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Hey all! So far I’ve picked up a lot of things from this anime. Number one: Cute girls everywhere. Literally everywhere. School girls, avatar girls fighting more girls, and our protagonists of course. All Selector’s avatars are girls and most of the story revolves around Chinatsu and Suzuko. The importance of their childhood friendship seems to be the only thing that gets these two girls through on a day to day basis. Why they are clinging to the sentimentality after so long is beyond me. However, it’s still pretty adorable. This week’s episode shines a bit more light on Chinatsu.
Japanese Title: 少女 / 理想と現実
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One of the things that keeps Suzu and Chinatsu connected is that they both constantly think about the same memory. What makes WIXOSS pretty significant is that if you lose, you also get to lose your most prized memories and eventually your identity. Since Suzu’s been gone, it seems like Chinatsu has been through hell and back. Her dad has been in and out of work and she’s working full time trying to get by while simultaneously trying to score in the top ten of her school. The poor girl just wants to go to college and she’s so busy balancing everything that she cannot keep her grades up. Not only is she going through all this crap, but she has to deal with selectors constantly dogging her for a battle. Chinatsu is also trying to study to be the best card player she can be after she figures out she’ll pretty much disappear forever if she keeps losing so haphazardly.
Chinatsu is challenged by three different people in this episode, including some faces that we’ll probably be seeing again. She loses one battle, runs away from the other, and finally wins one (against a little girl). Both Chinatsu and Suzu are having a rough start with WIXOSS. I’m really looking forward to when both girls become super amazing at the game and face off. If they face off. We don’t know if they will yet, but I am already dying to pit these two against each other. I mean, yes, they’re childhood best friends, but a childhood rivalry is healthy too. At the end of this episode we get a peak of Chinatsu’s hidden talent, ‘Berserk.’ The battle is over before we get to see what it really does, but I’m stoked to get a chance to see it play out in the future.
Sentiment: These two girls, Chinatsu and Suzu, are absolutely obsessed over the same memory. They’re both fighting so hard in WIXOSS because neither wants to forget the other. Something must be much more deeply significant about their friendship than the series has let on yet. I need more to connect to and understand before I get too invested.
Girls: As I mentioned, females seem to rule in this series. All avatars are girls and for the most part all the selectors that are of significance have been girls. Not to mention they’re all girls of high-school age only.
Struggle: Chinatsu’s struggling more than most kids her age, and because of that she’s sliding a bit (in grades, games, and her job). As with most kids that have troubles at home, these leak into their everyday life. Chinatsu fights to find her purpose. She keeps pushing forward. Again, we are brought back to the importance of the friendship that she shares with Suzu.
While I feel like a lot of this anime is predictable, I am hoping that WIXOSS will manage a few surprises. It’s still very early on in the series of course, but it looks like both Chinatsu and Suzu have extraordinary hidden skills which are true to who they are as people. The rest of the characters that are being introduced to us also seem to have their strengths. If Chinatsu and Suzu do not eventually have a face-off, then my next prediction is that all these selectors will form some kind of super party to preserve each other’s memories in some kind of tournament. Or at least I would like to see the introduction of some kind of evil mastermind or that of the creator of WIXOSS and their true intentions; that would be neat. This series could really go all kinds of ways, and as much as I would like to predict it, I could very well be in for a big surprise. Anyway, I can’t wait for next week, maybe we will get an opportunity to see Chinatsu’s Berserk move in action.