Review of Lostorage Incited Wixoss

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Lostorage Incited Wixoss is the third season of an anime franchise that seemingly chooses its titles by plucking random words out of the dictionary (a naming convention popularized by Kingdom Hearts’ sequels.) Lo-storage? Better buy a bigger hard drive mate. Anyways… for those of you not acquainted with the prior Wixoss cartoons, I would best describe the show as Magic the Gathering meets Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Brace yourself for a lot of “you activated my trap card” and a lot of tragedy, when players realize why one should always be careful of what you wish for.

OVERVIEW

Homura Suzuko and Morikawa Chinatsu were inseparable childhood pals until the day that Suzu’s family moved away to another town. Years later the pair reunite, under less than ideal circumstances. Suzuko, Chinatsu and countless others have been chosen by a cosmic force to compete in a Wixoss battle royale. Participants are tasked with amassing five coins within a ninety-day deadline, or else they will be stripped off their memories. Coinage is earned/lost by winning/losing duels respectively. Anyone who exhausts their supply of mystical currency is spirited away as punishment. Scary stuff! This series is doing a lousy job of promoting the real life card game. Based on this plot, I am now too terrified to ever play a game of Wixoss.

All that said – the series is more concerned with telling a good tale rather than being a glorified commercial for the titular TCG. Just like the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh (were it’s clear that the script writers never read the game’s rulebook) watching Lostorage’s dozen episodes won’t teach you how to play Wixoss.

The narrative’s focus is on how the heroines react to the stresses they are put under. Chinatsu turns to the dark side, after buckling under the strain of family problems and the pressures of living up to Suzuko’s expectations. Suzu on the other hand grows in courage after a lifetime of depending on others. Under the tutelage of pro player Hanna Mikage, Suzuko becomes an accomplished Wixoss duellist. She receives lessons from Hanna in exchange for desserts. Judging from the current state of the Pound, it won’t be long before I too will have to barter by using tasty treats instead of worthless Sterling. Let’s hope I can resist the temptation of gobbling up my delicious sugary bank balance!

VERDICT

My rating for Lostorage Incited Wixoss is four stars. From what I recall, the show received a lukewarm reception back when it aired. I suppose that many viewers preferred the waifus characters from the last series more, although I personally enjoyed the anime quite a bit. Lostorage is rich in drama and unlike some other shows it ends on a satisfying, albeit bittersweet, note. Due to being a sequel series, Lostorage has the handicap of no longer being able to coast by on shock factor alone. The writers at J.C. Staff have however managed to keep things interesting with some unexpected revelations and twists, even if the overall story structure adheres to the blueprint laid down by past Wixoss seasons.

One thing that may annoy Yuri fans is that Wixoss is no longer a female exclusive domain. Lostorage’s cast includes a few guys, although I use the term guys loosely as they are all a bunch of pussies. Chinatsu’s love interest Shohei Shirai isn’t man enough to fight in battles whilst sis-con Shou Narumi doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to defeat female opponents. Lostorage’s antagonist Kou “bookmaker” Satomi is a bloke too, although he is wickedly flamboyant. Weak male characters aside, I had a grand time watching Lostorage Incited Wixoss and am looking forward to the 2018 fourth season. Said series is titled Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS – Missing Link… looks like the writers are continuing to use that random word generator for naming purposes.

24 thoughts on “Review of Lostorage Incited Wixoss

    • The general consensus is that season three is weaker than the previous two, but I personally have enjoyed all of the Wixoss shows. Lostorage holds up as a standalone story and features new characters, so you don’t need to worry about this series ruining the finale of the last one.

  1. Magic the Gathering used to be my favorite alltime game, that is until mr Suitcase came along and changed the game forever (mr Suitcase being the guy or girl who had enough money to by all the cards and carried them around in a suitcaseπŸ˜‚).
    That said I have come across this title before, but seeing as it us a third part in a series (and the previous two are not available for me), I skipped over this one. Real shame as I love cardgames and anything that it has to do with it (even though this doesn’t seem to be the main focus of this anime). Great review, hopefully the other two show might come out here at some point so I might watch this at some other moment 😊

    • Mr Suitcase seems to play Hearthstone too. I often get crushed by players who have extremely powerful decks. Like they say, when it comes to TCGs the most powerful card is the credit card πŸ™‚

      Lostorage Incited Wixoss stars a brand new cast of characters so you can enjoy it without watching the previous two seasons. Heck, you may enjoy it more than people already acquainted with the series because you’ll be completely surprised by the consequences Wixoss players suffer.

      • Okay, that is actually very good to know, thanks, after I finish with Ergo Proxy (my current watch), I have a couple of shows that are on my list to watch, but I have not yet made a definitive decision. So maybe I will watch this one 😊
        Really too bad that Hearthstone seems to suffer from that same problem. That really takes the fun out of it at times😒

  2. I was just thinking, this series sounds awfully like Yu-Gi-Oh, but you beat me to it πŸ™‚ I had so many Yu-Gi-Oh cards, when I was a child. I think they’re still knocking about my place, somewhere in a box. Your post has made me want to go look for them hehe πŸ™‚

    I’m with you on the whole game of Wixoss. It sound terrifying. Definitely wouldn’t want to be spirited away. Don’t want to be forced to work in a bath house and have to wash old creepy men 😦

    • Washing creepy old men, at the bathhouse, sounds almost as bad as my current job πŸ™‚ One of my friends is really into Yu-Gi-Oh. He goes to conventions just to trade cards and instead of buying packs he’ll go to the store and purchase entire boxes.

      • Oh glob, The only thing I can think of, thats would be worse then washing creepy old men, is washing dead people (a mortician/undertaker).
        Fring, he must really like Yu-Gi-Oh. The cards are really cool though πŸ™‚

  3. I first read the title as “Lost Orange”, which made me think I would love to lose that Annoying Orange.

    I do like a good card-game show every now and then, and I like your description. Sounds like I should add it to my ever-growing list.

  4. I really have to respect a merchandise show that actually does put together a competent story. Moves beyond the source material.

    Still not tempted to pick up the card game, though. My pocketbook has been burned by those too many times before.

    • Animated shows that are just adverts in disguise is a sneaky way of getting kids to buy stuff. Not sure that I approve, but I can’t complain too much as I grew up watching Transformers and He-Man.

      • Card games are more of a money sink, though. Like, Transformers and He-man, there was a limit to how much your store would carry. Cards, there’s always more! It’s like drugs!

    • I think the first two seasons are available to buy in the UK courtesy of Anime Ltd. Maybe you shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the series. As someone who liked Madoka Magica you may appreciate some of Wixoss’ story beats.

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