The ninth volume of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya’s Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka manga marks the start of the Russian arc, kicking off with an infiltration mission. It is not Asuka or Kurumi who taking the lead for this one, though.
This volume contains chapters thirty-five to thirty-eight.
The war abroad is over, and Asuka and Kurumi have returned home in the hopes of enjoying peaceful student life in Japan. Unfortunately, the duty of a Magical Girl is never far away. The government has uncovered the truth of Tamara’s situation, and why she fought for Asuka’s enemies. Somehow, the Russian General Staff Office, deeply in bed with the Russian Mafia, is forcing Tamara to do their will. It’s time for Nazani to take centre stage – the infiltration mission is underway!
Ever since Nazani and Chisato were drafted into the protagonists’ ranks, I have been wanting to see more from them. We did get a bit of that from the previous arc, but here Nazani gets to take the lead.
She is given an infiltration mission, which should reveal why Tamara turned on her allies during their previous encounter.
It’s somewhat refreshing to see someone else lead the story. I do like Asuka and Kurumi a lot, but they can’t always get all the glory. Though I suppose it depends on how well Nazani can carry out her role.
One of the reasons that Asuka and Kurumi aren’t taking on the infiltration mission partially has to do with them having something else to focus on: their school’s cultural festival.
There’s a lot of planning put in towards it, and the end result is so divine that even Kurumi can’t handle it. We’re given insight into Kurumi’s inner thoughts, and she is really thirsty for Asuka.
It’s pretty evident the whole culture festival thing is being played for laughs, but also giving Asuka and Kurumi the opportunity to just be normal girls. For a while, at least. It’s definitely something the pair of them deserve, even if it seems like the world doesn’t agree.
I really liked this volume. The Russian arc is off to a strong start, and we’re getting other characters participating in the plot. We’ve been shown a little bit of what Nazani can do, but I’m also equally excited about seeing Chisato when she will inevitably be called into action.
There is a bonus chapter about Chisato in this volume, and that definitely whets the appetite for what is about to come for magical girl Whiplash.
Lots of interesting stuff going on with this volume, and this arc is already off to a promising start.