Meet Taiyou Akari, our main character. She’s a young, lively and positive fortune teller girl who like tarot cards, especially since she owns a set given to her by her later mother. Also, she likes plants.
Since her mother passed away some two years ago, she’s been orphan being taken care of by a family, who could either be a family friend or a distant relative of her mom’s. In any case, she’s well taken care of and all seems well. That is until the child of that family who is Akari’s classmate starts spiraling down through a black hole of negative emotions.
What exactly is her issue? We don’t know, and the show doesn’t bother making it clear. She might be jealous of Akari, but we’re not exactly sure about what. Things culminate when suddenly a parked truck suddenly has its hand break released and goes straight towards Akari. She survives the ordeal though.
What’s the connection with Fuyuna, the brooding and possibly jealous girl? We don’t know. Once again the show doesn’t really say anything. It just happens.
But then that night a plant like creature attacks Akari! Fuyuna related? We’re still not exactly sure…
But something magically now happens. As Akari loses her consciousness, one of her tarot cards suddenly lights up… And somehow something that looks like a magical Akari shows up and defeats that plant like creature with a flaming sword.
So what exactly happened? We still don’t know, and neither does Akari, who suddenly just becomes conscious again.
But lo and behold, a dead Fuyuna shows up in front of her.
And then boom, we repeat the events of the previous day, only that all traces of Fuyuna are gone, as though she has never existed. What exactly happened? We still don’t know, and the show isn’t really telling us.
That night, Akari decides to visit the fortune telling house she’s helping out with, only to find it burning.
She rushes inside after learning that the people are still stuck inside, in what is definitely a stupid thing to do for her part and a rather inept and irresponsible thing to do for the firemen…
… especially when you take into account how easily Akari finds the unconscious victims.
Things then suddenly go magical again as flame beast of sorts attack Akari.
Her tarot card once again lights up, and the same magical girl shows up and fights the beast.
But she doesn’t do particularly well, so three other magical girls show up, and save her ass.
What exactly happened? We still don’t know. This entire second half is just confusing, but that’s probably already better than the first half which was largely just dragging and boring…
Supposedly this show is an attempt at a dark magical girl, but the dark part isn’t quite there yet, unless you’re into tarot cards and all that, while the magical girl part doesn’t have enough flair, action or cuteness to power this series through.
Nice idea, but we need more in the pilot to be hooked by this.