Alternate titles: Day Break Illusion, Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou, The Sun Penetrates the Illusions, The Phantom Piercing Sun; how many titles can one show have?
Anime Original by AIC
Simulcast on Crunchyroll
Premise: Akari Taiyou (Mai Kadowaki) is a perky middle schooler with a silly, colourful hairstyle who goes around her daily live telling fortunes and helping other people out. Everything changes, however, when her cousin is brutally disemboweled by a demonic plant and Akari is chosen by the magical tarot of — jeez, I don’t even know anymore. But hey, bet you didn’t see the dark twist coming, huh?
Aqua’s Verdict: Burn Inside the Fires of a Thousand Suns
One day, little Timmy (or Taro, if you wanna pick nits) payed a visit to the anime company with a pitch he made up in five seconds after reading the Wikipedia article on tarot cards and thinking they are super swell and mysterious. Somehow, the company’s producers, who suffered a bad hangover from last night’s monthly Puella Magi Madoka Magica and strangulation hentai night, thought little Timmy had given them something that would somehow make them more money than the hilariously scarse funds they would be willing to invest in it. And thus Il Sole Penetra Le Illusione was born! With creepily overdecorated (and underfed) characters because people might spontaneously forget who the main characters are! With obnoxious Foriegnese title because it’s so mysterious! With copious amounts of horrible murder and impossible female anatomy because that is what little Timmy, being the good and healthy twelve-year old he is, likes! Good for you, little Timmy. Now where the fuck is my shotgun?
Lifesong’s Verdict: Inoffensively Boring
This episode is spent following a cheerful girl around town and showing off her daily life. We get some cryptic stuff with tarot cards and a big bad evil at the end of the episode. Most of this episode was just boring and the bits at the end were so standard anime fair that they didn’t do much to help. Hopefully this anime will do something to set itself apart soon. If not this is one anime that will be forgotten before it ever gets off the ground.
Jel’s Verdict: I’d Rather Stare Into the Sun Than Watch This
The greatest sin an anime can commit is being boring and this episode was definitely a sinner. Everything just felt like it was moving at a glacial pace. Even simple things like the main girl handing her sister a flower pin thing seemed to take forever as she slowly opened the box and pinned it on. I’d blame the director but the premise wasn’t really exciting me either. Girl awakens to super powers that she probably got from her dead mom when she is randomly attacked by a mysterious entity? YAWN. The show does try to win you over with bright colors, flashy action, and a half baked attempt to be DAAAAAAARK (visions of your sister dead and bloody in your dreams!) but none of it helps. Skip this one.