Japanese: selector infected WIXOSS
Apr 4, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
24 min. per ep.
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.
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Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition
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)
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
Major distinction that must be made for the sake of rational thought:
"WIXOSS is a copy of/very similar to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magicka." No, it's not. It's like saying Windows is a copy of Macintosh.
Yes, WIXOSS does share have some obvious similarities in plot structure to Madoka, but it's really NOT COMPARABLE. I could go on and on about this, but I'll keep it simple. WIXOSS has a more intricate plot, more characters, more character development, is more relatable, and most importantly, has distinct themes that are human driven (and less plot driven). Madoka has otherworldly creatures driving its plot forward. Despite what initially appears to be a similar system, WIXOSS contains the conflict of human nature and themes along those lines as well.
I greatly enjoyed this series, especially because of how well executed it was. The story flows well and the mood is meticulously constructed in every scene. The soundtrack meshes perfectly, and the voice acting is amazing. There are a great variety of interesting characters, and great characterization and growth. By the end, everything appears to be coming together, but they are only beginning to take root; there is significant further development in the sequel.
The plot isn't terribly original, though there is a surprising amount of foreshadowing and hidden meaning that becomes relevant later.
Art and Animation:
The character designs weren't particularly special, but the landscapes were beautifully drawn; especially the battlegrounds, which were fantastically surreal with vivid movement; as were the battles themselves.
The soundtrack in WIXOSS is one of the best I've seen (or heard) and really draws you in. The voice acting is impeccable; both perfectly suit the mood, atmosphere, and tension in each scene. OP and ED were nothing special (to me).
The characters types aren't incredibly unique, but they are very well characterized, very human and realistic, and for some, had powerful personalities.
I think it's probably pretty obvious, but the fact that "WIXOSS" is a card game doesn't mean it has meaningful rules or strategy (not that something like Yugioh has such either). Battles are about as strategic as any typical anime battle; wild particle effects are flying around, people are getting hurt, and someone's going to gain the upper hand, for one reason or another.
People keep putting spoilers in their reviews. "This is how xyz in this anime works, and this is this main character's situation, etc etc." It's not your place to summarize the events of an anime, regardless of (and especially if) how obvious they are and how soon they are introduced; if people wanted this, they'd go read a summary, NOT a review. YOU DON'T NEED TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE EVENTS THAT TRANSPIRE IN AN ANIME TO REVIEW IT. Most of all, most spoilers given tend to be completely irrelevant to their review.
All a review needs is your opinion on the specific criteria you use to judge a show’s worth, and maybe a bit of reasoning or background information.
As a big fan of the Madoka series, I was looking for an anime series that is somewhat or almost similar to Madoka Magica. Welp, I found it and it feels very similar to Madoka Magica. This is also not a happy card game show. How similar could it get? Like I said, very similar and I won't consider it a Madoka rip-off because it does its own things that differentiate it from Madoka. I won't compare the 2 shows anymore.
(There will be some SPOILERS in my review)
WIXOSS 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 LRIG's, and those who possess them are called Selectors. These Selectors have card battles in a dimension that other humans cannot access. Ruko Kominato is the latest girl to find an LRIG card. The name of her LRIG card is Tama, and without any further explanation is thrown into her life as a Selector.
What can I say about the story? Is it good? Of course, it is. Ruko received an LRIG card, which is read GIRL backwards by the way, from her brother. Soon thereafter, it is revealed that she been chosen as a selector and she can become an eternal girl which grants any wish that she desires. You become an eternal girl if you win a certain amount of battles. How many exactly? What happens if you lose 3 battles? What exactly happens if you become an eternal girl? Watch the show and you'll find out that it's not as straightforward as you might think. *Hint.. Either way, you're f*cked up*.
The show's pacing is......let's just say, it's unbearable...for a 13 episode series. The first few episodes is slow. The plot seemed like it didn't move anywhere and it didn't even explain how the card games actually work. By the time I was on the 11th episode, there were a lot of unanswered questions and at this point, I didn't really get what was the point of the slow pacing at the start. Then you find out that the story will continue in the 2nd season. Clever move, J.C Staff. The plot holes alone could have made me hate this show but because they were going to continue the story in the second season and how dark the anime gets after the first few episodes, I'll give them a pass.
What exactly makes the show good? It's the dark mystery surrounding the Selectors and the LRIG's. It's not all about the card game. It also explores the character's feelings towards this "evil" card game. That's right, the show is mostly character driven story. More will be explained on my "Characters" category. There's also that goddamn incest. Why do most animes these days include incest? What's so special about incest? It's disgusting. However, at least it shows that most characters don't accept it.
The animation looks good to me but there are issues. The environment looks bland. It's like they've been coloured in by a 4th grader. You know when you colour something and you see those white spots around? That's what it looks like. The character designs, however, looks great. If you have seen a J.C Staff anime before then the character design is almost the same. The battle scenes are pretty smooth but they don't really last long. As long as they're smooth, I'm ok with short battle scenes.
The soundtrack, in my opinion, is awesome. The background themes that plays during the action scenes are....let's say, they are well orchestrated.
The OP theme song is "killy killy JOKER" by Kanon Wakeshima and "realize -Yume no Matsu Basho" by Cyua. The OP theme song is one of the best OP I've ever heard and it will be put into my favourite OP list. On the other hand, the ED theme song sounds horrible. I listened to it for about 30 seconds then I just decided to end the video. Mostly because of the singer's voice. I just couldn't handle it.
I watched the show in English Dub so I'll be reviewing the English VA. In my opinion, they all sound great. I did have some few issues with Ru's VA because she sounds monotonic sometimes but she still did a great job with Ru's character. This is also FUNimation's Dub so it shouldn't be a surprise that their English VA sounds great.
[Character]: (9/10) (SPOILERS)
Just like Madoka, this show has a strong characters. In other words, it focuses more on the characters than the actual plot itself. You have the 5 main characters which is Ruuko, Yuzuki, Hitoe, Iona and Akira. Out of the 5 characters, I only like Ruuko, Yuzuki, and Hitoe. I don't even know Iona's main purpose? She keeps babbling non-sense about Ruuko like she knows her or something. I'm going to assume that it's going to be answered on the second season.
Akira is just a spoiled ass b*tch. I have nothing to talk about her. You know what, I have time. Let's talk about her. She's a spoiled ass b*tch who has a nice personality and nice look on the outside but acts like some rich-ass girl when she reveals her true personality. She got what she deserved when her wish got corrupted. 3 of the remaining main characters are pretty good. Rukko is a new girl on the city who doesn't like making friends because she thinks it's unnecessary. A completely likable character if you ask me. Yuzuki is a girl with a goddamn mental illness. I lied, she doesn't have any illnesses but her love for her brother who happens to be her TWIN is just disgusting. Her wish is to make her brother fall in love with her. What the hell Yuzuki? Potential wasted. Hitoe is a shy girl and she also just moved in to the city. Rukko is also new to the city so this worked on her advantage and got a new friend...which is her wish by the way. Too bad her wish got corrupted and this is where the show reveals its true nature. You know what's funny though, the way they solve their conflicts feels similar to Madoka Magica. Ruuko is a Selector who doesn't have a wish. Later on, she figures out a wish to "save" (not) everyone and et cetera, et cetera.
There's also some of the side characters which are surprisingly good. For example, Ruko's grandma supports her in time of her needs. Awesome grandmother if I say so myself. There's also the whole conflict between Ruko and her mother. I guess that explains why Ruko loves her grandma so much and hates her mother with a passion.
Then there's the LRIG. A talking girl inside a card which only Selectors can see and hear. Sadly, the show doesn't focus much on the LRIG and they're not that developed either. Again, the LRIG is similar to Madoka Magica. Since I put a spoiler tag on this category, I'm free to spoil the reality of LRIG and who they really are. In short, they are former Selectors. My, My...that feels so familiar. *cough Witches are former magical girls cough*.
If you stopped comparing the 2 goddamn shows then you'll like this show. You'll probably love it too. That's what I did and I enjoyed the show.
"Selector Infected WIXOSS" is, overall, a good anime to watch. I don't really know why some people hated it but I don't. I'm actually quite surprised that I even liked this anime. Aside from the fact that it feels similar to Madoka Magica, I hate the "card" genre because it's f*cking stupid. This is also why I hate Yugio with a passion. Thank god the show is more focused on the characters. This is not an anime for everyone. As a fan of both fast and slow pacing anime, I was able to handle the excruciating slow pacing of the first few episodes. It's also a dark anime show so just give it a try. One last thing, if you look at the show on its own and prevent yourself from comparing the anime to Madoka then it's a pretty good show.
+Story is more dark
+Card-Battles are smooth and great to watch
-One of the plot points is incest
-Slow pacing at the start
**SPOILER FREE REVIEW FOR BOTH SEASONS**
Not many people know what to make of the Selector WIXOSS series. “Eh… it was okay I guess?” seems to be the reaction of most people, and I think that can be largely attributed to the fact that it’s so radically different from anything else in its genre; we’ve never seen anything quite like it. Anime fans simply aren’t sure how to feel about a show centered around a card game that never even explains the rules of its own card game. While most anime in the card genre are about making every conceivable reward obtainable by means of said children’s card game (i.e. Yu-Gi-Oh), WIXOSS is about precisely the opposite: The ramifications of said card game. This show isn’t about the glory and fame brought to those who win the game, it’s about the pain and sorrow that the game brings to those who play it. WIXOSS takes the Gurren Lagaan-esque “Do the impossible!” attitude that you’d normally see in this type of show and flips it entirely on its head, and that’s what I love about it. Presenting the most overlooked anime of 2014: The Selector WIXOSS series
Synopsis: WIXOSS is a card game that's popular with teenagers; teenage girls especially. However, the seemingly innocent card game has a secret. There exist cards called “LRIGs”; cards that have actual people with wills of their own trapped inside them. Only “special” girls called Selectors can hear the voices of the LRIGs, allowing them to do battle in a dimension that other humans cannot access. It's said that whomever triumphs in these battles will have their greatest wish granted. Our story follows Ruko Kominato, the latest girl to find an LRIG. She names her card “Tama”, and without any further explanation, is thrown into her new life as a Selector.
In case I haven’t already made it obvious, WIXOSS is NOT an average entry into the card game genre. In fact, it can justifiably be called a deconstruction of its genre. It has a considerable amount of depth to it and discussing its themes without spoilers could be tricky, but I’ll give it a shot. WIXOSS questions the very basis of achieving all of your wildest dreams by means of a higher power; it essentially examines the very basis of reaching all of your goals without directly facing the challenges that come along with those goals. Nearly every girl in the WIXOSS universe has a wish; a wish that they are convinced is impossible for them to realize without the limitless power of being a Selector. However, as is heavily foreshadowed, the deal isn’t as sweet as it’s made out to be. As the girl’s grow more and more miserable, they realize that this means of obtaining their desires goes against the very nature of accomplishment. Some of them discover that they didn’t want what they thought they wanted, some of them discover that what they wanted was within their reach the entire time, and others discover that they are happy with what already have after all. They don’t find happiness and contentment because someone came along and waved magic wand; they find it through their own thought processes and experiences. This is just one of many of the masterfully executed themes in the WIXOSS series, all of which are evenly paced for the most part, expertly foreshadowed, and beautifully executed. WIXOSS not only manages to have deep and meaningful themes, but it manages to be entertaining at the same time. There are some seriously exciting and heart-throbbing moments that will “Wow” you. That is no easy task, and it’s perhaps the main reason I consider this show to be so underrated. All in all, this anime had a spectacular story despite the fact that it could have elaborated on certain plot points a bit more and given a bit more closure towards the end.
The characters, in my opinion, are just as well written as the plot. While Ru, our protagonist, may be a bit bland, the rest of the cast is fleshed out, packed with personality, and legitimately complex. This is an extremely impressive feat given the sheer number of major characters that WIXOSS attempts to work with. From the humans to the LRIGs, nearly every single character is given proper motivations and a distinguishable personality. I’ve never seen a show that’s been able to do this with such a large cast and have it actually work until I watched WIXOSS. You WILL find at least one to grow attached too and you WILL become emotionally invested in the show as a result. The best part of this cast is that there are no clearly defined lines between good characters and evil characters (well, except for one character…). Even the most seemingly cruel Selectors/LRIGs are sympathizable and have logical motives that back their actions up. My personal favorite character was Tama. Not only was she inhumanly adorable, she actually managed to have a complex personality and her actions carried massive thematic weight. I was literally cheering at my computer screen for Tama to prevail in times of peril. She is without a doubt an incredibly likable character. However, like I said, there are many more great characters to choose from.
I’ll briefly touch on the fantastic soundtrack and the masterful use of animation before closing out: Starting with the OST, it never fails to get the job done. Its unique blend of new-age and orchestral tracks never fail to set the appropriate tone. Whether it be enhancing a saddening scene or pumping up an exciting scene, WIXOSS’s OST covers the entire emotional spectrum. Add on the two incredible OPs and you have yourself an awesome soundtrack. However, the real highlight of this anime’s presentation lies in the genius animation. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a confirmed sighting of VISUAL STORYTELLING! I know, shocking for a modern anime, but it’s true. WIXOSS blew me away with some seriously genius symbolism, with the contrasts between light and dark being a central theme. Not only does WIXOSS accomplish the difficult task of conveying meaning without words, it can also be breathtakingly beautiful at times. Some of the imagination and planning put into a couple of these settings is absolutely remarkable. This is seriously some noteworthy animation, even if it isn’t getting any attention.
In conclusion, the Selector WIXOSS series is criminally underrated. Why seemingly nobody else can see how masterfully this show executed its main themes and ideas is beyond me, but I’ll tell you one thing: this anime is a must-watch for psychological fans. WIXOSS may not be perfect, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat, it will make you think, and it will dazzle you with its presentation. Honestly, what more do you want? Go watch it! read more
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 involve magical girl tropes and the quest for having a wish granted, and what exactly that actually takes.
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.
They are both very dark psychological shows that involve fighting for your life for a wish. they differ however in fighting. Selector is based around a card game that the girls have to play in order to have their wish come true. While Madoka gives them their wish but in return they become magical girls who fight witches. They both offer some dark plots and memorable characters. They were both amazing animes and easily in my top 10.
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.
Both anime are dark and have a cast of cute girls. At first, both shows seem to have simplistic plots. However, through dark turns and plot twists, they become more intense and the stakes become very high. Furthermore, the topic of wishes is discussed in each show: in Madoka Magica, girls can have a wish granted to become a mahou shoujo. In SIW, girls who are known as selectors can have their wish granted by winning enough card battles. However, in both shows, using this power comes with significant consequences. Overall, Madoka Magica and SIW are basically downward spirals of despair. If you liked one, or if you enjoy dark anime, then these are two you should definitely watch!!
It may look like the girls in these animes are having fun with tea parties and all, but the atmosphere is actually very dark. The main heroines uncover a huge truth behind the "activity" they're participating in.
They give off the same type of vibe, and both surround around similar themes (Jealousy, Grief, etc.)
Selector Infected involves cards though.
Yes how many times are people going to make this comparison/recommendation I know but it's really true. It's very good. This was like Madoka Magica except it didn't reach the same depths of morbidity as Madoka such as death. In some ways, these girls reach a fate worse than death. But it doesn't feel as intense. All the Selectors are girls just like all the Magical Girls are girls (naturally) and they can get wishes granted and become tainted. The wish granters in both shows don't explain all the rules to having wishes granted. They're both very enjoyable and you'll absolutely like one if you liked the other.
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.
If you liked one of these two then you should definitely watch the other. Both seem just cute anime with cute girls and cute, girly concept. Well... no!! they both have a dark concept with psycholigical and dramatical story, wich girls and boys can enjoy.
Well, they both start off cute, but then turn a bit darker. Both is about wishes too, but Madoka magica gets them instantly, while WIXOSS-selectors strive for them.
They are not super similar, but i think you would like it if you liked madoka magica.
Both start out cheerful and get darker as the series goes on and both involve granting the wishes of young girls. In the beginning they may seem like the typical series for their respective genre but later unfold into something more.
You are greeted with a cast of cute girls playing card games, to later find that there's more to it behind its initial appearance. There's a constant sort of over-your-shoulder and sinister feeling throughout the story, surprising you with dark twists that keep you on your toes.
Both start out light hearted and fun but quickly dive into dark themes. Both are revolutionary in their themes and I only wish selector infected WIXOSS would be more popular. If you love any of the mentioned anime then trust me, you'll definitely find the other very appealing.
- Involve young girls taking part in battles (supernatural themes)
- Cute animation style
- The themes are both rather dark and sad, revealing an unfortunate truth behind having a desire for a wish to be fulfilled
- Highly enjoyable, will leave you saying 'just..one..more..episode'
Both animes are about girls suffering and stuff for their wishes, madoka still better than the other, but is a good anime for me <3
Both protagonists are pretty much in the same situation, as they can make a wish but they don't want anything (and they are the ones with the "potential"). Their friends make wishes but that just make them suffer even more; also magical girls costumes.
Both of these anime revolve around girls who have come across supernatural phenomenons and are striving to make a wish come true. There are many plot twists in both that will make you want to keep watching, but I found the plot of Selector Infected WIXOSS to be more unique and interesting due to the fact that it's about a card game. There aren't nearly as many card game anime as Magical girl anime, especially one with such an intricate plot (although that's my personal opinion). This is definitely an anime to add to your watch list if you like anime that are between the super intense kind and easy going kind, or if you like mystery as well.
In both series, the girls can ask for a wish; they must to fight against each others,
and the principal character wants to save everyone.
So after letting the show continue for a couple more episodes past the pilot episode i would have to say that these shows are similar.
While both animes deal with granting the master desires each anime deals with a different desire. In Selector Infected the show deals with winning battles to grant ones wish. While in C it deals with winning battles to gain money. Along with the chances of getting your desire granted both animes have consequences if you lose to many times. In both the animes it seems that the consequences both have a similar effect.
Also, in both animes they have an "avatar" that they do battle with in order for the chance of winning. Likewise in both animes when they are outside of the battle zone they can each talk to their avatars that are inside the cards.
As Selector Infected continues there may be more similarities between the two animes, but this is it for now. Although it is just a speculation i feel that they might have similar endings.
Every card has a unique character that can speak and battle with the master.
Character in a Card that can talk and interact with the main character. If you win you gain money if you lose you can go bankrupt.
Even though both settings have vast differences, the battle system boils down to characters commanding other characters. The aforementioned battles also take place in alternate realities
Both anime feature battles that take place in an "alternate reality" that only a select few know about.
People are required to partake and win battles for prizes and to "stay in the game".
In C, if you lose and can no longer stay in the game, it is likely that you will die or something so bad will happen that you'll want to commit suicide. You don't lose your memories related to what happened, which in turn makes it all the more traumatic for losers.
In Selector, you lose your memories related to the game. In addition to that, the wish of the selector becomes tainted into usually the opposite of what they want, which is similarly traumatic and near suicide-inducing as what happens to people who lose in C.
Within both anime, features a relationship between a "player" and a "familiar" that the player owns/plays with/talks to.
It just so happens that both anime feature tiny girls that appear to move in cards.
Both animes a=have similar elements and a similar feel to them.
They are basically about the protagonist fighting with an partner (avatar/asset) that lives in a card for something that they really want in another dimension.
Their wins and losses affect the real world and we learn that losses have some terrible consequences. As the stories progress, they become darker.
Wixoss and [C] both share a gamble of wishes and dreams: wishes that needed to come true and dreams that needed to be realized for the winner. Losing the game means the consequences of losing one's wishes and dreams, and more of what one could have hoped or thought for.
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 have girls experiencing similar dark themes, and both have fighting taking place in an alternate dimension.
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.
Living normal school life with the addition of virtual reality battles and real-world consequences between the two.
Both anime feature battles that take place in an "alternate reality" that only a select few know about.
People are required to partake and win battles for prizes and to "stay in the game".
If you end up "out of the game" due to losses, you lose all memories related to the game.
Within both anime, feature the main character being thrown into battle before knowing what's going on, and people who try to abuse that early on in the story.
Selector is a darker and more psychological type of story, whereas Accel World is more of a hero fighting and becoming stronger.
Involves a game where you have to do battle and winning grants a reward beyond the usual but losing will erase you from the game forever.
Characters are introduced to a game that aims to reach the ultimate reward of unknowns, but if they lose during the game they lose all knowledge of the game and can't reenter.
Only difference is that WIXOSS is a card game while AW is MMORPG.
Both have the same card based anime.
Both involves dueling in a card battle.
One was more of a shoujo type of card battle, while the other one was more of a unisex card battle.
In one anime the player can use multiple avatar, while in the other anime the play rely only on one avatar.
Pretty obvious, both involves card game based animes, except Yu- Gi Oh! Arc was more of shounen, while WIXOSS was for shoujo.
Both are the same fighting card themed anime, but, one anime is a spin off of the long running Yu Gi Oh franchise, while the other one is just limited to a 12 ep anime and the players are mostly girls who uses active avatars.
Selector and Fantatsista are both of the card game genre, but one of the ways they vary from the normal card game Anime is the fact the main characters are female. The main character is naïve and doesn't understand the rules for the game. Both series have wishes fulfilled for those playing. Irony is that while Fanasista is a more light fair, the reason for the wish fulfillment is darker in the fact who ever is granting the wishes happens to be after the main characters cards and is manipulating things. Selector is the darker series and the “goal” behind granting the wishes isn't revealed early on like it is in Fanasista. Still... most series of the card game genre are aimed at a male audience rather then a female audience and these break that particular part of the mold.
The main theme around these two shows is competition, where the characters uses cards for battles. These cards are unique where they summon the avatars in battle and giving them commands from their users. If a user is defeated, a penalty issues depending on the rules of the game. The character designs are either moe, funny, or having a chibi appearance to make it a lovable character.
Fantasista Dolls is a lighthearted show, that uses groups in battle, and is a comedy. WIXOSS is a dark show, that is a psychological theme, and uses a single avatar in battle.
It has the same cute girls fighting with cards concept. Both features cute girls.
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