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Day Break Illusion episode 1 – Throttling is fun

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Shinmaru and Inushinde are still faffing about at AX. Last I heard they were hanging out with Mari Okada. In unrelated news, Inushinde and Shinmaru will no longer be writing for The Cart Driver.

So instead you’re still getting all your first impression posts written by yours truly. Cower in fear as I kick this rather pathetic Madoka clone in the oversized head. No seriously, those characters looks like bobble heads. I would probably have enjoyed this anime 10 times over if their heads flailed about on their necks during all the dramatic throttling.

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The story is about a blonde bobble head the producer got free with a pack of tarot cards. She can use the tarot cards to predict things, such as how she will soon be meeting a tall dark ace of clubs and that maybe something bad might happen to her, like the spring on her bobble head snapping. She lives with her bobble head cousin who is really mad at the main character. This is because the cousin has great grades, will be accepted into a top university, graduate with a top degree and will have a successful career as a businesswoman, while the main character will instead live her life as a massive fraud, bullshitting customers into thinking she can somehow tell the future by randomly drawing from a pack of cards. Clearly this is something to be jealous of.

I’m now going to take back the Madoka comparisons because what follows has far more in common in Black Rock Shooter. This cousin is sooooo mad that the blondie has a pack of tarot cards that she becomes an evil monster of some sort. This evil aura that exudes from her causes the plant in blondie’s room to come to life and live out its dream of starring in The Dream of the Fisherwoman’s Wife. Because waiting 3 episodes to build tension before hitting us over the head with graphic violence is for pussies. We get the camera then rather creepily caressing the body of this bobble head as she is throttled, but then the cousin mysteriously dies and then disappears altogether.

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That part in itself is kinda interesting, and it’s the only thing pushing me to maybe check out another episode. Where did this cousin disappear to? At the moment I’m assuming it’s just like Black Rock Shooter and she’s been transported to a post-apocalyptic bathroom where all the other touhou characters that keep randomly invading this anime live in their days off. However I’ll say the same thing I said about Sunday Without God: The writing on display in this first episode gave me no indication that the people in charge have enough quality in them to do something worthwhile with the premise.

The writing here was even worse than that in Sunday Without God. The blonde bobble head has the blandest most insipid dialogue ever. The directing uses shaky cam like its going out of fashion and has a creepy love of throttling the main girl. The character designs look stupid as hell. There might be an interesting story being built up here with tarot card mythos and whatnot, but at the moment it just feels like it’s going for shock value.

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33 Comments

  1. ananas
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    The stuff about Shinmaru and Inushinde is a joke, right?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      Anyone who flirts with THE ENEMY MARI OKADA is hereby banned from this site

      • Shinmaru
        Posted July 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        TOTALLY WORTH IT

        Mari Okada too moe for me would flirt with again

      • Scamp
        Posted July 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

        I feel like I was just NTR’d

    • Insurrectionist
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      Mari Okada worked on my favorite anime (though in a somewhat limited role) so I for one am honor-bound not to hate her no matter what dreck she puts out. I am sure others have equally good reasons. Learn to be more forgiving Scamp.

  2. gedata
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t bother reading the post

    Worth watching? yes or no

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Read the fucking post Shinji

  3. Leah
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    The main character is about as charismatic as a piece of blotting-paper, but I get a kick out of tarot so I’ll probably keep watching. Maybe the other characters will be better, according to the website the little girl that has the star card is into “muscle training”. I hope that literally means she lifts.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      OK, if the girl keeps the same body proportions but gets massive biceps, that would be pretty great

  4. gedata
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    “In unrelated news, Inushinde and Shinmaru will no longer be writing for The Cart Driver”
    ;_;

    • Leah
      Posted July 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      I imagine Scamp’s situation right now is like that Azumanga Daioh gag where Yomi is sick at home while the rest of the main cast goes to the amusement park and Tomo constantly calls her to tell her how awesome it is. So I guess he’s excused for acting a little tsundere towards his blogging mates.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 7, 2013 at 12:30 am | Permalink

        But isn’t Scamp scamping in the U.S. of A. with a girl? That’s hardly like being sick at home.

      • Cirith
        Posted July 7, 2013 at 2:32 am | Permalink

        It sounded like he was envious of them meeting Mari Okada.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

        Actually I’m back from the You Ess of Aye now and actually doing the whole ‘sick at home in bed’ thing.

        So yes, this is just like Azumanga

  5. Tred
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Glasses girl drama.Plot

    • Tred
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 1:23 am | Permalink

      BTW Psycho-Pass second season confirmed by IG co.That´s the second Cart driver fake chart show that became real in a short period of time!Luck??I don´t think so.Now i want Spice Wolf 3 and Haruhi,please.

    • Treed
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 1:24 am | Permalink

      BTW, Psycho-Pass second season confirmed by IG co.That´s the second Cart driver fake chart show that became real in a short period of time!Luck??I don´t think so.Now i want Spice Wolf 3 and Haruhi,please.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      I saw that, and yup I’m pretty stoked about more Psycho Pass. I just hope Butch Gen is still writing the whole thing so we don’t get another Gargantia

  6. Kiseki
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I had a stream up waiting for Fantasista Doll and Gen’ei played during the intermission. Wasn’t planning to watch but the visual direction and animation were great so I couldn’t help it! Everything else sucked, and I’m definitely not used to watching a bland moe female protagonists either.

    Also wasn’t fond of how they decided to suddenly kill off a character in the first episode and skip straight ahead so we don’t or see the effects of her death.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Eh, I didn’t find the visuals to be as exciting as the trailer implied. Mostly because I was too distracted by how friggen dopey those character designs looked.

      Also, as the person below me says, her ‘death’ was rather her just being erased from existence altogether, so that’s why we see no effects from her death.

      • Kiseki
        Posted July 8, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

        Ahh I missed the scene where they were visiting her mother’s grave so I thought they were visiting the cousin instead.

  7. Pusswookie
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    The best I can gather is that when one of the bobble head people goes dark side and is killed as a result of not being the protagonist, it seems like their existence is then wiped from everyone’s memory for the sake of convenience.
    They are erased completely.

    Btw why was everyone cool with the fact that there was literally a living jungle growing in her room?

  8. Kioku from Laptop
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Wait, what? I like diversified asinine opinions though! Don’t let them abandon you! All hail the shining crotch!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      I can make my crotch shine too. Watch

      HUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRNNNNNNNUUUUGHHHHGHHGHGHHHH

      see?

      • Kioku from Laptop
        Posted July 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

        *stunned with awe*

  9. Desi
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Because human relations aren’t important at all

  10. umcara
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Well, at least it looked nice. That’s probably reason enough to watch one more episode for me.

  11. umcara
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Well, at least it looked nice.

  12. Posted July 7, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Whoa, Scamp fired his writers for ditching him and went to Anime Expo by themselves.

  13. aethelwulf
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    The part which annoyed me out the most is the little skin shine on Main!Bobblehead’s chest where the monster tentacle is pushing her shirt down (which you can see in the last posted screencap). I can only conclude that the showmakers want the viewers to focus on her revealed skin, which would then mean that the showmaker’s emphasis is on fanservice instead of the plot (emphasizing the peril would be relevant to the latter).
    This show is officially garbage.

    • elior1
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      it was fanservice for only one episode

  14. Someone Else
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Still a better love story than twilight! Hahaha I’m so funny

    Anyways was really disappointed because I thought this will be a madoka s2 in disguise like how Pacific Rim is Evangelion in disguise (As most people say). I might still check for a couple of episodes though and see how it goes

  15. Posted July 10, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Everything’s a dark mahou shoujo now. Not that I hate it…

    It’s okay I guess, and I didn’t caught the “It’s like Madoka” hype.

    I’d say though, that how now-gone bobblehead reacted to orange bobblehead’s parlour trick at school seems normal for children (?) that age. It doesn’t seem as silly as how you made it out Scamp.

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