Is There Meaning Behind the Lycoris Recoil Uniforms?

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Is There Meaning Behind Lycoris Recoil Uniforms?
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Character uniforms in Lycoris Recoil vary in color. Takina wears blue while Chisato wears red. So, is there a meaning behind the Lycoris Recoil uniforms?

Uniforms are vital to an anime character’s aesthetic. Character designers usually make them unique to attract the attention of the viewers, whether they are a school, military, or magical uniforms.

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Lycoris Recoil is one of the most intriguing anime of the summer season. It is an original anime, which makes it more interesting.

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With its ass-kicking, adrenaline-pumping waifus, the anime community has never seen anyone dodge a bullet better than Chisato, or fire a machine gun better than Takina!

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Is There Meaning Behind Lycoris Recoil's Uniforms?

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In Lycoris Recoil, the uniforms represent the ranking system of each Lycoris. It is numbered from one to three, equivalent to the most skilled to the least skilled lycoris.

This information has been confirmed by a promo clip released by Aniplex’s Official Youtube Channel where Kurumi asks Chisato what the colors of the uniform mean for each Lycoris.

In the video below, a pyramid chart is explained by Chisato to answer Kurumi’s inquiries. The conversation starts at around 0:35 while the chart is shown at around 0:40. Even though it has no English subtitles, you can easily understand what Chisato is talking about.

In any case, here is a more detailed explanation of the meaning behind Lycoris Recoil uniforms for your reading pleasure.

Red Lycoris Uniforms Explained

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The Firsts, the lycoris agents at the top of the echelon, wear red uniforms. Its wearers include Chisato and Fuki, both of whom have made significant contributions to the organization.

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They are the most skilled Lycoris agents, capable of supervising other Lycoris under their command.

Chisato Nishikigi is a red lycoris uniform wearer and the all-time strongest lycoris. Despite her reputation, Chisato is a very outgoing and carefree girl. Her exceptional perception and evasive maneuvers can easily overwhelm her adversaries.

On the other hand, the second known red lycoris uniform wearer is Fuki Harukawa. She is the previous partner of Takina, whom she abandoned after a mishap at work. In the DA Tokyo Branch, she sits at the top of the rankings as the First Lycoris.

However, Fuki’s abilities are not enough to defeat Chisato in a battle.

Blue Lycoris Uniforms Explained

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While the red lycoris uniforms refer to the Firsts, the blue lycoris uniforms refer to the Seconds. They are ranked lower in the pyramid chart than the red-wearers, implying that they are less skilled.

Blue Lycoris uniform wearers are frequently paired with red ones. As a sign of respect for command and rank, they receive direct orders from them.

Aside from that, the red-wearers usually train and mentor them, making them their responsibility during missions.

Takina Inoue and Sakura Otome are two of the blue lycoris uniform wearers. Sakura is in the second tier of the DA Tokyo branch, having been partnered with Fuki.

On the other hand, Takina was kicked out of the DA Branch due to a workplace mishap, which led to her reassignment to the LycoReco café under Chisato's mentorship.

In the mock battle against Sakura and Fuki, Chisato and Takina demonstrate that they are a formidable duo that other agents should avoid. After cornering Sakura and Fuki in battle, they easily defeated them.

Beige Lycoris Uniforms Explained

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The Beige Lycoris Uniforms, also identified as white uniforms, represents the third position in the ranking system. They are at the bottom of the pyramid chart, explaining why they are inferior to the second and first classes.

These Lycoris agents are relatively new to the job. They are still in training and are assigned to the DA Tokyo branch as foot soldiers.

While the Red and Blue Lycoris uniform wearers are assigned to larger and more important missions, the beige or white uniform wearers are assigned to smaller missions such as patrolling or dealing with low-threat criminals.

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