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Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

Alternative Titles

English: Day Break Illusion
Synonyms: Gen'ei wo Kakeru Taiyou, Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni, The Sun Penetrates the Illusions
Japanese: 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2013 to Sep 28, 2013
Genres: Magic
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #48432
Popularity: #1249
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Since ancient times long past, this world has been ruled by two tarot cards.

Diablos Tarot—The tarot of the devil that feasts on the souls of living humans and uses that nourishment to bring countless pain and suffering.

Elemental Tarot—The tarot that draws its energy from the power of nature in order to oppose the Diablos Tarot.

Girls chosen from 22 different bloodlines become the wielders of the Elemental Tarot, plunging themselves into this secret battle. To maintain the balance of this world, while carrying unbearable guilt...

Are they executioners? Or saviors? This is the story of the long, long battle fought by girls who cannot escape the fate they bear.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou
Prequel: Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou: Fumikomenai Kokoro

Characters & Voice Actors

Hoshikawa, Seira
Hoshikawa, Seira
Kitamura, Eri
Kitamura, Eri
Shirokane, Ginka
Shirokane, Ginka
Tatsumi, Yuiko
Tatsumi, Yuiko
Taiyou, Akari
Taiyou, Akari
Kadowaki, Mai
Kadowaki, Mai
Tsukuyomi, Luna
Tsukuyomi, Luna
Tokui, Sora
Tokui, Sora


Kusakawa, Keizo
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Theme Song Performance
Okamoto, Natsumi
Theme Song Performance
Kosaka, Harume
Assistant Director

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May 27, 2014
Alright, let's face it. After the ever famous and successful "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica," a want and increase in demand for dark magical girl shows have been prevalent in the anime community. Now, I'm not going to be comparing this show to Madoka 24/7, because trust me, this show is bad on it's own, but I will be using Madoka as a basis for what a dark magical girl show should try to succeed, and what it shouldn't.

Day Break Illusion is, absolutely, what it shouldn't.

If the promotional art and the opening wasn't a dead giveaway, it should be well-known that this show is going to read more
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Jan 12, 2014
At first, I was skeptical about this anime. It received mixed ratings. Some were 9, while others were 4. The ones who rated this anime to be low were mostly those that kept comparing it to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Critique the show, not compare! It's not a perfect anime, but it doesn't mean it cannot be enjoyable.

Story: The first episode took me by surprise,with me thinking that it escalated pretty quickly with very little background to the story. It made me prepare myself for the upcoming episodes, as there were more grim. The tarot cards were a cool component of this anime; I read more
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Sep 24, 2013

Many people consider this to be an almost blatant rip off of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.

Which, lets be honest here, it's easy to see; there's malevolent animal beings that seem to not give a rats ass about the people who they work with, physically or emotionally. Lapalace and Kyubey seem really similar in that sense.

There's 4 girls who turn into stronger versions of themselves and fight in an interdimensional space against evil beings, one nice one, one bad ass one, one that's more set in their own goals, etc.

However a few things set them apart.

1: The main character read more
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Aug 18, 2013
Two years ago studio SHAFT gave to the anime watching world Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a show which cleverly blended the conventions of magical girl anime with dark horror themes, subversive storytelling and striking visual style to create one of the most perfect and memorable anime that I've certainly ever seen. Madoka Magica was a game changer and achieved acclaim and popularity that has proven persistent. Given all that, it's really no surprise at all that other anime studios would want to try and repeat that success. So it is anime studio AIC has decided to present us with an original dark magical girl series read more
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Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou has a very similar atmosphere. Both have magical girls fighting something like a monster.
Both are not your average magical girl show, as they portray the dark side of that it really means to be a 'hero of justice'. Darkness exists because happiness exists.
Both are psychological violence that have characters with cute designs are overtaken by fatal violent encounters.
At first it looks like it's cute girls doing cute things, but its quite far from that.Both anime have slight hints of yuri and have a large amount of girls. The main lolis are voiced by the same VA. Cards are the source of power. They have to fight monsters with the power of cards. Both have a rather dark atmosphere.
Both involve a Magical Girl awakening to the power of cards and the main characters in both are sweet, kind-hearted girls who aim to be helpful in the loss of their mothers.

Both series also share very impressive and original art. Their styles are not similar to each other, but they are both very well done for their respective time periods.
Magical girl series with colorful battle scenes and lots of 'darker' moments that show the characters' struggle.

Opening Theme

"träumerei" by LiSA

Ending Theme

"-Mirage-" by Natsumi Okamoto (岡本菜摘)

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