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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Yuzuki and Kazuki already have a very large dose of Incest Subtext, but is his feelings really mutual? In particular, his confession looked more like an attempt to protect his sister and moreover, we never saw his experiences about it, which would not have been provoked by rumors or direct accusations. In the end, it seems that if it were not for the recognition of his "sister" and rumors, he would not even have thought about incestuous relations.
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  • Anvilicious: Want to get your wish, like ruining someone else's life or be with your sibling forever, to come true? Play the card game WIXOSS. Really want it to come true that badly and quickly? Go ahead and be selfish. Take advantage of everyone around you and even abandon your friends. Nothing can possibly go wrong. Inverted. It reveals that powerful players can and will hunt you down, and losing three times will result in your wish being permanently corrupted, which inverts the wish. And if you do get the wish? It's not you who gets it — it's the LRIG who gets it. Instead, you become an LRIG while the LRIG you had inhabits your body.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Killy Killy Joker", the opening for the first anime. Gets more awesome at episode 12, where sound effects were added to emphasize that it is the finale.
    • The industrial soundtrack provides especially awesome battle pieces. Call My Name!, the main battle theme used when Ruko, Yuziki, and Hitoe are facing off against Selectors. Delete the World, which makes two young girls playing card games more awesome than you'd think. Culmination which is a darker, downbeat remix of Call My Name! Negative Chain, which is used in the climactic final battle of Infected, while Ruko and Iona fight in a bleak, creepy battlefield atop the tournament's tower. Dubstep in a card game anime, how is that supposed to work? Like a charm.
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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It's a tcg anime with a cast of magical girls that's not actually about the card game. There's deep psychological trauma and a main character that loves her twin brother, that's taken seriously... wait, where are you going?
  • Base-Breaking Character: :Akira's new LRIG Mirurun. Some would say their personalities are very fitting together while others would like to see Piruluk return. The latter group does realize that since Akira lost three battles back in Infected, she lost Piruluk in the process.
  • Broken Base: The show's attempt to downplay the Merchandise-Driven nature of CCG anime has seemed to create one of these. One camp dislikes the show's lack of focus on duels and game mechanics, citing that it loses what makes other CCG anime interesting and claiming that it fails to advertise anything, often citing Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy (despite it being somewhat tamer compared to some of the darker parts of the YuGiOh franchise), while the other camp praises the show for shifting its focus to the characters and the drama between them and for being something more than just a 22-minute long commercial for a card game.
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  • Cliché Storm: The incestuous line is as if glued from different parts of the popular Brother–Sister Incest plots, including almost verbatim citing some scenes from works like Yosuga no Sora and Kazuki's copying emotions Haruki Kasugano from this H-Game.
  • Complete Monster: In this dark take of a girly card game, the sadistic and remorseless Ulith represents the very worse. Once a girl named Rumi Igarashi, she had a disturbing love of causing pain and misery and started off torturing animals before moving on to humans. When she was caught, Ulith was forced to behave like a normal girl, while seething inside for not being able to satisfy her twisted desires. She eventually comes across the Selector game where girls are given the chance to get a wish fulfilled, but where losing enough games will give them a horrible curse that will cause them to live a life of horrible agony based on their desire, while actually winning the game will lead them to being trapped inside a card with no way out except tricking another girl into winning the Selector game. Ulith knows about this and kept playing, giving her free reign to do what she wants: Mind Rape innocent people until death through despair or circumstances. When she's not playing the game, she's usually goading others to her will and get them to cause pain. When the heroine Ruuko was about to end the Selector game for good, Ulith tries to stop her by playing one last game which will lead to the loser's death.
  • Die for Our Ship: A male love interest in an Improbably Female Cast never tends to go over well, but poor Kazuki had the double misfortune of being Yuzuki's brother as well as her crush. Even those fans who aren't into Les Yay tend to dislike the pairing for pretty obvious reasons.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Akira is loved by many fans due to her conniving two-face personality and her "Aki-lucky" catchphrase. Even the show's detractors will admit to liking her.
    • Iona and Ulith as well.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Killy Killy Joker" with it's frantic speed and rapidfire vocals and catchy violin is sure to be stuck in your head.
    • The piano ballad turned vocal trance that is "Realize Yume no Matsu Basho" is hard to resist as an ending theme.
    • The second season's op, "World's End/Girl's Rondo" just might be better than the first, with some very catchy lyrics and production tricks that make the song go all over the place without losing the elements that made the first so great.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Ruuko's grandma has been one of the subjects of fan theories that imply she may be involved with the Hidden Depths of the card game.
    • Another popular fan theory is that Midoriko and Fumio could be the same person, judging by the fact that they both have green as their trademark color, have boyish looks and hairstyles, and the fact that the current Fumio is actually a LRIG controlling her former Selector's body, leading to the assumption that Midoriko could be the original Fumio.
  • Fan Nickname: Names like Uliona and Hanazuki have become popular but not in the way you would expect. They become popular after the Eternal Girl revelation of the LRIGs hijacking their Selectors' bodies.
    • For Akira, Aki-[insert word + "y" or "ly"]
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Ruko and Iona has turned into one of the most popular pairing of the anime series and it gets more subtext in Spread. Interestingly, Hitoe and Yuzuki believe that, in a friendly approach, Ruuko pairs better with Tama.
    • A rather odd example is that Hitoe/Akira has become a popular pairing despite that there is no love lost between them.
    • Also people prefer to ship Yuragi with Alfou rather than Mako, considering all the hell Alfou went through since she was a human in order to reunite with Yuragi. Also, Mako is heterosexual for Itsuki.
  • Foe Yay: Ruko and Iona in Episode 7. The latter seems to have a pleasure battling the former who later enjoys it too. Not to mention Iona's Double Entendre-laden dialogue. It gets creepier when Iona breaks her stoicness and begins to sound possessive of Ruko during their rematch. Even worse, her ultimate wish, which is granted at the end, is to become Ruko's new LRIG.
  • Fridge Horror: People with positive affections cause painful shocks. Hitoe may seek out people who will not cause shocks to her like Ruko and Yuzuki—meaning she may gravitate toward people who would never really care about her at all, leading her to being taken advantage of, abused (physically, mentally, sexually, etc.), perceiving them as "safe" compared to her former friends.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One of the favorite fan nicknames for Akira is Aki-Stabby, which refers to her attempt at attacking Ruuko and Yuzuki with a knife, after she got her scar. In Episode 8 of Spread, she stabs Ulith with a pen.s
  • Jerkass Woobie: Akira becomes this in Spread, when Ulith just keeps playing with her emotions and pushes her deeper into madness. She is still a terrible person, but it's not hard to feel at least a little sorry for her. And Kiyoi in the manga.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: As mentioned under Ship-to-Ship Combat, most of the ships in the fandom involve Ruko.
  • Les Yay: Fairly used since all of Selectors and LRIGs are female.
    • In the first PV of Spread (second season), Akira is shown being "kissed" by someone who likely to be a girl (as the camera is behind said girl). In the second episode of Spread, there is actually no kiss, it is just Ulith flirting at Akira who is her Unwitting Pawn.
    • In the first episode of Spread, Ruuko and Hitoe are seen in a place full of male/female couples. Later, they go to a festival named "Girl Meets Girl".
    • Iona appears to be getting jealous of Ruukochatting with Hitoe and Yuzuki more than with her.
    • Pretty much any Double Entendre lines that Iona and Ulith say towards their opponents.
    • It seems that Hinoe is in love with both twins, in particular, in the second season we hear "I do not want to betray you, because I love you too!".
  • Love to Hate: Akira is a despicable person, but many people agree that her obnoxious jerkassery and her increasingly unhinged behavior makes for a very entertaining character.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • This is the not last time that Yuusuke Kobayashi gets Anguished Declaration of Love from a twin sister. Well, this time, at least it's legal...
    • In this show, Marie Okada depicts for the first time Jerkass a girl who is trying to achieve the reciprocity of the tender and innocent male Love Interest, which can potentially ruin his life. It's almost a deconstruction of her standard stories about cruel guys who break hearts to miserable and poor girls.
  • Memetic Mutation: One word: "BATTLE!"
    • In some cases, fans often use the katakana pronunciation "BATORU!"
  • Moe: Ruko, Hitoe, and later Akira.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Akira outright kidnapping Hitoe just to lure Ruuko. And she was told by Ulith to do that so the latter can face Ruuko.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The term LRIG, it's just ''girl'' spelled backwards and seems like just another random English phrase, but after The Reveal, it's actually a clever bit of foreshadowing in regards to what Eternal Girl means.
    • The universal condemnation of incestuous relationships of twins looks rather funny and amusing, considering that such an element of the plot is very popular among otaku and is often Pandering to the Base. Of course, this in any case will be condemned in real life, but it is surprising that none of the girls or boys found this scandalously interesting.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The fate of the last Selector Yuzuki fights before ascending to her Eternal Girl/LRIG transformation. As Yuzuki and Hanayo launch their final blow on her, flames appear underneath her table and she is heard screaming very loudly as if she is literally set on fire. When Hanayo resurfaces as Yuzuki, we don't get to see that Selector, let alone her body.
    • The Reveal of what exactly being an Eternal Girl means, and both Selector and LRIG having to equally suffer in the Wixoss system.
    • Akira temporarily going nuts after she lost her wish and trying to mangle the face of every selector she can find after her own had been scarred as a curse. Aki-lucky...
    • The effects of Hitoe's corrupted wish are disturbing. In order for her to be physically incapable of making friends, she's suffering through a constant state of Mind Rape, forgetting any memories of her friends, replaced with anxiety and terror that nobody will like her as she stays locked in her room, mumbling and crying to herself. She seemed to be on the vurge of a complete mental breakdown with the repressed memories and the names of her friends alone enough to trigger her.
    • Tama's corruption at the hand of Ulith. Her skin is left pitch black and is left screaming for help as darkness consumes her. Ultimately she ends up as a savage berserker that viciously attacks Iona, leaving her a broken wreck. And just to rub it in, Ulith undoes the corruption just as Tama finishes so that she is left to witness what she just did.
  • Periphery Demographic: While it's unclear if the card game is intended for females, it has inevitably attracted males more. Amusingly the reverse happens in-universe, where the card game was targeted towards girls and attracted a male following, until the game's popularity and the Selector system drew in a larger number of girls.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yuusuke Kobayashi as Kazuki Kurebayashi.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In Spread some fans would rather see Ruuko taking her new LRIG Iona's advice of battling to her heart's content than see Hitoe and Yuzuki keeping her from doing it.
  • The Scrappy: In Spread, Hitoe and Yuzuki are getting this treatment for not letting Ruuko battle Selectors on her own.
    • In the manga and despite that it hasn't ended yet, Remember is getting some degree of hate due to the fact that the manga is a prequel to the anime series and its premise of how Kiyoi became Akira's LRIG, Piruluk.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Ruko/Hitoe vs. Ruko/Iona, with Ruko/Tama, Ruko/Yuzuki, Ruko/Akira, and even Ruko/Mayu thrown in there for good measure. This is not even counting the One True Threesomes, like Ruko/Hitoe/Yuzuki and Ruko/Iona/Ulith.
  • Spiritual Successor: One to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, due to children's card games and a female protagonist was demanded by the fanbase for a long time, although how much is still unknown.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: In the final episodes of Spread Kazuki and Hitoe go and try to find Mayu's house in the real world. It doesn't really contribute to the plot (besides showing that Mayu is dead, and that she lived near the library).
  • Villain Decay: Iona in Spread.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Little Girls?: On the one hand, it's a series about cute girls playing magical card games with the help of their talking cards with the goal of making their dreams come true, and a central aesop that emphasizes making friends as its own reward. On the other, the tone of the series can only be described as anxiety-provoking with a moody color palette, a slow, methodical pace, and the occasional moment of violence and light gore. Not to mention said cards have quite the provocative look, characterization has a strong psychological horror component and the card game is symbolic of sadism and drug addiction. Some scenes likely frightened the girls at home.
  • The Woobie: A lot, from Selectors to LRIGs.
    • Hitoe, whose Friendless Background has done a number on her; Ruko and Yuzuki are basically her first real friends. And once her wish is tainted, she loses her memories of them, and is unable to make any more friends. Fortunately for her, she reunites with Ruko and Yuzuki in S1's finale.
    • After going through everything before Iona's fan event, Ruko and Yuzuki could count as well.
    • As of Spread, Akira, LRIG Iona, and Tama have joined the club.

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