The sixth volume of the Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka manga wraps up the Okinawa arc, before setting things up for the next arc – one that will take the magical girls overseas.
This volume contains chapters twenty-three to twenty-six.
TROUBLE BY THE BLACK SEA
The fight for Okinawa has finally come to an end, with murderous magical girl Chisato taken into custody. But it’s not all good news: the special gear that General Tabira brought from the spirit world is now in the hands of the enemy. Asuka and the rest of M Squad won’t get long to celebrate their victory, either. A new threat emerges in the war-torn reaches of eastern Ukraine, and the Babel Brigade is pulling the strings!
This volume of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka gives us the conclusion of the Rapture vs. Giess fight, and the end of the Okinawa arc as a whole. Certain truths come to light that lead to Chisato discovering the circumstances that led her to becoming a magical girl.
After the battle, there is some downtime as Asuka and Kurumi get to spend time as normal high school students. With all that happened during Okinawa, the two deserve all the rest that they can get – whether they are studying, or enjoying a festival.
Some more information about Peipei is divulged here, too. In particular, she has a young girl that she is living with, that she has given the nickname ‘Astrologer’. Astrologer has amnesia, and that stems from certain events that resulted in her meeting Magical Girl Shuang Tou Long Peipei.
The next arc of the manga will see the magical girls visiting eastern Ukraine, and that is what part of this volume is spent setting up. Once again, the Babel Brigade is getting involved in something.
Overall, I’d say volume six of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka is pretty good. I’m satisfied with the way the Okinawa arc concluded, and it is nice seeing Asuka and Kurumi get to have time where they do not need to worry about being magical girls.
Future prospects are interesting, too. The magical girls and the Bable Brigade will clash once again, but it seems entirely possible that the M Squad will get some more firepower, courtesy of Kurumi.
Chisato is a sympathetic character, and though she did kill people, I would very much like to see her get a second chance. Magical girls are a precious resource, after all. Perhaps she could find something to fight for.