Day Break Illusion: Episode 4 – “Is This a Painting?”

Day Break Illusion is a magical girl anime series that includes the element of Tarot cards. 12-year-old Akari Taiyo is obsessed with Tarot cards, and her deceased mother was a fortune teller.

During the first episode, after Akari’s cousin is possessed by a plant demon, Akari unwittingly transforms into her magical girl self and ends up killing her cousin. After fighting with another demon near the end of the episode, she is rescued by three other magical girls and is taken elsewhere to recuperate. She discovers that her mother had been part of Sefiro Fiore, an organization that destroys Daemonia; the Daemonia are evil spirits that like evil hearts and attack people. Akari also learns that she is destined to be part of Sefiro Fiore.

This episode begins with a young woman named Kiyone who goes to Nagataki Art College working on a painting project in class. One of her male classmates approaches her and asks if she’ll be entering the upcoming exhibition. She says she is, and he points out a young woman named Yume Higashiyama. He says that he’s not even entering the painting division, because there’s no way to beat Yume. It turns out Yume’s father is financing the exhibition.

Kiyone becomes upset about this, and is jealous of Yume, and it doesn’t help that Yume approaches Kiyone and dismisses her work as being “mediocre.” One night, as Kiyone is walking home, she is approached by a shortish man wearing a hood. He gives her a Tarot reading, and then provides her with a Tarot card as a “good luck charm” that she can use to get what she wants. When Kiyone sees Yume and the male classmate she talked to being intimate, she uses the card. This storyline reaches its climax when Kiyone ends up being possessed by a Daemonia.

Meanwhile, Akari and the others in her group at Sefiro Fiore are learning about the origins of Tarot cards and the Daemonia. There’s also a hint at some backstory for Seira; when she talks about people who are possessed by Daemonia becoming weak, she has a very quick flashback to a girl the audience has never seen before.

Akari and the others in her group are the ones who are summoned when Kiyone is completely possessed by the Daemonia, and some interesting things happen during this encounter; I’m not going to say what they are in order to avoid providing “spoilers.”

As a viewer, I really appreciated this episode. While we had heard and seen a little bit about the Daemonia, this episode showed the exact process that happens for someone to become possessed by Daemonia. To me, this was the one piece I thought was missing in the series, so I was glad to see this being addressed in episode four. I also liked how Akari’s own struggles were tied into this story. I hope that hint of backstory for Seira will be elaborated on in the not-too-distant future; there’s obviously something there, but it would be nice to get the actual story behind what that brief flashback for Seira meant.

After watching this episode, I’m glad that I didn’t give up on Day Break Illusion after episode two, because I would have missed out on this story.

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