194th G-View: Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou

The show that was immediately labeled as the successor to Puella Magi Madoka Magica by some. I prefer the term, inspired rather than succeed, cloned or ripped off. Just because Madoka revolutionized Dark Mahou Shoujo Anime doesn’t mean it has become the milestone of the subgenre. Having said all that, the similarities are there. However it’s more like Dante’s Inferno and God of War. Both are similar in terms of gameplay but the story and setting are different. So let’s get to it and check out Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou: il sole penetra le illusioni.

Gen'ei wo Kakeru Taiyou Cover

Alternate title: Day Break Illusion: The Sun That Penetrates Illusions.

Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Dark

Themes: Magical Girl, Tarot Cards, Fortunetelling.

Number of episodes: 13+1 bonus episode

G-Rating: N/A

Plot Summary: The story follows a group of magical girls, especially one 12 year old Akari Taiyou, who are chosen based on 22 special bloodlines to wield the power of the Elemental Tarot to fight demons that born after taking advantage of the negative emotions of humans, the Daemonia.

Basically, girls whose powers are based on fortunetelling tarot cards fight demons who take advantage of negative human emotions like greed, lust, envy, jealousy, desperation, etc.

The first on-screen victim, FuyunaAs is expected from Dark Mahou Shoujo anime, this one is dark, bloody and violent during battles against the Daemonia. This show is not for the weak of heart.

Super Akari vs Mantis DaemoniaShip DaemoniaI like the designs of the Daemonia the girls fight. They remind me of Silent Hill creatures due to their appearance symbolizing a dark emotion in a person’s mind. It can be any emotion at all and the Daemonia will take shape. For example, a frustrated and jealous high school artist transforms into a giant disfigured painter with several bloody paintings floating around her. The people whom the Daemonia possess are, as mentioned, people with negative emotions to exploit. Other examples include a man who was forced to make a dead-end deal with the mafia to temporarily bail him out of bankruptcy to a Faustian deal in order to save a friend who didn’t have long to live. Like I said, the similarities are there.

Ginka, Akari, Luna and Seira in their super formsThe conflict in the story really begins when Akari learns that the Daemonia are manipulated humans who automatically die after the Daemonia possessing them is killed. The struggle to decide whether there is another non-fatal way to save the people and whether there is meaning to slaying Daemonia if they had existed since the first World War, or even before that.

Although forced due to both their bloodlines and the ones in charge of the organization who picked them up being typical corporate douchebags, the girls have their own personal reasons for fighting the Daemonia. Some, like Ginka, can take the burden, while others, like Seira, continue being haunted deep down by this seemingly out of their control destiny. It is a struggle with both their duties and themselves and the dark entity that takes advantage of this.

Ginka's dadAs one can tell from looking at this image, the anorexic animation style known in anime like Strawberry Panic and Revolutionary Girl Utena is alive and well. Even some of the older girls with larger breasts look like they haven’t eaten in months. Oh well, at least the school uniforms don’t have unnecessary shoulder pads like in Utena.

The OST fits the show perfectly with its dark and ominous tone during battles, intense songs when it gets…intense and calming songs during casual moments…yes, there are casual moments in this mostly ominous anime.

Luna X AkariThe yuri representative on this show is Luna, who slowly began falling in love with Akari (no subtext). Let’s just say it was both a blessing and a curse. Don’t worry though. It’s not that bad…really. It’s both cute and believable. Luna had been my favorite character on the show long before her lesbianism was revealed.

Akari and SeiraAlthough this is stretching it, I think Seira also gives off some vibes and it’s not just because she exercises despite not being the least bit out of shape. At least she only works on keeping her body fit.

the girls staring at the sunsetOverall: Even if the show has flaws, I really don’t see any worth mentioning. Oh, not all questions are answered, of course. It’s a dark anime and it is expected to be filled with more dread than joy. At least the payoff is worth it. I’d say that this is worth giving a shot to those who are interested in anime where magical girls have great struggles in their lives, fight bloody battles to the death with their kickass powers against demons and want to see something that’s inspired by Madoka. Like I said before, it ain’t for the weak of heart.

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19 Responses to 194th G-View: Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou

  1. Cytrus says:

    Glad to see you enjoyed this since I couldn’t bring myself to like the show any xD.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Too much or too little for you?

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      • Cytrus says:

        In Madoka, the darkness bared the characters’ souls and forced them into a chain of constant development and decision-making. In Genei, each character only gets one important moment of character development throughout the entire series. I’m not convinced how much was achieved in the end.

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      • Overlord-G says:

        In the end, the show, despite my best efforts, is doomed to be forever seen as an “inferior Madoka”.

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      • Cytrus says:

        I’m sure the staff behind the show knew the comparisons were coming – I picked it up and sticked to it partly because I admire the guts necessary to try something like this so soon after Madoka.

        I’d normally say this show will get a better chance to be seen as a separate work in a few years, when people forget about show chronology within the genre… but to be honest, I don’t think it’s notable enough for people to remember it a few years down the road.

        On the plus side, the OP/ED themes were both a great listen :).

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    • Overlord-G says:

      It will probably meet the same fate as Yumekui Merry.

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      • Cytrus says:

        Funny you should mention that show, since I consider it the biggest anime disappointment in recent memory. I really thought there was potential based on the first episode, but the show never went anywhere…

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      • Overlord-G says:

        My main gripe was with the ending. MAN, that ending did not feel anime-esque at all. Rather, for a show like YM, it didn’t fit. On the bright side, Merry’s midriff is still one of the best I’ve seen in anime history. There was just something inexplicably mouth watering about her midriff.

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  2. Yurimylove says:

    In the end, I do not regret having watched this series because it has (wisely) refrained from turning Luna into a irredeemable phycho-lesbian. However, her feelings for Akari are utterly inconsequential since no one in the world, not the least Akari herself, has any notice of it. The only one who DID know, is dead at the end.

    So the way I see it, the only reason they bothered to make Luna a lesbian is for Cerebrum to take advantage of her “weakness”/”negative emotion”. They could’ve instead said Luna is jealous of Seira because (she thinks) Seira is prettier than her (or stronger, or smarter or whatever), and the story’s plot and ending would still turn out EXACTLY the same. Therefore, Day Break Illusion is ultimately just a “watch and forget” series for me.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      On the bright side, it wasn’t as bad as Venus Versus Virus. It’s nice to know Luna didn’t suppress her feelings at least. Whether she will confess or not is up to femslashers now. It’s one those shows, unfortunately. Pity. It’s still cute, but I do agree that it’s ultimately unsatisfying.

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  3. MR.KLAC says:

    well i have just finish watching this series yet give it was very late last set add to watch.

    give it was worth watching those magical tarot girls anime series.

    notice whole compare to madoka & yet shown same season in magicial illya (same voice lead) yet there some difference to them.

    overall series itself worth a checking to see wonder give ova ep coming up.

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  4. mutopis says:

    it was a nice story, but Madoka was clearly superior/better. I still did enjoyed on its own.

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  5. Well this looks badass, not reading the review again. Gonna hope right in. Let’s see how this goes.

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  6. I really want there to be a day when this will no longer be seen as “Inferior Madoka” and more “A pretty good Dark Magical Girl anime”. All of the Dark Magical anime I’ve seen are great and I’d wish it were to become it’s own, big genre.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Unfortunately that will be quite a while. It just aired too soon. Viewers were still red hot on Madoka fever so it was sadly doomed to fail despite it being a good show overall. At least you enjoyed it.
      I think it kind of already has become a big genre.

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      • Actually when I posted that I wasn’t finished. I just powerhouse marathoned the last 5 episodes. It really picked up the pace at the end. It may be just my anime noobism but I thought the end-war was creative and nicely thought. Also: HUMANITY IS SUPERIOR! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FATEMAKER! WE CARVE OUR OWN DESTINIES!

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      • OG-Man says:

        Glad you enjoyed it.

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