「星に願いを」 (Hoshi ni Negai wo)
“Wish Upon a Star”
Question: when it comes to mahou shoujo, what’s the best way to truly tug at the heartstrings? Despair? Agony? Copious amounts of bloodshed? Please, the refined connoisseur knows the best method always starts with emotional attachment, and there’s no better way to create it than through a little slice of life development. It may be slow going getting to the main story (read: the good stuff) right now, but never fear, once MSTA reaches that point it won’t be disappointing. After all the competition and its inevitable fallout has already been laid bare.
Probably the biggest surprise of MSTA for me right now is how it’s messing with the expected party setup. In these stories you usually anticipate seeing a motley collection of magical girls either banding together against a big evil or winding up duking it out in a coerced FFA, but here we have a mix of the two. The Magical Five who based upon experience you’d predict being best friends with each other seems to have some underlying tensions among each other. Besides the yet to be introduced Peipei and best
babushka Russian cutie Tamara (foreshadowing doesn’t lie) and Kurumi’s own impassioned personality, Mia funnily enough doesn’t appear to have much love lost when it comes to her Japanese brethren and any involvement they may have in her mission. Coincidentally interfere with America doing American things? Well cannot answer for the number of additional piercings you’ll wind up with. It’ll be very interesting seeing what happens when all five of the girls inevitably do get back together because something clearly split them apart and whatever it was likely has bearing over current circumstances. Just take the titular Asuka: guaranteed there’s something more to her mahou shoujo hiatus than those traumatic experiences.
What highlights these underlying tensions most however are the additional plot (the other one) tidbits now popping up. This week’s missive for example pretty much confirms the idea one former magical girl is heading the big evil of the moment, and with it the likelihood that one or more former Magical (greater than) Five comrades have decided doing bad things pays a hell of a lot more than following the good book. What the exact reason for shoving round mathematicians into square holes of course is anyone’s guess right now, but I have a sneaking suspicion spitefulness and revenge may be high on the list. After all if Asuka hates her mahou shoujo experience, just think what a magical girl who came within inches of death and was all but collectively forgotten must feel. War has a nasty way of screwing up even the most morally upright of individuals, and when it finally gets to you (as is the case for more than one girl right now), it sticks around for a very long time.
We may not know what MSTA has next in store for our weekly cutie breaking, but you can bet we haven’t seen the true face of the PTSD shenanigans here just waiting for their grand reveal.