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In episode 9 of Lostorage Incited WIXOSS we see a lot of craziness go down. Hanna is now a coin away from having 5/5 and getting her wishes granted. In the previous episode, Kiyo warns Hanna to stay away from the Darkness of WIXOSS. Naturally Hanna goes home and googles it. She finds out that selector battles are based around some girl named Mayu.
Japanese Title: 真実 / 終わりと始まり
Further into the episode, Chinatsu meets up with Kiyoi, where Chinatsu is warned that she is being used by Satomi. This of course, if after the fact that Chinatsu gets into a fight and turns in Shirai’s contract to the Book Maker that she previously had kept hidden. Kiyoi stops Chinatsu from making any more contracts and they end up in a selector battle. Kiyoi informs Chinatsu that she herself is an LRIG, after her selector won all five battles. She tells Chinatsu what selector battles and LRIGs really are. They are a compilation of Mayu’s feelings formulated from girls who were erased by lost battles. The selector battles are never truly over, because they are driven by feelings of despair and hatred.
— WIXOSSアニメ公式 (@wixoss_anime) December 2, 2016
Kiyoi was originally a selector who was battling to save her comatose friend. Once she won all of her battles, her LRIG took over and pulled the plug on her friend, leaving Kiyoi in utter despair. When selectors win their battles, they become what’s called an ‘Eternal Girl. Kiyoi became an eternal girl and came back to win the battles all over again as an LRIG so that she could get revenge on her own LRIG. We find out that there’s no real exit strategy from WIXOSS. Just a recycling of LRIGS to Selectors. Kiyoi then deliberately loses her battle with Chinatsu, with 4/5 coins ready. She loses and leaves with 3/5 coins because she claims that there’s something that she still needs to do. Shortly after Chinatsu wins, she meets another selector who has been taken over by their LRIG. The LRIG tells her that it’s miserable being a human because their daily routines of eat, sleep, breathe without zero stimulation are so boring that they’re maddening. The LRIG jumps off of a bridge into oncoming traffic right in front of Chinatsu to drive her point home.
On the other side of town, Hanna has set up her final selector battle through the Book Maker. Suzu tags along to be supportive of her friend. Hanna wins the battle shortly after it begins, and her LRIG Anonymous, floats in front of her and thanks her for her partnership. Hanna asks for her memories of her younger brother’s death to be restored. As soon as she does, she is bombarded with sour memories that show her she is to blame for his death. Hanna has a panic attack and Anonymous is twisted delighted. It seems to be that these selectors have their memories blocked away for a reason. Mayu is actually some kind of evil entity that preys on selector’s utter despair.
Revenge: Kiyoi has come back to win all of her selector battles all over again so that she can exact her revenge on her LRIG. Chinatsu seems to be getting her revenge on the entire world because it walked all over her and her family.
Evil: Shirai says it himself, winning battles feels bad. You are taking away a stranger’s memories, and eventually their entire life. Hanna’s LRIG, who she’s been working along for three months now, actually derives pleasure from Hanna’s agony. Satomi, who is an LRIG in a human’s body, loves to cause drama and watch people get erased. The game is flat-out pure evil.
— WIXOSSアニメ公式 (@wixoss_anime) December 4, 2016
We finally got some big questions answered in this episode. We found out what selector battles and LRIGs are, and about the darkness of WIXOSS called Mayu. Chinatsu even got a little frightened when she uncovered all of this information.
It seems to me that only people who are troubled get chosen to become selectors. Then when they win the five coins, they make a wish to fix their biggest troubles and it gets horrifically twisted somehow. Like how Kiyoi’s best friend had the plug pulled on her. Or how Hanna discovered her brother’s death was her own fault. The game is fueled entirely by misery. So how did it all get started and who is perpetuating it to continue on? I can’t wait to understand who or what Mayu really is. I also am curious to see what happens when either Suzu or Chinatsu win. Will they be filled with regrets immediately after? I can’t wait to find out on next week’s episode.
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