「もっとひどい戦争」 (Motto Hidoi Sensou)
“A More Terrible War”
What’s the phrase, “every answer leads to another question”? Yeah, no better way of summing up MSTA at this stage. We may only be three episodes into this growing bit of chaos, but with plot lines emerging and future events all but giving themselves away, it’s not hard predicting where this show is intending on heading. At least that’s what MSTA is showing, because if there’s one thing I’m not willing to bet on it’s giving away the game before the fun has even begun.
Case in point of the coyness MSTA is enjoying at the moment is our new magical girl Kurumi. As entirely expected that cute and bubbly exterior hides one seriously obsessed personality wholly devoted to main girl Asuka. Except she doesn’t really act on it when given the prime opportunity? Even a couple of times? Yeah I’m confused too. It’s certainly weird seeing crazy keep itself under wraps so effectively (barring some conspicuous marking of territory), but it may just be MSTA’s shtick to keep such a wild card in reserve until a later date. Not hard imagining Kurumi wouldn’t hesitate leaving behind new friends #1 and #2 in favour of Asuka should all find themselves in the same rough situation after all, especially if it would help knock off a competitor for that main girl attention. Considering the series appears intent on focusing on the darker side of beating back monsters—i.e. the psychological fallout—it probably won’t be long until Kurumi starts applying the emotional screws to one true love, all in an effort to keep Asuka with her. After all, when it comes to attention, there’s nothing a girl won’t do.
What ensures things get crazier before they get better as well are the slowly emerging details of this season’s enemy. We now have a name in the Babel Brigade for example, and indications of its influence reaching far wider than our Japanese gang probably though possible. Anyone familiar with the biblical Babel likely knows where this story is going just given the name drop, but indications of “illegal” magical girls, manipulating and using Dias for nefarious purposes, and the threats of a new, more terrible war are indication enough: someone/some group plans on adapting the new postwar world to their desired needs, and anyone who gets in their way will pay the ultimate price. Considering our little ball of evil knows who Makino’s father is exactly (even after the remarks about daddy’s job being super secret) and just kidnapped the oppai lover over it, you can bet this murky rabbit hole won’t be reaching the light anytime soon.
There’s a lot left for MSTA to reveal and quite a few girls waiting to make their debut, and while I don’t know yet whether I’ll be covering the adventure all the way through (that’s a decision for next week), this will certainly be one show where the fireworks only grow in intensity. Stay tuned boys and girls, the cutie breaking is just warming up.