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The 13 Best Anime Like Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Updated October 2, 2020 188 votes 48 voters 1.8k views13 items

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka may not entirely be original for the magical girl theme it wears, but certainly what it's done with this particular genre has made it quite the interesting show. "The Magical Five," are a group of five magical girls, responsible for saving humanity from the creatures of the dead, known as Disas, after their arrival. Humanity was on the verge of destruction, but thanks to their efforts, they were able to save everyone, thinking the Disas were long gone. Three years later, these horrific beings have sprung up once again and the girls must leave their everyday lives to suddenly battle yet again. What makes this interesting is certainly the mix of magical girls alongside something similar to a war plot. Whereas most magical girl shows portray them as mysterious beings or idols, this one shows just how hard the job can be. 

If you're interested in twisted magical girl series, there are plenty of anime series like Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka that will certainly rip your heart out. With so many out there to choose, it can be a little overwhelming; shows like Puella Magi Madoka Magica where young girls realize just how horrifying battling evil is to Fate/Zero where the world knows how tragic a fight for glory can be. Here recommendations for anime series like Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, so don't forget to vote for your favorites! 

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  • If you're looking for a magical girl anime that seems to be incredibly dark, look no further than Magi Madoka. Madoka Kaname has been living the normal life of a middle schooler, attending classes and spending time with her friends. However, when she ends up saving a strange looking creature from the new transfer student, Homura Akemi, her whole world suddenly changes. The creature calls himself Kyuubey and offers her a deal like no other. If she were to make a contract with him, she could wish for anything she wants in exchange for becoming a magical girl. 

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    Magical Girl Raising Project

    Even when a magical girl anime is dark, it doesn't always show a lot of gore. Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka shows us a lot of horrific scenes, so if you'd like something that's a little darker than average, Magical Girl Raising Project is a perfect choice. Plenty of people in N-City play the popular mobile game, Magical Girl Raising Project, but for Koyuki Himekawa, it's more than that. Having dreams to be a magical girl since she was very young, Koyuki plays the game so often that one night it offers to turn her into a real magical girl with the ability to help people in her community. Known by the name Snow White, Koyuki goes out to live her dream. Things take a turn for the worse when the admins suddenly decide that there are too many magical girls for N-City. 

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  • Being a member of the Hero Club at her middle school, Yuuna Yuuki seems to be the perfect hero in every single way. All she wants to do is protect the peace and keep people safe; an admirable pursuit for any student. However, when strange creatures called Vertexes suddenly attack her world, the Hero Club is called upon as the saviors of the world. Despite only being in middle school, Yuuna has been given the great responsibility of becoming a magical girl in order to battle these foes. For the very obvious reason that this is an excellent magical girl anime with amazing fight scenes, much like Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, it's a perfect follow up show!

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    Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko

    While not exactly magical girls, as seen in Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, Katana Maidens has a female protector of a different kind. For centuries, special shrine maidens known as "Toji" have been protecting the world from evil creatures known as "Aratama." With their presence well known throughout the world, the modern era has recieved them as a part of a special police force in order to do their job with ease. With an academy specifically designed to help teach young girls how to one day become proper Toji, it seems to be just another part of everyday life. When Kanami Etou enrolls in a sword fighting tournament for her school, a series of events happen, throwing the world of the Toji into utter chaos.

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