WIXOSS[a] is a Japanese multimedia franchise produced as a collaboration between Takara Tomy, J.C.Staff, and Warner Entertainment Japan. The franchise revolves around the eponymous trading card game and follows girls known as Selectors who battle against each other in order to have their wishes granted. The trading card game by Takara Tomy launched in Japan in April 2014 and will begin release in English by Tomy International in November 2021. An anime television series by J.C.Staff, titled selector infected WIXOSS, aired in Japan between April and June 2014, with a second season, selector spread WIXOSS, airing between October and December 2014. A compilation film, titled selector destructed WIXOSS, was released on February 13, 2016. A sequel anime television series, titled Lostorage incited WIXOSS, aired from October to December 2016, with its second season, Lostorage conflated WIXOSS, airing from April to June 2018. Another anime television series, titled WIXOSS Diva(A)Live, aired from January to March 2021. Several manga spin-offs, a novelisation, and a smartphone app have also been produced.

WIXOSS
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Promotional image for the selector infected WIXOSS anime series, featuring Ruko (front), Tama (on card), Chiyori, Hitoe, Yuzuki, Akira, and Iona (back, left to right).
Genre
Created by
Anime television series
selector infected WIXOSS
Directed byTakuya Satō
Written byMari Okada
Music byMaiko Iuchi
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, Tokyo MX, TVA, AT-X, BS11
Original run April 3, 2014 June 19, 2014
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Manga
selector infected WIXOSS -peeping analyze-
Written byMari Okada
Illustrated byManatsu Suzuki
Published byShueisha
MagazineUltra Jump
DemographicSeinen
Original runJuly 19, 2014May 19, 2015
Volumes2
Manga
selector infected WIXOSS -Re/Verse-
Written byMari Okada
Illustrated byMeki Meki
Published bySquare Enix
MagazineMonthly Big Gangan
DemographicSeinen
Original runAugust 25, 2014October 24, 2015
Volumes2
Anime television series
selector spread WIXOSS
Directed byTakuya Satō
Written byMari Okada
Music byMaiko Iuchi
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, Tokyo MX, TVA, AT-X, BS11
Original run October 4, 2014 December 20, 2014
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime film
selector destructed WIXOSS
Directed byTakuya Satō
Written byMari Okada
Music byMaiko Iuchi
StudioJ.C.Staff
ReleasedFebruary 13, 2016
Runtime91 minutes[4]
Anime television series
Lostorage incited WIXOSS
Directed byKatsushi Sakurabi
Produced byTomo Yamaguchi
Jun Fukuda
Yuichiro Siji
Written byMichihiro Tsuchiya
Music byMaiko Iuchi
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkBS11, Tokyo MX, KBS, SUN, TV Asahi Channel 1
Original run October 7, 2016 December 23, 2016
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Lostorage conflated WIXOSS -missing link-
Directed byRisako Yoshida
Written byMichihiro Tsuchiya
StudioJ.C.Staff
ReleasedDecember 14, 2017
Anime television series
Lostorage conflated WIXOSS
Directed byRisako Yoshida
Written byMichihiro Tsuchiya
Music byMaiko Iuchi
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11
Original run April 6, 2018 June 22, 2018
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
WIXOSS Diva(A)Live
Directed byMasato Matsune
Written byTsuyoshi Tamai
Music byMaiko Iuchi
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11
Original run January 9, 2021 March 27, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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PremiseEdit

WIXOSS is a trading card game in which players battle against each other with fighters known as LRIGs (ルリグ, Rurigu, "girl" spelled backwards), using cards to support them. Certain LRIGs are able to communicate with their owners, and the girls chosen to wield them are known as "Selectors" (セレクター, Serekutā). Selectors are given the chance to have any wish granted by winning battles against other Selectors, but should they lose three times, their wish will be reversed into a curse instead.

The main selector anime series follows a girl named Ruko Kominato, who becomes a Selector after receiving an LRIG that she names Tama. As she and various other Selectors battle it out for the sake of their wish, Ruko finds herself drawn into the dark, sinister world of WIXOSS, discovering that, win or lose, there is always a price to pay.[6]

In the Lostorage, set following the events of selector, Suzuko Homura, a girl who had just returned to her hometown, finds herself drawn into new kind of Selector battle alongside her LRIG Riru. In these battles, which now include male Selectors, players must wager coins representing their memories, and should they lose them all, they will lose all of their memories and effectively disappear.

In WIXOSS Diva(A)Live, which is set in a different universe from the previous two series, WIXOSS battles take place in a virtual world, in which players become Divas and battle in teams of three against other Divas. Hirana Asu forms the team No Limit alongside Rei Sakigake and Akino Onko and aspires to rise to the ranks of Top Diva.

MediaEdit

AnimeEdit

selector infected WIXOSS, produced by J.C.Staff, is directed by Takuya Satō and written by Mari Okada, with character designs by Kyuta Sakai and music by Maiko Iuchi of I've Sound. The first season aired on MBS between April 3 and June 19, 2014, and was simulcast by Funimation in North America[7] and Crunchyroll in other territories outside Japan.[8] The opening theme is "killy killy JOKER" by Kanon Wakeshima[9] and the ending theme is "realize -Yume no Matsu Basho-" (realize -夢の待つ場所-, realize -Where Our Dreams Are Waiting-) by Cyua. A second season, title selector spread WIXOSS aired between in October 4 and December 20, 2014. The opening theme is "world's end, girl's rondo" by Wakeshima, whilst the ending theme is "Undo -Ashita e no Kioku-" (Undo -明日への記憶-, Undo -A Memory For Tomorrow) by Cyua. An animated film, selector destructed WIXOSS, was released in Japanese theaters on February 13, 2016.[10]

A new anime project featuring new characters, titled Lostorage incited WIXOSS, aired from October 7 to December 23, 2016, and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[11] Katsushi Sakurabi is directing the new anime, with Michihiro Tsuchiya writing the scripts, Takamitsu Satou designing the characters, Maiko Iuchi composing the music, and J.C.Staff returning to produce the animation.[12] The opening theme is "Lostorage" by Yuka Iguchi while the ending theme is "undeletable" by Cyua. Another season, Lostorage conflated WIXOSS[13] aired from April 6 to June 22, 2018. The first episode was released as an original video animation bundled with the SP-32 Selector Collection trading card set on December 14, 2017. The opening theme is "Unlock" by Iguchi while the ending theme is "I" by Cyua.[14][15][16]

A new television series was announced on March 26, 2020, which was originally set to premiere in 2020.[17] Titled WIXOSS Diva(A)Live, it aired from January 9 to March 27, 2021.[18] Masato Matsune is directing the new anime, with Gō Tamai writing the scripts, Ui Shigure designing the characters, Maiko Iuchi composing the music, and J.C.Staff returning to produce the animation.[19] Crunchyroll licensed the series.[20]

MangaEdit

Four manga spin-off series, written by Okada, are being produced. selector infected WIXOSS -peeping analyze-, illustrated by Manatsu Suzuki, was serialized in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine between July 19, 2014, and May 19, 2015. selector infected WIXOSS: Maya no Oheya (selector infected WIXOSS 〜まゆのおへや〜, selector infected WIXOSS: Maya's Room), illustrated by Nini, began serialization in Ultra Jump from August 2014. selector infected WIXOSS -Re/Verse-, illustrated by Meki Meki, was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine between August 25, 2014 and October 24, 2015. selector stirred WIXOSS, illustrated by Monaco Sena, began publication in Hobby Japan's WIXOSS Magazine from April 25, 2015.[21]

Trading Card GameEdit

A card game titled "WIXOSS" by Takara Tomy has started on April 26, 2014.[22] On July 13, 2021, Tomy International announced that an English version of the game would begin release from November 2021, beginning with the Interlude Diva set based on the WIXOSS Diva(A)Live anime series.[23]

Other mediaEdit

A novel written by Madoka Madoka and illustrated by Meiji, titled WIXOSS: Twin Wing, was released in Japan on September 30, 2015.[24] A smartphone game, selector battle with WIXOSS, was released in Japan for Android and iOS on March 31, 2015, and June 8, 2015, respectively.[25]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Short for "Wish Across". Phonetically read in Japanese as Wikurosu (Japanese: ウィクロス).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stevens, Josh A. (April 19, 2015). "WIXOSS Theatrical Film Receives Greenlight". Anime UK News. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Eisenbeis, Richard (March 10, 2015). "Suffering, Card Battles, Little Girls, and More Suffering". Kotaku. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Selector". Funimation. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "劇場版 selector destructed WIXOSS (2016)". allcinema (in Japanese). Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2017 Anime Lineup". Crunchyroll. January 20, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS
  7. ^ "Funimation Streams Selector Infected Wixoss Anime". Anime News Network. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  8. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Selector Infected Wixoss, Mushishi: The Next Chapter Anime". Anime News Network. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  9. ^ "Steins;Gate's Satō, anohana's Okada Make selector infected WIXOSS Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "WIXOSS Film's Title, February 13 Date, Visual Unveiled". Anime News Network. July 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "New Lostorage incited WIXOSS Anime to Air This Fall". Anime News Network. 2016-04-16. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  12. ^ "New WIXOSS TV Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Cast, Staff, Story". Anime News Network. August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  13. ^ "Takara Tomy's WIXOSS Franchise Teases New Project". Anime News Network. December 23, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lostorage conflated WIXOSS Anime Project Revealed as December OVA, 2018 TV Series". Anime News Network. August 6, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Lostorage conflated WIXOSS TV Anime Reveals Visual, Spring 2018 Premiere". Anime News Network. December 17, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  16. ^ "Lostorage conflated WIXOSS Anime's Promo Video Reveals April 6 Premiere". Anime News Network. March 4, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  17. ^ "Wixoss Franchise Gets New TV Anime in 2020". Anime News Network. March 26, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  18. ^ "Wixoss Diva(A)Live Anime Reveals Promo Video, January 8 Debut, 4 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. November 29, 2020. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  19. ^ "New Wixoss TV Anime Unveils Teaser, Title, Cast, Staff, Story, January Delay". Anime News Network. September 22, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  20. ^ "FINAL UPDATE: Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2021 Anime Lineup! (1/5)". Crunchyroll. January 5, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  21. ^ "Selector Infected Wixoss Card-Game Anime Gets 2 Spinoff Manga". Anime News Network. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  22. ^ "Card Game official website". Takara Tomy. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  23. ^ "Tomy Company, LTD. Unveils 'Wixoss' TCG English Edition".
  24. ^ https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798609196
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-09. Retrieved 2016-02-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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