The genre bending of magical girls won’t be slowing down anytime soon. There’s so much more darker material choose from these days and Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka was such a hit in Japan that it has been given an English translation. How does this series hold up in comparison to the others like it?
Asuka is a former magical girl whose job worked alongside the military as part of a group of magical girls that saved the world from a deadly alien invasion. Although the majority of the world may have felt their problems are over, creatures have struck Earth again with ill intent. Deaths of civilians are piling up and Asuka is asked to come out of her retirement. When the lives of her friends could be at stake, is that enough for Asuka to fight once more?
If Magical Girl Apocalypse is a series you stick with consistently, you’ll definitely love this title. If it’s not even close to the kind of Magical Girl with violent genre bend you enjoy, avoid this title no matter what. Gory and violent like Magical Girl Apocalypse, but this series already contains much more of a human feel to it. Asuka suffers from PTSD and it’s apparent from the way she speaks to the hallucinations she experiences just from walking in public. This theme being explored makes it less of a mindless gore fest and more of a comeback story of a heroine.
The art feels like the style of manga from the early 2000’s so it’s not as stylish as most recent titles but the story writing overshadows that by a long shot. Another great point is the lack of excessive fan-service. Outside of a few transformation sequences, there’s not a huge load of hyper-sexuality like Magical Girl Apocalypse.
Volume One of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka gives readers an action packed story that is easy to follow and characters you can get attached to rather quickly. At this point I should know better than to get attached to characters when it comes to magical girls these days but I do anyways.
I always do.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Photo: Seven Seas Entertainment