Things are not always what they seem. This is especially true for Ruuko Kominato, when she receives a deck of cards for the popular card game WIXOSS, only to find a girl trapped inside her LRIG, or avatar card. Upon meeting others in the same situation, Ruuko discovers that she has now become a “Selector,” a player in a special version of WIXOSS where girls can battle each other for a chance to have their deepest desires come true. However, there is a catch. In contrast to the glory that awaits them after their victories, there is a cruel fate: if they lose three times, their lives will be destroyed. In an ominous game filled with lies and deceit, Ruuko and her newfound friends must uncover the secrets behind WIXOSS and realize what is truly most important to them before it is too late. – My Anime List
Based on 15 review scores:
The Crimson Claw – Anime Planet
It’s sheer brilliance if there ever was such a thing. Watch it. Now.
Anime News Network
I started watching this because I was told it was similar to Puella Madoka Magica . I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to have to follow a show where I had to memorize the rules to a card game to follow it. Fortunately the show doesn’t go into details about the actual card game and it’s really just more about the sad stories about the girl’s who get the chance to have their wishes come true by winning a certain number of games (different for each wish). A really strong first season, and build up for the finale.
WIXOSS is off to an interesting start that has me wanting to see more thanks to an annoying cliffhanger of an ending that leads us right into the second season. While the series isn’t always original, it has a dark vibe to it which you can’t help but be intrigued by. I didn’t absolutely adore WIXOSS but I have absolutely zero problems recommending it to others who are looking for another darker magical girl type series. While not entirely perfect, it’ll get you through a weekend and make you thirst for more in the end.
The Sushi Times
A strong, well-told story that makes full use of its character drama and scenario to great effect, making for a series that rises above comparisons with other similar shows.
Selector WIXOSS is an anime made to promote WIXOSS card games. The anime story is about a girl named Ruko and how she was influenced by the game… The friends and rivals she made. The first season is all about learning about the game, which was good. I really liked that part. As for the second season it was about a deep dark secret about the game and it’s up to Ruko to save the day. I liked the second season as well even though it was a bit cliché. I still enjoyed the anime, probably a bit too much. I would consider playing WIXOSS card game after watching the anime. As far as animation goes the anime was very well animated I liked how the Cards changed as well as the characters. The soundtrack of the anime was really cool as well. I liked the dark aspect of the anime. So it was good.
My Anime List
With a great ending that is an excellent follow up to a season two, the plot twists, the cute girls. This was a surprise series that was an amazing to watch show.
I initially thought this show would be something like Yu-gi-oh, which sounded way too kiddy-ish for me, but it’s actually a lot darker than that. There’s definitely similarities to Madoka as well, but I prefer Madoka to this. The animation is decent and the characters are all good, and while it was dark, I thought something was lacking, although I can’t quite put my finger on what. It was certainly better than Black Rock Shooter, which I hated and was worried this would be similar to. Worth a watch if you have the time and like predominately female, special power stuff.
If you are looking for another cute girl anime that is steeped in the dark fantasy world then Selector Infected WIXOSS is a series you need to check out.
Overall, Selector Infected WIXOSS was an incredibly intense ride filled with twists and heart-tugs, but seemed to falter a bit by the end as it seemed to become more and more similar to Madoka Magica. I know I really should judge the series by its own merits, but it’s almost impossible to not draw a comparison between the two. However, I am still looking forward to season 2 to see where they take the series from here.
Thrilling, eye-catching, and addictive, Selector Infected WIXOSS churns the “magical girl” genre in a blender and turns out something refreshing to watch.
What’s evident is that selector infected WIXOSS tries to do for card games what Puella Magi Madoka Magica done for magical girls. It’s a genre deconstruction that comes off weaker than its spiritual predecessor as it tries to be a ‘best of’ compilation of other titles, taking ideas from various sources and combining them into something rather average, not excelling at one particular thing. Its realistic approach to incest should be applauded though, in an industry that often uses it for cheap thrills.