Who did the dark theme magical girl better? Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka, or Puella Magi Madoka Magica? What makes one more appealing than the other, and why is it more appealing. These are the question that have been running around my head for the past couple of hours. Both magical girls manga is very well done. They both have different attributes about the manga that make them appealing, but one does dominate the other. I believe Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka does it better, and is far more appealing. (SPOILERS)
What Makes Magical Girl Spec Ops Darker/Appealing?
Magical Girl Spec Ops doesn’t lack when it comes down to being hardcore gruesome. Fukami, and Tokiya really do take it to a whole new level. Even the magical girls in the series are twisted, and show no remorse when it comes to down to business . Where as Madoka Magica has a dark theme to it … it is nowhere near to being this dark.
For example, in volume one of Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka we immediately learn why the manga is being called out for it dark theme. The Netherbeast (Disas) send packaged body parts to magical girl Rapture aka Asuka. They didn’t just send the body parts all at once. They send each body part one at a time to torture, and taunt Asuka. We see right away that Asuka is effected by this, and in fact traumatized. Another good example is in Volume two. It doesn’t take long before we encounter officer Makino who torturing Kim Kanath ( bad guy ) by injecting him with some sort of fluid. Kim Kanath who has already lost his legs from his fight with magical girl Rapture looks to be in an insane state of mind, as office Makino appears over him with no sympathy in his eyes.
However, this does not mean that Madoka Magica doesn’t have a dark theme to it. It simply just means it isn’t as twisted as Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka. For example, in Madoka Magica the girls powers come from their own souls, and unless they slay witches, their souls become cloudy and dark themselves. That in itself is really shitty if you think about it. You basically have no choice, but to fight no matter what, or you are a goner!
Moreover, what about Mami death? You know that she dies, but you don’t really see her get devoured by the witch. Where as in Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka … they are not afraid to show you how a person will die, or how they will be tortured. They in fact go into great detail. Like when Nozomi who is Asuka classmate gets kidnapped by Povar, Storozth, and Abigail. You really felt the pain that Nozomi was going through in that chapter. Fukami, and Tokiya did a splendid job at making the readers basically feel the fear that Nozomi was feeling. Yes in Madoka Magica you can tell that the magical girls are scared, but you don’t feel the fear you just know they are scared. This makes Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka also more appealing in a sense. Why? Because for me Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka was able to pull me into their world. I was able to really picture what was going on, and feel how the characters felt throughout the manga. Madoka Magica does a great job, but it surely didn’t pull me in like Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka.
My Overall Thoughts
I suppose comparing the two might be like comparing apples to oranges definitely since Madoka Magica only had a whole whopping 12 chapters. However, I notice a lot of people compare Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka to Madoka Magica, and I felt I needed to get my opinion out to the world. For Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka my seem like a cliché type trope, but I promise you it goes beyond that. Madoka Magica is like the light version of Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka. It is dark, and a bit twisted, but doesn’t come close to how messed up Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka is. I would love to hear your thoughts on who did it better in the comment section below. You can find both of these manga’s online!
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Thank you very much for reading this blog post, and listening to me rant! I truly do appreciated those who take the time to do so. I know I can go on a tangent at times so thank you! I hope you guys have a magical day my friend.