The Final End
What’s the Story?
The Selector battles. If you happen to play the card game Wixoss, you may find that one day a card offers you a very special opportunity, though the prize may change. Perhaps your wish will be granted, or you can have control over your own memories, the only condition is that you must battle and defeat other Selectors. The battles were meant to have ended though when Ruuko freed Mayu from the White Room, but they didn’t. Then Suzuko and her friends got caught up in another set of battles where their memories were on the line, they fought and defeated the big bad and walked off to their bittersweet ending. That should have been the end, but it wasn’t. The battles will not end. The cycle of despair will continue on and on, unless… this time the girls are fighting together rather than apart and everyone (and yes I mean everyone) is determined to bring an end to the Selector battles once and for all, you know, until they come up with another series.
It must be the year of the epic crossovers or something, I mean obviously there was the amazing Avengers: Infinity War and not too far off we’ve got all those Disney princesses turning up in Wreck-It Ralph 2 (anyone else super excited for that film?). Now we’ve got the grand finale to the Wixoss saga (even though they’ve already had one grand finale, but I’ll forgive them that), where the majority of the major players from across all three previous seasons turn up to join in the fun (or torment in some cases). I’ll admit I’ve enjoyed the Wixoss series in the past, they’re all good series, but I’ve never been as excited for them as I have for this series. (And just on a side note, this series is really at it’s best if you’ve seen the other series before hand. You can check out my reviews of them HERE and HERE).
This series has a different feel to it than all the previous seasons and that’s not just because of the promise that they’re really going to end the battles for good this time (I’ll believe it when I see it). The pervious seasons have all been about tormenting its female leads with either cruel twists of fate or horribly bad luck. Oh sure there’s been messages about battling darkness, how crushing loneliness and the importance of your own memories, but primarily I think it’s been about the torment (why do I like this series again?). This season however, while circumstances still have a tendency to pound on the girls, there’s more of a hopeful sense to proceedings. This time the girls are fighting back and slowly banding together to take on the darkness that has been forcing them to fight.
Also can I say how much of a joy it is to see to see some these characters back and to see them all interacting with one another. I didn’t realise I missed some of these people, except for Aki-crazy, I knew I missed her and she’s as crazy and vindictive as ever (yay!). There is a real tension to the series and I put that down to two things, one we know these characters and have already formed emotional bonds with them over the past series, so this one doesn’t need to waste time getting us invested and can just barrel straight into the plot. The second comes from a change of attitude from the characters. This time there’s no newbies, everyone has been through these battles before and they know exactly what they’re getting into. There’s no need to build a sense of dread in these characters because they already have it. I mean when things were building towards the Ruko vs. Suzuko match I had a genuine sense of dread, which I don’t think I’ve ever had with this series before.
The series does have its problems though. For one there’s the same problem that all the Wixoss series share, in that if you want to learn more about the actual card game then look elsewhere. The rules and any kind of explanation of how the game actually works are pretty much nonexistent, the game has slipped so far into the background by this point that it’s a wonder anyone even remembers to carry to their deck around with them. I mean there were points were one character said ‘she’s using a insert name deck’ and my reaction was ‘is that good or bad?’ or my when everyone gasped and went ‘She’s become a level 5!’ to which I went ‘is that impressive?’. It’s a good job this series has character dynamics and crazy people to overcome because it’s never going to get any tension out of playing the card game. Still this season, like the others, uses the game as a background to the personal struggles of the characters, which it still does very well.
Then we come to the villains. I mean Aki-crazy always has been and always will be great and it was nice to get a bit of a conclusion for her character. As for the others though they’re just a bit too generic. One is a battle junkie and the other just wants to watch the world burn. They’re not exactly deep characterisations and end up as nothing more than an obstacle for the girls to overcome in their fight to stop the Selector battles. At least the final boss battle is suitably epic with a massive free-for-all between all of the LRIGs.
On a last note I do have to say best girl for the series has to go to Kiyoi. Charting her character progression from the very first season all the way through to this one is a pretty great arc, and a good incentive for me to go back and rewatch those series. I love Kiyoi’s arc of wanting to make up for all the horrible things she’s done in the past by stopping the battles once and for all. Also I love how proactive she is in trying to get everyone together.
Lostorage conflated WIXOSS may be the best of the Wixoss franchise to date, building off of what came before it and using that to make a tense and exciting final instalment. All the characters get some sort of conclusion and every plot threat is tied up nice and neatly. If you’ve been watching the other seasons then you have to watch this and if you haven’t then go back to Selector infected WIXOSS and enjoy. Definitely worth it.
Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.