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    Lostorage incited WIXOSS

    A brand new show centered around the traumatic card game. Unlike with Selector series where the battle is for a girl's wish to come true, this time the girls are trapped and have to win if they want to make it out with all of her memories.

    Airs: Friday, October 7

    Studio: J.C. Staff

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    In Lostorage incited WIXOSS, high school student Homura Suzuko has returned to Ikebukuro, the town where she grew up.

    "We're friends forever!"
    She treasures her memories of her old friend from when she was little, Morikawa Chinatsu,
    and she's excited at the prospect of meeting her again.

    But when she gets to school, she finds she has trouble fitting in with the rest of the class.

    One day, she decides that if she learns to play the card game Wixoss, she might be able to make some friends. She stops at a card shop on her way home and buys a deck set. When she takes the set home and opens it, the girl on one of the cards begins to move, and speak.
    "Welcome, Selector."
    Humans chosen as Selectors must battle for control of the five coins that hold all their memories.
    If they can retake all the coins, they win, and can leave the game. But if they lose, as a penalty--

    "Lostorage"-- What will become of Suzuko as she's caught up in this insane game?

    And just like Suzuko, Chinatsu finds herself drawn into the game as well...


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Memories are at stake.

    Having moved back to Ikebukuro, Suzuko gets into WIXOSS hoping to make friends after failing to track down her childhood friend Chinatsu, and she just happens to be chosen to be a selector. Now she has no choice but to battle as she would disappear if she doesn't. She manages to win her first battle despite being a total beginner thanks to Riru's guidance in betting her coin to beat somebody who has been picking on beginners.

    While the game has changed, the psychological trauma is still the same as instead of battling for wishes, the selectors are in a survival game where gaining five golden coins is the only way out or else they disappear (though what that means exactly remains to be seen as so many crazy things happened to the losers in Selector). Poor Suzuko just wanted to make friends, and now this is thrown at her. Anyway, that was decent way to set things up now that she's caught in a dangerous situation where she needs to be careful who she becomes friends with. As this is a spinoff and not a sequel that it will go through the usual procedures for selecting shows for my watchlist this season, so I'll be watching this through its trial period before saying yes or no to it.
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    • #3
      Re: Episode 1

      Even though we seemingly have a different kind of game here, it's interesting that the players of the game are still called "selectors". And apparently they're not limited to females this time. Sure got a major jerk of a guy to be her first opponent. Kind of hope to see the cute, seemingly "slow" LRIG of his will turn the table on him in some way. We've had some dire consequences of losing spelled out, but they're could be some more twists on what winning or losing in this game will be.

      I was not thinking there would be any characters from the original franchise in this, but then I see Kiyoi in the ED. Thought at first that maybe just someone who looks similar, but then...

      Spoiler ->Piruluk! So it is seemingly her @[email protected] Really going to be quite curious to find out what's up with that.

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      • #4
        Episode 2

        If you could change one memory, what would it be?

        After the first episode introduces Suzuko, this one introduces Chinatsu as she's a hard worker and an honors student, but her family's financial situation is such a mess seeing that she's working at a part-time job. While she has what it takes to get that scholarship to attend a prestigious school, WIXOSS has made her think about wanting to disappear. Her test scores are slipping, she got fired from her job for acting hostile towards her friends, and her father got laid off, and with just one coin left and about to lose to Rio, she finally uses her coin bet to turn the table.

        Life sure is tough for Chinatsu, and all she could think about is to disappear seeing that everything is falling apart for her. But there's also the prize to look forward to for winning the game and that's what she needs to turn her life around. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what happens when the two meet seeing that they are not exactly in the mood for a happy reunion. And more LRIGs are introduced and I especially like Hanna's, the one only known as Anonymous-chan.
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        • #5
          Re: Episode 2

          Chinatsu's situation is so danged depressing and even more emotionally affecting than Suzuko's in the first episode, which was bad enough as it is. Really get to see the frustrating Catch-22 of poverty up close here. Chinatsu has been trying her hardest to keep herself on track despite her family's dire situation, but it really pushes her to a breaking point. And in that one unguarded moment of frustration, sends things spiraling further downward. Her Selector experience doesn't seem to be off to a good start either, with her LRIG Meru at least seeming to hold back even more than Riru does and leaving Chinatsu rather clueless at what to do for a while. Riru finally gets to pointing out to Suzuko what one of the supposed benefits of this game is, on altering a memory. Going to be interesting to see what twists are in store there when we do finally get someone "winning" or "losing". And also going to be interesting to see how Chinatsu and Suzuko's reunion goes when it happens. Doesn't feel like it's going to be in happy, friendly circumstances.

          Heh, and Chinatsu's first defeat is at the hands of Kiyoi. Wasn't much to her appearance here, but there are a lot of intriguing things to me as to what her role in this might be. There's some intriguing things about the many other Selector meetings this episode too, really. I'm interested to learn some more about their issues.

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          • #6
            Episode 3

            What does it mean to disappear?

            The penalty for being eliminated is explained here and by disappearing, that means the memories and personality of the person, but the selector is still walking. Suzuko's next opponent is Narumi, whose sister Aya was a selector that was eliminated and he's a selector himself in order to do something about that. He had been so focused on studying that he didn't take the time to be with Aya when she needed it. So in the battle, Narumi had the upper hand, but seeing Suzuko cry made him lose his composure allowing Suzuko to win, and while Narumi was pretty sympathetic, not so much with Hanna as she eliminated that player without hesitation.

            So pretty much, the penalty is much like in the original series except that the wish involves changing a memory, and while the opposite does come to fruition in that memories are erased for the worse, there's a lot more than that. Now that the penalty for being eliminated is explained, it will be interesting to see what awaits the winner seeing that it's not exactly as the selectors thought it would be in the original series, and I can see there being strings attached. Next time, Suzuko and Chinatsu finally meet, and it figures to not be a happy reunion.

            With that, I'll give it one more episode before deciding if I want to stick with this or not as I continue to sort through the borderline shows.
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            • #7
              Re: Episode 3

              Suzuko's next opponent is quite unhinged. Probably one of the more interesting LRIG battles so far. Aya plays up the two-faced siscon kind of thing, though Narumi wasn't originally one. She's born of lingering regret. Now we got someone who has really been tormented by the effects of the game. And the effects of losing have become more clear. And once again, the LRIG, in this case, Ril, but kept it from Suzuko. Suzuko seemed she was starting to warm up a bit to Ril. Kind of makes me think a little of Ruuko with Yuki. But events at the end may put a strain on them again. And she might be running into Chi-chan herself next episode. That's probably not going to go entirely well at all, but guess we shall see.

              Hanna at the same time ruthlessly finishes the girl from the previous episode (had a feeling she wasn't going to be around long due to her lack of presence in the OP) but doesn't get to hear about the "bookmaker" she was talking about. Maybe Hanna should have thought of bargaining with her before doing the finishing strike. But it looks like we may find out about the bookmaker thing next episode anyway.

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              • #8
                Episode 4

                Booked for battle.

                Suzuko befriends the fellow selector Hanna, and through her contacts, she meets up with the bookkeper Satomi, who can arrange selector duels for them. It turns out that Sumida, who Suzuko won her first selector battle against, also requested a duel and it happens to be against Chinatsu. So Suzuko and Hanna go over to the park to meet up, and the two battle with Chinatsu winning and eliminating Sumida. As it turns out, his LRIG's soul is now in Sumida confirming what Hanna thought all along.

                So just like in the Selector series, there's soul swapping going on except that here, it happens with those who get eliminated rather than those who win the game. As Sumida turned into the apologetic person that his LRIG is pretty much solidifies things. It's a good thing Sumida got what he deserved so that his cute LRIG can be free of that bastard. So now that the truth behind the personality loss is revealed, the next question is what happens to the winners. Anyway, the two are back, but as expected it's not a happy reunion with a high stakes selector battle about to happen.

                With that, I have gotten to the end of the trial period for this show, and currently it's one of the borderline shows. I won't say at the moment where I stand as I'll wait and see how the other borderline shows end their trial period. This was one of the weaker episodes, but one that was necessary to move story forward in a big way.
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                • #9
                  Re: Episode 4

                  It's interesting to see how shaken Hanna got to be, over how much she, who thought of herself as a Wixoss expert, didn't really know about the situation she was getting into with the Selector battles. It's nice to see her earnest in the pursuit of that and getting to develop a bit of a bond with Suzuko on that common ground. Also really amused by the reaction of her sister. Poor Hanna, not surprising she doesn't have many friends with the weird way she acts. I hope Hanna's connection with Suzuko continues to develop. Of course, it could turn sad quickly with the issues of Selector battle effects looming over them.

                  And thanks to the bookmaker (a rather shady character: curious to find out how exactly he's so closely connected to this and knows so much) booking a match for the jerk from the first episode (amused by the BL vibes there), Suzuko gets to come across Chinatsu. She's of course in for quite a shock, not being the same old Chi-chan she knew as a kid. The extent of that shock is left on a cliffhanger, though. Going to be quite interested to see just where that meeting is going to end.

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                  • #10
                    Episode 5

                    There are only winners and losers.

                    Chinatsu intends to win this game and wipe out her memories of Suzuko, but it won't come against her friend Shou as he refuses to hurt anybody in battle after seeing a girl snap. Meanwhile, Suzuko is battling Hanna in Satomi's arranged battle that she can't refuse, and the match ends with Suzuko breaking down and losing the willpower to attack giving Hanna four coins and leaving Suzuko with two. While that is happening, Chinatsu takes a new job.

                    Things sure did fall by the wayside for Chinatsu seeing that she's out to get Suzuko out of her life, while her family situation just keeps on getting worse. This game is cutthroat business seeing that refusing to battle is not an option with the time limit that Shou is dealing with. So now that it's clear what happens when players are eliminated, there are other questions that remain, such as what really happens to the winners (as there were plenty of strings attached in the original series), as well as where the soul of the defeated selectors go when they are eliminated.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Episode 5

                      Suzuko is definitely very down about the way Chi-chan has turned out. I really wonder if she'll get to find out just what kind of situation she's been in even outside the Selector battles. I'm still wondering if we'll see if there's some development that will set Chinatsu straight finally (possibly only after something she'll really regret). Wonder what's up with job she's apparently got at the end. Interesting to find out what Shouhei's connection was, though he's just got himself rejected again. Well, he's going to play some part, possibly going back on his decision not to battle at some point.

                      I'm probably most intrigued by Hanna. It was interesting that her observations of the broken relationship between old friends look to hit her kind of personally. I want to know about her story. Though it doesn't seem at least now that she's moving forward with Suzuko as friends. She seemed to be challenging Suzuko to fight for herself, but Suzuko really isn't taking that up, and their Selector battle doesn't seem to end well for Suzuko's state of mind. Now it feels like we've gotten her as down as Chi-chan, and where is she going to go next? Hanna now being so close to finishing the coin battle seems to hint we may get to see the effects of that soon with her, and we are closing in on the halfway point so feels like something big may happen.

                      Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
                      Meanwhile, Suzuko is battling Hanna in Satomi's arranged battle that she can't refuse, and the match ends with Suzuko breaking down and losing the willpower to attack giving Hanna four coins and leaving Suzuko with two.
                      Suzuko is actually all the way back down to one, because she bet a coin. You only keep the coins you bet if you win.

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                      • #12
                        Episode 6

                        She's the bane of her existence.

                        Chinatsu meets Rio, who wants to win in order to change her memory of her mother being dead, and introduces her to the bookkeeper, who is Chinatsu's new employer. By her request, she is battling Suzuko for her fifth coin, as well as to eliminate Suzuko from the game. Chinatsu totally overwhelms Suzuko betting her coin twice to use Berserk that only allows Suzuko to attack on her turn, but just before she delivers the final blow, the battle gets interrupted and thus, the match is voided.

                        That was a close call for Suzuko as one of the rules of WIXOSS is that any interference by an outsider results in the match being voided, so Suzuko lives on as Suzuko for now. Nevertheless, Chinatsu sure has gone mad and understandably so with things falling apart with her family. That ought to serve as a wake-up call for Suzuko who just felt like there was nothing left for her with Chinatsu being who she is desperately trying to hard to forget about her. It will be interesting to see what she does next seeing that it is inevitable that they will battle again.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Episode 6

                          Chinatsu has found a new shady source of income working for the bookmaker. Was pretty creepy seeing her approach Rio, but even as twisted as she's become, she can't help but feel some empathy. Given she named her LRIG "Mama" and the way Mama looked and acted, it's not surprising what exactly Rio's reasons for battling are. Even as hardened as Chinatsu is at this point, she's still subject to Satomi's manipulation when she does get to feeling like that by twisting things back to the subject of Suzuko.

                          And now that we have a confrontation, we gets some things that have been held back between the main two girls revealed to each other, but that's not going to melt Chinatsu's cold-as-ice demeanor, and Suzuko is feeling so weak and struggles to do much in response. At least with Chinatsu's flashbacks we're getting some of where her strong feelings were coming from. She's long been jealous of Suzuko's ability to be sunny and get along with others (though now she's completely unaware of how much Suzuko's failed at that immediately after moving back: wonder if she will come to know, and perhaps too late). I almost wonder if we were going to see Suzuko lose her coin here, but she's saved by a timely unintended interruption. Despite that close call, it's only Ril who can finally get Suzuko over being resigned to disappearing. Going to be interesting to see just how exactly Suzuko bounces back, and if Chinatsu's destructive trajectory can be turned around.

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                          • #14
                            Episode 7

                            A game lost is a memory lost.

                            Shou thought that he had figured out a way to make it through the 90 day limit without having to eliminate any selectors by agreeing to exchange wins with Hanna to reset the time limit, but it turns out that each defeat means a memory selected at random is lost, and Shou doesn't want to lose any of his memories. Meanwhile, Narumi duels Rio and in a comical battle, Rio wins while giving Narumi an earful about incest, and Chinatsu lets a selector beat her in exchange for signing a contract with Satomi. Then Chinatsu battles Shou appearing to let him win, but it was a trap and Chinatsu uses berserk to overwhelm him.

                            So another question is answered as to why nobody has tried this loophole that Shou thought he had found, and as it turns out memories are taken away with every defeat. It seems that none of the characters have lost an important memory, but nevertheless it's another twist to this wicked game. Chinatsu just keeps on losing her sanity, and I wonder just how Suzuko is going to bring her back.
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                            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Episode 7

                              I was really hoping Suzuko would get back to bonding with Hanna, so I was happy to see that, and she didn't back down at the initial rejection this time. Winning her heart over with snacks. But I do like Suzuko is sincerely trying to get stronger now. Hopefully she'll be ready when Chinatsu comes to darken her vicinity next time. Boy, has Chinatsu really fallen hard. She's got not just one, but a whole bag of tricks to carry out Satomi's plans. And Shouhei is a victim just as he's really starting to come to a realization that his current strategy isn't working. It will be interesting to see what place he's dragged down to over this. Hard to say who the next one eliminated may be. Siscon gets beaten by Rio and Mama. That was a pretty amusing battle, with Mama trying to protect Rio's innocence.

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