the most extreme example of the brutality of the Adepts, Eva-Q and Eva-R were clones of their original, Eva Silver, engineered to be physically immortal, no matter how massive their injuries, capable of using the element mercury like their mistress, and also completely crazy, driven by constant rape and torture to such extremes of insanity that they recognized pain with pleasure, crying out in bliss even when superficially wounded. Possibly due to their pitiful condition, Sasha fought them only briefly, leaving the job to Ekaterina, who was much more eager to kill the twins. She only managed to keep them at bay however, until their "mother", Eva Silver, was wounded by Sasha and used them to cure herself. Another clone, Eva-S, briefly appeared when Eva kidnapped Mafuyu, though she was quickly incinerated from the inside-out by Shin'Ichiro Ootori, who ignited the sodium in her body and, thus, prevented her from regenerating.
Eva Silver (エヴァ=シルバー Eva-Shirubā?)
The Queen of the Living Silver, controlling the element mercury, able to summon it in vast quantities and solidify it at will, turning the substance into razor-sharp wires and blades, droplets as powerful as bullets, and other solid objects or even traps. While Sasha and Ekaterina were fighting Eva-Q and Eva-R, the real Eva Silver appeared out of nowhere in Mafuyu's class, killing their teacher by smothering him with mercury and then proceeding to "teach" the class about the beauty of cruelty and humiliation upon others, ironically also reprimanding the students about their bullying of Mafuyu. One of the most sadistic and deranged characters appeared so far, Eva was the original source of all of her clones, younger versions of herself who were given physical immortality so as to endure the atrocious tortures imposed on them by their mistress, whom they adored as their only queen and were then massacred and reabsorbed into Eva's body, so as to keep her young and beautiful. Highly prideful, Eva was initially defeated by Sasha, when she was crucified and set ablaze, yet she reappeared shortly after, gruesomely disfigured, kidnapping Mafuyu and forcing Sasha to fight once more. It was Ekaterina who shed light upon Eva's identity, unmasking her as Eva Braun, the wife-lover of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Believing her acts of depravity, especially cloning and reassimilating herself, as the true manifestation of the Nazi idea of a supreme being, she was defeated nonetheless, and completely torn apart by Ekaterina's gynoid, in the end revealing herself to be fearful of death. A cloned corpse of Eva Silver was later used in the botched attempt, made by the Qwaser of Gold and Friederich Tanner, to summon Sword's Maria. Her position in the Adepts' hierarchy is unknown.
Joshua Phrygianos (ジョシュア=フリギアノス Joshua-Firigianosu?, Τζοσουα Φρυγιανος)
An unnumbered member of the Adepts, and a true rarity among them, serving somehow as the faction's comic relief character. A young man whose sister, Jita, is ranked number four in the organization, he was mistreated by his peers due to his element, roentgenium, being weak and useless, which led others to treat him as inferior, someone unfit to be a Qwaser. He boasts himself with the title of Successor of Hermes Trismegistus, though he is in fact generous and caring, if somehow foolish sometimes. He tried in vain to kidnap Tomo, who peacefully succeeded in making him realize his mistake, and then he was the first one to welcome her to the Adept's hideout.
Shinichiro Ōtori (鳳 榊一郎 Ōtori Shin'ichirō?)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa[1]
Known as the Phoenix, Ōtori was once the right-hand man of the Qwaser of Gold, and an exceptionally powerful Qwaser in his own right, whose element, sodium, allowed him to easily create molecular filaments with which he could harness or slice practically anything, to set anyone and anything ablaze by igniting it from the inside-out, and to control sodium's electrons to control other people's minds, movements and thoughts. While present when Olja was stabbed by the Qwaser of Gold and when Sasha received his scars, apparently he too lost someone he loved dearly, a tragedy that prompted him to leave the Adepts and challenge his formed master, who soundly defeate and banished him. He is introduced as Lizzy's master and then as a substitute teacher at St. Mihailov, where he gained trust and respect. He surprised many, Sasha and Mafuyu above all, when he apparently discovered the meaning of the Theotokos and kidnapped Tomo, brainwashed Teresa to be his aide and forced Lizzy to stall Sasha, gaining enough time to summon the Qwaser of Gold, intending to negate him any mean to reach the Theotokos. His plans ultimately took an unexpected turn when the incantation of Sword's Maria was split in two halfs which inhabitated Tomo's and Mafuyu's bodies, and left with nothing, Ōtori fought a brutal battle against Sasha, where he was defeated. He then bid farewell to Lizzy before killing himself by igniting his own body's sodium.
Friederich Tanner
Older of the Tanner brothers, he is a man of aristocratic Prussian descent who, while not being a Qwaser himself, holds strange powers akin to sorcery that lets him create many seals and incantations that allows him to assume other's identitis, hypnotize and force others into doing his bidding, or to summon and teleport others at will using tarot cards. Nicknamed Double-Headed Crest Maker, he is an international terrorist much feared across Europe, who believes the current state of that continent to be miserable and uses terror to destabilize the European Community, in order to lead it to collapse, striving to revive the Holy Roman Empire with Germany at its lead. He sought the Theotokos for such an end, using both Athos and the Adepts as mere pawns in a game he orchestrated from the shadows, until he appeared to end it personally, first disguising himself as a teacher at St. Mihailov, and then trying to finally unseal the sanctuary where the Theotokos was hidden, using Mafuyu and a crest-infused Hana to reunite the two halves of Sword's Maria. He almost succeeded, however he was defeated and then killed when Sasha, Ekaterina and Tasuku combined their efforts to stop him.
Georg Tanner
Younger brother of Friederich Tanner, known as Gamma Omega, he is eighth in the Adepts' hierarchy and he can control both cobalt and gamma rays, creating destructive laser-like beams from an elaborate ornament he has on his right hand, which he constantly cleans and admires. He is highly narcissistic and arrogant, boasting his aristocratic origins with pride and treating others as inferior beings. He shares the same beliefs as his older brother Friederich, hoping like him to destabilize Europe and bring back the Holy Roman Empire, leaded by his native Germany. He has an especially bitter rivalry with Jita Phrygianos and her brother, considering them unwhorty to be Adepts, and almost had her killed after provoking her into a fight, forcing her to take the blame. When his brother attempted to unlseal the Theotokos, he was to defend him from Sasha, Ekaterina and Tasuku, aided by Aoi Kuchiba and Milk. The fight proved to be too much for him however, and he had his face greatly disfigured by Sasha's scythe before being almost burnt when the three Qwasers united their efforts to stop Friederich. Severely wounded, he was dragged from the battlefield by Aoi.
Jita Phrygianos
Eleventh of the Adepts, known as Black Diamond, she is Joshua's sister, whom she treats as a fool. Her element is uknown, though she can create bladed weapons at will, whose specific powers are however not known at this point. She was initially very harsh towards Tomo, addressing her as a loose woman due to her good looks, though she apparently developed a crush on her, slowly opening up, especially after Tomo saved her when Georg Tanner forced her to take the blame of a fight he had provoked.
Milk
Fourth of the Adepts, nicknamed Whisper Bomb, currently little to nothing is known about her. She is a young girl, as young as Ekaterina probably, who appears dressed in a regal gown but, oddly, has her face always concealed by a gas mask and, even more oddly, is often sorrounded by cartoonish explosives, such as bombs, missiles and torpedoes. She never spoke since her introduction, but it is known that her element is hydrogen, as she combined her powers with Aoi Kuchiba, who wields oxygen, to manipulate water and reveal the concealed sanctuary of the Theotokos.

Media

Manga

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 January 2010, eight volumes were release with the first one released on December 20, 2006,[2] and the last one on December 18, 2009.[3]

This series is licensed in France by Asuka,[4] in Italy by J-Pop Edizioni,[5] and Ever Glory Publishing in Taiwan.[6] In English Tokyopop announced the licensing of this series in September 2009.[7]

Volume list

No. Japanese English
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
01 December 20, 2006[2] ISBN 978-4-253-23103-9 -
02 April 20, 2007[8] ISBN 978-4-253-23104-6 -
03 September 20, 2007[9] ISBN 978-4-253-23105-3 -
04 February 20, 2008[10] ISBN 978-4-253-23106-0 -
05 July 18, 2008[11] ISBN 978-4-253-23107-7 -
06 December 19, 2008[12] ISBN 978-4-253-23108-4 -
07 April 20, 2009[13] ISBN 978-4-253-23109-1 -
08 December 18, 2009[3] ISBN 978-4-253-23476-4 -

Anime

In May 2009 was announced a 13 episodes anime adaption of the series,[14] and the broadcast started on January 9, 2010 on MBS, Tokyo MX, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa and AT-X.[15] Along with the anime, an Internet radio show produced by Lantis is being broadcast starring Aki Toyosaki as Tomo Yamanobe and Yōko Hikasa as Hana Katsuragi.[16] Aired on TV channels was not the original uncensored, but a version with sexual and violent elements heavily censored. A "Director's Cut" version of the anime is however being webcasted, which is the uncensored original.

Theme Songs

The first opening theme is "Errand" sung by Faylan, with lyrics written by Aki Hata and composition and arrangement by Daisuke Kikuta of Elements Garden and will be released as a single on January 27, 2010 under Lantis label.[17]

The first ending theme is "Pasionate squall" sung by Ayumi Fujimura, Aki Toyosaki, Minori Chihara, Aya Hirano, Yōko Hikasa, all using their anime role voices, with lyrics by Aki Hata and composition and arrangement by Tom-H@ck and will be released as a single on February 10, 2010 under Lantis label.[18]

The second ending theme is "Mimei no Inori" (未明の祈り), sung by Minori Chihara and used in episode 5, with lyrics of Aki Hata, composition by Satoru Takada and arrangments by Katsuya Yoshida under Lantis label.

References

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  2. ^ a b "聖痕のクェイサー 第1巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=231039. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "聖痕のクェイサー 第8巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=234763. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Qwaser of stigmata" (in French). Asuka. http://www.asuka.fr/catalogue_serie.php?serie=112. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Qwaser of Stigmata" (in Italian). J-Pop. http://www.j-pop.it/catalogo.php?type=58. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "聖痕鍊金士" (in Chinese). Ever Glory Publishing. http://www.egmanga.com.tw/Manga2005/03_gbooks/eggbooks27.jsp?no=4857. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tokyopop Adds Songs & Laughter, Ratman, Seikon no Qwaser". Anime News Network. September 26, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-09-26/tokyopop-adds-songs-and-laughter-ratman-seikon-no-qwaser/2. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 第2巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=231047. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 第3巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=231055. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 第4巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=231063. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 第5巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=231071. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 第6巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=23108X. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  13. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 第7巻" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. http://www.akitashoten.co.jp/CGI/search/syousai_put.cgi?key=search&isbn=231098. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Seikon no Qwaser Manga Has TV Anime in the Works (Update 2)". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-05-16/seikon-no-qwaser-manga-reportedly-has-tv-anime-in-works. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ "聖痕のクェイサー 公式サイト" (in Japanese). qwaser.jp. http://www.qwaser.jp/index.html. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  16. ^ "聖痕のクェイサーラジオ!~ミハイロフ学園放送部~" (in Japanese). Lantis. http://lantis-net.com/qwaser/. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Errand" (in Japanese). Lantis. http://www.lantis.jp/new-release/data.php?id=ba2f9d4fb4fac7a855c421ffa41d9e10. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Passionate squall" (in Japanese). Lantis. http://www.lantis.jp/news/all.php?subaction=showfull&id=1261737095&archive=&start_from=&ucat=3&. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 

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