「銀色の百合姫」 (Kiniro no Yurihime)
“Silver-haired Lily Princess”
Amazingly enough, the excessive censoring that Hoods Entertainment’s sequel has been subjected to is within reason, as we no longer have ludicrous camera zooming and completely off-screen panning that make it hard to discern what’s even going on. Instead, broadcasters have gone with the more typical (and bearable) bright white lights, a bit of cropping, and dramatic music to mask the girls’ moans of pleasure. All of that may sound like a bit much, but the end result is actually very watchable compared to the first season’s televised broadcast. Depending on how future episodes pan out, I may even be fine with watching this entire sequel in its edited form. What will ultimately decide that is knowing how much was edited out to begin with, which the Director’s Cut version that will be streamed on Anime One’s pay site six days later will help show. I can’t imagine there being much in this premiere episodes, so hats off to the editors if they were able to mask a lot more changes in a seamless manner.
In any case, I’m not here to talk about the breastfeeding aspect of Seikon no Qwaser, because if you’re only here for that, you’re probably only going to look at the screen caps and ignore my post anyway. For everyone else who can think with something other than their crotch, the continuation of our story picks up with Alexander “Sasha” Nikolaevich Hell (Sanpei Yuuko), infiltrating the all-girls Roman Curia Suirei Academy in search of one of only five known High Ancient Circuits, the Magdala of Thunder (Ikazuchi no Magudara 「雷の携香女」). Much like how the Sword of Maria was discovered to be residing within Oribe Mafuyu (Fujimura Ayumi) in the first season, Athos believes the Magdala of Thunder is within one of the Suirei’s students, so Noda Yuuri (Chiba Susumu) sends Sasha to search for her by checking their Soma.
The problem is, a young Russian boy at an all-girls school asking a bunch of religious Japanese girls if he can taste their breast milk probably wouldn’t go over very well, so Sasha is forced to pull off one of potentially one of the best traps of 2011 to get them to open up to him. To my bewilderment, it works extremely well too, given that Sanpei Yuuko uses an extremely feminine voice to play “her” with that I didn’t even know she had. Accompanied by his stand-in Maria (i.e. Soma battery) Katsuragi Hana (Hikasa Youko), better known as Ekaterina “Katja” Kurae’s (Hirano Aya) masochistic plaything, Sasha’s reluctant cross-dressing for this infiltration mission started off much more humorously than I would have ever imagined. While Hana is always an outlet for comic relief, and is amusing to watch because she’s a tsundere with an interest in BDSM, she doesn’t tend to attract much viewer sympathy since she brings it upon herself. Together with the no-nonsense Sasha who won’t hesitate to talk negatively about her fetishes, she suddenly becomes a lot funnier to watch. Compared to Mafuyu, I was pretty sold on the drastically different dynamic she provides.
Story-wise, Sasha’s search for the High Ancient Circuit led us to the introduction of the three Japanese students who’ll have prominent roles — sorority leader Seta Miyuki (Sakurai Harumi), the small but loud Satsuki Ayame (Tatsumi Yuiko), and the soft-spoken yet suspicious Amano Tsubasa (Nanjou Yoshino). I had already mentioned them back in the Spring 2011 Preview, so what came as a real surprise was the highly-advanced virtual reality learning system that Suirei employs to bring out its students latent abilities. One would expect that to blow Sasha’s cover, but the dark depths of his mind and his love for Olja’s breasts conveniently bailed him out and completed the perfect trap. A scary thought but well-played by Sasha considering this was a true gender bender version of him. The subsequent comedy didn’t skip a beat either, as I loved the way he slipped in comments about how his big breasts are bogging him down without ruining the tension in his battle against Miyuki, before Sasha showed her what the true power of a Qwaser is like. I must say, Miyuki’s face of defeat was pretty priceless, particularly when Sasha subjected her to his Soma test for losing, simply because she sounded like Yuri from Angel Beats reluctantly submitting to someone. With the tears and the music, that was definitely a bit scandalous.
Overall, this was a nice reintroduction to Seikon no Qwaser and quickly plunged us into a new setting as well. The appearances of Adept members Jita Phrygianos (Ooura Fuyuka) and Wan Chen (Hamada Kenji) provided a precursor for their involvement, and suggested that their group will be Sasha’s main enemy once again. As for the Magdala of Thunder itself, this first episode’s led us to believe that Tsubasa is the bearer, but whether or not that’s just a red herring is hard to tell at the moment. However, all this early foreshadowing is just rosy on top of a great-looking production featuring good OP/ED theme songs again, so I’m really looking forward to whatever direction this continuation takes.
* Note: I’m still not feeling all that well, but I’ll try to find time to work on the March Retrospective Look post.