Lycoris Recoil

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Synonyms: LycoReco
Japanese: リコリス・リコイル
English: Lycoris Recoil
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2022 to Sep 24, 2022
Premiered: Summer 2022
Broadcast: Saturdays at 23:30 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, BS11, ABC Animation
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Original
Genre: ActionAction
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.171 (scored by 237278237,278 users)
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Ranked: #4162
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #457
Members: 488,804
Favorites: 8,406

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The number of terrorist acts in Japan has never been lower, thanks to the efforts of a syndicate called Direct Attack (DA). The organization raises orphaned girls as killers to carry out assassinations under their "Lycoris" program. Takina Inoue is an exceptional Lycoris with a strong sense of purpose and a penchant for perfection. Unfortunately, a hostage situation tests her patience, and the resulting act of insubordination leads to her transfer out of DA. Not thrilled about losing the only place she belonged to, she reluctantly arrives at her new base of operations—LycoReco, a cafe in disguise.

Takina's new partner, however, turns out to be quite different from what she imagined. Despite being the famed Lycoris prodigy, Chisato Nishikigi appears almost unconcerned with her duties. She drags Takina along on all kinds of odd jobs under the simple explanation of helping people in need. Takina is even more puzzled when Chisato takes down a group of armed assailants without killing any of them. Feeling like a fish out of water, Takina itches to get reinstated into DA—but Chisato is determined to prove to her that there is more to a life than just taking them.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Lycoris Recoil was released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan from September 21, 2022 to February 22, 2023.

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Koichi, Makoto

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Ootani, Satomi


Yoshida, Yoshihiro
Adachi, Shingo
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"ALIVE" by ClariS

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Sep 24, 2022
“You’re gonna become sad just so you can meet someone else’s expectations? That’s boring.” - Chisato Nishikigi

Is there such thing as true peace in the world? Even if peace doesn’t exist though, should we be despondent and grow cynical of anything and everything?

Lycoris Recoil, while at the surface, is about cute girls with guns, fighting terrorism, its true identity is trying to tell us, the viewers, how to approach living in a world where things aren’t as uplifting as they seem. It’s about a whole lot of things, such as how to live your best life every day, and how to live for yourself, and ...
Sep 24, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Lycoris Recoil is and anime that is prioritizing action and characters over a story and while there is nothing wrong with this approach, it still requires at least a bearable story which won't distract us with its flaws.

Let's start with what this series does best which is characters, main cast is good. Colourful personalities and good interactions are the biggest strength of this anime. Antagonists while having flaws which I will discuss later, are made to challenge the ideas and motivations of our protagonist. We also see some growth in the side characters which was satisfying.

High quality of production makes this show even nicer ...
Nov 7, 2022
Sigh, tricked by the score. Here I thought it was something special because of how much attention it has clearly been getting.

It was a bit painful to watch this trainwreck right from episode 1. Don't get me wrong, the animation quality, sound, VA wasn't bad at all. It was great. The problem is the story, seemingly a lot of people think that cute girls and action can justify such horrible writing.

This anime is a mish-mash of clichés, cute girls doing cute things, stupidly illogical gunfights and one of the worst secretive organizations I've ever had the displeasure to be exposed to. It's idiotic on so ...

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