High school student Homura Suzuko has returned to Ikebukuro, the town where she grew up.
"We're friends forever!" She treasures her memories of her old friend from when she was little, Morikawa Chinatsu, and she's excited at the prospect of meeting her again.
But when she gets to school, she finds she has trouble fitting in with the rest of the class.
One day, she decides that if she learns to play the card game WIXOSS, she might be able to make some friends. She stops at a card shop on her way home and buys a deck set. When she takes the set home and opens it, the girl on one of the cards begins to move, and speak.
Humans chosen as Selectors must battle for control of the five coins that hold all their memories.
If they can retake all the coins, they win, and can leave the game. But if they lose, as a penalty—
"Lostorage"—What will become of Suzuko as she's caught up in this insane game?
And just like Suzuko, Chinatsu finds herself drawn into the game as well...
So, How do we make a new Wixoss series without suffering the same problem every other new series of card-based anime suffer? Well, it's well known that anime based on Card Games have a mayor problem when making a new series: They're basically more of the same albeit with a few new mechanics. But the main problem is not that is still the same game with a new mechanic...the main problem is that the protagonists are basically the same ones as in the previous series, just with a new skin. This is where Wixoss wins.
Do you have a memory you'd like to forget? something you'd like to remember in a different way? Who are us but beings whose personality is defined by past actions.
If you've watched the first Wixoss series (2 seasons + a movie) then you may be expecting a new battle city where you may have your wish granted. But Lostorage takes a different path, instead of fighting for a wish. The Selectors now battle to not loose themselves. This makes lostorage feel more like a survival game rather than a tournament. As characters are fighting against a time limit. There's no way to quit or evade fighting. Still, the background of the story and this new game is yet to be revealed.
Is practically the same as in the previous series: Not very colorful and full of soft tones while on the real world, character desings are quite simple for regular persons. Neither the designs of the LRIGS are too flashy. It's quite simple but it works. It just fits the atmosphere for the anime.
Opening/Ending themes are superb. Sadly this time Kanon Wakeshima doesn't perfom the opening. But Yuka Iguchi's voice is always welcome. If it were just for the openind and ending themes the sound would be a 9. But background sound and sfx isn't remarkable.
The Biggest point on favor of lostorage is the characters. They give a different experience compared to previous Wixoss. First, we have Suzuko, pretty average girl who just wants to meet again with her Childhood friend, but she's dragged down into this game where she must battle other people, where either she may lose her memories or damage others. Then we have Chinatsu, a girl with a tought life, it doesn't matter how much effort she puts into success, she still fails, and not in a funny way. This MC duo is what makes Lostorage more enjoyable.
Grim Card games, pain and memories, tons of drama. It almost feels like Mari Okada is still around in the staff. But we have yet to see the main plot unveil.
Overall: The story is pretty consistent until now, and there are some Easter Eggs.
8/10 for now. Wixoss is still a deconstruction of Card Games. read more
I fail to see how anime like Sword Art Online got a so much better score than this...
Being a great Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, I decided to give this anime a chance and honestly I wasn't disappointed. Honestly, this is the first card game anime I have ever seen to take itself so seriously. I am not giving it a 10/10 mostly because I don't want to look too biased(and because it is far from over). I want to specify that I have not seen the other anime belonging to the same franchise, thus So here is my review, based on the 6 episodes I have seen so far.
The plot is basically Mirai Nikki with card games, only much better. It's a psychological story in which random (or seemingly random) people are chosen to participate in a game the winner of which gets to alter one of their memories, delete it, or create a new one, and anyone who loses has their personality and memories deleted. You might argue that the concept is overused, but I find that the way this anime makes use of the concept takes it on a different level than many others who have tried the same thing. And the fact that we are talking about a card game anime makes it even more interesting.
Another major difference between this and the other card game anime I have watched is that Lostorage does not focus on teaching us the rules of the game(and with only 12 episodes that would be beyond ridiculous). Instead it focuses on the result, since its main point is not to show the battles but rather to tell a story. That way it manages to progress a lot faster, and it still gives its fair share of battles.
Now as far as the art goes, it's pretty good and while I don't think art plays an important role in anime, when the budget is low the seriousness fades. Lostorage has no such problem. The sound is cool but let's be honest, if you watch this anime it's not going to be for the soundtracks.
My overall score is a 9/10, for the great lot of things it has managed to get correctly within a few episodes. Of course that's just my opinion, however I do think it deserves to have a MAL score of at least 7.8/10, and that's my final judgment.
After a very boring day of procrastinating on league of league, or pretty much wasting my fucking life. I decided that i should starts to watch some new anime, ones that I haven't personally heard of or even bother to look at. And this was the one. The only reason that this anime interests me was the genre being psychological. I had high expectation for this anime at the very start, it has a very subtle, nice, endearing and somewhat realistic environment that our typical timid girl, Homura Suzuko, has to go through her very first day in high school. I was pretty fascinated as well by the animation/art consistency, and they have some pretty dope ass hoom, or horn like sound that sounded pretty dramatic for some of its card battle. And that card battle thing kinda reminds me of YuGiOh, if you don't know what that's then you are prolly one of the millennials Y generation, or we just have a much different childhood in the 90's.
The first problem that I personally have with this anime, would be the lack of explanation as to what actually went down, or why did the card battle thing exists, and who's secretly behind it. The lack of explanation in the very bad exposition in the story is a minus point.
The second problem would prolly be the strangely abrupt, and unexplainable character development and changes to their personality. And I have never seen someone changes their overall character and abandon it that fast, not even in an anime. Like 1-2 episodes, that's all it takes lmao. Pretty convenient isn't it. And the reaction when they see a talking card, or entered into the world makes no sense as well.
The third problem would also be about the character, but not really about the character development and such. It would primary be the stupidly reasoned refrain of actions because of some naive, and morally good ideology. It kinda irritates me when that shit happen.
Basically, this anime makes no sense, the story, the psychological theme wasn't really that logical throughout our character in the show, and it's actually kinda boring as there's alot of repetitive dialogue, or somewhat made for the purposes of building up drama, but i just cant take the character relationship too seriously. Coz it's too unreal. I mean some people out there might like this anime, but for me personally, this anime is not really that great for a psychological genre one. read more
"Lostorage Incited WIXOSS" is a unique take on the card fighting genre. This being my first experience, I am both impressed and disappointed by this installment. On one hand, it has a fairly good plot that will keep viewers hooked. But on the other, it lacks depth when it comes to the actual card dueling portions of the show, which makes battles seem unpredictable for the wrong reasons.
(+) Interesting concept behind the card battles
(+) Backstories are fairly interesting and there is usually a reason after each episode to keep watching
(+/-) The amount of innuendos is almost comical (you'll see what I mean when you watch the series).
(-) Card battles are not well-explained, leaving it up to the viewer to figure out who actually has an advantage. As a result, the card battles in themselves are not especially engaging nor interesting.
(-) Adding onto the above point; because battles are not explained well, the viewer will have no indication as to what is going on. It is hard to appreciate the strategies or techniques utilized by characters during these duels when we have no idea as to why they work in the first place.
(+) Animation is good, but nothing to be impressed about
(+) Characters have distinct designs that make them easy to identitfy
(-) Battle sequences are somewhat underwhelming
(+) Voice acting is solid for the most part, but, just like the art, is nothing special
(+) The OP and ED are great (especially the OP)
(-) Suzuko's frequent "Chi-chan!" can become irritating over time
(+) Cast of characters are varied and interesting
(-) Character development is occasionally flawed (especially for Chinatsu, who has a wildly shifting personality)
"Lostorage" definitely has a lot of things going for it. It's an enjoyable series with interesting characters. However, occasional inconsistencies in its plot and the lack of overall depth in terms of its card battles prevents this series from reaching its full potential.
If you're looking for a card duel anime that is focused more on characters than the card battles themselves, this is the show for you. "Lostorage" may be based off of a trading card game, but it is barely a card duel anime.