Once again, I shall be sharing my thoughts on Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. This time it is the fifth volume of the manga, which contains chapters eighteen through to twenty-two, as well as one special chapter.
Magical battle royale!
The nefarious Babel Brigade, backed by otherworldly power, has launched a full-scale assault against a military base. Their target? A vital emissary from the spirit world. American soldiers, Japanese special forces, and even an international team of Magical Girls might not be enough to hold them off. It’s a no-holds barred face-off between Asuka and the Brigade’s elite: a battle royale of guns and knives and spells!
One phrase immediately springs to mind that aptly describes this volume of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka: action-packed. From beginning to end, the focus is on the battle between the Babel Brigade and the military base.
Asuka, Kurumi, Mia and Tamara all have their own respective roles to play, but they all end up in the middle of the action one way or another. What I particularly liked was seeing Sacchuu join the fight as well; a mascot character who is able to fight is something I very much welcome.
The battle is not an easy one, and it does get particularly violent. There are casualties on both sides, and almost nobody is coming out of said battle unscathed. Whilst the military mainly focus on the Disas, Rapture and War Nurse end up having their own specific opponents to fight.
War Nurse’s fight is rather notable, as her foe manages to bring up memories of her past. Not on purpose, but something she says brings that all back. War Nurse has to overcome that if she wants to overcome her foe.
All the fighting that can be seen is on the brutal side as well; both protagonists and antagonists suffer serious wounds.
Enough about violence, let’s focus on something else for a moment. This volume begins with an introduction to one the Legendary Five, Lau Peipei. She’s looking a lot different from how she was during the Distonian War. Let’s just say if you’re a big fan of dark-skinned beauties and fanservice, her introduction will please you very much.
She is also the focus of the special chapter, which shows her working as a freelance mercenary assassin.
Out of the five volumes of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka I have read so far, this one may just be my favourite. We have Lau Peipei’s introduction, but the biggest draw has to be the major battle that fills this volume. It provides some excellent fights, with a nice little callback to a past event. It’s also not entirely obvious what fate has befallen certain characters.
So, overall, an excellent entry for the Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka manga series.