Rory’s Reviews: il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion

il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion
Here we have a dark magical girl show… no, not Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This is il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion, which doesn’t actually get quite as dark as the former show does.

The plot of il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion follows the life of Akari Taiyou after she becomes an Elemental Tarot Card user. She and her comrades are tasked with defeated Daemonia, which are demons that possess people. The only way to save a human possessed by a Daemonia is to kill them.
Akari joins a group known as Sephiro Fiore after her powers awaken, where she meets new friends and learns to come to terms with fighting the Daemonia.

The four main characters are referred to as the “Tarot Quartet” during an episode preview by Akari herself, so that’s how I shall also refer to them.
The first of the Tarot Quartet is the main character, Akari Taiyou herself. She is the user of The Sun card. Just like her late mother, she is extremely gifted at fortune-telling. She has difficulty coming to terms with her actions after the first episode, especially after her memories are recovered.
Seira Hoshikawa is the next member of the Tarot Quartet, and her card is The Star. She tries to remain distant from her comrades, and believes that befriending them would just cause trouble. Of course, with a little help from Akari, she becomes friendler.
Luna Tsukuyomi is the user of The Moon card. She pretty much falls in love with Akari at first sight, though that proves to be troublesome later on. Her family referred to her as “damaged goods”, though that’s all we are really told about her past.
The final member of the Tarot Quartet is Ginka Shirokane. Ginka uses the Temperance Card. As one would expect from her card, she strives to keep the balance within her team, so she will act cheery when everyone else is depressed. She has plenty of energy to spare, and doesn’t seem to be affected by fighting Daemonia.

There are the other members of Sephiro Fiore, who pretty much fill the role of teachers for the Tarot Quartet. Etia Visconti and Ariel Valtiel Westcott are the head and deputy head of the Nagataki Branch of Sephiro Fiore respectively. Priscilla Twilight and Meltina Mavis fill the role of active teachers, whilst Itsuki, Mutsumi and Nanase Tendo are responsible for sending the Elemental Tarot Card users out to fight the Daemonia and check on their health.
Oh, and as this is a magical anime, there are also two talking animal familiars; a crow named Laplace and a cat named Schrödinger. Laplace believes that fate is set, whereas Schrödinger believes the opposite.

There are then the characters from each of the Tarot Quartet’s past, who all link in to the way they behave and think. None of them really stand out, though Seira’s childhood friend did have quite a gruesome (off-screen) death.

Before I get onto the antagonists, there is the shadow organisation known as Leguzario. Leguzario is in charge of Sephiro Fiore, but it seems that they aren’t too keen on allowing much information about them leak out. Not much about them is explained.

The main antagonists of il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion are the Daemonia, but since they are just monsters that happened to possess humans, there isn’t really much to say about them.
However, there is one antagonist who could be considered the “big bad”. His name is Cerebrum, though he can shapeshift at will. His target is Akari. He’s the one responsible for spreading Diablos Cards, thus turning innocent people into Daemonia. It seems he has some connection to Leguzario, though it isn’t made explicitly clear what that is.

Now, for my thoughts on the soundtrack of this anime. I really liked the opening theme, and I suppose the ending theme was all right. I actually couldn’t help but smile when the opening theme was used as a theme music power up for the final episode, especially with the way it starts with that awesome guitar riff. The next episode preview ditty is quite a playful piece performed on a piano as well.

The highlight of this series for me would definitely have to be the climax. Of course, maybe I just really love battle scenes… but I won’t deny it, it was fun to watch.

Score: 9/10
Definitely worth a watch. I just hope the several mysteries left unsolved indicate that a second season is on the way… Not as dark as Puella Magi Madoka Magica, but not exactly light-hearted either.

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About Rory

I enjoy writing, manga, anime and video games, so naturally here on my blog, you will find anime reviews, my art, Nintendo news and other such things that I deem interesting.
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