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Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Anime Casts Akira Sekine as Kurumi

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series premieres in January 2019

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya's Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahō Shōjo Tokushūsen Asuka) manga revealed one more cast member for the series on Saturday.

Akira Sekine (Princess Principal's Princess) as Kurumi Mugen, or Magical Girl War Nurse Kurumi. Three years ago she victoriously survived the Distonia War as one of the "Magical Five." She is a good friend of Asuka's, and adores her. She handles medical treatment, interrogations, and tortures.

The site also revealed the character design and description for the title character, Asuka Ōtorii.

Aya Suzaki (The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' Minami Nitta, Ajin's Eriko Nagai) as Asuka Ōtorii, or Magical Girl Rapture Asuka. Three years ago she victoriously survived the Distonia War as one of the "Magical Five." She exhibited unparalleled strength during battle. She carries wounds in her heart from the war, and tries to distance herself from fighting.

The anime will premiere in January 2019.

Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth-) is directing the series at LIDEN FILMS (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Terraformars). Makoto Fukami (Berserk, Yuruyuri San Hai!) and Norimitsu Kaihō (School-Live!, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc) are in charge of series composition, and Yoko Suzuki (animation director for Bleach, Polar Bear's Café) is designing the characters. R.O.N (FLCL Alternative, Kuroko's Basketball) is composing the music.

Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga series in English, and it released the fourth compiled book volume on August 21. The company describes the story:

When the Earth is threatened by the sudden appearance of undead creatures, a group of young women blessed with powers from a mysterious source rose to defeat them. Now, after three years of apparent peace, the same malevolent creatures have resurfaced. Five magical girls are once again conscripted to war as the Magical Girl Special-Ops force, to defend mankind from an unholy nemesis.

Fukami (Psycho-Pass script) writes the series, and Tokiya (Teizokurei Monophobia) provides the art. Naoya Tamura collaborates on the military setting. The creative team launched the series in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine in June 2015, and Square Enix shipped the eighth volume in Japan on July 25.

Sources: Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka anime's official website, MoCa News

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