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Military history is not the same anymore with magical girls around.

"It was said that Magical Girls defeated the very last boss whose mission was to wipe out humanity. But... the truth is there are no real endings in this world. Even after that boss was defeated, true peace never returned. We fight on a new battlefield of international crime, indiscriminate terrorism, civil wars, conflict... The Magical Girls' battle isn't over. It never ends."
Asuka Otori
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Three years ago, the extradimensional Netherbeasts invaded Earth. The world's military was brought to their knees, finding their weapons powerless against such foes. But, thankfully, a group of five Magical Girls fought off and stopped the invasion, and were hailed as heroes across the world.

Asuka was the leader of the legendary Magical Five, but fast forward to today and she hasn't used her Magical Girl powers in a long while, wanting no more to do with the whole thing. But circumstances have eventually forced her to wield her power once more...

Magical Girls Special Operations Asuka (Mahou Shoujo Tokushuusen Asuka) is a Darker and Edgier Magical Girl manga by Fukami Makoto, and also serves as a Deconstruction by way of Reality Ensues. How would the world fare when Magical Girls and Netherbeasts are common knowledge, as well as their obvious military applications? Do Magical Girls get PTSD?

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An animated adaptation aired in Winter 2019, which was licensed by Funimation for an English release.


Magical Girl Special Operations Asuka provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abnormal Ammo: In addition to magically-enhanced bullets, M-Squad uses incendiary bullets against enemies.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Mia's investigation of Jerome's corpse involves a battle with a Voorhees class Netherbeast. In the anime, she also fights a magic terrorist who wants revenge on the US military for killing her family.
  • Badass Creed: The Magical Five's motto: "He who laughs last laughs best.". It's even featured in the opening credits of the anime.
  • Badass Normal: All of M-Squad's non-magical girl members. They may not possess any magical powers, but are still able to keep up with the magical girls using nothing but their anti-magic weaponry.
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  • Bad Boss: For the most part, the magical girls are generally treated in a humane and professional manner by their respective nations' militaries. Even Big Bad Brigadier treats her subordinates well. The one glaring exception that plays this straight is the Russian general staff at the Zavolzhsky Site, who regularly brainwash Tamara using a fantasy-granting device and intend to throw her into as many battles as possible until the day she dies.
  • Beehive Barrier: All Magical Girls get a barrier that's powerful enough to block off mundane firearms, making them Immune to Bullets. Only magically-empowered weapons can pierce through such barriers, and as barriers from different Magical Girls will disrupt each other, going into melee is the best way to take a Magical Girl down.
  • Big Damn Heroes: M-Squad coming to aid Kurumi during her fight with Abigail.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Babel Brigade is a terrorist organization dealing in illegal magical weapons and threatening world peace. M-Squad and their allies are fighting them, but they kind of forgot the whole "rule of law" deal somewhere along the line. They have no rules of engagement and employ magically-enhanced torture on captured criminals with no pretense of due process. At one point, an NPA officer likewise says that "people who don't exist have no rights" when discussing someone in their private cells.
  • Book-Ends: Asuka repeats her narration at the end of the first episode at the end of Episode 12.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Nearly every girl in the series is openly pervy towards other girls in some way.
  • Chick Magnet: Asuka turns out to be the Schoolgirl Lesbians version, with at least fellow Japanese Kurumi, Russian Tamara and extradimensional General Tabira (though she seems to have perverted feelings towards all members of the Magical Five, Asuka bears the brunt of it) pining for her.
  • Child Soldiers: A subject that's repeatedly brought up. High school girls are being sent into combat because they're the only ones who can fight the monsters.
  • Clark Kenting: "Perception blocking" is an explicit magical girl power, protecting their identities while transformed.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: in the Dub, after Asuka and Kurumi saves Nozomi, Abigail spews 2 f-bombs and sends her men to kill them both. Also doubles as Atomic F-Bomb.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Kurumi gives Chisato a torture session after she's captured as a "formality." She knows Chisato has no information to give her; she's just indulging her sadism.
  • Cops Need the Vigilante: Due to Jurisdiction Friction, office politics and an uneven distribution of magical firepower, the cops can't go in to save Nozomi from terrorists, and neither can M-Squad. But they can tell Nozomi's friends Asuka and Kurumi, and then step back as the magical girls go rip-shit on the kidnappers "on their own."
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: The "pretty" part is teased during a CPR training episode, where Kurumi "wishes she were" the training mannequin that Asuka was demonstrating on.
  • Cute Is Evil: Most Disas/Netherbeasts look like cute mascot creatures. Doesn't stop them from sadistically ripping apart humans in all its gory details. Enemy Magical Girls may also count, although they slant a bit more towards Evil Is Sexy given that their costumes tend to be even more revealing than those of the Magical Five.
  • Deconstruction: By way of Reality Ensues. Not to mention the protagonist is a Shell-Shocked Veteran Magical Girl Warrior.
    • There is a bustling Black Market for extradimensional artifacts and weapons, usually paid by way of living humans to the traders. There are also 'illegally empowered' Magical Girls, as well as magical mercenaries, who usually work as enforcers for the underworld community or as terrorists.
    • The incredible power of a magical girl has resulted in a large boom in business for human trafficking. Hundreds of little girls sold into slavery can now be contracted into a small army of super soldiers.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Magically-enhanced bullets are used by normal soldiers to stand a better chance against Netherbeasts and even rogue Magical Girls.
  • Due to the Dead: Kurumi doesn't like it when people refer to them as 'Magical Five'.
    Kurumi: "Magical Five? I hate it when people call us that. Do you know there used to be eleven of us? Two died on their way to the final battle. And only five of us walked out alive of that battle. It should have been the six who died who are remembered..."
  • Elite Army: The Magical Five, of course. They consist of the world's most powerful magical girls and are humanity's best defense against the Disas.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous:
    • The Magical Girl Operations Developmental Unit or M-Squad, an anti-magic special forces unit under the JGSDF's Ground Component Command.
    • The Magical Operations Response Group, the American Army's anti-magic special forces unit.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: The military doesn't quite get the memo that when the enemy has their Beehive Barrier up, you don't shoot with regular ammo - you need magic bullets. With that said, when they do have magical bullets or enhanced artillery, they use them.
  • Glamour: The Magical Girls' barriers also provide this, obscuring their identity unless they want it to be revealed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: An ordinary police officer rams his car into a rampaging Disas in Episode 10, giving Sayako and the injured Nozomi a chance to escape while the creature kills him.
  • Human Traffickers: They deal with Otherworld traders for magical artifacts. Four kidnapped humans for a bunch of magical artifacts is a steal for them.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: In the attack on Naha (on Okinawa), the Babel forces try to exploit this when they avoid hitting a US base to avoid drawing the US military into the fighting. This doesn't work; the US and Japan are military allies, and both governments immediately give the go-ahead to their respective forces to work together.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: One of Asuka's classmates jokingly suggests that she's a protagonist from a late-night anime.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In Chapter 37, the "Sister's Binding" codename turns out to be this, used by the Russian general staff to keep Tamara in line by feeding her fantasies of having a loving older sister.
  • Magical Girl Genre Deconstruction: Child Soldiers, Shell-Shocked Veteran, Torture, Black and Grey Morality. It's a textbook example.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: With emphasis on 'Warrior'. The girls add military-grade accessories on top of their otherwise girly costumes, such as utility belts, pouches, combat knives, and more.
  • Maid Cafe: M-Squad's Home Base is disguised as one.
  • Mildly Military: When Mia Cyrus and two CIA SAD agents are preparing to raid a drug lord's den in Mexico, they casually banter about how a magical girl's superpowers work right outside the den's front door.
  • Military Moe: Cute, busty magical girls who used to fight a magical war in the army, and now serving in paramilitary special task forces.
  • Military Superhero: All of the girls used to be part of a special operations squad during the heyday, but in the present, only Mia Cyrus remains affiliated with the US Military. Asuka herself is eventually recruited back into a special task force to deal with Netherworld traffickers.
  • Most Common Superpower: The Magical Girls are all quite busty, with Kurumi perhaps the biggest among them all.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In Chapter 37 at a karaoke bar, Nozomi proposes starting off with a song by "Minae Amuro."
  • No Ending: For the anime, both in-universe and out-of-universe. Out-of-universe, the show ends with major plot points unresolved and practically holds a sign up stating "Read the Manga to Find Out What Happens Next!". In-universe, episode 12 ends with a monologue about how real life has no endings, and that the magical girls must fight on.
  • No Such Agency: The NPA's counterterrorism unit doesn't exist. They certainly don't have secret cells where they torture terrorists for intelligence. Akinori's job is just boring desk work, not interrogating prisoners who totally aren't in custody.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Every Magical Girl is essentially this, with their abilities so far beyond what any human can achieve, even a Tier-1 special forces operator can't come close to matching their physical strength alone. When Tamara is kidnapped by the Babel Brigade, the Russian military goes on extreme alert, shuts down all major airports in the country, sets up roadblocks on every major highway, deploys special forces to find her, and early-warning aircraft are scrambled to immediately patrol the borders and prepare to shoot down any suspicious craft. Iizuka comments they're acting as if a nuclear missile has gone missing.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • With the use of magical girls/items by criminals, terrorists and mercenaries, ordinary police officers, soldiers and intelligence agents are useless against them unless they have magically enhanced weapons, ammo and items.
    • Japan adopting the "Response to Magic-Related Incidents Act" as a way for legislation to be used if hostile monsters/magical girls/magic mercenaries and terrorists attack Japan.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Asuka's best friend and Magical Girl comrade, Kurumi is heavily implied to have romantic feelings for Asuka. As it turns out she's flat out in love with her and considering how she is, this also doubles as Psycho Lesbian.
  • Secret Police: M-Squad and the NPA's nonexistent special unit both qualify. They're militarized police units focusing on magical weapons trafficking and counterterrorism, and are above the law in their actions, with full license to use torture (including magical and sexual torture, in M-Squad's case) to extract information from suspects, or to execute targets without trial.
  • Sexual Extortion: Played for Laughs when Francine jokingly orders Asuka (her subordinate) into her bed. Asuka just tells her where to stick it.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In episode 4, the Kero-chan Expy pauses the action to deliver some (totally unnecessary) exposition on Magical Truth Serum, just like Kero-chan himself at the end of many Cardcaptor Sakura episodes.
    • The classes of Disas are shout outs to horror movies: Halloween, Voorhees, Gremlin and Cenobite.
    • In episode 12, while filling out a mountain of paperwork, Asuka quips "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
    • Episode 12 has Kurumi make a reference to Red Scorpion before torturing Chisato, stating that it's her favorite movie and she often watches the torture scene from that movie.
    • In Volume 10, the entire arc to rescue Tamara is called Saving Phoenix Tamara.
  • Starter Villain: Episode 1 climaxes with Asuka confronting Kim Kanth, the leader of the East Asia United Front terrorist organization. He and his goons don't last long.
  • SWAT Team: An anti-firearms squadnote  escorts Kim when their armored bus transport is ambushed and taken out.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: The result of hundreds to thousands of young girls trafficked every day combined with their ability to become magical girls.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Asuka may want to leave the business of being a Magical Girl behind her, but the combination of insistence from her JSDF contacts (including fellow Magical Girl Kurumi) and her two Muggle friends finding themselves embroiled in deadly magical terrorism-related situations makes her reluctantly reconsider.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: After defeating the Disas three years ago, the members of the Magical Five decide to go their separate ways, with only Asuka and Kurumi remaining in the same country. However, they still reunite when the situation calls for it, such as the battle at Naha.
  • The Siege: The JGSDF Naha Garrison is under siege under a Babel Brigade terror attack, led by Giess. It's only mean to distract JGSDF and US military forces in order to get to Tabira and secure her magical artifact.
  • Theme Naming: The different classes of Disas/Netherbeasts tend to have names that are Shout Outs to horror film franchises, such as Halloween, Voorhees, Gremlin and Cenobite.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Kurumi hums the opening theme before torturing Chisato.
  • There Are No Therapists: Played straight and averted. We don't see anyone giving the Magical Five psychiatric care for their PTSD, but Kurumi does heal Nozomi's PTSD (through neurosurgery rather than psychotherapy, in her case).
  • Toplessness from the Back: In Episode 9, a girl on the beach is shown sunbathing topless.
  • Torture Always Works: When the nominal "good guys" use it, anyway, although it's usually just one-half of the equation - Kim Kanth was shot up with drugs/truth serum, while the enemy mage girl (not an actual magical girl it seems) working for The Mafiya was injected with a cocktail of magical sense-heightening drugs by Kurumi.

Alternative Title(s): Mahou Shoujo Tokushuusen Asuka

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