Half Way Mark: Selector infected WIXOSS

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Half Way Mark will be mini-reviews for anime I am currently enjoying (or dragging my feet through) for each season. Most anime are formulaic in style; by the third episode or half-way mark of the season (usually the 6th, 12th, or 13th episode), most shows reveal their queue-worthiness. These optimal times determine whether a show is worth continuing...or even starting. 

First anime on my list is Selector infected Wixoss.

In the popular game WIXOSS, there are special cards called LRIGs that few players know about—cards that possess personalities and wills of their own. Ruko is a teenage girl who just found one of these rare cards. Now, she can use her LRIG to battle in a strange, dark plane of existence.
— FUNimation
 Ruuko Kominato is the leading lady of WIXOSS: a high school student who falls in love with the card game, despite having no wishes of her own.

Ruuko Kominato is the leading lady of WIXOSS: a high school student who falls in love with the card game, despite having no wishes of her own.

It's not your friendly card game anime with cute girls that go "Teehee!" and skip down the road with their friends. In truth, it ravages what you know about the superficiality of cute, by diving into the depravity of desire. Forbidden friendships. Sabotaged rivals. Incestual love. If you had the chance to achieve your heart's desire by destroying the lives of others, would you take it?

Depends on what you're interested in. The main protagonist Ruuko has no wish and no desire. She's content with everything she has: a caring grandmother, an amiable brother, and a quiet lifestyle with no friends and no conflicts. However, after she learns of the new card game WIXOSS, she becomes infatuated by battles and is surrounded by friends and rivals interested in fulfilling their own dreams and passions. But with every battle, she realizes how far others have come to fulfill their own goals, and how easy it is to taint those dreams into morbid realities.

Selector infected WIXOSS is another anime that takes a slow start, but later hits you with a fervor of curiosity that remains unsatisfied until the next episode.

Should you watch? YES.
Prepare thy feels.


 Tama is Ruuko’s LRIG, who exudes great power despite a cheerful disposition.

Tama is Ruuko’s LRIG, who exudes great power despite a cheerful disposition.

WIXOSS Details

  • Production: FUNimation Entertainment, J.C.Staff, Warner Bros. Japan
  • Genre: Fantasy, Psychological
  • Based on the trading card game "WIXOSS" by Takara Tomy
  • 24 Episodes, split-cour

Features Similar to Other Anime 

  • Magical Girl living in twisted existence, like Puella Magi Madoka Magica 
  • Card battle hype of Yu-Gi-Oh! 
  • Heart-wrenching moments of Myself, Yourself 
  • Language and tone rivaling Aku no Hana 

Where to Watch