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Day Break Illusion Episode #09 Anime Review

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Day Break Illusion Episode 9
Day Break Illusion Episode 9

Luna’s turn comes again, this time not for the happier possible reason.

What They Say:
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.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We’ve come back around to Luna once again. However, this time around when a girl’s time comes to star in an episode, it’s for worse reasons than ever. The series continues to be largely formulaic, but mixes things up slightly as, while it appears that each girl other than probably the main character will receive some horrible fate by the time the series is over, the specifics aren’t quite as similar as when they were simply each learning to accept the Daemonia as suffering humans in the first half of the series. So while Ginka had come face to face with her counterpart and dealt with it the only way they knew of, main baddy Cerebrum pops up to make Luna’s fate a little different.

Much of the episode is spent on bonding between Luna and “Akari” (it’s a bit more of a spoiler than necessary to say exactly what the deal is with her, but I think it’s pretty obvious from the moment she appears, and that only becomes more and more true as the episode progresses), showing how infatuated Luna is with Akari, and allowing yuri fans to enjoy themselves a bit more.

However, the flags are all set very firmly, and it’s clear that Luna’s not getting out of this episode happily. The episode stops partway between two stages of Luna’s destruction; possibly the worst imaginable has happened to her and she’s almost certainly doomed to die, but the actual fighting that would result in that has yet to start.

Although there’s no real reason to think that anything good could possibly happen until absolutely everyone except the main character has been killed off in a horrible fashion, it’s possible that putting Luna in this situation rather than simply dealing her the same hand as Ginka, and also waiting an extra episode to actually deal with the problem rather than wrapping everything up by the end of the episode as usual, is meant to be the beginning of Akari making some actual progress and figuring out a way to save her pitiable enemies. If anyone has a chance of being saved, I’d imagine it’s the girl who just spent an entire episode showing how in love with Akari she is, without having had the opportunity to actually indicate that to Akari herself, or hear if Akari might share similar feelings, which would certainly help the chances of her being saved. Still, the only one I’m really expecting to survive is Akari, and even then survival might not be the most favorable outcome.

There’s also still the matter of Luna’s sister to be dealt with, and how solid of a connection with her Akari might actually have. It could very well take even more than another entire episode to deal with all these questions, assuming it can all be done in a relatively connected manner.

In Summary:
At this point I’ve lost any real hope of this series improving, so to continue watching I just have to look past all its faults and wonder where the story might be headed. It’s still predictable in how cruel it wants to be to its characters, but at least it’s not quite exactly the same every episode.

Grade: C-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Custom-Built PC, 27” 1080p HDTV.