Hello,everyone. This week’s episode was pretty damn good. Finally, Suzu and Hanna become friends (or rivals in Hanna’s case) and go on a mission to find the Bookkeeper.
The Bookkeeper sets up matches for selectors everywhere. Suzu is close to her time limit on coins so she has to set up a battle she can win. They finally uncover the Bookkeeper, a quirky and manipulative man who informs them that he’ll be taking their contact information for the future. Once a selector sets up a match through the Bookkeeper, they can’t turn him down.
While the girls are talking with him, lo and behold, the same guy Suzu beat in her first battle comes barging in. He demands to fight a weak selector, specifically a weak girl. Obviously, this guy doesn’t experience much character development, as he’s just as repugnant as ever. The Bookkeeper turns out to have a crush on this other guy, so he sets him up with a selector. That selector is Chinatsu. What a twist, right?
Naturally, as soon as Suzu overhears the opponent is Chinatsu, she insists to be the battling selector instead. The Bookkeeper tells her not to interfere, but of course she doesn’t listen. Suzu and Hanna take off for the battle site, which is coincidentally the park Suzu and Chinatsu played at as children. Talk about a set-up. When the girls get there, Suzu tries hard to get Chinatsu’s attention away from the male selector, but she breezes straight past her. It’s like Chinatsu has become a stone cold killer. She marches straight up to the guy and challenges him. Next thing you know, Hanna and Suzu are pulled into the fight as forced spectators because they are the selectors in the vicinity.
Right off the bat, this guy lays into Chinatsu. The weird part is that she does nothing to stop him. She lets him keep attacking, and even passively stands by as he uses his coin bet. She is apathetic to her LRIG getting brutally beaten. Finally, she bets her coin and uses ‘Berserk’ on her opponent. He ends up unable to make his next move because of Chinatsu’s ability and loses. When he gets up, his LRIG has taken over his personality.
After the battle, Suzu runs to Chinatsu to talk to her. But she’s shut down before she even starts with this ice queen. Chinatsu takes her charm ‘Meru’, and rips it off her bag. She throws the charm at Suzu’s feet, and tells her it’s nice to see her. Can you believe Chinatsu’s nerve? Or is it really her at all? She has a stoic personality and a serious demeanor, but she’s not a cruel person. At least I didn’t think so.
Manipulation: The Bookkeeper manipulates the selector he has a crush on so that he can get the boy to like him by setting up easy battles. Hanna manipulates battles so that she can test out her theories.
End of Childhood: We can see pretty easily that neither Suzu or Chinatsu are kids anymore, despite how much they hold onto their past. Chinatsu has thrown her charm at Suzu as a means to burn her bridges to innocence. Neither of them are innocent by participating in a game that erases identities. They are both being exposed to very adult content in the guise of a kids’ card game.
This episode shed light on a lot of things. LRIGs take over selectors who have lost their identities. That can go in so many directions. I want to know what LRIGs are and where they come from. I want to know who created this game and these random selectors.
Also, Chinatsu is acting emotionless, like she doesn’t know Suzu . I have got to find out what that is about, because it’s a downright weird confrontation. I don’t think Suzu was ready for that kind of shut-down. Her character is the polar opposite of Chinatsu. She’s like a soft rabbit and Chinatsu is the equivalent of a cold alligator. Chinatsu ruthlessly slays her opponent and doesn’t miss a beat. Whereas Suzu seems faint of heart and useless.
We also learned how selectors in the area get pulled into a nearby battle. That means they could potentially engage in a multiple player battle. I think that would be a great idea for tournaments or just a way to make things extra crazy.
Until next week!
I am really satisfied with this episode. It did a great job of patching together the story and not focusing too much on one character. I got to learn a good deal about WIXOSS, which prompted even more curiosity from me. Overall, this episode was doing exactly what a good anime should do: engage its viewers.
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