I’ve been severely lacking in anime that involve young girls locked into brutal and vicious to the death combat over a card game, and thankfully, Selector Infected WIXOSS has brought new and refreshing content to the table.
Oh wait, it hasn’t. There were a lot of warning signs for me to pass up this anime, but I just couldn’t resist, like a moth to a flame. Devil Survivor 2 the Animation’s ghostly levels of suck still hang around the air and infect “original” designs with the curse of generic suck. That’s what Selector Infected WIXOSS is. As harsh as that is for a first impression, I pretty much knew this anime was not for me, but I kept trucking on and watching, like witnessing some horrible tragedy. No matter how horrible it was, I couldn’t bear to look away.
The first thing you see when you start SIW up is a decent dark and moody atmosphere, which gets you going a bit. It looks promising, this is pretty surreal, then some women are fighting, and one spouts some riddle-tier bullshit, then the OP starts. Boom, moe anime girls. What did I honestly expect? Though the concept of young girls basically murdering each other over card games sounds both hilarious and very similar. It’s as if I’ve watched another show where girls started fighting each other over some sort of important thing central to their characters. Hmm…
Of course it’s a given that WIXOSS, the card game, is becoming popular with school age girls.
Though I can give props to the background art design where it is due, and is a very interesting change of pace from the shining clean, almost chrome, nature of coloring in most anime. Sometimes to the point of sterile it can suck the life out of imagery, but at SIW has a bit of grit, perhaps hinting at some symbolic melodrama? Hmm…
Unfortunately, the characters are not as gritty. They retain the smooth flat color palettes so common in today’s anime, with minimal shading and primary colors. It clashes with the angular designs of the background building, and to the point where a fine example of meta humor arises from a comparison to Tetris. I didn’t even know you could make custom stages in Tetris, game modes maybe, but stages? Next level.
What could possibly warrant such primitive and gladiatorial combat? A chance for your wish to come true of course! Overused and cliché, the motive is there for anyone to win. I’m sure I’ll learn the tragic reasons why each character has the drive to murder their new-found friends.
If you were planning to watch the show regardless of critical input, be aware that Tama the WIXOSS card’s voice is absolutely awful.
Selector Infected WIXOSS received full marks from the mighty glacier, Hss, himself, so if you need some card battle and melodrama, this is the show for you.
Would watch/10 – Hss, resident writer at Moe-Alternative