Normally I Don’t Do These
However, Lostorage Incited Wixoss was a pleasant surprise to see in this season’s anime lineup. While I don’t typically watch currently airing shows, and I especially don’t do first looks or reactions, I couldn’t help but highlight this anime. Having been a fan of the first two seasons of the Wixoss franchise, season 3 quickly caught my attention. I just got a chance to check it out and I’ve got to say, this is easily the best entry in the franchise thus far.
While the first two seasons of Wixoss (Selector Infected Wixoss and Selector Spread Wixoss) weren’t really all that good from a critical perspective, they were entertaining. When I heard that a third season with a new cast would be airing for Fall 2016 I could hardly wait to see what this one would have in store. A heads up, some minor spoilers for the first two season ahead.
Seasons one and two created what I thought to be a messy, but complete experience. The characters figured out why this game existed and for what end and supposedly ended the cycle of despair created by the game. However, in season three it is obvious that the game is still going on, but this time with different rules.
It is immediately made clear that this season of Wixoss will have to do with memories and the concept of identity. Players are forced to wager memories (represented by coins) when engaging in battle. If they win enough battles, they get the option to alter their memories and are able to leave the game unharmed. However, if they loose battles, their memories begin to fade and they start to loose pieces of their self (personality).
While the allure of memory alteration isn’t all that impressive, the memory concept is far more engaging than that of the previous wish schema. This is helped by the story clearly defining how many wins players need, what happens when characters loose their “coins” in battle, and by placing a time limit for how long players can be dormant.
In the previous seasons, players had no real reason to battle. Sure they got a wish if they won but there was no consequence to refusing to participate in the game. This is especially true when the characters learn about the horrible nature of the game. A fair chunk of season 1 and 2 is spent waiting around for the characters to do something which is pretty boring.
In this season, due to the time limit and memory component, not battling has real consequences. They’ll loose their memories and something terrible happens. Obviously, this provides a lot of incentive to keep the plot moving and the characters doing stuff. This is a major plus for Lostorage Incited Wixoss that instantly had me excited.
The cast for this season isn’t as colorful as season 1 and 2 but they have the potential to be on par by the end of its run. Notably, the lack of an Akira Aoi type character is a bit of a hit for season 3 as she was a major contributing factor for why I enjoyed season 1 and 2 so much. However, season 3 is proving able to stand on more legs with its actual plot vs its characters which is ultimately better.
Lastly, I would like to mention the visual upgrades season 3 has received and the exceptional directorial decisions for how it is all presented. It’s a bit difficult to explain exactly wheat I mean here, but after watching the first episode, it should be pretty evident what I’m getting it. I will note that occasionally the CG is pretty bad and distracting but it isn’t often enough to cause any problems and is mostly an issue in the more routine shots that don’t have any real need of it.
The OP & Examples of Visuals
So, would I recommend this one? Absolutely. In fact, this is probably the best place to jump into the franchise if you haven’t already. You don’t need any prior knowledge of the other seasons and, so far, this season has made huge leaps in its story telling and presentation. You can watch this one at Crunchyroll.com for free but a subscription will allow you to watch the newest episode a week before the free members do. I’m looking forward to the rest of this one.