Selector Infected WIXOSS Final Episode (12): Betrayed at the last second

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Well, we knew there was going to be a second season, so it’s no surprise that Ruuko’s wish failed. Honestly, I was expecting something much darker to happen to Tama. It looks like Iona knew that becoming an Eternal Girl involved becoming a LRIG, so I’m guessing her wish was to find someone worthy enough and take the place of that person’s LRIG. This, of course, begs the question of what happened to Tama. That question will probably be answered in the second season, but I’m wondering if it will be one of those things where they take care of it pretty quickly or if it will be the focus of the entire next season.

I don’t know if I want to commit to covering the second season, so I might never know (the cliffhanger might be enough to pull me in, though). Anyway, I was honestly expecting Tama to be some sort of powerful evil that would wreak havoc on the world if released from the card…still possible, but highly improbable considering the conversation Tama had with the mystery girl.

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 11: Is that you, Madoka?

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Well, I can’t say that wish from Ruuko is a huge surprise. It’s only natural that she would want to save everyone after hearing the truth. I wonder what the mystery girl meant when she said Tama is different from the other LRIGs. Is she a manufactured LRIG? Or is she formerly human like all of the others, but something about her wish caused her to develop some other powers? I’m also not sure I like where things seem to be going with Hitoe…it’s starting to look like she might be able to overcome her punishment with the power of friendship.

Anyway, next week is the final battle against Iona. There’s supposed to be a second season of this show, so it’s very likely that it ends in a cliffhanger. One can only hope for a resolution of some sorts, but it’s unlikely considering the fact that one of the main five characters has barely had an appearance. Still, Iona seems to know something about the mystery girl that Yuzuki met, so I wonder what exactly she hopes to accomplish. Does she have a similar goal to Ruuko? Perhaps an opposing goal…

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 10: The challenge is out

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This development with Hitoe begs the question of what will happen if Hitoe actually succeeded in becoming an Eternal Girl. Logically speaking, her body would be granted the wish of being able to make friends, so Yuzuki in her body would be healed, but her mind trapped in the card would theoretically have the same limitation of being unable to make friends. So she would have to get her next Selector to ask for the exact same wish to be healed herself, right? Just a bit of theory-crafting for fun…not all that much happened this week.

I guess this series is heading towards a cliffhanger. There was that fifth main character for this show that was briefly introduced, but she hasn’t really had any role up to now. Presumably, they wouldn’t resolve things until she had her turn. I’d say revealing Tama’s true nature would be the easiest way to end the series on an enticing cliffhanger. Anyway, it looks like next week is another battle against Iona. Is she trying to force Ruuko to stop her by sending the blanket challenge to all Selectors?

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 9: The truth is revealed

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So it looks like the current Yuzuki is Hanayo released after all. It only makes sense…the only other option was that the current Yuzuki was some sort of evil clone or something. Strange, though…why is Hitoe going along with this despite knowing the truth? Why has she seemingly become Yuzuki’s puppet? Did Yuzuki maliciously promise her something because of what she knows of Hitoe’s past? Hitoe shouldn’t know who Yuzuki is, right? So she isn’t simply trying to save her, right?

What does this truth reveal about what happens next? Hanayo seemed to be very aware of what happened to her while she was an LRIG, but Tama seems pretty clueless. Is she just playing Ruuko or is she some sort of special case? Is she supposed to be the result of someone similar to Ruuko, having no wish, becoming an Eternal Girl? I’m not sure what else we’ll get, based on the preview. It looks like Hitoe might lose again, which might trigger her previous wish’s punishment…that’s all I got.

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 8: This is why you read the manual before joining the game

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So the Selectors and LRIGs are a self-perpetuating cycle, just like the old story of the man wishing for power from a genie and becoming a genie himself. I probably should have seen that coming. I didn’t expect someone to become an Eternal Girl just like that. It’s a cruel system, but who created it and what is the purpose of it?

Now, the question to ask is what happened to Yuzuki? Is the Yuzuki that is currently interacting with Kazuki some sort of doppleganger? Or maybe it’s Hanayo freed from her service as an LRIG? And the Yuzuki that is currently an LRIG is presumably the real one, but the preview suggests that she no longer remembers her former life. It seems like the showing is heading towards a martyr ending involving Ruuko saving all of the girls from their misfortune.

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 6: There seems to be a lot going on at the same time

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The drama is building. It feels like the cast has basically split up and started doing their own things in tandem. Also, I suppose one of these days I’ll finally figure out how this game is supposed to be played. So far, all I’ve learned is that it looks like you have to make the decision between growing your avatar or attacking with it each turn. It’s still not too clear what the win condition is, though.

Looks like next week Ruuko will face Iona. Interesting that Iona changed her mind about facing her. Did she crush Akira and make a decision? Also, I’m wondering how this all comes together. Are all the characters we’ve met so far supposed to be coming together as a team? It’s hard to imagine some of them getting along. And if they are supposed to band together, what exactly are they supposed to face? Tama?

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 3: Wait…they evolve too?

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So it looks like the show went with the simplest explanation was correct. Yuzuki and Hitoe are the ones taking the loss today. As I said before, this is quite the blow to Hitoe so early in this series. Assuming this show is headed down a dark path, it does give the option of using her to reveal what truly happens when you drop out. Either that or she becomes a support character similar to Kazuki. As for the game itself, it still looks like I have a lot to learn about the mechanics. There seem to be “arts” and “spells”. It looks like spells are just cards, whereas arts may be linked to the Rulig. Also, the white deck that Ruuko plays seems to be the multi-color archetype, more flexible, but probably missing certain Rulig-color affinities or something that full-color decks have.

The simplest explanation for Akira works too. She is just really overzealous about her wish and her behavior stems from desperation to see it fulfilled. My guess is that she joins the cast when either Iona or Ruuko puts her in her place. Although based on the visuals for the series, it looks like Iona will join as well. My guess would have been that Ruuko would beat Akira next week, but it looks like she may fight Iona instead. There’s only one other main cast member not introduced so far, it seems. I still have doubts about this show because it doesn’t look like anything too serious has happened yet, but the tone still seems much too tense to go nowhere, right? Maybe I’m watching too much Yu-Gi-Oh on 4kids.

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 2: These card games are serious business

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Interesting. They put Yuzuki  in a pretty fragile place pretty early in the series. I guess they’re planning on resolving her stuff with her brother pretty quickly. Based on visuals for this series, both of the characters introduced this week, Akira and Hitoe, will be joining the main cast. The game itself seems simple enough. I’m assuming “growing” the Rulig is similar to playing mana and you can play cards that are of similar level to your Rulig. I’m still trying to figure out what Kazuki meant when he said Yuzuki shouldn’t only grow to level 2, but my guess is that he’s saying you should grow when you have the chance so as not to give away what levels are in your hand.

The battles for the next episode (which I’ll probably be watching later today) are more up in the air. On the one hand, our main character should probably be winning most games. But on the other hand, Hitoe already has a loss and is presumably joining the main cast. A character so close to elimination in the main cast just seems like dead weight. As for the battle with Yuzuki and Akira, Akira certainly needs to be put in her place, but Yuzuki could use the loss to really push her over the limit. I’m also curious whether Akira acts the way she does because she enjoys the battles as battles or whether she’s just really desperate for her wish like everyone else. That would make the main character Ruuko more unique in not having a wish.

Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 1 (First Impressions): Settling problems with a children’s card game?

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Well, I saw some interesting genre tags on this show and I was a bit interested. From the first episode, it looks like we’ve got a card game that can affect the real world. The main character Kominato Ruuko is one of a select group of players that can have her wish granted if she wins enough battles. The first episode is pretty worrisome from my point of view. I’m looking for the high stakes in a show like this, but the episode shows us that battles can be interrupted at no cost to the users. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a penalty from dropping out of the game (with three losses) other than losing the chance to gain your wish.

The only source of hope was the brief vision Ruuko has of a deformed Tama, but that really isn’t all that much to go with. Honestly, the way I see this show becoming interesting is if some tragedy occurs, such as Ruuko’s grandmother dying, forcing her to put more effort into getting her wish. If this were to happen, it couldn’t be a natural death either, as that’s a weak reason to join the game to me. The preview suggests that this show will intend to take a dark approach to the game. I may have to get a second opinion about following this one.