Anime: Selector Infected Wixoss
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.
Ruuko 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, Ruuko finds a strange LRIG card that seems to have a will of its own: a small white-haired girl who cries for battle. Scared, Ruuko 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, Ruuko met a girl, Yuzuki, who told her she has a card very like Ruuko, 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 aired 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.
- Adults Are Useless: The parents (particularly mothers) of the main Selectors are either one to a degree, such as Ruuko's mom abandoning her, Hitoe's mom becoming worried about her daughter's well-being during the period when Hitoe's wish was tainted, and Akira being an ungrateful child to her own mom.
- 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.
- Arc Symbol: The tower or pillar appears to be this.
- Becoming the Genie: The result of a selector having her wish granted and becoming an Eternal Girl. The truth is that the LRIG takes her place and lives out her wish while the selector becomes an LRIG and must deceive a new Selector into making a wish and fight in Wixoss battles if she wishes to become human again.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Akira Aoi, a model. In public she acts all sweet, but when in a WIXOSS game with other selectors, she psychologically tortures them.
- Blood Knight: Tama gets fairly excited when it's time for a battle to begin.
- Iona and her LRIG Ulith as well.
- Brother-Sister Incest / Twincest: Yuzuki wants to be with her younger brother Kazuki. She gets her wish granted... for her LRIG Hanayo.
- The Cameo: The characters from the Re/Verse spin-off manga appear briefly in the epilogue to Spread.
- Catchphrase: As part of her overly-bubbly personality, when something goes Akira's way, she declares that she's "Aki-Lucky".
- Chekhov's Gun: When Yuzuki meets Chiyori in Infected, Chiyori mentions reading WIXOSS light novels. These novels become a plot point in Spread.
- Collectible Card Game: The show revolves around the game WIXOSS.
- 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 Ruuko before Ruuko learned how to play WIXOSS, and probably would have if her brother hadn't helped Ruuko.
- Also Akira who takes advantage of weaker Selectors to get easy wins.
- Cute and Psycho / The Fake Cutie: Akira looks cute and acts cute, but she's vicious and underhanded.
- 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.
- Deconstruction: Of card games, wish granting, and, to a lesser extent, magical girls.
- Downer Ending: The first season ends with Tama disappearing and Ruuko 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: 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.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Tama, Ulith, and Mayu have at least one red earring.
- Exact Words: The wish of a Selector is granted if they become an Eternal Girl. But the Selector isn't the one who gets it.
- Tama asks Mayu in the second season if she can see Ruuko again. She ends up becoming the LRIG of Ulith.
- Expy: Hitoe resembles Yomi in many ways, especially the part where they lost all of their friends mid-season.
- Fanservice: Promotional artworks aside, this is very lightly played on the Selectors in the anime. For LRIGs, see Ms. Fanservice below.
- 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.
- Also played on the LRIGs who are tasked to fulfill their Selectors' wish. Fulfilling their wishes means they have to live with those wishes for the rest of their lives.
- Foil: Piriluk to Akira and Iona to Urisu.
- Grand Theft Me: Yuzuki/Hanayo and Iona/Urisu, as the rule of becoming an Eternal Girl is this. Yuzuki obviously didn't ask for this while this is a part of Iona's wish.
- Hidden Depths: The eponymous card game.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode title begins with the word "this" or "that".
- Improbably Female Cast: Not surprising since this anime features a card game that is In-Universe intended for girls and that all Selectors and LRIGs are female.
- 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.
- Kids Are Cruel: A lot of kids (and not just Selectors) go to this point while making adults look weak.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Hitoe, after she loses her rights as a selector, loses all her memories of her time playing WIXOSS. She gets better.
- Same happens to Chiyori in spread after losing to Hitoe and thus her right to be a selector.
- 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 Ruuko'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. Ruuko 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: The majority of the LRIGs are this, combined with Male Gaze and sometimes Fetish Fuel.
- Mystical White Hair: Tama, being Ruuko's LRIG, and Urisu, who is Iona's.
- Mayu, who may have more connection to the above two than previously thought.
- Nightmare Sequence: Ruuko Kominato had one after meeting her LRIG.
- Our LRIGs Are Different: According to Fumio, she senses something different about Ruuko's LRIG, Iona, who is the "Girl of Black".
- Parental Abandonment: Ruuko was abandoned by her mother and possibly her father, if he didn't walk out on the family before then.
- 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 Herring: At the start of the series there's discussion of how a new skyscraper under construction resembles a pillar, and Ruuko worries that it will make the town disappear like lines in Tetris. The final battle of the first season takes place on top of said skyscraper. At the end of Spread, a pillar similar to the skyscraper disappears...but this turns out to be a good thing as the pillar was imprisoning Tama. At the very end of the series, the skyscraper is completed and there's a comment that the town didn't disappear after all.
- 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 Ruuko before Ruuko even learns the rules for WIXOSS, while Kazuki is the calmer one who apologizes for her behavior and believes in an honorable fight.
- Spoiler Opening: ZigZagged. The three girls (Ruuko, Yuzuki and Hitoe) hang out together in the opening of Selector Infected WIXROSS, promising another friendship-building brought-together-by-a-hobby perseverance story. Sure enough, they meet, they're good, they're kinda friends. Then Hitoe gets hit by supernatural amnesia and painful feedbacks at each prospect of finding friends ever again. The get-together by the end of "Infected" doesn't cut it either, since Yuzuki is a LRIG-entity confined to a WIXOSS game card, and Ruuko is heartbroken over what led to her separation with Tama.
- 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 Ruuko during Akira's match with Hitoe.
- Iona, as well. Akira even lampshades how similar her LRIG is to her.
- Stripperific: Hanayo and Midoriko in the anime.
- Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: Iona. In Spread Ulith becomes this when she takes over Iona's body.
- Take That: A very subtle one. WIXOS seems to take some inspiration from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Late in Infected it's revealed that there are certain wishes that can't be granted. The example given? Time Travel.
- There Are No Therapists: Even if there are therapists, it's only going to make things more complicated.
- Vapor Wear: Tama doesn't seem to be wearing anything under her dress, let alone any underwear.
- Wham Episode: In Episode 5, Ruuko 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.
- Episode 9 explains how the situation in the above episode happened.
- Episode 12 has the "final battle." Iona and Ruuko 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 Ruuko's new LRIG, implying that was her wish all along.
- Spread keeps them coming with Episode 8 showing Ruko lose her first battle. And Akira stab what appears to be the season's Big Bad Ulith.
- X Meets Y: Yu-Gi-Oh! meets Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and you can pretty much more combinations from this trope.
- Yandere: Iona to Ruuko. In the second season, Akira to Ulith, to the point where she says she's willing to kill Ruuko for her. Also, Mayu for Tama.