Lostorage Incited WIXOSS Episode 1

Overview:

So this is another WIXOSS story but new characters and new rules apparently. Sometimes I wonder if they ever want us to play another card game again.

Review:

After kind of liking but not being into the original Selector Infected WIXOSS (and never quite understanding if that name was supposed to mean anything) I wasn’t really up for this series. Then I read a couple of fairly solid reviews on episode 1 and decided to check it out.

It’s definitely WIXOSS and that means for me it is watchable and entertaining but I’m always feeling a little bit at arms length from the story. The main character this time, Suzuko, is the kind of simpering and indecisive heroine I find grating and our main setup seems t obe around the fact that her childhood friend has also been made a selector. The card battles themselves are where I find this series really loses me. Sometimes they have to end their turns, othertimes they attack when it seems like its the opponents turn, and they seem to pull attacks and cards out of nowhere because we don’t actually know what they can do so there’s no real tension going in to the first battle (because as if they are going to wipe out the main character in episode 1). I did like that this season of WIXOSS isn’t trying to hide the nature of the game from the audience or the selectors (although I suspect that we’ll still find twists a plenty). If it feels like I’m being negative, I don’t actually mean to be. This is a fairly solid first episode  and doesn’t require knowledge of the other stories in the franchise so if you haven’t checked it out and you are looking for dark magical girls playing a battle card game (and let’s be honest, who isn’t looking for that) then you will get exactly what you expect going into this.

Lostorage Incited WIXOSS is available on Crunchyroll.

8 thoughts on “Lostorage Incited WIXOSS Episode 1

  1. I’m in a pickle. I like magical girls well enough, but the only card game anime I can stand are Hunter x Hunter’s Greed Island arc and Yu-Gi-Oh for the nostalgia trip. I like the look of this though, and I’m curious to give it a try. Since you gave the first ep a solid thumbs up, I might just do that.

  2. For me, WIXOSS has never been about the card game or how it works, and in all honesty I don’t think that was ever the shows true intention since like Yugioh, the card game it promotes came after the series when they realised how marketable it was.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to understand how it works, but I personally found WIXOSS to always be more about the mentality of its characters and the story outside the game, with the card game being more of a backdrop for the themes and characters etc. I tend to refer to it as a deconstruction of card games, although many don’t seem to agree with me on that one 😛

    Of course, that’s just my take on it all 😛 I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing your thoughts as it goes on!

    Great write up as usual!

    1. There’s definitely always been a strong character focus. That said, without consistency in the game itself it makes it hard to be fully immersed in the world they are presenting.

  3. The new rule changes in Lostorage are pretty interesting. Gold coins huh? Basically five lives.

    To be honest, I also didn’t really know what was going on in the battles too. In the original WIXOSS, I had no idea what the Selectors were actually doing in the battles and they make no attempt to explain it to the viewers. And because of that the outcome to the battles were entirely predictable. “Card Battles” would be an overstatement in my opinion.

    1. That may not stop the story from making sense but as I said it makes it difficult to feel any real tension in the fights because they just kind of call out random things and stuff happens.

  4. Engrish name in Wixoss is like “we put some fancy english words in random order” a really common case in Anime/Manga/Games from Japan

    Also if you saw the fight in 1st ep, you can see that at the BOTTOM of duel field – there are LEFTOVERS of battlefield from first and second WIXOSS, and the new Battlefield hovers on top of the old one, yet the “clock” is still used

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