Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 11 Review
As Asuka faces off against Giess and War Nurse Kurumi faces of against Whiplash, the fighting above ground grinds to a halt with The Russian magical girl rescuing Mia as well as Nozomi and Sayako. Of course, there’s no more reason for the fighting to go on above ground given the box with the magical tool in it has already left the building and so the fight below ground, while grand and all, is mostly just marking time.
Kurumi gets quite the beating in this episode, both physically and emotionally. We already knew War Nurse wasn’t amazing at hand to hand combat so her opponent couldn’t be any worse. Yet, despite flash backs to days of being bullied and a lot of mental trauma, War Nurse isn’t going to take a beating lying down.
This is probably the best showing Kurumi has been given so far in this series. She’s wanting to go help Asuka, but more than that, she doesn’t want to feel pathetic. She doesn’t want to return to who she was. Kurumi gives this fight everything she has and while she is still very much a support fighter, you have to respect her victory in this instance.
Asuka on the other hand is a front line fighter but her opponent is also ill-suited. She takes significant damage including the loss of an arm, but don’t think that’s going to stop her.
Now, I should point out, that the fact that Nozomi lost an arm earlier in the series and they simply reattached it takes a lot of the tension out of this sequence. There’s never any doubt that Kurumi will get there and repair Asuka’s arm for her so the cringe and fear that should really work with this scene isn’t there. So instead it feels a little bit flat despite the apparent gravity of a teenage girl having her arm torn off.
Again though, we know it isn’t going to be permanent, unless Kurumi dies before the fight is over but that seemed unlikely, and also, the audience knows the reason for this fight has already gone. Asuka isn’t aware of it so is fighting for real, but it makes it hard for the audience to invest.
Of course, that doesn’t make Asuka’s winning attack any less cool to watch.
I don’t know what they are going to do to Whiplash but I don’t think it will matter. She was pretty broken after losing her fight and then Giess put the final nail in the coffin by revealing what his side did to her.
The one thing I do know is that none of this will be properly solved next week unless it is done at break neck speed so it seems we’ll be left hanging at season’s end. And was that last comment by the villain about the magical tool a sign that Sayako is actually going to become a magical girl or am I reading too much into that?
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- Series Review: Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka
- Episode 1: What Happens When a Magical Girl With PTSD is Drawn Back Into War?
- Episode 2: Not Brushing Aside Trauma Makes For A Better Narrative
- Episode 3: And The Award For Creepiest Visuals of the Week Goes To…
- Episode 4: This Is Not How One Puts Together A Solid Plan
- Episode 5: Magical Trauma and Political Intrigue a Plenty
- Episode 6: Everybody Loses in a Magical War
- Episode 7: It’s Raining Magical Girls and Deals With Other Worlds
- Episode 8 and 9: The Dark Side of the Magical Girl Myth
- Episode 10: The Battle of the Magical Girls Begins
- Episode 11: Bring the Pain; It Won’t Stop These Magical Girls
- Episode 12: Magical Torture, Pain and the Unending War
Images from: Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. Dir. H Yamamoto. LIDENFILMS. 2019.
4 thoughts on “Bring the Pain; It Won’t Stop These Magical Girls”
“So instead it feels a little bit flat despite the apparent gravity of a teenage girl having her arm torn off.”
Except that Kurumi came within a hairs-width of buying it; if her fight had gone differently, and if Yoshiaki Iizuka had not have brought her an extra weapon, Giess would likely have killed her. I mean, he was designed to be a Magical Girl killer!
I just loved how focused Asuka was. Sacchuu was freaking completely out, but she still kept her head in the game. That’s good stuff!
“And was that last comment by the villain about the magical tool a sign that Sayako is actually going to become a magical girl or am I reading too much into that?”
That’s absolutely the impression I got. Maybe it was intentional misdirection?
True. Kurumi dying would have ruined the whole reattaching the arm thing. That said, the fact that it was proven possible to reattach torn off limbs earlier in the season didn’t help this one.
I’m still not sure about Sayako but it really seemed like they were pushing it that way. As you say though, it might be intentional misdirection.
This show is definitely headed into a “read the manga ending”. I just don’t see how they can reach a natural stopping point in another episode of two.
MAL has listed 12 episodes so one to go and yeah, I just don’t see them wrapping up much in that time. I could be wrong but I also don’t see this one getting a second season. Maybe they’ll surprise us with a season 2 announcement but I’m not that hopeful.