Before we begin, yes. So far this third entry in the WIXOSS anime is completely different in tone from the last two series. In fact, it appears it has nothing to do with them. I have a request. Please do not flood the comments with rants that can be summed up as “Not my WIXOSS!” because, well it doesn’t look like it’s trying to be.
We began in a WIXOSS virtual battle arena wherein two of our three leading ladies, Hirano and Rei squared off in a Diva Battle.
Unfortunately for Hirana she took the loss. Not only that but her teammates called it quits because they felt they weren’t strong enough to keep up with her.
Rei didn’t have it any better. She left her team because she felt they weren’t “serious enough”. Token “This isn’t a game!” personality. Her former teammates looked down on her and called her out for her “ice queen” attitude, something Rei was very aware of.
Seconds later that ice queen stuff was immediately thrown out the window as she complimented Hirana on a good match and even gave her a “You got what it takes kid”.
The next day Hirana’s still down over her loss but her bestie Akino cheered her up. Refusing to give up Hirana decided to form a new team with Akino as her first teammate. She had the WIXOSS know-how and, more importantly, body after all. She tried refusing but Akino used “googly eyes”.
Gee. I wonder who she could be?
Later Hirana and Akino logged into the WIXOSS server to watch some battles when they saw a team bullying rookie LRIG into putting their SP (Selector Points), think of these as fan support during battles, on the line against them. Hirana, like the idol protagonist she was, challenged the bullies.
Akino asked Hirana who her two teammates were as she proudly grabbed her hand. Again she tried refusing and again she gave in to Hirana’s googly eyes.
Rei, who was in the crowd, saw Hirana stand up to the bullies and was like “Count me in as your third member for this battle”.
You know what I found amusing? In one episode Diva (a) Live felt more like a card game anime than all 48 episodes of Selector and Lostorage combined. The series is based on a card game after all. I’m neither praising nor making fun of Diva (a) Live for it. I just found it amusing.
The bullies had the advantage for most of the battle and teased her by offering some SP to put on a better show but Hirana, being the idol protag she was, was like “Selectors aren’t points or numbers! They’re fans with their own feelings! I will win this battle no matter what the odds!”. Her courage got many Selectors to change sides.
Not only did her speech rejuvenate Rei and Akino but they pulled out a trump card and “Exodia’d” the bullies, winning the battle. The spectator Selectors IMMEDIATELY logged out save for a small few supporters like Hirana’s old teammates. Hirana’s like “It’s cool. We’ll get bigger and more popular over time”. The episode ended with the three girls drawn together by fate to potentially make their team official. Will it happen in the next episode? We shall see.
So for now it looks like Diva (a) Live is a virtual reality idol card game. Will things get gloomy over time? Maybe, maybe not. Whatever the case I’ll keep going. This is what Gen 3 of the WIXOSS card game series is all about. You are either cool with it or see yourself out the door.