The eighth volume of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka brings an end to the Ukraine arc of the story, with plenty of action as Asuka and her allies clash with their foes.
This volume contains chapters thirty-one through to thirty-four.
THE DRAGON RISES
The battle in the Ukraine reaches a fever pitch as Magical Girls clash head-to-head, leaving Kurumi grievously injured. At the same time, Chisato and Just Cause Mia have their own life-and-death struggles to contend with. Whether it’s in a mafia hideout or on the battlefield against a top-ranking Brigade member, it’s all a prelude to the real threat. The unfathomably powerful magic weapon known only as Zmey threatens to rise up and lay waste to all who dare oppose it!
From beginning to end, this volume of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka is absolutely packed to the brim with action; a pretty fitting finale for the story arc. No wonder Asuka is exhausted by the end of it all.
Before turning my attention to Rapture, though, first I think Chisato getting to do something is worth mentioning. It is only a relatively small thing that she does, but it certainly has a major impact on the battle happening in the Ukraine.
Of course, the Ukraine is where most of the action takes place and most blood is spilled. Kurumi doesn’t exactly start this volume in the best condition – kind of a running trend for War Nurse at this point – but she is only down, not out.
Turns out Asuka’s foes may actually feel similar to her about the whole situation, but they have things driving them to go so far. Keeping up that resolve is a taxing effort, though.
It all comes down to one final foe in the end, and Just Cause Mia is the first to encounter the enemy. An impressive battle follows, even more so when back up finally arrives. It is almost a glimpse into how Asuka’s team operated during the Disas War, though things are not quite the same.
Abigail is on the cover of the volume, but she doesn’t really do all that much this time around. Just lesbian sex with the Brigadier. Whilst the Brigadier is on the phone, but Abigail seems to be enjoying herself nonetheless.
Volume eight ends the Ukraine arc in a spectacular style, and shows that what is coming up next is a lot closer to home for Asuka.
All in all, a fantastic volume of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka.