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    魔法少女特殊戦あすか

    An action show where girls are going magical in fighting alien invaders.

    Airs: Friday, January 11, 2019

    Studio: Liden Films

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    Due to the invasion of Disas?enigmatic creatures of soil from the land of the dead?mankind, who was on the verge of crisis, was saved by the efforts of magical girls who had obtained a mysterious magical power...

    Three years later, new incidents suddenly occur, tearing apart the normalcy of the girls who had each returned to their normal lives. The saviours of humanity, those magical girls called "The Magical Five" now live each day fighting for their lives, even as they are trifled with by fate...


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    Episode 1

    The magical girl's work is never done.

    This episode pretty much sets things up, but then when it gets to the action, it gets really violent in the way of cut-up body parts. The end of the first episode is a taste of that as it will only get more so moving forward should it be adapted according to the source material. Pretty decent start there to set things up as Asuka was trying to live a quiet life after quitting the magical girl profession after her parents were murdered. But when Nozomi got caught in the crossfire, she just couldn't stand back and watch, not when there's so much violence going on around the world. While it doesn't explain the setting, it does a good job in explaining Asuka's past that she would rather forget, but can't.

    As usual, trial period it goes through and I'll decide at the end of the period if it stays or goes. So far, I like what I have seen, but the big test comes next.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
      Episode 1

      The magical girl's work is never done.

      This episode pretty much sets things up, but then when it gets to the action, it gets really violent in the way of cut-up body parts. The end of the first episode is a taste of that as it will only get more so moving forward should it be adapted according to the source material. Pretty decent start there to set things up as Asuka was trying to live a quiet life after quitting the magical girl profession after her parents were murdered. But when Nozomi got caught in the crossfire, she just couldn't stand back and watch, not when there's so much violence going on around the world. While it doesn't explain the setting, it does a good job in explaining Asuka's past that she would rather forget, but can't.

      As usual, trial period it goes through and I'll decide at the end of the period if it stays or goes. So far, I like what I have seen, but the big test comes next.
      Re: Episode 1

      Magical Girl PTSD. Plus, a bit of the old ultra-violence...make that loads of the old ultra-violence.

      Pretty much what Buckeye said. We see the opening segment, then return to it later as a another flashback, witnessing her victory, only to come home from that win to discover her parents taken and murdered, getting their body parts returned to her in packages.

      So, complete with dead friends, murdered and mutilated parents, countless civilian dead, we get a good handle on why Asuka has retired, and why she's got a lot of trigger issues. But she can't stand by while a friend is about to be gunned down by international terrorists.

      Oh, FYI, it was Sayako who was in danger, not Nozomi.

      So, an interesting start. It's bit rough around the edges (both in animation quality and story), but has potential with an interesting heroine and did I mention blood? And violence? Because it has loads of both of those. So, another entry into the "Dark" magical girl genre, which despite some flaws has the potential to stand out from the standpoints of action, violence and psychological drama...or it could all combust together in an unsustainable mess.
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      • #4
        Re: Episode 1

        Beyond the "edgy hard edge" of the violence, blood, and military overtones, what did get me thinking about this series "playing with the formula" is appearing to acknowledge the magical girls as widely known instead of "fighting, and here suffering, in secret" (or at least isolation). After the setup flashbacks, it was a bit of a relief for me that Sayako didn't become one more victim for Asuka to avenge... right away, anyway. As was said, though, I can wonder how the final (or even a few episode in) reactions will turn out.

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