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Hey all, this is KB here to talk to you about the latest card game on the market. It’s a new game called WIXOSS, filled with cute loli avatars called LRIGs and high school kids playing like their lives depend on it. Except literally, their lives depend on it. In this review, I’m going to tell you all about how it’s sink or swim and why it’s so much fun to watch.
This anime is one of your basic card game/strategic slice of life type deals. It’s mostly a shojou-ai targeted towards a younger female audience, but also one that a lot of men can enjoy. There’s plenty of cute girls in this anime to adore. Two best friends, Chinatsu and Suzuko, are separated at a young age. When they finally meet again, they become sworn enemies, at least in Chinatsu’s eyes. Suzuko on the other hand fights to regain Chinatsu’s friendship. The two get sucked into a card game called WIXOSS. Each selector gets an LRIG and five coins which are linked to their most precious memories. Each loss, means losing a memory and each win means keeping those memories while the other selector loses theirs.
Chinatsu and Suzuko have a very complex relationship. Both girls faced a lot of stress as they were growing up. From their family to their school, they have had different experiences since they were first separated. Where Chinatsu faces financial struggles, Suzuko deals with parental neglect, giving both girls very different personalities. One pushes for independence from the other and the other wishes for that codependent relationship they had as children. The plot moves pretty quickly from there. In each new episode, we see the effects that WIXOSS has on different selectors. But all of them are desperate to be at the top. They say that once you win five battles in a row, you get any wish you want granted. However, just like with anything that sounds too good to be true, there are strings attached. What are those strings? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out.
I really found myself enjoying the cuteness of this anime. Most of the selectors are just young high school girls and boys with loli LRIGs based off of their selector’s personalities. The art was pretty cool in each card battle scene and the music was almost always an intense pop battle beat. In fact, I even enjoyed watching the intro and outro to each new episode because I found it to perfectly suit the battle aspects, but also the j-pop fun of being a young and ambitious gamer.
A lot of this anime revolves around memories and their significance. After all, experience is what makes a person who they are. When those experiences and memories are taken away from a person, she ceases to exist. Chinatsu and Suzuko hold on to particular memories of their childhood spent on the playground they grew up around. Primarily, they think about how they first met and their developing friendship. It took me awhile to realize why this was important, but it gets explained further along in the series when you realize that all selectors have certain memories that they cherish most and which they wish to understand. I think it’s neat to have formulated an anime that focuses on these factors, as it really depicts what it means to be a human and to form connections with others.
I really found myself enjoying this anime. It’s simplistic, but also philosophical in the sense that you learn about being human by understanding what it is to not be human. That is to say, being human involves emotional responses and experience analyzing. We use those experiences to then formulate conclusions and reflections about who we are and what we mean to the people around us.
I also appreciated that the creator of this anime used a cute style to teach us the importance of cherishing ourselves and our relationships. There was a lot of funny moments, as well as heart string pulling scenarios that made you want to keep watching to find out more. I think it was a good angle to approach a serious subject targeted at a younger audience.
Overall, I really liked the character development. While for the most part each character kept their core beliefs, they worked hard to enforce those values. Thus they evolved over each episode into a stronger character, capable of defeating greater evils.
I’d like to ask you all to check this anime out too. Tell me what you think. I find that there is a lot about this anime that can be dissected and picked apart for a greater meaning. I’d like to hear if you agree or disagree, and what you see differently. Give me a shout!