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Review: Day break illusion

This anime is about a group of girls who transform with magical Tarot cards.

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First things first, I’m going to have to address the elephant in the room.

This anime is not a copy of Madoka, do you know why?                                                                      If you were to take away the main plot out of Madoka and just looked at how the girls are created, you would see that it  basically looks like this: Girl sells soul to devil – Girl lives by eating other souls- Girls soul is eventually harvested                           *wrapped in a nice magical girl skin*

Subversive: Trying to damage or weaken the power of an established system or institution.             (brought to us by the Oxford dictionary)

This is how magical girls are crated in Day break illusion: Born with magical tarot spirit- Randomly starts to see monsters – Has to decide if they are willing to risk their lives to kill them.                                                   (part from the dark tones, there is no resemblance between the two anime’s)

 

This show was painful to watch because I don’t think they understood the basic formula for a magical girl show.  This genre is particularly aimed at young teens because it shows how responsibility forces you to grow-up and come to your own conclusions. *just because someone is older doesn’t mean they are telling the truth*

The show does eventually tackle the  growing up aspect of this genre however, it was left unaddressed for so long that it just felt like a quick plot dump in order to make the ending seem more fulfilling.

 

The show did address one particular pet peeve of mine; at times some character can act so nice and self-righteous that it actually does more damage to the people around them. (It’s ok to be a nice person however, there comes a point where it becomes overbearing.)

The show does ask a very good moral question “would you be willing to kill someone in order to save other’s”  they make it harder by getting friends and family involved; I just wish that this show had a more mature story because there is so much potential here.

So many magical girl shows avoid this question by having the monsters be created by mutation or having their bad guy just be evil spirits.  *It’s ok if they die, their just pure evil. *

 

My biggest problem with this anime is that each episode dose not flows into the next and for a show being aimed at older teen it really does not respect their intelligence.  In most kids show you keep the plot simple because must kids don’t concentrate enough to follow a quick paste story, that and most kids are really tired after a long day of school.

Your audience is used to long days and have to pay attention in order to get though the day, so show some respect and stretch out the character development so that it’s longer then just 1 episode.

Another complaint that I have is that  the character designs are way too cutesy for a show like this. If you honestly wanted us to take the themes of your show seriously then use designs that don’t remind me of cute moe comedies, or maybe you made it that way just so that the viewer would feel sorry for the characters because they look like children                                                                               . *Even the adults running the building look like children*

The main designs stand out even more when you compare them to how the background characters look. (Their bodies don’t look correct and their eyes are extra big.)

 

In conclusion,  this show was really hard to watch because nether sat back and allowed it characters to just exist in this world, they had be doing something that would make the story feel sadder or dark.

Final thoughts: *I hope somebody else has a go at using this concept.*

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i give this show: 2

i will defend this show if someone called it a madoka clone however, i can’t defend it as a good show.

*i recommend watching it and coming up with your own conclusions. *

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