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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Shuffle 24 and Review

Basically, the episode deals with Rin trying to save Asa before she dies as he tries to search for her along with what happens afterwords. I haven't played the game itself but it's probably the same ending from the game with that character but I'm not sure on that (maybe someone can shed more light on that but no spoilers).

Shuffle started off with an interesting premise with Rin choosing between the two princesses of the Shin and Ma worlds to marry and get their powers along with dealing with his childhood friends. It started off strong in the first couple episodes and then got into a part where they just focused an episode with just one of the girl characters and forgot about the premise of the story at all. Then about episode 12, it really got interesting and found its groove. It went from this happy, comedy mood to a sad, serious mood which I really prefer. It was still going strong even towards the end as everything was being wrapped up.

The characters were great for the most part. You got Rin who seem to be to know things and isn't inept but over time, he's just like the other male leads who just hurt everyone else around them. Kaede is a girl who devotes her life to do Rin's cooking, laundry, and other housework that needs to be done at first. Then, she has this dark past which reveals that she tried to kill Rin and make his life miserable overall because Rin told her that her mother's death was his fault but he didn't want her to feel bad because she was really sick at the time. Asa was this happy, go-lucky upperclassman but she was usually sick because of her magic received by her mother. Also, she was really hateful as a child and blame Ama for being born with this body. Sia is the princess of the Shin world who's usually happy and throws chairs at her father but she had a twin sister named Kiykou who's a part of Sia's mind and body. Nerine is usually sly, speaks in formal speech, and has a nice singing voice but she got her singing voice along her other qualities from her clone, Licorice. Finally, there's Primula who this really sly girl and rarely shows her emotions but possesses great magical power because of an experiment.

As you can see, the girls of Shuffle have two sides to them which makes them interesting characters overall. Also, they all managed to overcome their other sides and make them move on with their lives and not get caught up in the past. The animation can be hit or miss at times and didn't like how the outlines of the characters were shown as much at times. The music was very good and had a nice OP but didn't mind the ED as much. I liked the ending as it managed to wrap up everything and everyone is better off and happy in the end (maybe except for Midoriba but that's a matter of opinion). Overall, Shuffle is like the girls themselves. It has two sides to it: the happy, comedic side and the sad, serious side to it. It's the best of both worlds as you enjoyed one side or both sides. I'll give Shuffle a 4.5 out of 5.


  • At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Gooble said…

    I read a blog with pictures and a summary on Asa's story in the hentai game, and it seems to be the same. There might be some changes here and there in the anime, but the main idea is there, especially the most dramatic part.

  • At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hello, Phoenix512. I just wanted to ask where did you watch this show, Shuffle? (What channel) Also, I've read your name somewhere before - in the subtitled DVD version of Shuffle! that I'm watching. Were you involved in any subtitling projects on this show?

    P.S. I have to agree with you that this show's good. One of the best anime I've watched. It's one of the only shows that I want to watch again from the start after finishing already. Usually only a purely comedy show can make me want to do that. The music and voice acting was good too.

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