Teenaged Asuka lives in a world she had a hand in saving. She’s a Magical Girl that works along with the military…or was, until a terrible day that makes her suffer from PTSD. Hesitant on making friends and haunted by twisted revisions of daily life, Asuka tends to stick to herself. After a fun pair of classmates kindly urge her to be their friend, Asuka decides to finally try moving forward. But when one of them is nearly murdered by a terrorist, it just might be the push she needs to get out of retirement.
When I first learned Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka was getting an anime adaptation, I was excited. Though I only have read one volume of the manga thus far, the story was compelling and had the dark tone Magical Girl titles tend to have as of late. Unfortunately its execution was a bit disappointing.
The character art exaggerates the eyes to the point where certain characters look odd. The manga does have similar character art so maybe in its an adaptation, they don’t look as great. What it lacks is definitely made up in its faithfulness to the source material.
Asuka clearly suffers from PTSD and her journey sets her apart from some of the recent titles that throw magical girls in bloody situations just for the sake of it. Though there is plenty of bloody violence in the first episode that could either hook in fans or could further alienate old school Magical Girl fans that miss the cuteness of the Mahou Shojo genre.
Either way, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka is upon us in the Winter 2019 Anime rollout. I think I’ll lay off the manga of this title so that I can be genuinely surprised at how the story unfolds.
Rating: 7 out of 10