Based magical girls
By - ALuizCosta
Looks like someone's set to do more good than most superheroes.
Sadly no, I watched the anime adaptation of this manga and it was pretty much the most blatant fascist propaganda I have ever seen that didn't break out the swastikas. It was a truly miserable experience and I feel like a worse person for having watched it.
I haven’t seen this show, but am interested to know what was fascistic before writing it off. Seeing other series get called “fascist” for dubious reasons has turned me into a mild cynic when that term is used in the context of anime.
Don't worry, I totally get your hesitation. In the case of this series, however, I *wish* I was exaggerating.
CW: violence, torture, abuse, sexual abuse. This shit gets *real fucking bad*, be warned.
>!The series glorifies the idea of the military to a borderline fetishistic degree, outright saying at one point that the military should be set free from civilian oversight so they can operate more effectively. In the second episode, a terrorist who our main character captured at the end of the first one is shown after having been tortured at a government black site, missing teeth, fingernails, and his lower legs, and it's strongly implied that he was killed and disposed of immediately afterwards. During the battle between a secondary character and a minor villain, the villain explains her backstory as, IIRC, her parents having been turned into "collateral damage" by the US military, and once she's been defeated and is lying wounded in a pile of rubble, the "good" character - an active-duty US soldier - tells her "you don't get redemption" and just executes her. One of the main villains is a big hulking robot, who actually turns out to be a maimed African child soldier who was forced to commit atrocities before being left for dead, after which the main overarching villain rescued him and put him in the robot suit. He ends up getting ripped out of it by our main character and left to die on the floor. Another main villain is a horribly abused girl who got rescued from her violently abusive father (who tried to sell her to a brothel!) by the robot dude, and she turns around real quick into being entirely on board with the violent atrocities they all commit - oh, and she gets put into the skimpiest outfit I have ever seen outside of literal porn. The most important secondary character on the hero side is an outright sadist who overtly tortures people, including the aforementioned abuse victim, *after she had surrendered and willingly told them everything*; here's a pretty direct quote: "I believe you when you say you've told us everything you know, but I'm going to torture you anyway to make sure". And yes, she outright calls it torture, no euphemisms. Note that the abuse victim is *strung up naked* during this, and the "hero" eventually brings in a minor villain that was captured earlier in the series, *crawling on all fours naked and wearing a leash*, so she could tell the abuse victim how happy she was in her new life *as a slave*, which the abuse victim would also become. This is treated as **their redemption** and is presented as **an unambiguous good thing** and in the final episode the sadist threatens the minor villain with extreme torture over a minor thing which the series presents *as a joke*. Oh, and every single character I've mentioned so far, other than the initial terrorist and the African child soldier, is a *16-year-old girl*. Every single one of them.!< It is as literal an interpretation of "fascist wank material" as you can get outside of putting a swastika armband on a pornstar, it made me feel *deeply* uncomfortable and the creator's political views were *very* obvious. I'm leaving out all the other stuff that was just bad (and there's a *lot*) but not outright fashy, and I'm probably forgetting some of it, but I'm physically trembling right now remembering it so I don't care to look it up and check. (That's also why I don't feel like going back over it and formatting this any better, sorry.) If you want to see for yourself, be my guest, but be forewarned. I read the TV Tropes page for this series before and during my watch so I knew most of what was going to happen, but somehow the series always managed to be *even worse than what I was expecting*. I went into it thinking it'd be just a bunch of edgy schlock I could ironically enjoy, but it ended up messing with my mental state for a week because of just how fucking godawful and miserable it was.
Who is the author? Do they have a lot of similar work like this?
I'm hesitent to say this, beucase who knows, but some authors will present an idea and depict it's glorification, so that readers can criticise all of it. I don't like it when it's done because people definitely misunderstand and I think it's getting worse with time. ~~I guess an example might be the book Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein?~~ edit: no, that's not an example. Heinlein sucks and I just read his book the "wrong" way...
Hell, people read Asimov's Foundation series because they think it glorifies imperialism when it actually ends up advocating communism, and Banks's Culture series because some rich guy named his space shuttles after ships from some of the books - even though he is a lot like one of Banks's villians.
I think some authors assume that the readers will see all of the things that we know are bad and interpret them as bad things, when some of us know that is hardly ever the case.
Do you think the above is going on here maybe?
Not in the slightest. The protagonists' actions are always portrayed as being right, and the various times people are tortured it's always shown to be *effective*, it's noted that the terrorist from the first two episodes told them everything and he actually told them the truth. It's hard to get across in text, but it was all presented without any real ambiguity. Oh, and there was one shot from the final arc, during a major Disas attack on a city, which was >!very clearly a direct homage to That Scene from Goblin Slayer!<. The manga also bills itself as a "realistic look at how magical girls would function in a modern military", and while it does touch on issues like PTSD and such, it all ends up not really mattering; the main character has actually left the military at the start of the series because of her PTSD, but once she joins back up and starts fighting again her issues just kinda..... vanish. It's all just *real fucking yikes* from every angle.
Most MUH SPECIAL OPERATIONS material is usually a fascist wanking. IRL many fascist cells sit in such forces.
This manga has a military consultant and still manages to be stupid - T14 are somehow destroyed by hitting a turret. A tank, that is specifically designed to give 0 fucks about losing a turret, up to not even installing armour on it.
"The Death Mage who Doesn't Want a Fourth Time" also has similar theme with a typical isekai heroes who mess up because of their focus of killing without regard of whether they are really killing bad people and the main lead who is more insightful and do not follow the ignorant foreign hero mentality.