Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou ~ Review
“Magical girls going badass!!”
The “magical-girl” or “mahou shoujo” genre is quite controversial, even within the otaku realm. There are very little fans of the genre, let alone people who can openly say that they love and enjoy the genre. I am very much the same; I have never been a big fan of the genre. That is, until I took up the courage to watch this awesome series!
Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou (translated as Day Break Illusion) revolves around Taiyou Akari; the daughter of a great fortune teller, and the world possessed by supernatural beings called Daemonia. The Daemonia possess humans and feed on the individuals negative emotions and thoughts, then turning the human into a supernatural creature of destruction. After Akari’s friend dies to the hands of a Daemonia, Akari is put into a secret organization that aims to rid the world of the Daemonia. Meeting many new friends and foes, she soon starts to realise the terrible truth behind the Daemonia, the shadow that controls the Daemonia and her own true identity.
Many have complimented the series for its blend of psychological horror and magical-girl
The series contains 13 episodes (+1 OVA) and aired during the Summer 2013 Anime Season (June 2013 – September 2013). The series is an original animation written by AIC Studios and Aniplex (however, there is also a light novel and manga serialisation of the series that followed). The series is animated by AIC Studios, who brought us such well-known series as ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and Sora no Otoshimono.
The series contains the work of many talented voice actors and actresses including Kadowaki Mai who voices Taiyou Akari (and is also known as the voices of Illyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/stay Night and Sanya from Strike Witches), Kitamura Eri who voices Hoshikawa Seira (and is also known as the voices of Yui from Angel Beats! and Ami from Toradora!) and Tatsumi Yuiko who voices Shirakane Ginka (and is also known as the voices of Nishizono Mio from Little Busters! and Leticia from Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai ni Kuru Sou Desu yo?).
As I said at the start of this review, I was never a really big fan of the magical-girl genre, but this anime really gave me a new glimpse into the genre. Of course, while this anime is technially stillmagical-girl, the use of dark psychological horror elements makes this series conpletely different from the genre. Many have noticed the similarities between this series and Puella Magi Madoka Magika for its use of psychological elements with magical-girl; and I think more magical-girl series should be like this. It definitely makes the genre a lot more interesting and intense, thus a lot more enjoyable. I definitely recommend this series to any anime watcher and fan, because this definitely left a lot of people pleasantly surprised at the end.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4.5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10