An anime by JC Staff about girls who fight battles to have their wish granted, using special cards that have wills of their own. Based on the card game by Takara Tomy.Ruko Kominato was a regular, anti-social high school girl. One day, she received a packet of WIXOSS cards from her brother who claim it can help her becoming more social. Inside, Ruko finds a strange LRIG card that seems to have a will of its own: a small white-haired girl who cries for battle. Scared, Ruko locks the card into her drawer, only to have a nightmare on the very same day featuring a very wounded figure with a likeness of the white-haired girl. The very next day, Ruko met a girl, Yuzuki, who told her she has a card very like Ruko, and they are "selectors", young girls chosen by WIXOSS to battle other selectors and have their dreams fulfilled...under certain conditions.The first season aired during the Spring 2014 Anime season. A second season, named Selector Spread Wixoss, has been green-lighted and will air during Autumn of the same year.
This show provides examples of:
Adult Fear: Hitoe suddenly falling into deep depression after finally making friends, and her mother has absolutely no idea why despite the fact she's really trying.
All Deaths Are Final: The consequences of becoming an Eternal Girl or losing three times straight cannot be reversed by any means, even by becoming an Eternal Girl to reverse the consequences. The Selector Akira murdered will stay dead because it was a result of losing three times straight.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Deck types have different colors. The four colours shown as of episode 6 correspond to those of Magic: The Gathering - with the fifth, Black colour implied to be Iona's, making this also an example of a Shout-Out to that game. The writer for the show, Mari Okada, has stated that she herself is a fan of Magic The Gathering.
Blue decks focus on the cards in the players hands. Such abilities include: your SIGNI gaining power depending on how many cards in your hand, discarding your opponent's cards and drawing cards for yourself.
Combat Pragmatist: Yuzuki believes that she'd quickly win if she battled Ruko before Ruko learned how to play WIXOSS, and probably would have if her brother hadn't helped Ruko.
Darker and Edgier: The darkest and edgiest card game anime yet of all. And yet this was made to attract females to play trading card games.
Downer Ending: The first season ends with Tama disappearing and Ruko gets Iona as her new LRIG.
Eternal Recurrence: How the Eternal Girl thing plays out. Once a Selector becomes an Eternal Girl, she becomes a LRIG and her LRIG takes over her body and her wish. The new LRIG will then be sent to another Selector to be hers and the process continues.
Estrogen Brigade: invoked Lampshaded In-Universe by the media. WIXOSS are mainly played by females instead of their traditional male players although there are males who do play the game like Kazuki but they are not selectors.
Expy: Hitoe resembles Yomi in manyways, especially the part where they lost all of their friends mid-season.
Fate Worse than Death: As a Selector, losing three times in the card game means not only your wish won't be granted but it will be tainted. Even if you become an Eternal Girl, you are still screwed.
It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: The official pronunciation for WIXOSS is "wee-cross", which is a make-up word of "wish" and "across".
Joke Colour: Green. It supposedly has an advantage over blue, but the only time we see it facing blue ends with it being crushed. On top of that, green is never actually shown winning, with Hitoe losing all three of her battles when using her green deck despite only battling three times.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Hitoe, after she loses her rights as a selector, loses all her memories of her time playing WIXOSS.
She gets better.
Merchandise-Driven: Downplayed. The first episode, which would normally contain a thorough explanation of the basic rules of play, instead tells us very little, focusing more on Ruko's and Yuzuki's interactions with their LRIGs and each other. The LRIG is face-up in the table, the players take turns, and cards are played to power up the LRIG cards in some vague manner - that's all that can be gleaned from the first episode. It's told nothing of the various zones, or actions, or card types in the game. Ruko is confused at first, but then suddenly knows how to play the game, without being taught - a la Falling into the Cockpit. The series continues this by not spending time on any of the cards instead focusing on the unfolding character drama. Compare this to the archetypal Collectible Card Game show, Cardfight!! Vanguard, which spends nearly half of its first episode teaching its main character, and by extension the audience, how to play the game.
Mind Rape: Akira psychologically tortures Hitoe through some brutal words, reducing her to a sobbing wreck; fittingly, Akira forces her to discard all her cards before she can play them (a tactic represented in Magic: The Gathering as mental attacks).
Miss Exposition: Hanayo in the first episode clears up the rules about how to become the Eternal Girl.
Poor Communication Kills: Hitoe's wish could've been avoided being corrupted if her LRIG told her what happens if she loses three times before right when she was about to lose her third battle.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The relationships of the first five selectors and their respective LRIGs are essentially this. Akira/Piriluk and Iona/Urisu play this trope the closest and ironically, one pair's contrasting personalities are inverted on the other. This is averted by Chiyori and her LRIG Eldora, as they get along quite well.
The Reveal: Things get whammy as the girls explore the true nature of the card game.
Sdrawkcab Name: LRIG is backwards for GIRL, referring back to the whole Eternal Girl bit.
Shrinking Violet: Hitoe stutters her way through attempts to challenge other selectors.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Yuzuki is clearly more impulsive than her brother and is willing to battle Ruko before Ruko even learns the rules for WIXOSS, while Kazuki is the calmer one who apologizes for her behavior and believes in an honorable fight.
The Stoic: Piriluk, Akira's LRIG, doesn't even show emotion when Akira threatens to rip her in half. The only time she smiles is when she smirks at Ruko during Akira's match with Hitoe.
Iona, as well. Akira even lampshades how similar her LRIG is to her.
There Are No Therapists: One of the driving tropes of this show. Each of the main selectors (sans Chiyori for now) have certain issues that they want to solve with the card game.
Vapor Wear: Tama doesn't seem to be wearing anything under her dress, let alone an underwear.
Wham Episode: In Episode 5, Ruko and Yuzuki learn the consequences of losing three Selector battles: not only do they lose any memories of being a Selector, but their wish is reversed.
Episode 8 shows what would happen if a Selector becomes an Eternal Girl.
Episdoe 9 explains what Eternal Girl is all about.
Episode 12 has the "final battle." Iona and Ruko are both ready to become Eternal Girls, Tama refuses to grant her Selector's wish. Urisu does not. Urisu takes over Iona's body and Iona becomes Ruko's new LRIG, implying that was her wish all along.