Lostorage Incited WIXOSS Review

We’ve now made it to the third season of WIXOSS – Lostorage Incited WIXOSS!

Summary

A girl moves back to her hometown. She ends up deciding to buy a WIXOSS deck in order to make some friends at school, and is chosen as a “selector”. Chaos ensues as she is pulled into a game where the stakes are one’s very own memories – and existence. Add in some friendship troubles and plenty of card game battles, and you have this season of WIXOSS.

Serious Improvements

Overall, I felt that Lostorage Incited WIXOSS made some real strides with this season, improving so many of the issues I had with the previous seasons. We’ve got a new main character who feels more relatable, more selectors, and more battles. Everything feels like it’s come together this season.

In particular, the addition of so many more selectors had the most impact for me. Not only did this up the stakes in terms of the game and it’s psychological aspect, because we actually see people suffering, but it added more battles to the anime! WIXOSS is key to the anime’s premise, and so I’m glad to actually see the anime incorporate it more into the story. There was an enjoyable variety of battles here.

From the first episode I also was glad to see Suzuko, our new main character. Now, she isn’t perfect. She gives off some serious Ruuko vibes. But, she felt more believable and relatable than Ruuko ever did. An improvement, but not a total improvement. I’ll take it though, because Suzuko was able to fit the role the anime gave her.

Is it possible that the creators of Lostorage Incited WIXOSS actually invented a time machine and traveled to the future for the sole purposes of reading my reviews of previous seasons and making improvements? Yes.

Oh the Drama

Perhaps the most blatant sticking point for this season of WIXOSS was the drama. Previous seasons had drama, but to me, it never felt all that dramatic because I simply didn’t care for Ruuko whatsoever. Ruuko’s actions didn’t feel dramatic so much as they felt forced and fake.

But the dynamic introduced this season, between Suzuko and Chinatsu, two childhood friends driven apart, was real dramatic. A total soap opera. And there were many moments that felt a little over the top, or ridiculous, especially from Chinatsu.

However, I’ll be honest here; I didn’t have much of an issue with it.

I do think it was a bit much at times, but I also think that this season did a much better job at conveying the psychological stress that the selector battles had imposed on seemingly innocent people. So yeah, it seems a tad overdramatic. But at the same time, these people are in fear of losing their memories, and possibly their very existence. With a time limit imposed on them as well, to up the ante.

At the end of the day, I’d take drama like this over a cast of mostly boring characters anytime.

The Villain Caricature

In a shift from previous seasons, we are presented with the total caricature of a villain. Basically the incarnate of evil itself, we get Satomi, a man who simply wants to watch people suffer and that’s it. No other real motivations beyond that.

I know that many people take issue with villains like this, that seemingly have no depth and just are evil for the sake of being evil. In many cases, I can agree with that.

But then, part of me likes the caricature. One of my favourite examples of this is Koichi Shidou from Highschool of the Dead. An absolutely selfish, manipulating, and evil man. To the point that it’s comedic to even watch him.

And that’s exactly what Satomi is. He’s the well-dressed, self-serving psychopath. Yes, he’s a total caricature of a villain. But I enjoyed that, because I find it funny. Just like I did with Shidou, I found Satomi comedic to watch. His dramatic poses, the way he would listen to recordings of people suffering… I found it hilarious.

And I also find it ironic when a villain lightens the mood, by just being this comedic caricature of a villain. For this season, it just worked.

Rating

There’s no doubt in my mind that I enjoyed Lostorage Incited WIXOSS more than previous seasons. Everything felt much more streamlined and thought-out. There was much more variety in characters and battles. And I enjoyed the main characters much more.

I’m giving Lostorage Incited WIXOSS a 8.5 / 10.

It was a great season. I’d almost recommend just skipping the previous two and jumping into this one blind. Not knowing the psychological aspect going into this season might actually make it even more enjoyable than it already was. Some references would be missed in doing so, but even then it might be more worthwhile.

And those are my thoughts on the third season of WIXOSS.

It was a real treat to see this season improve the series as much as it did, because it’s actually not that common for sequels to do such a thing. I’m glad that someone decided to clean things up a little and make this season the way it was.

This leaves one season of WIXOSS to go.

Until next time,
Thanks for reading.

6 thoughts on “Lostorage Incited WIXOSS Review

  1. Yeah, major upgrade. Totally agree, better main character, stakes, etc… Fixed so many issues. While I get the temptation to skip over the first season, I wouldn’t since you would be totally lost for the second half of this. You’ll probably see what I mean when you get there. Anyway, a few other minor thoughts but spoilers and all that.

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      1. I suppose the show does try to address things in case you didn’t see the earlier installments, but I can’t recall if they are good enough by the end game. I think skipping out on the earlier bits would diminish the experience, seeing the show improve like this is a boost if you ask me.

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      2. True, but the question would become whether someone would make it this far, or just decide it’s not worth continuing after the first season / second season. Feels like you have to plan to watch them all in advance to make it this far and experience the serious improvements here.

        If you were to look at this season as a self-contained story, it’s pretty good to be honest. If someone was to only watch this season and no other, I think that’d be reasonable.

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      3. Part of it is that I think the first series has merit still. Knowing it gets better from there is just a bonus. This is also partially a personal preference thing. If I had to wade through 50+ episodes before the great stuff I probably wouldn’t bother, but just a few, after several pretty good ones isn’t a big ask.

        I can see what you mean for Incited, I’m not entirely sure for Conflated though. My memory isn’t super crisp on everything there though, so you could /maybe/ still be alright, but my gut says that there’s at least one or two things that would be contextually weird without the earlier stuff at the least.

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