The peaceful days turn out to be short-lived as the shadow of another Selector Battle looms large. Kiyoi Mizushima is the first to notice that things are amiss, and she makes her move to put an end to the cycle of darkness.The Battle this time includes a new card, "Key," and has been set up with rules different than before. With both the mastermind and their motive shrouded in mystery, the darkness grows ever deeper and more menacing. Suzuko Homura, Chinatsu Morishita, Hanna Mikage, Ruuko Kominato, Yuzuki Kurebayashi, Hitoe Uemura, and Akira Aoi, the Selectors gather once again.
Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS FINALLY finishes off this anime about high school girls battling each other with cards for memories and wishes to a fitting conclusion...
ALOT of people were divided over incited WIXOSS for bringing in new rules as well the the villains given, however Conflated gave a newer spin and an even more interesting element to the finale of this series...
Selector Infected WIXOSS and Lostorage's cast mingle together!
No seriously that in itself was a great idea and even the diverging cast members fighting each other would have been an interesting scenario which it pulled off. As such Lostorage's new sets of battles set up by
Carnival where all the characters from both series to clash with one another with new rules...if you lose, you lose your LRIG. Because there are new battles, that means some notion of motivation as to the new and old characters, Lostorage's Suzuko voiced by Chinami Hashimoto trying to get back Chinatsu's memories back and Selector's Ruuko voiced once again by Ai Kakuma to get back Tama after some complicated turn of events. The rest of the expansive cast have their motives to battle which kinda goes back to their character development of the series they originated from, but if there was one TRUE protagonist in Conflated, that would have been Kiyoi Mizushima voiced by Saori Oonishi and LA's favorite character because of how much development we got from her, not to mention it MADE sense for Kiyoi to be the true protagonist, being in both Selector and Lostorage battles as both a LRIG and a human in the process of it all.
Kiyoi goes through the most character development in this season, with having knowing of her days as a LRIG before and after Selector infected, her connection the the new Piruluk who was once a best friend of Kiyoi after her LRIG days, as well as MANY of the opponents trying to get revenge at her (like Aoi Akira) which feels poetic to say the least as well as her connection to the "room" and Mayu, LA could easily see why Kiyoi got the most screentime this season and was well worth it knowing what was once a satellite character having soo much importance in the plot and ultimately Kiyoi wanting to stop the battles for GOOD this time.
Ruuko and Suzuko does have importance in the plot like LA said, like of getting Chinatsu's memories and Tama back, but Ruuko and Suzuko's group also ties up loose ends in each of their series' character plot as well, though not as much as Ruuko's though because we get the basic "get the group back together LRIG or otherwise" while Suzuko and Chinatsu's relationship grows back by the end of it. Though LA will say that Ruuko's group development stems from concluding Mayu's story while having some small sense of character conclusion and motives from Ruuko's side. So mingling both cast of characters and their interaction if anything is probably the best thing about this season and how each character helps with the other as well.
Once again the animation done by JC Staff was typical of Lostorage atmosphere, both being colorful and impactful with it's Selector battles while adding some good atmospheric animation to make the animation decent enough. Really it's typical Lostorage animation from backgrounding to battles and quirky character designs (both human and LRIG).
Voice acting was great as well with Saori Oonishi being the MVP of it all like LA said above about Kiyoi, however there is a lesser sense of "batshit crazy characters", you'd think Yuka Iguchi going bleak dark crazy was something, Carnival voiced by...KANA ASUMI (WHAT!??!?!?!) and new Layla voiced by Akari Kito & Reina Kondou (long story) were good substitutes for the batshit crazy, though they were the majorly focused villians for this season nonetheless...great cast all things considering both Selector and Lostorage's cast coming together.
Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS may have newer rules as well as adding in past cast members, but for what it was worth LA enjoyed Conflated all throughout this season, as getting to know Kiyoi more and more as well as concluding and resolving not only Selector Infected series but Lostorage series by it's characters were definitive pluses in LA's books that kept LA interested and sure it's an anime about girls fighting for wishes and memories in a card battle but Conflated helped immensely in it's character focused department for this to be more of a story of stopping a cycle more than "card games battle"...as LA can easily say that though Lostorage is an advertisement for cards but with a bleak atmosphere about it, but by NOW you can see that Lostorage was more of a plot and character focused story than an advertisement of card games.
Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS finally ended the cycle and tied up ALL it's loose ends and did it in a grand and satisfying conclusion and an anime FINALLY ending is quite something...even from a "card game sourced" adaptation.
Let's just hope this really is the finale of the franchise, otherwise the above statement will be meaningless if this isn't the end. Lostorage and by extensions JC Staff...please leave a good thing in a good light and not spoil it by continuing it...
OPEN, so, is JC Staff done with it's Wixoss anime franchise, or were we gonna be seeing another spin-off of some sort????Let's not forget in the first Wixoss which is Selector Infected Wixoss and it's sequel Selector Spread Wixoss, the selectors were all girls and the rules were different, since it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, the holder get's fucked, while in the spin-off of Lostorage Incited Wixoss boys can now participate , the winner can have his/her wish granted without any repercussions and the loser becomes a LIRG and his existence is no more. Here in Lostorage Conflated Wixoss the rules have
change that us audience can easily get lost as what gives about such Wixoss game where as it's title suggested Lostorage Conflated Wixoss were the cast of Wixoss of the selector series gets combine with the cast of the Lostorage series has basically added some conflict when the rules and as to why Akira just disappeared without becoming a LIRG herself and when Kiyoi has already beaten Carnival who was supposed to be Kiyoi's bitch starts to take advantage of biting her hand by siding with that LRIG of Beginnings........That's the white girl whom Kiiyoi fought in the last episode , right? Anyways, combining the characters from the Wixoss series was good, but the enjoyable part was seeing Kou Satomi / Carnival get beaten by Kiyoi , and Ruko getting to owned Kaede but as I watched this sequel I'm just basically getting lost about them LIRG of the selector series with that of the Lostarge series, just making this review already making me go nuts about how each LIRG were related to whose holder, then again the part were we see the LIRG of beginnings getting owned by a leveled up Kiyoi / Piruluk does give this Wixoss series a "VERY GOOD" ending and seeing them LRIG becoming the memories of the slector who lost from previous battles was touching , btw did someone notices a Amika look alike on the ending post credits , ya know a LIRG Amika who somehow becomes a human Amika twin of sorts. Ya know, I'm starting to go nuts, so here are the lowdowns of my review:
Story- Poor 3: It may be good the the two series of Wixoss were combined, but, IMAO it adds to my conflications about those other LIRG not owned by the main characters.
Art- Mediocre 5: Cu'z its the same illustration design, the same LIRGs, the same Characters, except in the selector series we get to see Ruko and her gang sport the Sr High School uniform that makes them hot.
Sound-Mediocre 5: Do I need to say more considering that it the same voice actors who did the character's voice.
Character- Very Good 6:We can safely say that this is Kiyoi's moment and in fact she was able to owned the LIRG of beginnings, Carnival, and Akira was something else.
Enjoyment- fair 6: since I'm having a hard time of understanding about the other LIRG's. the rules to the battles and the conflicts that somehow I was unable to wrap my head around it.
Overall-Good 7: Well , since this is where the Wixoss franchise ends , for its anime setting, I just see it as just "GOOD" enough, when this anime has a lot of short cuts and somehow rushed, frankly, I just don't see any point that this anime should be very good when the selector series has to be combined with the lostorage series, I mean they should have just continued with the lostarge series since the selector series has a clean ending. So I hope JC Staff doesn't start another spin off and then combine it with the other two series that would add to such complications. BATTLE !!!!!!!
Now when I first started watching the Wixoss series, it was a fresh air in terms of a card game anime. Sure it had it moments where it tries too hard to be Madoka, but it was ok. Season 3 came in and it tried way too hard to be dark, resulting with every character being stupid and crying for dumb reasons.
With season 4 here, I can safely say that it's a major improvement over season 3. I'll be looking at this anime mostly as a card game anime and a bit as Madoka because it's pretty important with how I feel about this season.
start off with pros.
-The thing that I liked about the first two seasons is that it sort of tries to acknowledge how card game players act in real life with card shops, playing casually with friends, and using some mind/strategy tricks against opponents which I dealt with before. Season 3 threw all that away.
With Season 4, it did none of what the previous seasons did. Maybe a little of Season 3. They decided to go all out Yugioh with the whole Shadow Realm nonsense. You know what I'm talking about, card games to the death. Loser goes to the Shadow Realm. I know it's not called that, but it got that vibe.
I was laughing my ass off when I realize this was the route they were going with. It had the same amount of nonsense and silliness as the original Yugioh with how the new rules turned Wixoss from a Madoka game to the Shadow Games. Then they elements like characters turning into card characters or cards just like in the original Yugioh. I mean dear lord, the nostalgia and insanity.
-The original characters coming back. While they are not the best characters ever, they are at least likable. Freaking Tama amp up the cuteness with her bubbly attitude and it's just so cute. We even get to see what the characters have been doing for a while.The sad part is that they aren't seen as much as the Season 3 character which I'll get to later. Overall, I like these characters coming back and their scenes.
-Some of the plot points were definitely better than Season 3 as there is a mystery that is not hammered down your throat and actually gives nice cliffhangers and all. I felt encouraged to watch a new episode and not have to do it just because.
-Lastly, it's finally over! The whole nonsense with this card game is over. Sure we might be spin offs like Wixoss GX, Wixoss 5ds, Wixoss Zexal, Wixoss Arc V, or Wixoss Vrains, but we finally end the cycle of despair for these girls.
Now to the cons which is kind of sad since the season itself was doing okay except it continues from season 3 which is it's major flaw.
-The season 3 characters only wised up a bit. I can understand their motivations and feelings this time because their responses to the situations were more natural per say. However, they are the ones we spend to most screen time with and they barely interact with the original characters. They got a chance to talk, but they don't. When they do, it's a bit satisfying but I wish to see more since it was promoted to happen in this season. However, the season 3 characters just comes off as more boring than stupid this time with their own trading cards being the more interesting characters than their owner. And that's when you realize that this anime have characters who have less of a personality than a piece of card board. I just board with the season 3 characters is all. However, I only got pissed off with one character this time unlike season 3 and I'll tell you more when I get to the main villains.
-The game made no sense anymore. Often times, I felt that they are breaking the rules even though I never played the game before. At least with Yugioh, they only cheat through top decking (Heart of the cards) or reading the description of the card wrong. Here, they just did whatever they wanted, mostly the villains. The main characters tried to play fair at least, but they had their fair share of BS that are only as severe as Yugioh. The main villains however are flat out cheaters. They got special power ups and all that made no sense and just win just because. Like they got this one attack that's a one hit KO with no explanation and this ultimate power or whatever. Hell, the main villain even stated that who ever started these games gave him these cheat codes which pisses me off more. Some of the battles do not feel satisfying as it's often the villains who made really BS moves and they act like they got skill which comes off as arrogant and stupid in my eyes. This anime cheats way more than Yugioh to the point where not even money can allow them to screw the rules.
-The main villains in this anime are flat out closed-minded and very stupid cheaters. The foes in the season are not bad as I did sort of like Aki Lucky as a villain while being interesting. The main villain which was Carnival is not. Season 3 has her previous owner being stupid with no idea whether to be a subtle or not. Here, she is a cheater and all of her battles is just her cheating. There were times where I would say "Judge!" or have the feeling of calling the cops. Remember when I said that the season got insane with Yugioh logic, this character kind of downplays it with her appearance and it really shows in the later half of the season. She tries to ruin what's fun in this anime because of her views of what's fun.
Then you have that fact that Carnival thinks that everyone likes to be in this Death Game and thinks it's a paradise and wants to keep having fun. That is very closed-minded and stupid. Have she ever consider the fact that humanity is capable of being compassionate enough to not murder someone, especially in a card game. While some of us wants to play for fun! And if you made this world wide, eventually everyone will die from your constant cheating and you'll get bored since everyone is dead and you got no one to play with. God, I cringe when I see this character being so stupid. I'm glad that she was defeated in the end.
Then you get the person in charge and the final battle is just a mess. Kiyoi, one of the characters, said it best which is that it's not Wixoss anymore. Just senseless fighting with no rhyme or reason. Also if you need to have a card game tournament, it does not need death in it. At least give it a prize worth winning other than living with nothing gained.
-Overall, this anime has it's ups and downs. While there is some good, there are some bad countering it sadly. I definitely recommend this season if you grew up with the original Yugioh as it has the same amount of insanity when it can.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.