Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka Episode 4: Babel Brigade – Combat Begins

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This fourth episode of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka begins with Asuka dreaming of the war and the loss of their leader, Francine. Before she dies, she tells Asuka that there are things worth protecting and fighting for. We next learn that the East Asia United Front are the ones responsible for kidnapping Nozomi, and they plan to torture her in retaliation for what the Public Safety Department Foreign Affairs Section is doing to Kim Kanth.

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When Nozomi’s father goes to speak with Commissioner Miura about the rescue of his daughter, he is informed that the Public Safety doesn’t intend to act. The East Asia United Front has the ability to deploy magic biological weapons, something that Public Safety is not equipped to handle, and they consider the matter too small to get the JGSDF involved. The Commissioner plans to use Nozomi’s inevitable death as a catalyst to rally against the East Asia United Front and destroy them once and for all.

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Unwilling to let their friend be tortured to death, Asuka and Kurumi rush to her rescue. Throughout the course of Nozomi’s torture, we learn that the EAUF has employed two Russian sorcerers. Povar wields an ancient magical ax, while Storozh employs the water powers of a drowned soul called a rusalka. Abigail, under command from her Queen, is using the EAUF’s retaliatory torture of Nozomi as a ruse to lure out the Magical Girls and capture one of them. Their goal is to use the captured Magical Girl to create a Girl of Mass Destruction.

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Asuka and Kurumi find where Nozomi is being tortured. They are able to free her, but not before Abigail severs one of Nozomi’s arms. The Magical Girls fight their way out and escape, followed close behind by Abigail and the EAUF sorcerers. The episode ends in a cliffhanger, the battle between Asuka and the Russian sorcerers delayed until next week.

I loved everything about this episode of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. Abigail and her Queen plotting to capture one of the Magical Girls and using the EAUF to do so was an interesting situation. Likewise, the politics behind the Public Safety Department Foreign Affairs Section and the JGSDF is also intriguing. This anime gets more and more brutal with every episode; it was difficult watching the scenes of Nozomi being tortured. The plot escalated very quickly this week, and I’m hoping that the following episodes continue with the same intensity.

Score: 5/5 (I loved it)

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