Magical Torture, Pain, and the Unending War

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 12 Review - Don't expect an ending or even a satisfying last ditch battle. This is more a conglomerate of character moments, set up for future plot lines, and random flash backs that just kind of splatter there way across the screen for twenty minutes before we get a narration that more or less tells us the story is no where near finished.

Bring the Pain; It Won’t Stop These Magical Girls

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 11 Review - They are bringing the fight at the base to a close but that isn't winning the war.

The Battle of the Magical Girls Begins

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 10 Review - The base is invaded and the troops are being overwhelmed. Meanwhile, in the city of Naha, Nozomi and Sayako are being chased about by Disas. It all looks like it is going end very badly.

The Dark Side of the Magical Girl Myth

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 8 and 9 Review - A school field trip and villains making preparations for an attack.

It’s Raining Magical Girls and Deals With Other Worlds

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 7 Review - Asuka is back with the military, or at least the squad that have been trying to recruit her, but it isn't smooth sailing. During their first real mission she freezes mid-battle and it is Kurumi who gets her moving again.

Everybody Loses In A Magical War

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 6 Review - Mia makes her way to Japan but turns out she's not hooking up with Asuka and Kurumi. Instead we see her run her own investigation into the guys turned into cubes. Meanwhile, Asuka's working to find a reason to keep looking forward.

Magical Trauma and Political Intrigue a Plenty

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Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka Episode 5 Review - They've rescued Nozomi but that's only half the battle. Asuka has magical mercenaries to take on and Kurumi is going head to head with Abby the crazy magical girl plus two Halloween Class monsters. Even once the dust has settled and the physical damage healed, Nozomi isn't exactly going to just get over that.

This Is Not How One Puts Together A Solid Plan

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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 4 Review - Nozomi is pretty much in a horrible situation made worse by bureaucracy that is worried about relationships and power struggles rather than saving her life. This isn't easy to watch and at the end of the day I'm still feeling like the villains really need more motive than what they've been given. Perhaps there's a grand plan but it isn't overly clear yet so this just seems like pain for pain's sake.

Not Brushing Aside Trauma Makes For A Better Narrative

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The events from episode 1 were not brushed aside and the world did not reset with everyone just moving on. The trauma of nearly being killed weighs heavily on Asuka's classmate as does the feeling of helplessness. This story is taking it's themes seriously even as it builds something fairly entertaining.

What Happens When a Magical Girl With PTSD Drawn Back Into War?

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Well, we've definitely seen our share of dark magical girl stories, yet I can't help feeling optimistic about this one. Will my hopes be dashed? Maybe, but I'm still wanting to see how this one goes.