OP: 「world’s end, girl’s rondo」 by 分島花音 (Wakeshima Kanon)
「この開幕は無音」 (Kono Kaimaku wa Muon)
“This Silent Beginning”
Hi, I’m Xumbra. I normally record and edit the podcasts and encode the PVs for the previews, and I was asked to preview this show. However, since I’m only a support tech, I will not be covering future episodes.
Selector Spread WIXOSS (pronounced “wi-cross”) is the continuation of a story about a group of girls who are chosen to play the WIXOSS card game as Selectors, who possess living cards called LRIGs. If a Selector manages to win her WIXOSS games, and if certain conditions are met, then the Selector will have her wish granted. However, as discovered in the previous season, if the Selector loses three matches to other Selectors, then she will no longer be a Selector and her wish will become corrupted. Furthermore, in an ironic twist, if the Selector wins, then the LRIG will replace the Selector’s body and fulfill the wish while the original Selector is born as a new LRIG.
This episode is mostly a recap. We’re reintroduced to the main cast—Kominato Ruuko (Kakuma Ai), Uemura Hitoe (Kayano Ai), and her ex-human LRIG Kurebayashi Yuzuki (Sakura Ayane)—who have all come to terms with the true nature of the WIXOSS game and resolve not to play anymore in an effort to sustain their friendship. As Ruuko and Hitoe are hanging out and trying not to think of WIXOSS games, they are approached by another Selector by the name of Chiyori (Morino Mako), a delusional girl who is absolutely crazy about WIXOSS. Even after being told about its serious consequences, she challenges them to a duel, but Ruuko and Hitoe refuse to play. However, when Ruuko’s new LRIG Urasoe Iona (Seto Asami) urges her to battle, she remembers the troubling sequence of events that stole her original LRIG Tama (Kuno Misaki) away from her.
I’m going to admit the main thing that made me happy this episode was the greatly needed introduction to Chiyori, our WIXOSS-crazed chuunibyou character. She is the exact opposite of the sensible Ruuko and Hitoe, yet so lovable because she’s unabashedly honest in her feelings and eternally thirsty for adventure. Watching her conversation with her LRIG Eldora (Arai Satomi) is like watching Yuuta talking with Rikka from Chunnibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!, except it’s an even younger kid who’s just really excited about card games. She even tries to dress the part of a heroine, but only manages to look silly. And adorable.
And I’m glad to see that Hitoe recognizes that she’s had friends all along. Just last season she was hesitating before talking to people, and now here she is taking selfies and teaching Ruuko the joys of modern technology. The change in her behavior is remarkable, and I’m pleased to see that she realizes that participating in the Selector WIXOSS games won’t make her wishes come true. Now that she’s evolved from a character who needs support to one that actively helps others, I expect this series to continue showing Hitoe in this same light.
Overall, this show seems to be very balanced. I like its opening song, especially the part where Wakeshima’s voice gets distorted as Ruuko is being corrupted by the card in the opening sequence. I also like the calm acoustic music that sets the tone in the beginning as the main heroines are browsing wares, exchanging banter with each other, and enjoying themselves. The animation doesn’t seem to be lacking and does its job fine. The storytelling seems to be well-paced and keeps me interested, even when all the characters are despairing over their circumstances. We’re seeing hints of more irony in the future when Iona points out an important contradiction: Ruuko doesn’t want to participate in WIXOSS games, yet has an innate urge to continue battling. Yuzuki is especially perceptive of this, and I think that in the future her efforts to stop Ruuko from playing will be in vain. It’s this irony, and that of the entire Selector system, that makes me laugh even when everyone else is not.
Selector Spread WIXOSS continues the same trend of irony and despair from its previous season, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this series plays out. Will Ruuko and Iona get to battle Tama? Like Hitoe, will Akira return as a Selector? Who’s the new character and what role does she play? And who is Mayu and what’s her plan? I’ll be watching to find out.
ED: 「Undo -明日への記憶-」 (Undo -Ashita e no Kioku-) by Cyua