Japanese: セレクター infected WIXOSS
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisWIXOSS is a card game that's popular with teenagers. Supposedly there exist "LRIG Cards," female character cards with wills of their own. Special girls can hear the voices of the LRIGs, and those who possess them are called Selectors. These Selectors have card battles in a dimension that other humans cannot access. It's said that whoever triumphs in these battles will have their wish granted. Ruko Kominato is the latest girl to find an LRIG card. She names her card Tama, and without any further explanation is thrown into her life as a Selector.
Related AnimeSequel: Selector Spread WIXOSS
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If you were in a competition in where you won, your wish would be granted, would you compete? Knowing that there are other people who may have a more important or dire wish? Is your wish more important than others? Is it less important?
Do you even have a wish?
Before going into this review, you will need to know what a Selector is. In this series, there is a popular card game called WIXOSS. Among the players, there are Selectors, people who are able to communicate with their LRIG, or the avatar of their deck. The point of this partner ship is for the LRIG to help the Selector become an Eternal Girl and have their dream, their desire or their wish fulfilled.
Wishes and desire and the dark undertone that comes with those two are used quite a lot in story telling. This story is fairly predictable when it comes to the concept of despair and wishes. Though, if you haven't expirenced much with this common story device, you will be in for a treat, as most people who see the dark side and consequences of wishes tend to enjoy the story.
Out story follows Ruuko, a standard character when it comes to these types of wish stories. She is a character is couldn't be separated from the crowd prior to being a Selector. By becoming a Selector and playing WIXOSS, she makes friends, she makes foes and she learns more about herself.
On a side note, do you need to know the rules of WIXOSS before watching?
NOPE. Not at all. The anime's main focus when it comes to card battles are the emotion of the Selectors and the ending result, who wins or who loses. The only concept you need to understand is that a deck is made to power up their LRIG.
Also keep in mind that this story isn't to surprising to those who have gone through stories related to the dark undertone of wishes. It's very predictable and isn't too unique compared to other stories with a similar premise. If you have not gone through a story that involved wishes and darkness, you will be in for a treat as WIXOSS is a great introduction to these types of stories.
Art outside of battles is quite bland, with a lot of use of pale colors and grey. All the backgrounds, all the foregrounds, use this type of bland coloring. Is this bad? Not entirely, as it gives a feel of emptiness, which does help deliver the dark undertone this anime has. Was it required? I feel like this coloring was a bit over done.
Art inside of battles were beautiful colors that faded into a never-ending darkness. I could be a literature teacher about this and pull meaning out of nothingness, but I rather not. I still enjoyed the art of the battles.
Animation was great during battles, standard outside of them. Hand to hand combat and the magical attacks that happened during battle all looked beautiful.
Character designs were pretty standard, though the designs for LRIGs were amazing. Loved how they would look when they would power up.
What an amazing OP, killy killy JOKER is one of my more favorite OPs of this season and one of my favorites of all time. With an amazing chorus, it is hard not to get your head in the rhythm of the song, which is very similar to our main character, Ruuko. She does the same thing during battles, and gets caught up in the hype of them. The ED, realize -Yume no Matsu Basho-, is another beautiful piece that compliments the OP really well.
Well.. again, outside of the battles, the soundtrack wasn't all too impressive. It may have added to the feeling of emptiness, but again, it wasn't all that needed. Songs used during the battles were all great! Songs included DnB and dubstep, that all helped give the battles intensity without the songs being too absurd.
As I have said before, Ruuko is a very clean slate character, you will see her character develop as she meets other Selectors, as she wins battles, as she begins thinking of the questions I asked you at the beginning of this review. She is quite the enjoyable character to watch.
A great point in this anime is the relationship between our Selectors: Yuzuki, Akira, Hitoe and Iona. Some are friends, some are foes, all have a wish they want granted. These include some intense moments when we have our more important side characters battling each other knowing that their wishes are on the line.
The only problem with this are the super side characters.... the nameless ones. They are all terrible people with a terrible attitude and personality. These are mainly nameless classmates whose only goal in the series is to cause tension and drama. Sure it was enjoyable to see our main characters go through it, but the way they did it felt super forced.
Keep in mind, I was coming into this series expecting it to be about cute girls and card games. Boy was I surprised! I was looking forward to some dark anime series during the spring season, Gokukoku no Brynhildr, Black Bullet and Akuma no Riddle. WIXOSS blew all those series out of the water and another surprise series did the same thing this season. I never expected this series to get dark.
I love love love how they handle card battles. The no information needed to watch this show is amazing and I feel they handled that expertly!
Suspense and intensity.
The amount of suspense, the suspense in decision making, the suspense is revealing information, the suspense of wanting to know more, all of these add intensity to the series that keeps the viewer interested and wanting more.
With a great ending that is an excellent follow up to a season two, the plot twists, the cute girls. This was a surprise series that was an amazing to watch show.
Some food for thought... what is girl backwards? read more
My deal with Selector WIXXOS is simple… I loved that the girls suffered. I know this sounds awful and maybe there’s a red dot aimed at my head at this point, but bear with me.
There’s little to be gained in an anime about card games and stuff, they’re usually for kids and merchandising and what not, and that’s exactly what you could except of Selector WIXXOS (if you know nothing beforehand), but the moment you realize you’re watching an intense pathetic (pathos related) drama about young girls striving for seemingly impossible desires on very private standards, you realize that their suffering is so relatable… maybe not in contents but in intensity.
So they play this card game because it has some magic power capable of giving the winning player the realization of a desired wish, this comes with some rules and limitations not worthy of description because they only work for the sake of the argument of the series, just say that those limitations work perfectly for a twist or two. In this context the five main characters see themselves in a mixture of situations where their wishes get mixed up and tangled with their lives as they struggle to make sense of it all in a variety of ways, form social norms to morals and self realization… with a little bit of craziness. The key element is the paradoxical nature of the girls wishes, that in more than one sense, clash with either their lives or with the world in general, and leaving a nice space for interpretation.
There’s nothing in Selector WIXXOS but the intensity of suffering, even if the motives may seem unrelatable or mundane, the whole premise of the series works with one purpose, and that is giving the human drama an intensity that is not necessarily there, but it’s certainly needed. In other words, we love to see them girls suffer, because we do too suffer from the mundane and the sometimes socially inadequate propositions of our desires, we like them to suffer for us, we like them to build this church of suffering because we need a place where everything seems worthy of being the object of our dramas… even if they seem not to be dramas at all.
In the end Selector WIXXOS is a solid constant trough its entirety, always pushing the drama to a, sometimes polemic minded, interesting extent, it has strong characters, enough plot mysteries, and the awe so loved human pathos we expect from a series this kind.
So I loved that the girls suffered, for their suffering was not an empty message for me at all… cool, eh?
Selector and Madoka both take the formula that is normal for Anime of the card game genre and magical girl genre and places a dark twist on it involving the fulfillment of wishes happening. On top of these wishes having a darker side to them there is the fact there is a “pure” character, a character that happens to have a positive outlook on life and easily be able to make friends with people. The characters also don't have a wish because they can't think of anything to actually wish for. There is also quite a bit of slice of life elements as well as character growth over the course of the series. There is a wide range of characters. The issues each character deals with helps round out the characters as well.
Both anime begin with the main character finding out she can be special. The anime develops in a dark shoujo with battles to be fought.
Both series have a dark aspect within an seemingly innocent environment. Both deals with despair, while Madoka Magica has more, Selector has enough to make it depressing at almost the same level as Madoka Magica. Both deals with wishes and the cost of these wishes as well as the dark outcomes of several choices that are made.
Spooky dreams of potentially prophetic nature, cute girls pained by the smaller and larger hardships of their youthful existence, and a curious "thing" that can grant any wish upon meeting certain requirements.
Cute girls, story that starts cute and nice, then gets darker.
Both have nice art.
Both shows star a cute innocent girl who joins a battle of some sort to get a wish granted, even though she doesn't really have a wish. It turns out that this battle is even more dangerous than it seems as the mascots of the shows are keeping secrets. What follows next is a psychological thriller about cute girls making friends and having terrible things happen to those friends. WIXOSS even tries to rip off Madoka's ending until going for a "screw you, we have more planned" thing.
-starts out to be a simple and happy story and later on turns out to be a dark one.
Psychological and dark anime that involves cute girls
Both have very similar plots- A group of girls discover new powers (transforming into Magical Girls in Madoka, Becoming a Selector in a card game in WIXOSS), and struggle to decide whether fighting is the right thing to do. There are a lot of moral dilemmas over their situations, and there's a lot of crying in both shows. There are also a lot of similar plot points later in their respective series, to the point where some scenes are nearly identical.
- Very depressing, annoying characters that make you want to claw your eyes out.
- Both involve wishes.
- Psychological involving little girls.
- MC is depressed 80% of the time and constantly repeats lines.
- Both are to do with a sort of magic.
Both are about group of girls who get in contact with a fairy common anime theme (card game/mahou-shoujo). It all starts nice and innocent but gets darker later.
- Both take a popular anime genre (Selected Infected = Card Game and Madoka Magica = Magical Girl) and do a much more darker take on it
- Both have all the main characters as girls, with few male support characters
- Both focus on the psychological affects of the Card Game/ Being a Magical girl on the main characters.
Both are shoujo.
They both have girls having some power and going into another world.
Both main characters don't really have wishes and are really strong and cute.
Both are a little mysterious and somehow scary??
Selector is about alive cards and mahou shoujo madoka is about transforming.
You should totally watch this!! It will certainly blow your mind away.
- Both are supernatural genre and include a strategy game where once you're in you can't get out unless you win or lose.
- Both get darker and sadder
- Character stereotypes are very similar; girls in the main role
- The storyline is also similar with many twists
- Nonetheless, both are very good anime, worth watching.
They give off the same type of vibe, and both surround around similar themes (Jealousy, Grief, etc.)
Selector Infected involves cards though.
Young girls fighting something that seems to be more than meets the eye.Wishes also have a lot to do with the story. They both have very innocent/sweet moments to balance out the more horrific ones as well.
The plot is very similar both in its premises and in its evolution.
- Cute and naive girls gaining powers
- Wish granting and inevitable loss
- Secrets untold and psychological games
- Dark twists
If you liked one, you should give the other one a try.
Deals with wishes being granted. There are consequences for the wishes as well. Both deal with magical girls. Quite the number of twists and turns. The main characters start out with no wish and character development is noticable throughout the series for both animes.
Little Girls fighting against each other in parallel universes.
One bright side, where you have a kind of slice-of-life feeling while
there is the other "darker" side, where the girls fight.
A big difference is the card game, which is not in BRS but the dream sequences and
the overall atmosphere are quiet similar.
Both Selector and Black Rock Shooter have a dark aura that permeates the entire show which is linked to wishes being twisted around. Each character is matched up with a color. There is a parallel between the “green” characters, including the fact that the fact they have similar personalities. Both shows are good at making the watcher feel for the characters.
Weird, dark-ish anime about younger girls battling through avatars, in a sense. Some of the girls have a few screws loose. Both shows just generally have the same feel.
Both shows are written by the same person (Mari Okada) and thus are very similar by nature.
In both shows girls fight for their dreams, realitionships or other personal problems in alternative universes. While in WIXOSS they use card games, in BRS it is super power girl versions of them selves.
Both are melodramatic and have a dark atmosphere mixed with SOL and cute girls.
Both anime feature highly emotional girls, fantasy girls that fight for the sake of those girls, and a story with a creepy and dark psychological undertone. Many of the girls are very lighthearted, yet have very traumatizing situations thrown at them. Some girls are brought to emotional/mental insanity or worse. Some girls are extremely malicious or controlling. Both of the main characters are fairly stoic, hate scary things, but aren't affected by them much.
Each of the girls in both anime have a color that represents them and that means something about them. Fights between alter-ego/card girls within both anime have heavy psychological effects on the girls in real life, whether it makes people happier and new friends come together, or if it mentally breaks a girl.
Black Rock Shooter definitely seems to have more effort put in to a unique and interesting artstyle, however. Black Rock Shooter has a very colorful fantasy world and fighting, whereas WIXOSS usually only shows a meek, dark, and simplistic battle field and even more simplistic battles.
Both involve crying girls. That was a joke; what I really mean is both involve emotional/psychological torment for a bunch of teenage girls. Which results in crying, hence the joke. Unlike BRS, though, which starts off with some fucked-up yandere shit, WIXOSS takes a couple episodes to get to the a) yandere shit and b) unfortunate consequences.
Both BRS and WIXOSS have color-coded characters (and the character design, also--Yomi and Hitoe look almost exactly alike, right down to their green motifs, and have similar roles in the story; Akira and Kagari also bear resemblances to each other), with other characters who fight for them in another dimension. The difference is that BRS characters fight because of suffering and WIXOSS characters fight because of a wish or a hope.
Opening Theme"killy killy JOKER" by Kanon Wakeshima
Ending Theme#1: "realize -Yume no Matsu Basho- (realize -夢の待つ場所-)" by Cyua (eps 1-10)
#2: "realize -Yume no Matsu Basho- ~White Hope mix~ (realize -夢の待つ場所- ~White Hope mix~)" by Cyua (ep 11)
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