Hello everyone! This is the episode of Lostorage Incited WIXOSS we have all been waiting for!
The episode begins with Chinatsu battling and winning against a selector named Kadae. She tries to entice him into making a contract with the BookMaker, which he now has to do in order to make up for his lost coin. Chinatsu is becoming the BookMaker’s favorite new worker, as she is doing everything exactly as he demands. The setup with the BookMaker puts Chinatsu on the fast track to winning selector battles and manipulating her memories.
We find out a bit more about what happens when you win five battles when Chinatsu spends time with a past opponent, Rio. Rio is the little girl that Chinatsu defeated before. Rio reveals that she wants to win battles so that she can erase the memory of her mother’s death. Chinatsu, however, wishes to win battles so that she can eliminate Suzu from her life. The BookMaker, knowing about Chinatsu’s motives, informs her that Suzu is down to her last coin and on the verge of disappearing. Chinatsu, being the cold hearted monster she is, demands to set up a battle with Suzu. At last we get to see the battle we have all been waiting for.
Suzu for one, is not expecting this battle. In fact, she is straight up shocked when Chinatsu approaches her for a battle. She even refuses to battle Chinatsu. Once again, Suzu tries to explain to Chinatsu, butChinatsu refuses to listen. Chinatsu is so caught up in her anger and bitterness that she is utterly disgusted by Suzu’s codependent tendencies. Chinatsu begins to reference how much she distained Suzu when they were kids because she was jealous. Suzu always got whatever she wanted, while Chinatsu and her family had been struggling to survive each and every day.
It seems a bit immature to bear a grudge about something like that in childhood, especially when both girls were separated in their older years. Chinatsu, of course, thinks otherwise and tries to erase Suzu from existence. We find out that Chinatsu’s move, ‘berserk,’ forces opponents into attacking. She can then retaliate by setting up a counter attack against any and all of her opponents. Suzu is dead-set against fighting Chinatsu, even at the cost of her identity. Of course, she is forced into attacking every time Chinatsu makes a coin bet. However, Suzu figures out how to redirect Chinatsu’s attacks by sending them downwards to the ground to protect herself. Unfortunately, though, this tactic doesn’t last for long and Chinatsu is about to end her. All of the sudden, a third party construction worker intervenes and that signals the end of the battle.
Neither girl loses a coin, but Chinatsu is absolutely livid, spitting out at Suzu that she wishes the girl would disappear forever. Talk about harsh.
Co-dependency: Suzu is extremely co-dependent on Chinatsu. She looks to this girl for approval, guidance, and affection. Chinatsu on the other hand, feels she has given so much to Suzu during their childhood that she has grown bitter.
Sexuality: Again, whenever we see a male selector battling a female selector, there are sexual undertones. Chinatsu challenges Kadae by telling him to ‘do it’ with her. It’s almost kind of jarring when you think about Chinatsu’s serious personality.
In this episode, I have put together a few new concepts. First of all, Meru (Chinatsu’s LRIG) seems to have the personality of skittish Suzu, and Riru (Suzu’s LRIG) has the personality of serious Chinatsu. I think this says a lot about the LRIGS. We have seen in past episodes that selector’s LRIGS manifest based on memories. One selector from past episodes had an LRIG based on his sister who’s identity had been replaced. In this episode, Rio’s LRIG took after her dead mother. At the same time, if a selector loses all of their battles, the LRIG takes over the selector’s body. Literally, these selectors get taken over by their memories unless they win five coins. Once they win all the coins, they can pick and choose how they manipulate their memories. I’m beginning to wonder if this also means that they can decide how their LRIG’s personality will turn out based on which memories they keep and which they throw away.
Furthermore, I was really sweating during the battle between Chinatsu and Suzu, because it looked like Chinatsu was really about to destroy her childhood friend for good. If that third party hadn’t interrupted, she would have been done for. I’m curious to see how these third parties will factor into WIXOSS in the future. Also, I really hope that Suzu finds the resolve to come back and defeat Chinatsu and put her back in her place. So far, it appear Chinatsu’s ego is too big for her own good.
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