Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka.jpg
English cover of the first volume published by Seven Seas Entertainment.
魔法少女特殊戦あすか
(Mahō Shōjo Tokushusen Asuka)
GenreAction, magical girl, military[1]
Manga
Written byMakoto Fukami
Illustrated bySeigo Tokiya
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Big Gangan
Original runJune 12, 2015 – present
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byHideyo Yamamoto
Written byMakoto Fukami
Norimitsu Kaihō
Music byR.O.N
StudioLiden Films
Licensed by
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, CBC), AT-X
Original run January 12, 2019 – present
Episodes2
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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka (Japanese: 魔法少女特殊戦あすか, Hepburn: Mahō Shōjo Tokushusen Asuka) is a Japanese magical girl/military seinen manga series written by Makoto Fukami and illustrated by Seigo Tokiya. Naoya Tamura is the series' military advisor. It began publication in June 2015 in the manga magazine Monthly Big Gangan, published by Square Enix, and has five tankōbon volumes slated for North America Release as of January 2018. The series is published in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. An anime television series adaptation by Liden Films began airing on January 12, 2019; the anime series is licensed in North America under Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

When a dangerous race of beasts known as the Disas attacked, spirits from another world formed an alliance with Earth and granted certain girls the power to become magical girls and fight against them. Three years after the war against the Disas, one of the magical girls, Asuka Otori, is trying to return to living a normal life. However, Disas Bears reappear from an unknown source, leading Asuka to come out of retirement and join a squadron of magical girls to fight this new threat.

Characters[edit]

The Legendary Five[edit]

Originally, a squadron of 11 Magical Girls which took part in the War with the Disas. The Legendary Five represents the survivors of that war. The squad's motto was "Who laughs last, Laughs best..."

Asuka Otori (大鳥居あすか, Ōtorii Asuka) / Rapture Asuka (ラプチャー☆あすか, Rapuchā Asuka)
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki[4]
The former leader of the legendary five magical girls who fought against the Disas three years ago. She tries to live a normal life to get over her trauma of the war, as well as retaliation from the Disas, who were responsible for her parent's death; but is soon dragged back into the fray by the new threat. Her magical device is a karambit.
Kurumi Mugen (夢源くるみ, Mugen Kurumi) / War Nurse Kurumi (ウォーナース☆くるみ, Wō Nāsu Kurumi)
Voiced by: Akira Sekine[5]
Asuka's close friend and fellow magical girl who is attached to the General Research Division #2 as a Magical Warfare Research Officer. She is able to heal wounds and use a giant syringe to poison enemies. She holds a strong attachment to Asuka, who saved her from severe bullying, to the point of unstable obsession. She hates the team's moniker of "Legendary Five" due to the fact the public failing to realize that the team was a much bigger squad and the "Legendary 5" moniker are the survivors of the war. Despite her title as a "Medic," she also specializes in interrogation and torture.
Mia Cyrus (ミア・サイラス, Mia Sairasu) / Just Cause Mia (ジャストコーズ☆ミア, Jasuto Kōzu Mia)
Voiced by: Eriko Matsui[6]
An American Sergant Major with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), who works alongside ISA Aaron and ISA Julia. She is so far the only magical girl who revealed her identity to the public. Her magical device is a derringer, which can turn into different guns. She is at odds with Tamara for being too serious and robotic, calling her "Yankee"
Tamara Volkova (タマラ・ヴォルコワ, Tamara Vorukowa) / Phoenix Tamara (フェーニクス☆タマラ, Fēnikusu Tamara)
Voiced by: M.A.O[7]
A Russian magical girl who uses a magical rifle which can turn into a gatling gun and flamethrower (whose flames are hot as the sun, thus her "Pheonix" moniker). She also uses a ballistic knife for close quarter combat. Her magical device is a lighter. She is at odds with Mia for being too laid back, calling her "Russki"
Lau Peipei (ラウ・ペイペイ, Rau Peipei) / Shantoulon Peipei (双頭竜 ペイペイ, Shontōron Peipei)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[7]
A Chinese magical girl who fights using magical nunchaku.

Illegal Magical Girls[edit]

Girls, with Magical Girl potential, that use unregistered magical devices through illegal means

Chisato Yonamine (与那嶺 ちさと, Yonamine Chisato) / Whiplash Chisato
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu[6]
An Okinawan girl who used to be a karate student before losing her leg in an accident that took her mother. Her father was about to offer to the Sex Industry, but was spared due to being a minor. She eventually becomes a magical girl, being offered a new prosthetic leg in the process. Her magical device is a braclet, which turns into a whip. Her prosthetic also acts a weapon equipped with hidden blades, which increase her kicking attacks.

Abigail / Pick Scissors Abby

A terrorist Magical Girl who kidnaps Asuka's friend Makino to use as ransom. She also is a weapons dealer and assassin. Her magical device is a pair of scissors, which grows massive after she transforms. The weapon can separate and act as a pair of swords.

Other Characters[edit]

Yoshiaki Iizuka (飯塚 義明, Iizuka Yoshiaki)
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura[7]
A member of the JGSDF who heads up the Magical Girl Spec-Ops Squad is a joint unit of members of the Legendary 5 and M-Squad, an anti magic division unit, which poses as a Maid Café. He is also Asuka's "adopted" father.
Sacchuu (サッチュウ, Sacchū)
Voiced by: Kokoro Kikuchi[7]
A fairy who works alongside Asuka and the other magical girls. Sacchuu can link senses with other magical girls to analyze enemies. His primary weapon are spiked brass knuckles.
Sayako Hata (羽田 紗綾子, Hata Sayako)
Voiced by: Chinami Hashimoto[8]
Asuka's classmate who is close friends with Nozomi.
Nozomi Makino (牧野 希美, Makino Nozomi)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi[8]
Asuka's classmate and Sayako's friend whose father works for the Metropolitan Police.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya began publishing the series in Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan in February 2015.[1] The series was licensed in English by Seven Seas Entertainment in January 2017.[1][9]

Nine tankōbon volumes have been released as of December 2018 in Japan.[10] Four volumes have been released in English so far.[11]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 October 24, 2015[12]ISBN 978-4-757-54780-3November 28, 2017[11]ISBN 978-1-626926-46-2
  • Mission 1. Magical Five
  • Mission 2. The Force of the Magical Girl
  • Mission 3. Another One of the Magical Girls
  • 2 March 25, 2016[13]ISBN 978-4-757-54934-0February 20, 2018[11]ISBN 978-1-626927-38-4
    • Mission 4. Illegal Magical Girl
    • Mission 5. Prisoner Abuse
    • Mission 6. Engage
  • Mission 7. Mighty Talon
  • Mission 8. Magic Squad
  • 3 July 15, 2016[14]ISBN 978-4-757-55065-0July 31, 2018[11]ISBN 978-1-626927-88-9
    4 April 25, 2017[15]ISBN 978-4-757-55298-2September 25, 2018[11]ISBN 978-1-626928-62-6
    5 July 25, 2017[16]ISBN 978-4-757-55423-8January 29, 2019[11]ISBN 978-1-626929-72-2
    6 November 25, 2017[17]ISBN 978-4-757-55535-8April 15, 2019[11]ISBN 978-1-642751-08-6
    7 March 24, 2018[18]ISBN 978-4-757-55680-5TBA[11]
    8 July 25, 2018[19]ISBN 978-4-757-55793-2TBA[11]
    9 December 25, 2018[20]ISBN 978-4-757-55962-2TBA[11]

    Anime[edit]

    An anime television series adaptation was announced on July 20, 2018[4]. The anime series is directed by Hideyo Yamamoto and animated by Liden Films, with Makoto Fukami and Norimitsu Kaihō writing the scripts, Yoko Suzuki designing the characters and R.O.N composing the music. It premiered on January 12, 2019 on MBS and TBS before airing later on BS-TBS, AT-X, CBC.[21] The opening theme is "Kodo" by Nonoc and the ending theme is "Rebel Flag" by Garnidelia.[7] Crunchyroll is streaming the series, while Funimation is producing an English dub.[2] In Australia and New Zealand, the series is simulcasting on AnimeLab.[22]

    No. Title Original air date
    1"The Magical Girl Comes Back"
    "Kaette Kita Mahō Shōjo" (帰ってきた魔法少女)
    January 12, 2019 (2019-01-12)
    Asuka Otori, aka Magical Girl Rapture Asuka, is a magical girl who three years ago fought in a brutal war against the evil Disas race. As Asuka tries to live a normal life at a new school, JGSDF member Yoshiaki Iizuka asks her to resume her duties as a magical girl as part of a special operations squad, but Asuka refuses due to the trauma of the Disas killing her parents. While Asuka befriends her classmates Nozomi Makino and Sayako Hata, a group of terrorists free their comrade, Kim Kanth, from a police truck, attacking innocent bystanders as they make their escape. When Sayako gets caught up in the danger, Asuka once again becomes a magical girl in order to protect her and stop the terrorists.
    2"Daily Life and Comrades in Arms"
    "Nichijō to Sen'yū" (日常と戦友)
    January 19, 2019 (2019-01-19)
    Following the incident, Kanth is taken in by the Metropolitan Police, who interrogate him for information, while Asuka continues to reject Iizuka's offer. A few days later, Asuka learns of a nearby Disas attack and rushes to the aid of her fellow magical girl, Kurumi Mugen aka War Nurse, who transfers into Asuka's class the next day.
    3"A More Terrible War"
    "Motto Hidoi Sensō" (もっとひどい戦争)
    TBA

    Reception[edit]

    The first volume was reviewed by an overall positive review by Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network. With an overall grade of B-, Ms. Silverman stating “The dark magical girl story may not be new, but Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka shows that it's still a genre with potential. Alternately relying on and eschewing genre tropes, Asuka's struggle with her violent past and magical girl identity stands to be both exciting and psychologically interesting.” She was most critical concerning the relaying on tropes without fulling committing to the unique characteristics of the storyline and the inconsistency in the artwork. This inconsistency was mostly with the characteristics of main heroine which contributes to overtly sexualizing the character.[23]

    References[edit]

    1. ^ a b c "Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka". Seven Seas Entertainment. January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
    2. ^ a b "Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Anime". Anime News Network. January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
    3. ^ "Funimation President: 'We Tried to Renew Deal with Crunchyroll'". Anime News Network. December 14, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
    4. ^ a b "Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Manga Gets Anime in 2019". Anime News Network. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
    5. ^ "Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime Casts Akira Sekine as Kurumi". Anime News Network. August 25, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
    6. ^ a b "Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime Casts Eriko Matsui, Ayana Taketatsu". Anime News Network. September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
    7. ^ a b c d e "Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Theme Song Artists, More Cast". Anime News Network. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
    8. ^ a b "Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime Casts Chinami Hashimoto, Rie Takahashi". Anime News Network. October 25, 2018.
    9. ^ "Seven Seas Licenses Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Manga". Anime News Network. January 21, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
    10. ^ 佐藤健太郎 [Search results: 魔法少女特殊戦あすか]. Square Enix (in Japanese). Retrieved June 15, 2018.
    11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Magical Girl Spec-OPS Asuka". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
    12. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第1巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 1]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). ASIN 4757547803.
    13. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第2巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 2]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved January 20, 2017.
    14. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第3巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 3]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved January 20, 2017.
    15. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第4巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 4]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved January 20, 2017.
    16. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第5巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 5]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved January 20, 2017.
    17. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第6巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 6]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved January 20, 2017.
    18. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第7巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 7]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved June 15, 2018.
    19. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第8巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 8]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved June 15, 2018.
    20. ^ 魔法少女特殊戦あすか 第9巻 [Magical Girl Special Forces Asuka Volume 9]. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved January 1, 2019.
    21. ^ "Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime's Ad Reveals January 11 Premiere". Anime News Network. November 23, 2018.
    22. ^ @AnimeLab (January 15, 2019). "Cute magic girls and a wicked soundtrack? We're hooked! 😍 Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, simulcasting now on AnimeLab!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 18, 2019 – via Twitter.
    23. ^ Silverman, Rebecca (December 12, 2017). "Magical Girl SPEC-OPS Asuka GN 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 10, 2018.

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