Saturday, 7 September 2013

il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion - Episode 10

Now that Luna has been attacked in her own home Cerebrum, things are about to become nigh-on impossible for our group of magical heroines in this week's Day Break Illusion.

For starters, there's Luna herself, who is sent out to attack her former comrades now that she's becoming a Daemonia.  Although Seira has no qualms about fighting her one-time friend in this new state Akari simply won't have it, and the result of this sees Seira attacked and bitten by Luna in her new form before Akari enables both of them to escape.  With the remains of the other magical girl team attacked by their doppelgangers and with the bite on Seira stripping her of her Elemental Tarot abilities, the group is left decimated in a single night.

As a result, Akari is left to go it alone in fending off the Daemonia night after night, while also trying to come to terms with the loss of her friend and the fact that all and sundry insists that she has to kill Luna if the two are to meet again.  Of course, when this does actually happen, Akari has no intention of killing Luna, and does at least manage to reveal a slither of humanity still left within her friend.  This is of little comfort however, as Cerebrum looks to destroy the academy and coerce Akari into joining his own forces.

Unsurprisingly, this week's Day Break Illusion is again a clunky affair - it's heart is in the right place, but it rushes through its material without giving any of it time to sink in or resonate with the viewer.  The result is an episode where no shortage of "stuff" happens, but it remains impossible to actually care about any of it; a quandry not helped by the half-baked and predictable plot and characterisation.  At this point I'll just be glad to reach the end of this series, as it's a poorly executed affair that deserves to be put out of its misery sooner rather than later.

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