I’m really confused after watching the first episode of Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou; I was expecting the magical girl elements, but I never expected for such a confusing and grim atmosphere. Usually I associate magical girls with cheerfulness and colours, and while those two elements where definitively present, there was also some vine tentacle rape and bloody murder. At the end of the show I was really confused, mostly because somehow Fuyuna disappeared from view without her parents ever knowing and she was last seen murdered and covered in blood in Akari’s room. I’m just not sure what I should understand from that. Was it a dream? Were the memories of everyone altered? After all, we did end up having the same day happen twice. I just don’t understand what is going on.
I generally dislike magical girls, but I cannot turn down the possibility that this show could become much more than it seems to be. Since Madoka I don’t want to risk missing a good show just because I was unfaithful to the genre. I will be keeping a close eye on this show, and I will definitively need at least a second episode to truly know if I will like it or not. This episode was too mysterious for me to make a decision just yet.
There are a couple of things in the show that really bothers me though. The one thing that drives me insane is how many plants Akari has in her own room. I don’t know how that girl managed to survive until then, that amount of vegetation in a single room at night certainly spells death from lack of oxygen. Guess what, plants breathe too, and during the night they don’t produce oxygen; this means that if you are in a really small, isolated place with a lot of living things that respire, well there are good chances there won’t be enough oxygen for everyone. Another thing that bothered me in the show was the completely random and recurring vine tentacle raping. It wasn’t done in an ecchi way, as we could not see any panties or sexual assault, but it was still really disturbing considering that she is only a little girl and that this show seriously doesn’t feel like the kind of show who should have this kind of material in it.
I’m really not the best to properly judge a show like this since I hate Tarot, faith, destiny and magical girls, but even so I could still see the clear potential that this show had; it could be different from all the other magical girl shows and give us something quite entertaining to watch. This is why I will keep blogging this show for at least one episode; it will give me time to consider and evaluate this show more properly if I can see a second episode. If things stays as confusing and mysterious as they currently are, I might very well blog this show throughout the summer even though it is a magical girl.
ZeroGhj signing off