Manga: Magical Girl Apocalypse

aka: Mahou Shoujo Of The End
A horrifying combination of Blackest Night and Silent Hill coupled together with the Magical Girl Genre. Magical Girl Apocalypse (Mahou Shoujo of the End or Magical Girls of the End) is a horror manga written by Sato Kentaro in 2012, and licensed in the US in 2014.

The story revolves around Kii Kogami, who lives a dull high school life with his bullied childhood friend. One day, a monstrous magical girl appears and kills nearly everyone in the school, turning their dead corpses into zombies. With a few survivors throughout the city, Kogami escapes the school as the Magical Girls and their undead minions take over the city.

Compare Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Elfen Lied for stories about as dark. The author, Sato Kentaro, has another manga, Mahou Shoujo Site...

Tropes include:

  • Agony of the Feet: When Kii loses his shoes but must keep going on the rocky ground, he eventually passes out from blood loss and infections on his lacerated feet.
  • Alien Sky: A giant pentagram appears in the sky as Kii and the survivors flee the school. It shatters, releasing hundreds of Alternative Magical Girls.
  • Anyone Can Die: And they do. Horribly.
  • Apocalypse Anarchy: Akuta declares that since the world's ending, he can kill and rape to his heart's content.
  • Ax-Crazy: Akuta. He doesn't even care about everything that is happening.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Many of the Alternative Magical Girls have powers not typically related to magical girls (not to mention necromancy). The very first one immediately proceeds to blow up several people with a mere touch of her wand, and most others are no better: one causes gruesome deformities, at least one makes heads go boom, one has been seen spraying poison gas, one sends out razor waves and one is even capable of possession. There's also a One-Panel Wonder (if she can be called that...) MG that looks like a character from an 8-bit videogame who shoots a gun that rips the skin off of people.
  • Batman Gambit: The entire Magical Girl Apocalypse project hinted at by the Alternative Magical Girls? It's to get Kii and Tsukune together so they can have a baby, who will inherit Tsukune's own Magical Girl genes and be able to take part in a special ritual decades in the future that involves the children of an entire generation of Magical Girls. In that future, only Tsukune does not have a child.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Akuta is able to use Magical Girls' wands against Magical Girls to great effect. Nobody else has tried it, so it is unclear whether it is only him or whether anybody could do it. It might be because he has come in contact with a destroyed Magical Girl and been partially fused with her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tsukune is shaping up to be one. In her introduction she is seen as a victim of bullying and a very shy girl. Later on, Sayano tells Kii that she was being forced by Tsukune into bullying her so that Tsukune could make Kii pity her. When they go back in time, Kii also finds pictures of the magical girls in Tsukune's room ten years before the start of series.
  • Body Horror: In later chapters, one Alternative Magical Girl dressed like a nurse can be seen using her wand to switch people's limbs around. Several of her victims are seen laying on the ground because they are unable to move their deformed bodies, screaming for her to change them back.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Puppet Master, a human of the Magical Girl bloodline that was captured and augmented using the techniques to make Alternative Magical Girls, had her memories and personality altered to serve the bad guys. Now essentially an anti-Magical Girl Magical Girl, she is The Dragon to the main villain.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • In the first chapter, Tsukune wets herself after a magical girl massacres everyone inside the classroom except her and Kii.
    • When cornered by a Magical Girl in the hospital, we see Miu wet herself immediately after Ren is killed.
  • The Bully: Sayano and Miki, whose first appearance in the story has them dunking Tsukune's head in a bucket of dirty mop water. Given what Kii finds out after traveling to the past, this may be an Invoked Trope on Tsukune's part...
  • Cassandra Truth: When Sayano first tells Kii about Tsukune's true nature, he doesn't believe her, thinking she was making it up to get him to like her. However, after being sent ten years into the past and finding drawings and dolls of the Magical Girls in Tsukune's room, Kii seems to start believing Sayano.
  • Catch Phrase: "Magical..." for Magical Girls, bordering on Pokémon Speak. Only the Parasite Magical Girl is capable of normal speech, by using her host's body.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Akuta the pervert cop, literally. He becomes instrumental in destroying the parasite Magical Girl as he is the only one in the building who is actually good with a gun. He also becomes a major protagonist, if you can even call him that.
  • Chivalrous Pervert:
    • Akuta seems to be headed that way. He's still quite a creeper, but at least he seems to be trying to earn "Titty-chan's" love by protecting her, despite having several devastating weapons he could threaten her with, like he did with his gun during his first introduction.
    • When we first meet Akuta, we see he had raped and murdered several women. This is just his debut. All of his actions eventually lead up to a moment when, after traveling to the past, he charges at a child version of Yoruka with the manga suggesting heavily that he intended to rape her too. Again, he intended to rape and kill a prepubescent girl. Calling him a 'chivalrous' pervert certainly is...tough, to say the least. The manga does try to show off a better side of him, though.
  • Cross Over: A four-chapter one between Magical Girl Apocalypse, Hakaiju and Versus Earth, all published in Shounen Champion. Murderous magical girls, Lovecraftian creatures and grotesque space aliens... Japan is pretty much screwed.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Akuta. A disgusting pervert and not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's a superb shot and becomes even more competent when he becomes able to use wands.
  • Cute Mute: Himeji, who is deaf and can only communicate with sign language.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Kii's family. Both his mother and his father committed suicide at different points before the start of the story.
  • Enemy Civil War: Shockingly, the Magical Girls are undergoing this.
  • Evil Costume Switch: The newly-risen zombies' clothes shift into black tatters very similar to the Alternative Magical Girls' costumes.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: The Alternative Magical Girls that are not horrendously deformed look like little Victorian dolls.
  • Elite Mooks: The Alternative Magical Girls are by no means "mooks" even in and of themselves, but the Summoner Girl can upgrade them even further by means of her staff. Further elaborated when it is revealed that they are weapons from the future.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Sayano, which apparently Kii gave to her during their childhood.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Parasite-M, the possessive Alternative Magical Girl, thinks Akuta is complete shit when he tries to join the Alternative Magical Girl's side out of desperation.
  • Flunky Boss: The six-armed Magical Girl is able to summon and even resurrect other Magical Girls. And buff them!
  • Godzilla Threshold: The survivors realize that Akuta may be a piece of shit, but he's their best hope for survival.
  • Gonk/Nonstandard Character Design: Akuta the policeman is more simply drawn/cartoonish than everyone else. Two otaku met by Kii back in 2002 are pretty Gonk-ish too.
  • Gorn
  • Gravity Sucks: One of the Alternative Magical Girls specializes in drawing victims towards her. She also has an "inverted" twin that specializes in violently blasting victims away.
  • Good Is Dumb: The main bad guy from the future manages to corrupt Akuta over to his side and use him to get himself into the group so he can try to go to the future with them. He then reveals himself, kidnaps the comatose Tsukune, and attacks the heroes, setting back their plans immensely. To be fair, he does not speak until he reveals himself, knowing that the heroes have heard his voice before.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Various Alternative Magical Girls undergo this. Notably the Explode, Attraction/Refraction, and Parasite Magical Girls.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Sayano, who was initially perceived as a bully but is in fact in love with Kii and was apparently only a bully because Tsukune forced her to in an attempt to draw Kii's attention to herself. In light of later events there is gradually less and less evidence to disbelieve that claim, too.
    • A lot of people, in fact, considering how much backstory starts getting revealed from the trip to the past and onwards.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Every single Alternative Magical Girl. Justified later, as they are revealed to be genetically-engineered weapons from the future.
  • Implacable Man: Alternative Magical Girls are barely phased by being killed, as they regenerate too fast for it to be an effective tactic. If you break their wands, however...
  • Kaiju: An enormous Alternative Magical Girl that looks like an anime from the 60s, with an upside-down head, wielding a fountain pen, than can throw trucks and swat down helicopters like they're nothing. It also appears to grow larger.
  • Kill It with Fire: The little dog of the second Alternative Magical Girl is able to vomit powerful fireballs.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Akuta is surprised that some Magical Girl have transformed into a stronger form, Parasite-M comments:
    Don't you even know the basic fact that Magical Girl are meant to transform? Watch some anime, you piece of shit.
  • Love Confession: Sayano gives one to Kii.
  • Magic Wand: The first Alternative Magical Girl encountered has a very nasty-looking wand that looks more technological than actually magical. Has what seems to be a bundle of sticks of TNT arranged around it, which is pretty fitting considering that the thing is primarily used to make people and things go boom. Others also wield staves and wands that are no less horrifying. Apparently, wands are the source of Magical Girl's powers and breaking a wand results in the permanent death of its Alternative Magical Girl. Also, the ability of the Alternative Magical Girls to raise the dead seems to be linked to the wands.
  • Magical Girl: The bad guys of this series. All of them are capable of horrific death and destruction, and every person they kill becomes a zombie. They are also Humanoid Abominations who can only be truly killed by destroying their wands.
  • Mega Manning: Akuta can gain the power of any Alternative Magical Girl by taking their wands.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Yoruka Hanzawa and her gigantic breasts. Akuta becomes completely obsessed with her, and with them.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: one of the Alternative Magical Girls has six arms. Four of them hold weapons that look like a cross between an axe and a scepter, and in the last two she holds a staff, which is presumably her "wand". The main weapons are used for summoning Alternative Magical Girls, while the staff empowers them.
  • Necromancer: the Alternative Magical Girls have the ability to raise the dead, but apparently only through physical contact with their wands.
    • And then there's the Magical Girl with the power to raise other Magical Girls from the dead.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: the skin of the Alternative Magical Girl Parasite-M is impenetrable. Her weak point is her eyes, but good luck hitting them, considering that if she blinks, it won't work. Made doubly hard since her hosts are not Nigh Invulnerable, and if you hit the host, you kill an innocent person.
  • Off with His Head!: Miki gets her head punched off of her shoulders by a little girl possessed by Parasite-M. To add insult to injury, the head falls into a ramen bowl.
  • Ordinary Highschool Student: Before the Zombie Apocalypse, Kii led a rather dull life as a highschool freshman.
  • Our Liches Are Different: The Alternative Magical Girls have distinctly lich-like abilities. An Alternative Magical Girl cannot be permanently killed unless its wand is destroyed (so the wand acts as a phylactery of sorts). In addition, they are also necromancers.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kii's parents have both committed suicide, his mother as a result of abuse from his father, and his father in his prison cell after getting caught committing robbery. The turmoil in his family is the reason why Kii just wants to have a normal boring life.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: One of the Alternative Magical Girls, Parasite-M, has this as her power. The people she controls have their physical strength enhanced dramatically. Since she takes control of the brain to do so, this Magical Girl is able to speak and reason using the host's intelligence.
  • The Reveal:
    • When Kii travels to the past, he finds drawings of all the Alternative Magical Girls in young Tsukune's room.
    • The "Magical Girls" that attacked the world? They are Alternative Magical Girls created artificially in the future as weapons. The real Magical Girls are descended from a certain bloodline. And Tsukune is one of those descendants. Furthermore, the reason for the attack? So Kii and Tsukune could fall in love and have a child that doesn't exist yet, for a special ritual that involves a certain number of Magical Girls from a single generation, of which the bad guys are currently one short.
  • The Resistance: A group from the future is trying to stop the ritual involving the 9th-generation Magical Girls, and to do so, have repurposed and upgraded the Alternative Magical Girls to protect Kii and his friends while also fighting against Puppet Master.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Natsuki, the girl Kii has a crush on, dies in the first chapter.
  • Say It with Hearts: And stars, arrows, and other symbols. They're magical girls, after all.
  • Shout-Out: A few, curiously not to other Zombie Apocalypse stories. Godzilla is name-dropped by Akuta when witnessing the devastation made by the giant Magical girl, and he also mentions John Titor when he, Kii and others travel back in time to 2002. During the time travel arc KyaryPamyuPamyu and AKB48 are also name-dropped, just to make sure that the characters are not in 2012 anymore.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Akuta gets his entire arm blasted off by an upgraded Magical Girl, he comments that he won't be able to masturbate like this. That's only one out of many, many similar moments on his part.
  • Soul Jar: If a Magical Girl's wand is destroyed, she disintegrates.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: If you get hit by the wand of the first Magical Girl encountered, you will violently and messily explode. After getting empowered by the Summoner Magical Girl, she gains the ability to do so remotely.
  • Time Travel: One of the Magical Girls fires blasts that apparently rip through spacetime (or so Kii puts it), and those who get hit by them are suddenly sent back 10 years into the past, all the way back to the year 2002. Some try to get R&R from the situation and others explore their past childhood experiences. It's not long before the effect wears off and they go back to the present, though.
    • Revealed as a crucial part of the story. In the future, an organization is gathering the human Magical Girls from the 9th generation to use as part of a ritual. In that future, one 8th-generation Magical Girl, Tsukune, doesn't have a child, and they need one more 9th-generation Magical Girl to complete the ritual. So they engineer a plot to get Tsukune and Kii together. And now, a resistance group from the future is helping Kii and gang in the past to fight off the bad guys from the future.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Akuta.
  • The Unfettered: Akuta finds himself liking what happened to the world after the Magical Girl invasion, since without law and order, there is nothing to stop him from doing whatever he wants. That being mainly sexually molesting women.
  • What Year Is This?: Kii asks this when teleported back to 2002.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: According to the color inserts, Tsukune has aqua hair.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Anyone gets killed by a magical girl gets reincarnated as a zombie.
  • Zombie Gait: Averted. Those slain by Alternative Magical Girls can run and have a degree of Super Strength.

Alternative Title(s):

Mahou Shoujo Of The End