Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou Episode 1 (FIRST IMPRESSIONS) – Mahou shoujo and tarot cards

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Mahou Shoujo time.

Mahou shoujo, tarot cards, and fate.
Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou Episode 1 Review
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The sun’s sunspot

Magical girls, tarot cards capable of reading destinies, dark elements, death, and a LiSA opening. What’s not to like? If you’re expecting something like Madoka Magica, just let the idea slide. It will be hard for any anime to live up to those kinds of expectations. There are, however, plenty of similarities between the two. For what it has this episode, I can say that I am very curious to find out where this anime will go from this episode onwards.

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou Episode 1 Impressions

Genei wo kakeru taiyou opening

That really reminds me of Madoka.

Taiyou Akari

Right off the bat, we get a lively atmosphere that reminds me of the deceptive first few episodes of Madoka. Hell, even the opening really reminds me of Madoka especially the first part of it with all the girls standing like that. Still, the opening itself pays respect to the darker side of the anime as well and features lots of action oriented scenes. If we are to look into this opening more closely, it’s more on the typical mahou shoujo side than the darker side of things. We have an antagonist that’s summoning all these monsters, and these girls have to get rid of them. However, there’ll undoubtedly be, as seen in this episode, the darker side spread throughout. I just hope it won’t be heavy in the first few episodes and then left to the side later on.


Etia Visconti wheel of fortune

What I do appreciate is how the darker elements are scattered throughout alongside the mysterious side. Still, the first half of the episode is relatively calm which sets up the characters and the setting. Speaking of characters, our female protagonist, Taiyou Akari is the typical cheerful girl who has an intense passion for tarot cards. Taiyou, with these kanji at least, means sun. So linking that with the name of the anime, we will be seeing Akari be a pretty big factor in being that ray of light in what’s to come in the future. Annnndd…. Uhhh… I honestly don’t know what else I have to say. It’s fairly normal here so let’s move on to the reason why I’m even reviewing this in the first place.

Taiyou Akari mother


Oh man, she’s getting jelly.

Whether Fuyuna a cousin or someone else, I have no clue. Perhaps, there’s no need for any of that right? After all, she’s probably just another supporting character. Well, that is until she starts being more and more jealous of Akari and her abilities as a fortune teller. Even then, you’d think it’s just some ordinary jealousy that’s getting in the way. And then the bond between the two as indicated by the vines, snaps.

Shinzaki Fuyuna desolated



il sole penetra le illusioni

She crazy.

Taiyou Akari strangled tentacles


Elemental tarot card sun

Akari taiyou anime sword

Daaaamnnn. She’s like a different person.

Diablos tarot

Shinzaki Fuyuna dead


Day Break illusion

Oh no. Oh. Crap. Shit.

Fuyuna quite literally turns into a monster and Akari turns into a mahou shoujo for the first time. Quite honestly, this part is… confusing to say the least. Moreover, she’s dead. Yep. She’s dead. So while I’m thinking about how the hell she’s going to get out of this mess, the day repeats itself as if Fuyuna never existed in the first place. It could be that, and because of her jealousy, she became vulnerable and the dark colored tarot card, known as a diablos tarot, possess her and makes the most of her envy. Regardless, it seems that when the person who is possessed by the diablos tarot dies, their existence fades from everyone except the mahou shoujo. I’m assuming that because Akari’s powers have not awakened fully, she cannot retain the memories.

il sole penetra le illusioni

It’s warping into a different dimension or something.

Taiyou Akari fire

Genei wo kakeru taiyou akari


day break illusion anime

Oh it’s Mami, Sayak- NO. It’s not Madoka. Jesus.

Tsukyomi Luna

Yeah yeah.

Actually, when Akari transforms, she seems like a different person. It’s as if the tarot card, elemental tarot, is possessing her or something, but as she becomes more familiar with her abilities, that may change. Either way, she’s not the only one. In fact, there are actually 22 others who have the same power as her and must solve these mysteries in order to maintain the balance of the world. Well, that and the fact that they’re going to be suffering quite a bit from the looks of this first episode. It’s just the first episode and whatever this anime holds for me later, I must say that this episode does a great job of hooking me into watch more.

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou Episode 1 Review

This episode is definitely a nice introduction to the series. It has a bit of everything. Dark elements, magic, fantasy, tarot cards, and even death and a bit of mind games with how the person’s existence gets erased. I’m not sure if I will be reviewing every episode, but I’ll do episodes that I deem worthy to be reviewed from this point on. That, or if I have enough time with how this season is very busy on Saturdays. Anyways, I think that this anime could do very well if it continues with the darker elements and include some either emotionally appealing mysteries or mind boggling ones. If it’s able to make me feel terrible about their situation or something along those lines, then that’ll be a job well done. Also, character development will flow nicely if they do the rest well. I just feel that there’s a lot of potential for plenty of emotional moments to be had here with how everything is set up. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing just how far they can go with this anime.


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  • Desu

    Yay ! finally another dark masou shoujo, I just finished madoka the last weekend , and getting this :3!!!! im supah excited of this anime

    • Entrav

      Oh if you just finished Madoka then you should be pretty happy to see this anime. I’m glad to see a darker mahou shoujo anime too as I’ve been wanting one for a while.

  • Dycize

    Watched this yesterday and I must agree with you, it has potential. Pacing felt a bit awkward though, We get all this build up to Fuyuna’s death and then it just… Jump almost straight to the fire and it’s only there that the story actually starts. Plus the way the day just reboots without Fuyuna makes it feel pretty pointless. Hopefully plot development will make it feel less so.

    Now on the side that makes me happier, proper use of tarot cards! It’s just so easy for tarot cards to end up in “THE DEATH OH BOOH THERE’S THE REAPER ON IT”. The character design feels pretty distinct, there’s something about some of the magical girls that feel more… Western. Probably the more angular designs.

    And as a side-note, lots of sun imagery in this episode (obviously, but still). Akari is one reading for “light” to start with, and she’s our Sun tarot heroine. She is beaming and Fuyuna finds the sun so bright. Also, she carries Albert Camus’ L’étranger, which is a book I really liked and had parallels to what was happening (namely, the sun and its dazzling presence, there’s more to it but I don’t want to spoil the book).

    It’s not a bad 1st episode to start with, it sets the tone, which is that of a darker mahou shoujo serie. I feel like the pacing could have been done better, but maybe the next episodes will prove me wrong. I hope.

    • Entrav

      Yeah, I agree with the pacing issue during Fuyuna’s death. It literally jumps around which is really confusing, but it may have been intended. I don’t think it was pointless. I think it was displaying the consequences or the aftermath of killing someone who has been corrupted by a diablos tarot.

      I really hope they don’t let up the dark elements and continue bringing us more horror. We’ll have to wait to see though. It could go anywhere at this point.

    • Arvin Saints

      Actually, I think the first episode is really done well, and there are no problems in pacing. The real problem in pacing comes at about episode 4, when the story becomes almost episodic because of that painting girl. From there, the story just went downhill. The story holds such promise, it’s just too bad that it doesn’t deliver until the end.

      I’ve written a review of this anime too, but it’s a full review, not a first impression, you could find it here.

  • Raiden

    Loli is love Loli is LIFE