We’ve reached the big season finale this episode! Suzuko challenges Kou to a battle to put an end to his sick mind games.
Japanese Title: 夜明け
Meru is confused at first because if Kou is a selector, she should have been able to sense him. Kou tells them it’s his LRIG’s special ability. Selectors would be suspicious if they knew a fellow selector was making their battles, right? Then he wouldn’t be able to eat the selectors that lose. He tells the girls he battles random losers in secret and then eats them, like he did with Shirai. Gross.
Suzuko steels herself, and uses her coinbet to look at Kou’s cards. He tells her he can see how she’s come so far. What with stealing other people’s memories and crushing their lives to get to where she is and all. He taunts her by saying that it’s quite alright because the strong have the right to devour the weak. Suzu speaks out against him. She says there’s no way he could feel like that about battles. As a former selector, he knows firsthand how painful the battles are, so how could he behave like this. Kou laughs this off and banishes all of Suzu’s signi followed by the stolen ability ‘Berserk.’ Suzuko combats this by casting ‘Honest’ on herself so that her true feelings will overcome her blind rage.
Kou is loving the challenge that Suzu presents. He tells her that when battles feel good, it reminds him of when he was an LRIG . He loved to beat all other LRIGs into despair. But then one day, he got bored of it all and found that it was much more pleasurable as a selector to manipulate all battles himself as the Book Maker. Building selectors up and grooming them into winners, only to watch them fall into despair, like Hanna did. Suzuko said that those memories that Kou keeps talking trash about are what brought her this far, and as she says this, Kou’s LRIG Carnival wipes Suzuko’s cards clean.
Kou then starts speaking to Riru, telling her that LRIGs instinctively love fighting. He says that she should just lose the battle and disobey Suzuko. Then Riru can become a selector and cause people misery with him because that’s what LRIGs are supposed to do. Riru replies that this sound good to her, shocking Suzuko. Suzuko refuses to believe Riru and uses ‘Honest’ on her to get her to say what she really feels. Riru replies that she battles for what she believes in. Upon hearing this, Carnival attacks again, but Riru counters it! Riru was pretending to listen to Kou so that he couldn’t use his ability Joker to nullify al of Suzuko’s attacks.
Kou uses a second coinbet, only this time he uses Hanna’s LRIG’s ability, ‘Blind.’ Suzuko counters with ‘Honest,’ and asks to see where the cards are hidden and what type they are. This specific choice of words dispels blind. Now both Kou and Suzu have no coins left to bet. During this transaction, Kou has wiped another one of Suzu’s cards, ruining her strategy. Just before Kou can land the finishing blow, Chinatsu throws Suzuko her last coin and Riru uses ‘Requiem.’ A combined effort of ‘Honest’ and ‘Berserk’ which turns selectors true wish and strength of heart into attack power.
Suzu finally beats Kou, and upon his defeat Kou warns that selector battles will never end. Suzu and Riru meet in person and Suzu wishes to never forget Riru. Suzuko then wakes up in front of Chinatsu and they mend their broken friendship. Chinatsu vows to never battle again, and chooses to let her coins run out on her. Suzu ends the series by reintroducing herself to Chinatsu again, and their friendship begins anew to make fresh memories.
By the end of this series I was touched by the way the girls handled things. They finally became friends again and it felt good to watch. I was even a little surprised that Chinatsu lost all of her important memories anyways and they literally had to start their friendship all over again. But Suzuko is the patient type who strives to move forward with life. She was able to instill that value on Chinatsu as well. Suzuko got her father to spend some time with her at last, and Chinatsu was able to be there to support her family in the end. This anime has really grown on me throughout each episode. I understand why a lot of dramatic buildup was necessary for such a sentimental ending. The battle with Kou versus Suzuko was incredibly satisfying. Enough strategy went into it that it felt truly exciting and that each opponent was properly suited for the other. I have to say Lostrage Incited WIXOSS is definitely an anime worth investing into. That wraps up this series! Thank you all for reading!
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