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Selector Infected WIXOSS Episode 1: This is a Really Terrible Show Title

Wixoss is the worst name ever

Seriously, look at that shit. Just let it sink in that someone, somewhere, managed to power through a near-constant brain hemorrhage to think this up.

I don’t like making fun of shows that bear the Mari Okada seal approval. She has her niche, she does it well, and it’s hard to dislike her when she’s so ridiculously affable. But man, this sure has several of Okada’s trademarks front and center for all to see—namely teenage angst and macarons. Thankfully, a few notable directorial quirks are far worse, warranting more discussion than Okada’s fascination with making teenage girls suffer for bizarre reasons.

For a show about a card game, Elected Infrared Windex is pushing abnormally hard for being ridiculously ominous. It just can’t wait to jump into the cutthroat world of Faustian card games, so it takes Another’s approach (also a horribly-titled series, coincidentally) of flashing vaguely disturbing images for a split second in a lazy effort to get the audience interested. Moments of decent character interaction are punctuated by inexplicably portentious screens, and it becomes increasingly laughable when it keeps trying to fit a darker tone where it doesn’t match the content of a girl putzing around, while noticeably not being fazed when told that she has no friends.


To its credit though, Delectable Inflected Windows does do competent foreshadowing, in addition to its Ominous Scene-Flash Jamboree. The new girl jumping at the chance to play against our protagonist to rack up a free win is one such example, subtly showing that not everything WIXOSS-related is on the up and up. It also doesn’t take the deduction of a master detective to recognize that the grandma will have a pivotal role, but the show does at least give the audience some credit, by making the grandma an omnipresent element without quite giving away what her purpose is. If the show didn’t otherwise push itself as the dark and edgy answer to children’s card games, it would have started just fine with just these few competent touches propping it up.

I’m not sure whether the quality here will be indicative of future episodes, but Reflector Protracted Windsor is off to an intriguing enough start to warrant continued viewing. The sentience of the cards and the permanent nature of three consecutive defeats could lend itself to some interesting conflicts. Even if it’s bad, it’ll be a bad show about children’s card games as a frame for teenage angst, and that shit sells itself. If anything can top Black Rock Shooter’s hair bracelet gift, it’s this.

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  1. Posted April 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Ah, so THAT’S why it reminded me so much of Black Rock Shooter, it’s Mari Okada again! It didn’t look that bad, but I can’t stand the drama in her shows, so it’s good I dropped it so soon.
    Also, Grandma was best character.

    • Inushinde
      Posted April 6, 2014 at 1:23 am | Permalink

      Grandma is anime’s savior.

  2. gedata
    Posted April 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    This card game could use more mechanics.

    Also WIXOSS is an amazing title for an otherwise weaksauce (lol) show.

  3. ANON
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    grandma designs insanely hard tetris levels.

    Your argument is invalid.

  4. Someone Else
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Delectable Inflected Windows

    Oh boy, AVG picked up something again. Better slow down on watching hentai on suspicious sites

  5. jherb33
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m calling it ‘Elected Infrared Windex’ from now on.

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