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.
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.
- 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