Get ready for the thrilling second season of the WIXOSS series! Immerse yourself in a game where special cards called LRIGs—cards that possess personalities and wills of their own—can change your life forever. Teenager Ruko holds one of these rare cards, and if she wins, her wish will be granted. But what happens if she loses?
Ok, its my first time writing a review so...
Please take care of me?
Unto the review. Since I haven't watched Madoka Magica(have only read reviews)which everyone says the Selector series more of less copied I'm not going to go too in-depth into my opinions about the story/plot.
Plot was interesting and captivating but hard to understand at times. Hence I believe to fully enjoy this anime, one has to not worry too much about how some of the finer details are blurred over, remember if the anime doesn't give a good explanation just leave the reasoning behind it to magic. This anime basically uses the same story structure as its prequel and follows the lives of the three main characters, however it delves deeper into the history of WIXOSS such as how selector battles came about, etc. However it still maintains the dark psychological theme that was present in the prequel. Overall a 7 because it was interesting and enjoyable but not really that unique.
Animation was done smoothly with great art and visuals that match whatever scenario the anime is in, nothing too much else to say about that. However I rate this 8 as probably around the 8.8-8.9 mark.
Great opening and ending that suits the anime, the sounds used in battle are also quite fitting, except the dub step could have been toned down a bit at times. Opening and ending carry most of the marks.
All characters are linked together with the plot and each have connections with each other. No characters are simply introduced, expanded on and discarded for ever. Of course there are side characters that are meant to be defeated and forgotten but each of the main characters are all linked to each. In addition the personalities of each character are all realistic and different from each other. For example Hitoe acts exactly like how a shy, lonely girl would act at the start of this series and her character expansion is realistic due to her obtaining friends and self-confidence.
Other: Slight incest themes might make viewers uncomfortable so I don't recommend watching this anime if you are not fine with incestuous feelings.
I legitimately enjoyed watching this anime even though it might not have the most original story, best artwork and visuals, etc.
I rate this anime the same as its prequel, its a solid anime that nice to watch for enjoyment, don't expect anything too original though.
That concludes my first review, I hope I've done ok.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in the case of WIXOSS that may very well be the case. As I mentioned in my review of the first half of the series, WIXOSS takes a lot of cues from a certain magical girl anime called Madoka Magica, from the dirty secrets behind their world's setup to the hopes and aspirations of their main characters. While transmuting someone else's story to fit a new context is certainly appropriate, WIXOSS still ended up leaning a bit too hard on the fence and ended up flat out copying certain ideas and motifs from Madoka rather than repurposing them. So, now that they've used up all of the Madoka storyline that they could, how has WIXOSS been faring since then?
Much like the first season, Selector Spread WIXOSS really shines during its darker moments, and they don't even wait til the end of the second episode to really start laying in on thick. From the psychotically nasty to the horrifyingly sensual, WIXOSS certainly hasn't lost its darker edge that subverted its cutesy-moe look and gave it the edge that it had back in the Spring season earlier this year. As for departing from its Madoka base, the story shapes up pretty well during its first two thirds as the tension builds around what actually caused WIXOSS to be created in the first place. Unfortunately, I found the ultimate revelation to be a little bit underwhelming, though this may be more due to it feeling a bit rushed and poorly explained. In the end, I suppose I was sort of able to believe what happened, but it still felt very fuzzy on a lot of the details. I will say that the final episode was very solid, though certainly nothing we haven't seen before.
Strangely enough, the character development for this season actually seemed to flip-flop a bit. While Yuzuki and Hitoe were the big stars of last season, Spread now focuses on Iona, Akira, and a new fangirl character named Chiyori. While I wouldn't say that Chiyori's character was poorly developed, I will say that she was exceedingly annoying in many parts, though this may just be because she is a WIXOSS fangirl, and fangirls are annoying by nature. Iona and Akira, however, actually present a rather interesting contrast in development, with Iona apparently being influenced by Ruko's kindness and purity, while Akira is driven to madness over her obsession with Ulith, who now inhabits Iona's body. However, I do have to admit that our lead antagonist, Mayu, turned out to be fairly weak as far as antagonists go, and while the final revelation with her character was fairly solid, she felt very basic and unplanned when compared to other antagonists within similar genres.
Much like last season, the animation was done by J.C. Staff, and their hyper-moe style blended with unique color palettes certainly brings this anime to live once again. I was a little bit disappointed that there wasn't as much of the horrifying imagery that we had in the first season though. I should also give props to the final episode for some particularly interesting and well-animated environment breakdowns.
As of yet, there has still not been a dub announcement for this series, though if FUNimation were to announce it, I would imagine that it would be very well-acted and well-scripted.
The music is still composed by Maiko Iuchi, and her eerie ambiance style is still very present during the tenser moments. However, I've started to dislike some of the more dubstep-influenced moments of the soundtrack, as they don't seem to fit well with the creepy nature of this series. The opening theme "world's end, girl's rondo" by Kanon Wakeshima gives us an upbeat and eclectic blend of string, piano, and drum set to play us in, while the ending theme "Undo: Ashita e no Kioku" by Cyua gives us a heart thumping outro with parallel octave harmonies in its chorus to send a bit of a chill down your spine.
Overall, Selector Spread WIXOSS is just as solid as the first season of WIXOSS, but doesn't do much to move beyond that.read more
Selector Spread Wixoss follows 90% of Infected Wixoss plot. So the battles by the dreams of Ruuko, Hitoe,Yuzuki, Iona continues and that is awesome. But now, the plot have more focuses on the "cosmological world of wissox" trying to make you now the whys and the logical behind the cards battle and the girls on the cards.
But don't think that the dramas of the girl will be set aside, no only the world wissox will be revealed but the world inside every girl too. The logical sequence of the theme of Infect Wixoss will not be broken, and that is very importante to appreciate the anime, rarely, storm of information will rain (without lose the complexity) on you and that makes the anime easy to understand but doesn't destroy the mystery.
I just can't give 10 for the plot, because the similarity with Madoka Magica is very outstanding.
Ruuko: Like every main, she have to suffer (more hihih). Ruko does not changed a lot from the Infected season. But i can not deny that she still pass want she have to pass. The spirit of war inside her, she want to battle, she knows that battle is bad, she have to save her friends for the Wixoss "cicle", she want to live with Tama. Everything happens on her mind. The growth (as a character) is very expected, this accumulation will be directed to where? Savior, friend, warrior, everyone wants to know who is the real Ruko.
Yuzuki: Frustration, this word summarizes Yuzuki. Deceived, another word. Energy, another word. Truly, my favorite character. She dream is just terrible (and against everything that I belive), but i consider a pure dream. Unlike Infected season, Yuzuki shows more coolness, more rationality, she follows want Kazuki told to her: "don't be so straight". And that is important, shows an evolution on how she deals with her situation. She still is the "fire" of the trinity, but she assumes the prudent part of the group (due to their painful experiences). She is just essential.
Hitoe: I have to admit, for me, she was useful only to show the effect of three defeats, but i have to consider the she was importante to bring the difficulties of start a relation when you are a teen. And more than this, she grows as character (and this is importante for a teen serie), Hitoe now shows that evolved, she does not fall apart on tears like on Infected series and now she is truly part of the trinity (Ruko, Yuzuki, and now Hitoe). For me, she still be the "weakness" of the group, but she has her "job" on the moral lessons of the anime.
Akira: The bitch, only this. She is terrible, an unstable and manipulable girl. Envy, work pressure, crazy love, obsession, everything placed on a teen with cards with power to destroy dreams. I don't know if Akira evolved (as a character), for me the change of jealous and angry bitch for a lacking and submissive girl isn't a evolution. But Akira is importante to show the pressure on childhood, she is importante for the context, but i still hate her.
Iona: This girl is the power himself, why i say this ? Simple, she is OP. The cold character (that Yuzuki can't be) with the power that Ruuko always denies. She is the key of this season, and will be the trigger for shows who is the true Ruuko, the true Tama, the true Mayu, the true Ullith. I can't see much development on Iona, she will be the op key that will show more of the feeling (and powers) of the other characters. I see this potential on Iona.
Art and Sound:
Good traces, traits that pass the feelings of the characters and that makes the art of Spread very light and intelligent. With respect to the sound, the opening and ending are according with the theme. The sounds during the anime are very unique, sometimes I feel like a dubstep dj that made the ost. I love this atmosphere. The voices are very good (I love Chiyori and Eldora voices, they fit perfectly).
If you don't have problems with Madoka Magica you will enjoy Wixoss, but don't expect one anime better than Madoka Magica. If you didn't saw Madoka, Wissox will be one good anime for you to undestand the world of teen girls and a little about magical card games. read more
When comparing this season to the first one, I felt that Selector Spread WIXOSS fixed all of the problems I had with the storytelling. It actually made a compelling story on its own without using themes or plot devices that were blatantly ripped off from Madoka Magica in the first session. The story also wasn't as predictable. Despite this however, the creators didn't do as good of a job at developing the main characters this time around. I’ll go in depth with my reasons down below.
Story: 8 (Very Good)
Selector Spread WIXOSS is the continuation of Selector Infected WIXOSS. It starts off around a week after the events that transpired during the first season's ending and continues with the overarching conflict of the series. During this iteration, the main character Ruuko focuses more on trying to find a way to save her LRIG Tama, coping with her battle addiction, and dealing with her new companion Iona. Compared to the first season, I think the story was slightly better. The major problems the series had where fixed when they focused more on the premise of the game WIXOSS, and focusing more on Iona and Maya's predicament. There was a lot of good things going on at once in the second season that I enjoyed instead of only recycling Madoka Magica themes in the first one. As for backstory, many of the random unimportant characters in the first session are extremely relevant now and play a huge role in the story. One example being Ulith.
Animation: 8 (Very Good)
The animation during both seasons of this anime where relatively to same. The only exception would be the setting of Maya's world that I thought had a unique style to it. I made a review of the first season so I might just repeat what I said in that one which was that the animation was at its peak during the battle scenes. The atmosphere, the battleground, the LRIGs, and the magic used during battle sequences were amazing. The atmospheres in particular is what gave this anime so much life. During the battle scenes, the background, and the overall mood of the setting changed according to the characters personalities, and deck color. As for the general setting in the real world, it was unimpressive and lackluster.
Sound: 8 (Very Good)
The OST that was used in this session had a couple of standalone tracks but for the most part was exactly the same as the first. They used several catchy Tech based songs with orchestrated rhythms in it as well as DnB and Dubstep. The music that played during the transition and in the opening/ending themes were changed to correspond to this session. Compared to the first opening theme, I liked the opening of this session more than the first one. In regards to the casual scenes, this session faced the same problem it did in the first. There were barely any song playing in the background. There were a couple of typical sound queues throughout the show but that's about it.
Characters: 7 (Good)
The three main characters that we've followed in the first session are still here but they aren't the main focus of the plot anymore. The story swifts most of the time for character development towards Tama, Iona, and Akira. Even though these characters develop nicely, and are essential for the plot to progress, I feel as if the main characters Hitoe, and Yukuzi where left out. Their significance in this session wasn't nearly as impactful as it was in the first 12 episodes which was a letdown. The main character Ruuko however develops nicely throughout the entire series. There are also additional supporting characters that join the mix this time around. Ulith, Chiyori, and Mayu where all introduced in the first session but they all got little to no screen time. Now they are important components to the story, and almost quadruple in the amount they are on screen compared to before.
Enjoyment: 8 (Very Good)
If you ask me if this series is worth continuing then I would say it is. This session treated the Madoka Magica identity crisis syndrome it suffered from in the first session and improved on lot of subtle things throughout. I liked it slightly more than the first season just since we actually got to see how this card game actually works. It was kind of weird to me that a card game anime didn't even explain the rules of the game properly but after watching so many battles, I got the hang of it. I enjoyed this anime because it was unique a unique spin on the card game genre and was just different from what I usually watch.
Score is Rounded: 7.8/10 (Good) - Worth the Watchread more
In real life, WIXOSS is a popular card game among teenagers. In the Selector Infected WIXOSS anime series, it can also be a fun game, but for a "selected" few, it's a thrilling battle filled with action, friendship, drama, and mystery. Let’s dive into the world of Selectors and their LRIG Cards.
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