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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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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 12 (Finale)

    This is just the beginning.

    So this show ends pretty much the only way it could as otherwise, it would be a Gangsta-like situation to start the next battle and ending it after barely scratching the surface. It's no wonder why Peipei hasn't shown up as she is that girl from Thailand. She got plastic surgery to change her appearance from that spunky Chinese girl to that tanned-skinned blondie. She's now a mercenary, so if Asuka and company want her to fight for them again, they will have to pay up. After being tortured and manipulated by Kurumi, Nazani and Chisato are now working as waitresses for the M Squad's cafe. And while Abby and the Queen are planning to launch an even greater war, they want to do so when the magical girls are at their peak. So this is all laid-back stuff seeing that there just wasn't much that could be done with one episode left and a major battle having ended going to show that there are bigger battles saved for a hypothetical second season, which I don't see happening. At least the loose ends have been tied up, but nonetheless that was underwhelming.

    Overall, this show makes its mark through its edginess as the concept of magical girls working for the military is a very nice idea. While this show has some great things going for it with the soundtrack the concept, the action, and the drama, the show's plot and storywriting was all over the place, all while the animation quality definitely was not Liden's best efforts. This show just tries to bite on more than it could chew, and that leads to something that has too many lapses and overdoing it with the violence and sexuality to the point where things just aren't flowing the way it is supposed to. In any case, this show is still a nice way to watch something outside the box in spite of all these storywriting and animation issues.

    MAL Rating:
    Re: Episode 12

    It's a dog's life.

    And so we get one of those "very much to be continued" type of episodes, with all manner of things being set up for the future..."so buy the manga/light novels now" vibe....and I just hate when they do that with nothing further animated to come.

    So, we open in the past with our magical girls, with a still alive Francine (gosh, why, oh, why do we get so much camera time for a long dead girl) where the topic of what they're going to do after the war is over, with Kurumi raising that flag.

    Back to the future, we see that Kurumi has taken up dog training as a sideline for her torture business. Nazani is a good dog, yes, she is, and like all good dogs, wears bondage gear while on her leash. Chisato is the subject of this torture session, and Kurumi is blunt about her ability to heal any injuries she inflicts. Kurumi also gives us a run down on how many magical girls are out there, and why both Nazani and Chisato are going tonot be allowed to just sit on the sidelines. We get to see all kinds of various political maneuvers, "The Queen" setting things up for the future and that Chinese girl Peipei got her looks changed and is now a mercenary. We also see that Tamara is seriously messed up as her "sister" who she's been longing for and is allowed to see by the Russian head honcho, looks to be a Disas stuffed bear.

    It's not the worst ending, by any means, as we see that Asuka has made strides, but with all the foreshadowing going on, it's all pointless for the anime fan unless another season is coming.

    It'll be interesting to see how far this goes on the sexual side for the disc releases.

    As to the series...uneven is the term for me. The PTSD Magical Girls theme worked for me, but the animation was mediocre at best, and the character designs were ugly. The story got too simplistic at times, and they're not really trying to hide who The Queen really is. There are storytelling and writing flaws, but for me this rates about a B-. This was better than Girly Air Force by a longshot for me, as this show felt like it actually achieved some things with story progress and character development. Peipei is much talked about, but isn't actually introduced until the penultimate episode and has little to do in the finale, other than saying, "look at me! I'm out here and you can probably find more in the manga/light novel series! Buy now!" Total waste. But the end result was that the edginess and darkness of this show worked, but would've worked better with some tighter story-telling and with better animation and character designs.
    Last edited by General Hentai; 03-30-2019, 01:30 AM.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 12 (Finale)

    This is just the beginning.

    So this show ends pretty much the only way it could as otherwise, it would be a Gangsta-like situation to start the next battle and ending it after barely scratching the surface. It's no wonder why Peipei hasn't shown up as she is that girl from Thailand. She got plastic surgery to change her appearance from that spunky Chinese girl to that tanned-skinned blondie. She's now a mercenary, so if Asuka and company want her to fight for them again, they will have to pay up. After being tortured and manipulated by Kurumi, Nazani and Chisato are now working as waitresses for the M Squad's cafe. And while Abby and the Queen are planning to launch an even greater war, they want to do so when the magical girls are at their peak. So this is all laid-back stuff seeing that there just wasn't much that could be done with one episode left and a major battle having ended going to show that there are bigger battles saved for a hypothetical second season, which I don't see happening. At least the loose ends have been tied up, but nonetheless that was underwhelming.

    Overall, this show makes its mark through its edginess as the concept of magical girls working for the military is a very nice idea. While this show has some great things going for it with the soundtrack the concept, the action, and the drama, the show's plot and storywriting was all over the place, all while the animation quality definitely was not Liden's best efforts. This show just tries to bite on more than it could chew, and that leads to something that has too many lapses and overdoing it with the violence and sexuality to the point where things just aren't flowing the way it is supposed to. In any case, this show is still a nice way to watch something outside the box in spite of all these storywriting and animation issues.

    MAL Rating:

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 11

    This world is still beautiful.

    As it turns out, everything that happened to Chisato was no accident as the Babel Brigade had their sights set on making her a magical girl, and they caused that accident to stimulate her motivation to become one, all while Giess just had blind hatred towards the world and the magical girls thinking that peace would come because of them, only to be let down. And then there's Kurumi who has been a sandbag for much of her life getting picked on. But in the end, Kurumi found the willpower to turn the tables on Chisato, all while Asuka aimed for the oil tank to save the day, and with that Okinawa has been defended, but Babel Brigade still got what they came for. Pretty solid way to end this conflict there as Asuka lets those two know that they have been fighting based on blind truths. One more episode left, and it will be interesting to see where this goes as it is presumably going to be a transition into the next arc that will be for another season. Then there's that Thai girl shown at the beginning as she'll show up, and it will be interesting to see what her deal is.
    Re: Episode 11

    They weren't after the general.

    General Tabira is still alive, but the item she was bringing gets taken by the Babel Brigade's evil fairy, and it turns out that was the target the whole time. Asuka faces off against Giess, while Kurumi is trapped by Chisato, and both are in deep trouble. Kurumi gets triggered by Chisato telling her she was going to make her a personal sandbag for karate pounding, with Kurumi flashing back, but determined to not go back to how she was, she digs deep and wins the fight.

    Asuka, however, is in really deep excrement, losing an arm in the process. We get to see, however, why Asuka is so dangerous, as she figures out how to defeat Giess, even as she's bleeding from her lost arm. But with the addition of a last second weapon from the unit commander Iizuka, she's able to get the win, destroying Giess's armor, which turns out to also be his life support system.

    Kurumi arrives, dragging Chisato, and quickly reattaches Asuka's arm. Giess is dying, and it's easy to see why: His body's gone from the rib cage down, and has been the whole time, also missing his entire left arm, and with damage to his throat. So, he confesses to Chisato: The accident that killed Chisato's mother, and cost Chisato her right leg? All planned by the Babel Brigade because Killgee, in scouting Naha last year for the current attack spotted her as someone with tremendous magical talent. Meaning that those young people that Chisato murdered with her own hands were innocent. No surprise, but Chisato snaps.

    The rest of the fight ends with Tamara saving the injured Mia and Sayako and Nozomi, and we get to see the respect the two have for each other.

    We also learn that General Tabira is adorably cute in her fairy form, which she changes to in order to quickly heal from her wounds.

    We also get ominous foreshadowing, as the masked Queen receiving her prize, says the weapon's not for one of the Legendary Five, but a different magical girl, with it then cutting to Sayako and Nozomi talking on the beach.

    We also get the mysterious girl who's in Thailand, a blond gyaru type. Is she the missing member of the Magical Five, whose matured in interesting ways?

    We also see in next episode that Kurumi's going to be torturing Chisato.

    So, we head into the last episode with a very strong "There's going to be another season" vibe. Speculating, but perhaps the most important thing learned here was how far gone a person can be and the Disas can save that person's life. Is that why the Queen looks so familiar to Asuka? Tuning in next week to see how this winds down.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 11

    This world is still beautiful.

    As it turns out, everything that happened to Chisato was no accident as the Babel Brigade had their sights set on making her a magical girl, and they caused that accident to stimulate her motivation to become one, all while Giess just had blind hatred towards the world and the magical girls thinking that peace would come because of them, only to be let down. And then there's Kurumi who has been a sandbag for much of her life getting picked on. But in the end, Kurumi found the willpower to turn the tables on Chisato, all while Asuka aimed for the oil tank to save the day, and with that Okinawa has been defended, but Babel Brigade still got what they came for. Pretty solid way to end this conflict there as Asuka lets those two know that they have been fighting based on blind truths. One more episode left, and it will be interesting to see where this goes as it is presumably going to be a transition into the next arc that will be for another season. Then there's that Thai girl shown at the beginning as she'll show up, and it will be interesting to see what her deal is.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 10

    Everybody has their own battle to fight.

    Now that Okinawa has become a war zone, the girls are hard at work fighting off the Disas. While Mia and Tamara are strong, they are fighting a lot of monsters on their own, all while Sayako has to carry Nozomi around after she injured her ankle, and the soldiers are firing away. Then there's Asuka fighting Giess and Kurumi against Chisato as they are the last line of defense before Tabira, and Giess to trap Asuka to stall her long enough to get to Tabira. But Asuka arrived just in time with a huge battle coming. Pretty much things went as I predicted that they would as these girls were in for a long fight. Looks like the Chinese magical girl will make a dramatic entrance next time if the preview is hinting at what I'm thinking.
    Re: Episode 10

    Things just go from bad to worse.

    Combat-filled, and things are going badly. One thing for certain: We do see, that whatever "issues" Kurumi might have, she's absolutely the right person to help Asuka. The Chinese girl showing up? Well, there's only 2 episodes left, so it'd be about that time.

    This series has kept up the intensity, and it looks like the body count isn't over yet.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 10

    Everybody has their own battle to fight.

    Now that Okinawa has become a war zone, the girls are hard at work fighting off the Disas. While Mia and Tamara are strong, they are fighting a lot of monsters on their own, all while Sayako has to carry Nozomi around after she injured her ankle, and the soldiers are firing away. Then there's Asuka fighting Giess and Kurumi against Chisato as they are the last line of defense before Tabira, and Giess to trap Asuka to stall her long enough to get to Tabira. But Asuka arrived just in time with a huge battle coming. Pretty much things went as I predicted that they would as these girls were in for a long fight. Looks like the Chinese magical girl will make a dramatic entrance next time if the preview is hinting at what I'm thinking.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 9

    All hell breaks loose.

    The surviving magical girls are together again, or at least four of them, and they finally meet up with their leader Tabira. But they are engaged in a war as Giess has fired the first shot, and is using those Disas to cause mayhem. While it's supposed to be a serious time, they managed to sneak some lighthearted stuff into this episode with Tamara's love for cute things, as well as Tabira with her skimpy magical girl outfits that nobody wants to wear. Anyway, things are pretty bad as Tabira is stuck and can't get back to the spirit world as Giess and company are after her head, and they bombed the gate that will take at least two days to fix So now, Asuka is doing bodyguard duty now that Tabira can't get to safety as planned, and losing her would be a big blow for humanity. Things just keep on getting intense in all this.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 8

    Life's not a beach.

    While Asuka and friends are having a fun time at the beach, things couldn't be any more different for Chisato as she has been through quite a lot of hell thanks to an accident that cost her leg, killed her mother, and turned her father into an abusive drunk. And taking advantage of the situation, Giess, who was originally a boy from Somalia where war and lawlessness runs rampant that was transformed into a cyborg, turns her into a magical girl by offering a prosthetic leg that's also a weapon. And then the moment of truth came when Chisato got revenge against the drunk drivers who caused the accident as she was told that this was the final rite of passage. Pretty cruel what Chisato had to go through, and things might have been different had Kurumi gotten to her first, but now she's someone who has totally lost her sanity, though much of the fault lies elsewhere. In the meantime, Kurumi put on quite a performance there in torturing Nazani to get answers out of her. Anyway, a big battle is about to go down seeing that Okinawa is where one of the permanent gates is.
    Re: Episode 8

    Note to self: Do NOT get on War Nurse's bad side.

    The intensity intensifies. We get the girls' school on an Okinawan beach trip, while War Nurse tortures the magician girl they captured in the last episode. It's further proof of the yandere nature of Kurumi, who we see is one truly messed up girl, but her logic is understandable; there's no way that Asuka could do this. But we also see that as the group's healer, War Nurse is also the perfect torturer: She can torture, then heal, torture then heal, etc., a truly terrifying fate for anyone she needs to "interrogate." But we also see that she keeps her word: She does heal the girl's arm back on. We also get the direct comparison between her and Chisato: Asuka was there to save her from the temptation of slaughtering her tormentors, while Chisato's mentor was Giess, someone who murdered his parents and raped his younger sister in order to stay alive.

    We also get that a big conference is coming, Mia and Tamara are officially on the scene, and a major attack will take place next week. We now have 4 of the 5 Magical 5 on the scene.

    Asuka again has flashback dreams, again the death of their leader, Francine, who had short, bob-styled hair...which looks awful similar to the Queen's hairstyle, and the deaths of 2 other magical girls, one decapitated, the other swallowed and dissolved by acid or a slime-type monster.

    There seems to be no bottom as to how dark and edgy this show will go. Having a father try to sell his underage, handicapped daughter to a brothel to give blowjobs, then having him beat the crap out of her, and is about to kill her before having his own head crushed by her "rescuer", Giess. Kurumi torturing away and her past; Asuka's nightmares, what Giess did to survive and Chisato killing the driver and passengers of the vehicle that killed her mother and permanently maimed her...all of this in just one episode shows how freaking dark this gets, and we're not at the climax yet.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 8

    Life's not a beach.

    While Asuka and friends are having a fun time at the beach, things couldn't be any more different for Chisato as she has been through quite a lot of hell thanks to an accident that cost her leg, killed her mother, and turned her father into an abusive drunk. And taking advantage of the situation, Giess, who was originally a boy from Somalia where war and lawlessness runs rampant that was transformed into a cyborg, turns her into a magical girl by offering a prosthetic leg that's also a weapon. And then the moment of truth came when Chisato got revenge against the drunk drivers who caused the accident as she was told that this was the final rite of passage. Pretty cruel what Chisato had to go through, and things might have been different had Kurumi gotten to her first, but now she's someone who has totally lost her sanity, though much of the fault lies elsewhere. In the meantime, Kurumi put on quite a performance there in torturing Nazani to get answers out of her. Anyway, a big battle is about to go down seeing that Okinawa is where one of the permanent gates is.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 7

    Gate open.

    Asuka and Kurumi go on a mission as a gate has opened up in Hokkaido that's a portal to the Disas world, and people are making deals with them for forbidden powers. At the center of the deal is the magical girl Nazani, and she was no match for Asuka. But unlike with the other enemies, Nazani is kept alive and it's a great thing they have Kurumi who can fix her up so that she can be a source of information. And the M Squad kills everybody else with Tamara taking care of the ringleader after he transformed into a Disas himself. That's a solid way to introduce Tamara, all while setting the stage up for big things to go down in Okinawa as that Giess is nothing but bad news, all while there's something strange about that Chisato. That's where one of the fixed portals to the Disas realm is, so it figures that a big battle is about to go down.

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  • General Hentai
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    Re: Episode 6

    The hardcore continues. We get a nice contrast of Mia on her mission while the other girls get to play. Plus we get a major clue about the Queen, as she leaves behind a deliberate clue, the Magical Girls' motto from their squad in the war. Except, at this point, Mia doesn't know it was the Queen's base.

    This is one of those risky things we'll have to see if it works, where everybody knows a lot of different things that would make far more sense if they talked to one another and shared info.

    We also learn that Mia's parents were killed in the war, so while she understands Sandino's trauma, she's not going to tolerate it. And Sandino, well, totally messed up in the head. Trying to be kind and helpful to one girl, Asuka, while deliberately coming to kill another, Mia, with it ending saying she was glad she didn't have to kill a child. Well if she was glad she didn't have to kill a child, why'd she come in the first place? The argument is that her demons faded just before death, but this wasn't a daytrip for Sandino.

    We also get some fun with Kurumi's jealousy, and plenty of whiff's of yuri.

    So, it looks like we get From Russia, With Love next time, as the 4th of the 5 magical girls makes her appearance.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 6

    Wish to be happy.

    So after everything that happened, everybody is getting a well-deserved day off as they spend it at the summer festival. While the girls have a great time, the same couldn't be said for Mia and Sandino as both of these girls lost their family in the war due to human weapons. But how the girls proceeded since then couldn't be any more different as while Mia became a magical girl to fight evil and make sure that nobody loses beloved ones under these circumstances, on the other hand Sandino wants revenge and has become a terrorist to do that in order to stick it to the US military. But in the end, Mia puts Sandino out of her misery during that shootout at the Queen's apartment, and while Asuka doesn't know it, she did come across an illegal magical girl who appeared to be just a foreign tourist. Next time, Tamara makes her debut.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 5

    Not giving the finger(s).

    Magic must defeat magic.

    It's a great thing that they have Kurumi around as she fixed her up as if nothing happened. Her arm is back, the burn scar is gone, and her memories were manipulated so that she remembers none of this that just went down. Asuka makes quick work of those Russians but needing to unleash her ultimate technique to do so, all while Kurumi shows why she's designed for support rather than on the front lines getting tossed around by Abigail. But help arrived and just when Asuka was about to finish off Abigail, the queen comes in to take her away, and it turns out that the queen is an actress. Pretty nice way to settle things here, all while Asuka returns to duty with a purpose seeing that while it is preferred for battles to be settled with only armed forces, illegal magical girls are something only girls like Asuka can deal with.
    Re: Episode 5

    Another solid episode, with lots of action in the first half, action of the slicing bodies in half kind. Rapture just needed to shake off some rust to deal with the Russians, but War Nurse has it tough. She uses her magic to reattach Nozomi's arm (which given today's tech isn't as uncommon a thing as it used to be, but not like this, of course), and wipe out the holes in the poor girl's skin where she was burned severely enough to pull skin off her stomach. She succeeds in getting Nozomi to safety, but then has to take on Magical Girl Abbi, and illegal magical girl.

    Yes, Kurumi's a support type, and she shows in this episode that she's an outstanding one. But where Asuka had a 2-on-1 battle, it's 3-on-1 odds that Kurumi has to deal with. In fairness, we see that while she wasn't prepared to deal with the first enhanced Halloween class, she fairly easily disposes of one here. Too bad for her she still had to deal with the other Halloween class and Abbi. I get the feeling that she'd have been able to beat both Halloween classes if Abbi wasn't involved, so we see that she did up her performance from our initial witnessing of her first fight.

    But she's not alone, and the JSDF members of M squad do their thing, and do it well, taking out the last Halloween class, and buying the time for Asuka to come to the rescue, who doesn't give the finger to Abbi for messing with her friend, but takes off some of Abigail's. And then it's time for the Queen to come to the rescue of Abbi, and despite the mask, Asuka realizes that this is someone she's met before. And she deserves the name of Queen, as she's extremely powerful.

    With that, the Queen leaves with her minion, ending the fight. We get to see that Nozomi is utterly traumatized, but that War Nurse is able to erase all memories; Nozomi's chance at even having flashbacks has been removed, but at the cost of losing the memories of the last week. And so, Asuka decides to join M Squad, and by the preview, it looks like more Mia is on the way.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 5

    Magic must defeat magic.

    It's a great thing that they have Kurumi around as she fixed her up as if nothing happened. Her arm is back, the burn scar is gone, and her memories were manipulated so that she remembers none of this that just went down. Asuka makes quick work of those Russians but needing to unleash her ultimate technique to do so, all while Kurumi shows why she's designed for support rather than on the front lines getting tossed around by Abigail. But help arrived and just when Asuka was about to finish off Abigail, the queen comes in to take her away, and it turns out that the queen is an actress. Pretty nice way to settle things here, all while Asuka returns to duty with a purpose seeing that while it is preferred for battles to be settled with only armed forces, illegal magical girls are something only girls like Asuka can deal with.

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