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. ]
General Verdict: 8/10
Ecchi rating: 9/10 + fetishes etc. (expect Bondage and SM)Verdict and Afterthoughts:
My initial impression was actually quite bad, being not a fan of the Christian faith, it drove me to tears when I realized what I have been missing. So... I purchased the chinese one released by Ten-Jin comics. It has a really HOT AMOUNT OF FETISH BREAST FEEDING, BREAST EXPOSURE, etc, while maintaining like all serious titles before (Mai-Hime) an intense and intriguing storyline as we witness battles between superior human beings known as the Qwaser. They are specialized trained weapons in the form of humans made by "Churches" apparently, and has a very unique ability t control a different element for each one, which makes this a power fest. So far, reading up till book 3, there showcases a Copper controller, Steel, Oxygen, Aluminium, Zinc, Iron, Roentgens-metal, Mercury in the battle. I was kept interested with the endless scientific battles themselves. For example, in book 2 or 3, we are shown that how you can decay steel at an accelerated rate under intense oxygen exposure, and similiarly, steel coated with a specific black rust is able to repel this effect. etc etc. Interesting battles and an intense storyline, kudos to the whole Romanov family idea which is really rare as a subject in comics and manga alike, brings special attention to what religions would have done if they had absolute power and how our weakly human protagonist strives against the odds to protect the one she cared for and the Icon fro falling into the wrong hands. _Bonus breast feeding fetish satisfied... ahhhhh.... also, expect slavery, tortures, ghastly gang rape, not hentai, but borderline, not for the weak hearted and under aged.
To add simply, this is worth your reading. Best read in chinese if you want and able to, since it is up till book 6 and the english scans are only on book 2.