Anime Spotlight: Day Break Illusion

Day Break Illusion is an anime series produced by AIC and directed by Keizo Kusakawa. The series aired on Japanese television from July 6-September 28, 2013. As of this writing, Aniplex of America holds the North American distribution rights for the series.

The main character of Day Break Illusion is a 12-year-old girl named Akari Taiyo who is obsessed with Tarot cards and is an apprentice at a fortune telling shop. Akari’s mother, Hinata, was a fortune teller; she passed away about two years prior to the start of the series. Akari now lives her aunt, uncle, and cousin Fuyuna. Fuyuna is a bookworm who studies hard and strives to be at the top of her class.

It’s mentioned during the first episode that Akari’s mother was a gifted fortune teller, and that Akari’s readings are always right. Akari also has plants in her room that grow rather quickly; in fact, one has grown out of the window and goes over to her cousin’s room.

One day at school, after midterm exams, Fuyuna gets attention from some classmates for having the top scores in her class. Unfortunately, Akari is also in the class, and is giving a Tarot card reading at the same time. A crowd gathers around Akari, and the students who had been paying attention to Fuyuna go over to see what Akari is doing. Fuyuna becomes jealous.

One night, Fuyuna becomes possessed and turns into a plant demon. She goes into Akari’s room and attacks her. Just as it seems the demon is going to choke the life out of Akari, her Tarot cards suddenly activate and she undergoes a transformation into a magical girl. With help from the Tarot cards, Akari defeats the demon. Unfortunately, Fuyuna is killed in the process and Fuyuna’s existence has been erased; it’s as if she had never lived.

When the fortune telling shop is attacked by a man who has been attacked by a demon, Akari’s Tarot powers activate and she tries to fight the demon. Three other girls with Tarot powers rescue Akari and defeat the possessed man.

Akari finds herself at Sefiro Fiore, an organization that destroys Daemonia; the Daemonia are evil spirits that like evil hearts and attack people. Akari also learns that her mother had once been a member of Sefiro Fiore, and that Akari is destined to be part of the organization. Akari’s Tarot power comes from the tarot card, The Sun. Akari is put into a team with the three girls who rescued her at the fortune telling shop.

Luna Tsukuyomi is a modest and shy girl that has healing powers; her card is “The Moon.” Luna develops a romantic interest in Akari, and she becomes jealous if Akari becomes close with others.

Seira Hoshikawa is calm and strict and fights with an icy bow and arrow; her card is “The Star.” She has a strong hatred for the Daemonia and believes that anyone who allows themselves to be possessed by them is weak.

Ginka Shirokane is a cheerful girl who also happens to come from a family that acquired wealth after her father founded a now popular chain of stores. Ginka’s card is “Temperance.”

Etia Visconti is the head of the Sefiro Fiore branch in Nagataki, and she has a polite and kind attitude. Ariel Valtiel Westcott is the deputy head of the Nagataki branch of Sefiro Fiore, and she has a strict demeanor.

Early in the series, Akari discovers she can hear the voices of the Daemonia, which makes it hard for her to fight them at first. The other girls in Akari’s team deal with situations that test their beliefs. The concept of counterpart cards between the Elemental Cards and the Daemonia Cards is introduced, as well as the fact that they can annihilate each other if they come in contact. At this point in the series, the story takes a darker turn which basically lasts until the final episode.

After watching the first episode, I was left with the impression that Day Break Illusion was going to be a “dark” magical girl series. It turns out that I was right about my first impression of this series.

I admit I wasn’t too sure about the series after watching the first episode, but I decided to give the second episode a chance. I almost dropped this series with episode two, but the scenes that took place in the last few minutes of the episodes convinced me to give the third episode a try. After episode three, I decided to keep going with Day Break Illusion.

One thing I really enjoyed was seeing that episode four was devoted to showing how people are possessed by Daemonia. Prior to this, the viewer had heard of and seen the Daemonia, but the process by which this happened wasn’t shown. To me, this was the one piece I thought was missing in the series at that point, so I was glad to see this being addressed in episode four.

Episodes five and six provided some needed backstory for Ginka and Seira, which helped to make these characters more than the one-dimensional characters that they appeared to be at first. These were also important episodes for advancing their character arcs.

Episode seven introduces the concept of the counterpart cards between the Elemental Cards and the Daemonia cards. It originally seemed like this was going to be a more important element in the series than it ultimately was, so it was a little disappointing when this concept all but disappeared after a couple of episodes, only to be brought back up again right at the end. But this is also the point where a major sense of foreboding starts to permeate the series.

After Akari and the others encounter Ginka’s counterpart card, Ginka decides to battle it for some unknown reason and appears to die during the battle. There ended up being an explanation given for this in the final episode; while I understand the point the writers were going for, the explanation felt kind of weak. However, it did explain the purpose of Ginka fighting with her counterpart, but I still say the whole set up for getting Ginka to fight her counterpart in the first place never really made much sense. I guess there was a point to introducing the counterpart cards a little earlier in the series, but it felt like that should have been a more important element than it ended up being.

Episode nine places the focus on Luna and the jealousy she feels toward Seira after she and Akari begin to become closer friends. Cerebrum, a major player with the Daemonia who can shapeshift, uses this to his advantage in order to possess Luna with a Daemonia card. The possessed Luna fights with Seira and causes Seira to lose her Tarot powers. The rest of the series focuses on Akari and the secret that she learns; as part of this, she has struggles and temptations to deal with.

Day Break Illusion ended in such a way that it could either be the end of the series or it could just be the ending of a season. It was a decent ending episode, although there was one thing that really bugged me. In the last couple of episodes, there was more of a focus on the Leguzario, the organization that gives orders to Sefiro Fiore. A point was made to hear a man’s voice but to never show this person’s face. I kept thinking this would build up to an important revelation, but that never materialized. This was one of the loose ends that I thought still existed at the end of the series.

Day Break Illusion turned out to be an interesting series, and I’m glad I was able to watch the simulcast streams. I would recommend the streams of Day Break Illusion to anime viewers who enjoy darker magical girl anime as a way to sample the series.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 13 – “The Sun’s Smile”

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.

Episode 13 continues with Akari and Cerebrum in the Clessidra, and Akari reliving the second anniversary of her mother’s death over and over again. Her comrades have come to try to save her, but they don’t really get anywhere.

Meanwhile, Etria and Ariel use the key they were given by Laplace in episode 12 to unlock their powers, which allows them to shatter the Clessidra; this frees both Akari and Cerebrum. Before this happens, though, Akari is able to finally have a conversation with Fuyuna about the two girls feel about each other. This becomes a rather crucial plot point for the rest of the story to conclude.

Episode 13 is the final episode of Day Break Illusion, and it ended in such a way that it could either be the end of the series or it could just be the ending of a season. It was a decent ending episode, although there was one thing that really bugged me. In the last couple of episodes, there was more of a focus on the Leguzario, and a point was made to hear a man’s voice but to never show this person’s face. I kept thinking this would build up to some kind of important revelation, but that never materialized.

Also, I have to provide a spoiler here, but an explanation was given as to why Ginka returned from the dead during episode 12. While I understand the point the writers were going for, the explanation felt kind of weak. However, it did explain the purpose of Ginka fighting with her counterpart, but I still say the whole set up for getting Ginka to fight her counterpart in the first place never really made much sense. So I guess there was a point to introducing the counterpart cards a little earlier in the series, but it felt like that should have been a more important element than it ended up being.

Day Break Illusion turned out to be an interesting series, and I’m glad I was able to watch the simulcast streams. However, I’m not sure yet whether or not this series is one I’ll go out of my way to purchase for my anime home video collection if it’s ever released on a physical format in North America.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 12 – “Choosing Your Destiny”

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.

At the graveyard, Cerebrum tells Akari that he’ll return Luna to normal, and as a result Seira will regain her elemental powers; however, Akari has to come with him. When Akari asks Cerebrum what he’s after, and he says he wants to mate with her. Akari makes the decision to go with him to save her friends. Cerebrum says that Akari will have to enter this item he has in his hands, where she will have to face herself; once all of that is done, they’ll become one.

Meanwhile, we learn through a conversation with Laplace and the guy at Leguzario that what Cerebrum has is called the Clessidra. It’s explained that this is the stage where humans and Daemonia can mate with each other.

While she’s in the Clessidra, Akari has to relive the day that she killed Fuyuna over and over again. In this version of the day, though, she knows what’s going to happen and is able to ask Fuyuna why she became a Daemonia. Cerebrum is basically using this as a way to mess with Akari’s mind and break her down to the point that she will give herself to him.

However, Cerebrum does keep his promise of returning Luna to normal. She returns to normal, Seira regains her power, as they are transported into the Astralux, where the three sisters find them. Once they’ve had a change to recover, Luna and Seira decide to look for Akari. During their search for Akari, they have an unexpected surprise. All I will say about the surprise is that my first reaction was, “What the heck?” Then I was wondering how this surprise will be explained. Hopefully a plausible explanation will be presented in the next episode.

Another development is that Laplace is sent by the Leguzario to deliver a key to Etia and Ariel. From the conversation, it appears that this key may unlock Etia and Ariel’s powers. Etia makes a comment that in the end, the Leguzario only sees them as tools; however, she takes the key and says this is only for the sake of saving Akari.

By the time I finished watching episode 12, I realized that quite a bit was revealed over the course of it. While there’s still some unanswered questions remaining, I think it’s possible for them to be answered during the final episode of the series when I watch it next week.

Cerebrum’s motivation is… wow. It’s actually rather creepy. I honestly believe he’s enjoying the mind games he’s playing with Akari a little too much. Heaven knows there’s a word I want to use here in regards to this, but it’s not exactly family friendly. I’m really hoping that Akari will somehow find the inner strength she needs in order to not fall victim to Cerebrum’s mind games.

Now I’m very curious to see episode 13 in order to see whether or not the various loose ends will be wrapped up, and if so, how.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 11 – “Your Path”

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.

As Akari and the others are escaping from Sefiro Fiore when the mob sets fire to it, Seira wanders off on her own. Akari and the others arrive at the fortune-telling shop where her former caretakers are now residing and ask for help. As they settle in, Akari tries to call Seira, but gets a recording saying the number she’s trying to reach is out of the service area or turned off. Akari wants to go look for Seira, but she’s told to wait until morning.

Meanwhile, Seira finds Cerebrum and an unconscious Luna. Seira demands that Cerebrum turn Luna back to normal, and he says it’s not going to happen, because he’s not the one controlling her. He says that Luna took Seira’s power of her own free will. Cerebrum ends up spelling out Luna’s jealousy to Seira. Cerebrum then tells Seira that because of her weakness, her elemental tarot powers were taken away, and that the only way to get them back is to kill Luna. Cerebrum leaves a dagger for Seira and leaves. Seira contemplates what she wants to do.

Meanwhile, Etia wants to talk to Akari, because she has something to tell her. When Etia says she wants to talk about Akari’s birth, Laplace objects. According to him, that’s top secret information that the Leguzario doesn’t wanr divulged. Etia defies him, and Laplace flies off in a huff to report to the Leguzario. I will have to provide a spoiler here, because it’s important for what happens later: Akari learns that her father a man studying Daemonia in a research laboratory controlled by the Leguzario, and that he became infected by the Daemonia during this research. Because of this, Akari is also part Daemonia. Etia says she wants Akari to determine her own future, and it comes out that Akari could decide to join the Daemonia and Sefiro Fiore couldn’t stop her.

During this conversation, Akari realizes that the little girl she saw at the graveyard in episode 10 must have been Cerebrum trying to make contact with her. Akari returns to the graveyard and finds the little girl kneeling in front of Hinata’s grave. Akari asks the little girl about her true identity, and it comes out that it’s Cerebrum in disguise. The episode ends with Cerebrum forcing Akari to make a difficult choice. The episode ends before Akari makes a decision, so this becomes a major cliffhanger.

The revelation about Akari’s parentage was definitely a big reveal, and that suddenly adds a whole new layer to not just Akari as a character but to the entire series itself. I will say, though, that I had suspected that the little girl at the graveyard was Cerebrum in disguise by the end of episode 10, so that wasn’t a major revelation for me.

While it may not seem as if a lot happened on the surface, there’s definitely a lot going on in the background. When we saw Laplace give a report to the Leguzario, I notice that a lot of care was taken not to show who was speaking, so I wonder what this could be about. Also, I will say that the conversation that takes place here proves there’s some kind of a connection between the Leguzario and Cerebrum. Is the Leguzario purposely trying to pit the two sides against each other? Hopefully the next episode will reveal more about the shadowy background organization known as the Leguzario.

I’m looking forward to watching episode 12 next week and finding out what choice Akari ends up making.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 10 – “Like Burning Away…”

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.

I’ll have to open this with a spoiler from the previous episode: at the end of episode nine, Cerebrum possessed Luna with a Daemonia in order to use her as a pawn in his schemes.

At the beginning of episode 10, the possessed Luna comes before Seira and Akari. Seira wants to attack Luna, but Akari begs her not to. Unfortunately, before Seira can do anything, Luna attacks Seira; Luna bites her neck, and a butterfly appears on Seira’s shoulder. It’s later shown that an aura surrounds Seira’s tarot card and that Seira has lost her tarot powers.

Meanwhile, Priscilla and Meltina are fighting with a Daemonia, which they destroy. When they do, their counterpart cards appear. They end up taking damage from the counterpart cards, but Akari is able to arrive in time and take them back to Sefiro Fiore. Unfortunately, both have taken on quite a bit of damage and need to recuperate. This leaves Akari as the only one who can fight with the Daemonia, and this begins to take its toll on her.

We also learn who the talking raven and cat are who have appeared in previous episodes. They are Laplace and Shrodinger, respectively; they are messengers from Leguzario, the organization that created Sefiro Fiore and sends out the orders to exterminate the Daemonia.

After one of her battles with a Daemonia, the possessed Luna shows up. They try to convince each other to go back with them, with Akari saying everyone is waiting, while Luna wants Akari to become a Daemonia so they can be together. Akari says she can’t go with her, because she wants to save Luna. Luna becomes conflicted. At first, she restrains Akari, but then Akari hears Luna’s normal voice telling her to run. Akari frees herself, while the possessed Luna disappears. As a viewer, I found it reassuring that the old Luna is still hiding in there somewhere; unfortunately, this isn’t going to benefit Cerebrum, so I’m getting a little concerned about what he might do to Luna.

Akari goes to her mother’s grave, confused about what’s going on. A little girl cries nearby, claiming she lost her mother. As Akari interacts with the little girl, it appears that there’s something suspicious about this newcomer.

Cerebrum uses his influence in the human world to have a rumor spread around the area, which sees an angry mob with torches and golf clubs going to Sefiro Fiore, blaming them for everything that’s happened. The episode ends with the members of Sefiro Fiore escaping as the building burns to the ground.

Wow, this episode was really intense! There were twists I hadn’t expected, but there are also some new unanswered questions. And introducing these unanswered questions now has me a little concerned, since the series only has two more episodes left. Will the series be able to end satisfactorily within these last two episodes, or has the concept gotten so big that it really needed more episodes? At this point, I remain cautiously optimistic that the series can end on a high note. I’ll be watching over the next couple of weeks to see if I’m right.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 9 – “The Moon’s Light, The Sun’s Shadow”

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.

I’m going to be opening with a spoiler from the previous episode, because it’s crucial to what happens during episode nine:

At the end of the episode eight, Ginka fought against her Daemonia counterpart and was annihilated. I will admit that I really didn’t understand Ginka’s motivations for fighting against her Daemonia counterpart; it felt like it just kind of happened because the writers wanted it to happen, but they really couldn’t come up with a convincing reason for Ginka to sacrifice herself like that.

The early part of the episode focuses on how everyone at Sefiro Fiore is coping with this development. Akari finds herself questioning things, and Luna has locked herself in her room for three days. Luna’s butler arrives at Sefiro Fiore and asks to take Luna with him to her family’s villa so she can be around things she is familiar with and get herself back together. While Etia believes that while it’s not the best solution, she thinks it’s better than the current situation. When Luna heads out, she asks Akari if she would like to come with her; Akari declines, saying she wants to think about what she can do at Sefiro Fiore.

There’s a strong emphasis on Luna in this episode, and she has flashbacks concerning her older sister, Serena. It’s revealed that Serena mysteriously disappeared and there’s been no clues as to her whereabouts. We also learn a bit more about Luna’s home situation and we also see flashbacks of Luna’s awakening and when she first began fighting at Sefiro Fiore.

One day, Luna sees Serena standing nearby, but Serena runs off. Luna chases after her and loses her; however, after hearing a voice, she looks up and sees Akari. Akari claims that Etia has given her some time off, and that she has come to spend time with Luna. But is everything what it seems? The episode ends with something rather dark and unexpected happening.

All I will say in regards to this is that I had my doubts about Akari actually being there, and sadly, my suspicions were confirmed at the end of the episode. I’m glad to finally get an episode where we finally learn Luna’s backstory, since at this point in the series, Luna was the only one who hadn’t had one yet. And just as the audience finally learns more about Luna, the ending of this episode happens. My thought when that event happened was, “Not so soon after Ginka’s annihilation! Why?”

This development has taken Day Break Illusion into an even darker direction, and I’m looking forward to seeing episode 10 in order to find out how this new development will play out. I’m also curious to see how this development is going to affect Akari as a character.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 8 – “The Overflowing Water”

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.

Episode eight begins with a meeting at Sefiro Fiore, where Etia explains that the card user of The Lovers has annihilated. It’s also explained that it has been recently discovered that the affinity between the Tarot cards the Elemental Cards and the Daemonia Cards is rather high, and the disappearance of The Lovers has confirmed a risk: the fact that it is possible to make both of their powers, as well as their existence, disappear. Then Etia makes a request of everyone that if they should encounter their Daemonia counterpart card, they should flee.

Some of the episode focuses on the girls and their thoughts concerning this revelation. During the episode, while Akari and Luna are talking, Luna is emphatic that she doesn’t want Akari to disappear.

In this episode, we learn that the shortish man we’ve seen handing out Daemonia cards is named Cerebrum, and that he can shapeshift into different people. During a scene where he’s talking with a politician he’s currently working with, Cerebrum says that he wants the child of The Sun.

The next time Akari and the others fight a Daemonia, Akari is unable to hear its voice; all she can hear is a noise. Seira says that since they can’t hear it, all they can do is eliminate it. Seira defeats it, and then a bright light appears; it’s a sun. Seira tries to shoot at the sun, but instead of causing damage to the sun, Ginka begins bleeding. Seira shoots something stronger at the sun, but all she does is cause blood to spurt from Ginka. The sun disappears, and it’s revealed that Ginka’s counterpart is inside. Ginka’s counterpart grabs for Akari, but Ginka finds the strength to shoot at her counterpart to free Akari. After Akari is free, they flee to Sefiro Fiore.

After Ginka reminisces on getting her card from her Great Aunt, she goes to visit her father to ask some questions. After her visit, she attracts the attention of her counterpart and begins a battle.

If you remember, I mentioned in the previous episode that the fortune telling that was done for the girls seemed rather foreboding. If the revelation about annihilation wasn’t foreboding enough, something happens at the end that only confirms my feeling of foreboding. Not only that, but this event makes Day Break Illusion an even darker anime than it had been previously.

I will admit that while I knew things were probably going to be getting darker after watching episode seven, I hadn’t anticipated what happened at the end of episode eight. When it hit me what had happened, I was like, “The writers did not just do this. They did not just do this.” Now that this event has happened, I’m very curious what’s going to happen in the next episode of Day Break Illusion to see how the story will progress after this major plot development.

Day Break Illusion has become an anime that I have enjoyed watching this season. Even though events in the first episode clued me in that this would be darker in tone, I never would have guessed just how dark it has gotten in recent episodes. But I think this tone works for the series, and makes it a compelling watch. And now I’m really looking forward to watching episode nine of the series.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 7 – “A Lovely Holiday”

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.

At the beginning of episode seven, Etia learns that the user of The Lovers tarot card has disappeared. While this is being investigated, Akari and the other three newer members of Sefiro Fiore are told to take a break.

Akari, Luna, Ginka, and Seira go out on the town for the day. While they’re out, there’s several scenes where Luna looks sad when she sees Akari and Seira interacting with each other; all this started at the end of episode six, when Luna saw the heart-to-heart between Akari and Seira. Luna also mentions to Akari that she has an older twin sister. It doesn’t seem to be entirely clear yet, but I have a feeling that both Luna’s feelings and her older twin sister are going to become important later in the series.

While they’re out, Akari runs into the owner of the fortune telling shop that she used to work at, and there’s a reunion for Akari and the other staff members. After their house burned down, they were able to rent a new location in a nice area and have good business. During the reunion, the girls are given a tarot card reading. There’s a combination of cards that tell about the girls’ future that can am ominous and foreboding reading to it. The fortune tellers are worried by what they saw in the reading, but they don’t say anything to the girls.

By the time I reached this point in the episode, I was definitely getting a sense of foreboding, and the commentary by the fortune tellers that they have amongst themselves only adds to that sense of foreboding. When the girls return to Sefiro Fiore at the end of the episode, they are told they need to gather in the meeting room, because they need to discuss a matter that has to do with all of their futures. Between that very last scene of the episode and the tarot reading, I really had a terrible sense of foreboding and I wanted to watch episode eight in order to find out whether this sense of foreboding is justified or not.

At this point, this series could go in a number of directions, several of them being rather dark directions. Until I know what’s going on, my imagination is probably going to run wild thinking of various scenarios.

I swear, this series keeps getting better and better with each episode! I will admit that when I saw that this episode was titled, “A Lovely Holiday,” I assumed it was going to be a light-hearted episode. While there were several light-hearted scenes within this episode, there were also important ideas and elements presented that should be important in later episodes. I will definitely be watching more of Day Break Illusion in order to find out what happens to these characters.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 6 – “Is to the Ends With the Star”

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 opens with Seira fighting alongside Meltina and Priscilla. Afterward, Seira says she wanted to help them so she could learn various ways of fighting. Seira adds that she doesn’t think of herself as being part of a team, and that she’s just doing her job. When she’s asked about Akari hearing the Daemonia, Seira says there’s no point to it and it gets in the way of fighting; she also adds that she can’t feel sorry for the people who were turned into Daemonia.

One day, Seira and Ginka run into two girls named Minori and Hanae, who are friends. After Ginka helps the girls find a set of star barrettes, all four of them spend some time together and get to know each other. After Minori accidentally puts her phone into Seira’s bag, Seira meets up with Minori and Hanae again in order to return the phone. While they’re together, Minori faints and Hanae calls out for someone to call an ambulance.

At the hospital, Seira learns from Hanae that Minori has had heart problems ever since she was born. The doctors want to do an operation, but they’ve been having to wait for years to get it done. When Hanae asks Seira what she can do to help Minori, Seira tells her to just do what she can.

This episode then delves into Seira’s backstory and to why she hates the Daemonia so much. It turns out that I was right about the girl who appeared in Seira’s brief flashback in episode four, because this girl is connected to Seira’s hatred of them. I won’t say how this plays out, but I will say that the girl in question was Seira’s best friend when she was younger.

After Hanae’s next visit with Minori at the hospital, Hanae is approached by someone who is affiliated with the Daemonia. As usual, this person manages to talk Hanae into taking a card, saying it will help her.

I think you can probably guess where this will lead if you’ve been following this series. All I will say is that the battle in the climax of this episode is a major game changer for Seira.

So far, this has probably been my favorite episode of Day Break Illusion. As a viewer, I finally felt I was getting a “payoff” with getting Seira’s backstory. She’s obviously been a more complex character, but she really didn’t have a lot of backstory revealed prior to this to explain the complexity of her character. Now that I understand Seira a lot better, I’ve come to like her better as a character.

Now that I’ve made it about halfway through Day Break Illusion, I’m very curious to see how the series will progress past this point. After watching the first episode of this series, I never would have guessed how much it was going to improve as it went on. Day Break Illusion has become an anime series that I look forward to watching, and I can’t wait to see where the series will progress over the next few episodes.

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Day Break Illusion: Episode 5 – “Ah, Money, Money! How Many Sad Things Must Occur in This World Due to Money?”

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 Ginka’s father coming to visit her at Sefiro Fiore. It turns out that he is the president of a discount store chain called Sancho Panza, and is also making generous monthly donations to Sefiro Fiore. The viewer learns that Ginka’s father knows the truth about Sefiro Fiore, and that Ginka’s powers come from her father’s aunt.

Ginka’s father invites Ginka, Akari, Luna, and Seira to a party, and they all attend. While at the party, Ginka and her father learn that family friend Honda-san is going bankrupt and has been borrowing money from dangerous money lending companies. The audience sees Honda being intimidated by some members of one of these companies.

Later, it’s shown that Honda is about to commit suicide when he is approached by someone affiliated with the group that’s turning people in Daemonia. This person says they know about Honda’s financial troubles and gives Honda a card that they say will grant his wish.

Ginka gets a call from her father, saying that Honda’s business has recovered, and that his debts just seemed to disappear. He says he’ll be drinking with Honda that night to celebrate. Ginka does a tarot reading for him, and she tells her father the reading says there’ll be trouble today, and that he needs to put his customers first.

During a cooking lesson at Sefiro Fiore, Akari is informed that after doing an examination on her, it was discovered that she is able to make more manifest when she changes her form than many of the others at Sefiro Fiore, and that when anyone touches her, her thoughts are transferred and they can hear voices. When I first saw this part of the episode, I was thinking that it was nice to finally get some explanation about Akari’s abilities, but it felt like it kind of came out of nowhere. I will say, without truly providing a “spoiler,” that this piece of information becomes important during the climax of the episode.

That night, before Ginka’s father heads out to see Honda, he is told that there’s an unhappy customer. Ginka’s father decides to go visit the disgruntled customer before seeing Honda. After meeting with the customer, Ginka’s father starts to head toward meeting up with Honda, but Honda finds him first. At this point, Honda has been possessed by the Daemonia, and this leads to the climax of the episode.

I was glad to see this episode focus on Ginka. Prior to episode five, there had been very little in the way of character development for her. I hadn’t really connected much with her as a character prior to this point; she just felt like she fell into a stereotype and was just kind of “there.” Now seeing the backstory that’s presented in this episode, I can better understand why Ginka acts the way she does. And by the end of this episode, Ginka goes through some growth as a character as well.

This episode also touches briefly on Akari. The audience finds out she hasn’t had her father in her life, and that she doesn’t know who he is. During a flashback, we learn that Akari asked her mother about this once, her mom looked rather sad. I’m hoping more comes out about Akari’s father, because it feels like the audience is being teased for some kind of a reveal. Otherwise, why would that have even been touched on during this episode?

I was interested in what was happening during this episode from beginning to end, and it’s only added to my interest in this series. I’m looking forward to seeing the next episode of Day Break Illusion in order to see what happens next.

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