「少女／理想と現実」 (Shoujo / Risou to Genjitsu)
“Girl / Ideal and Reality”
I think we can safely shelve any doubts about Lostorage being a slow burner, because it appears there are no brakes on this ride of suffering. I honestly expected the show to continue focusing on Suzuko for a bit, maybe flesh her out and slowly push her into torment. Definitely was not anticipating Chinatsu receiving that treatment, especially this quickly. And oh boy, what a bit of torment it’s turning out to be.
Chinatsu is the literal embodiment of suffering here, anchored to a father receiving the sh*t end of the employment stick and forced to work just to help the family, all the while committed to school to keep her dreams alive. It’s a harsh situation where the poor girl is high strung from the pressure of keeping it all together. And that’s before WIXOSS chose her as a Selector. I think the surprise is not that Chinatsu’s life fell apart here, but how the chance encounter with her friends set off a new cascade of horrors and failure which (once again) threw her hopes into a tailspin. It’s hard to think of a better (worse?) setup for the Selector games occurring in the background, and certainly gives one hell of a boost to potential pain, suffering, and all round psychological mindf*ckery. Compared to the original WIXOSS, this is a noticeable improvement in terms of starting foundation.
When not staring in awe at Chinatsu’s utter collapse, however, we did receive some tasty morsels of information as well. Probably the most intriguing bit is the prize for collecting five coins: the ability to alter, destroy, or create a single memory. Although obvious now how memories will factor into these games, it does raise the question about what changing a memory will do. Does it only affect the Selector, or everyone else too? Are there unspoken consequences for actually changing memories (like the body switching from the previous show)? For all the knowledge a fair bit remains unknown, and with the speed that Lostorage is moving this creates a tantalizing amount of suspense. I can hazard a guess though that Suzuko’s and Chinatsu’s relationship will be the vehicle for discovery, especially given how quickly both are becoming antagonistic foils to each other. Whereas Suzuko wants to reinvigorate her friendship, it appears that Chinatsu has abandoned the idea altogether (now fighting for herself instead of a lost childhood friend). When these two finally battle meet, it’s going to be intense. Any other reaction just wouldn’t satisfy the suspense.
Of course the missing piece to all of this remains the Selector’s consequence of losing all their coins. It’s still uncertain what ‘disappearance’ means, although memory deletion (at least how it plays out here) is likely the modus operandi. In particular we had that bit with Chinatsu forgetting some moments with Suzuko, while her LRIG Mel seemingly became more like Suzuko over the course of the episode. If I had to guess, I would say disappearance likely involves whatever the hell happened during that moment. New form of body swapping maybe, or maybe memory swapping? I have absolutely no idea, but I definitely want to find out. Thankfully should not have to wait too long either, for if the preview isn’t lying, the true fireworks are about to begin.
Dr. Hanna is the new Chaika of card games, complete with additional vocabulary!
Typically you never want to beat your loli, but given Chinatsu’s circumstances, I think we can make an exception.
Looks like Chinatsu has another childhood friend, who very likely will factor into her growing (mental) conflict with Suzuko.
ED: 「undeletable」 by Cyua