Review written on October 15, 2009.
From left to right: Nerine, Kaede, Primula, Asa, and Sia.
" Rin Tsuchimi
is the object of 5 girls' affections and must decide on who he should marry, even though it's a tough decision for him. Along the way healthy doses of romance, comedy, and even drama will come your way. " That's the basic overview for Shuffle! While a harem show at it's heart, I found it to be very enjoyable. The main character of the show Rin Tsuchimi is just your average high school student. Rin lives with Kaede Fuyou
. He moved in with her family because Rin's parents passed away.
At the beginning of the show you may think the world is just normal. Well, your wrong. In a nutshell, the God world and the Devil world make a pact and they are now cooperating and are now with the human world. During the first episode you found out that Rin was nice the daughters of The King of Gods ( Eustoma
) and The King of Devils ( Forbesii
) and find out that they are going to start going to the same school as Rin. Those two are Nerine
(Sia for short). During their first day of school, Eustoma and Forbesii make a deal with RIn. If you falls in love with Sai, Rin can become a God. If you falls in love with Nerine, he can become a Devil. While Eustoma and Forbesii are now friends, they want Rin to choose who he wants to be with to both of them will get along no matter who Rin chooses.
And so this is how the show starts of. Along the way you meet Asa
, and other characters as well. Your typical harem stuff does happen, group activities, dates, the usually harem stuff.
During the course of the show Rin as a date with Asa. While this is set up from the start, Asa had fun that day but, she was still pissed. This is when Rin starts falling in love with Asa and Kaede starts getting depressed. You start learning about Kaede's dark side. When Rin and Kaede where young, Rin's mother dies in a car accident. While Kaede is in the hospitle being in shock of this event, Rin says that he kill her. Rin just wanted her to come see Kaede because she was feeling well before the accident. During this time, you start to see the dark side of Kaede and Kaede starts chocking Rin. Over the years before the current time, Kaede just treats Rin like shit. Duing one day Kaede droped her box of pencils down the stairs. Kaede asks Rin to pick them up for her in a nice gentle voice. While Rin is picking them up. Kaede drops a box cutter onto Rin's eye (well right above it) it cuts it open with blood all over. Back to current time. One day when Rin has Asa over for dinner, Kaede asks her to leave. At first it's quite but, Kaede starts being louder and then shoves Kaede to the wall.
Some stuff happens (you can watch the show) and Rin starts dating Asa and everything returns make to normal. That's Shuffle! in a nutshell (not explained very good)
While I may have seen this kind of stuff before, I really enjoyed the show. I thought the characters were good, likable, and colorful (each of the main/side characters
Yep, this is a harem show all right. Rin is with all the main girls naked. Damn, that guy is lucky.
have their own color hair). Shuffle! had a bunch of funny moments as well. During the first episode you find out that there is a group called the KKK (not joking) and the head guy is in love with Kaede. He sends one of his goons to fight Rin because he thinks Kaede is in love with RIn and he wants Kaede for himself. Along they way you find out that there are even more of the groups who want Kaede and all of them start chasing Rin around and try to get him. To add to the comedy, they added some funny echi moments. There is a part of the show when one of the side characters, Mayumi
, has to work at a cafe because she forgot her wallet. While working in her uniform (a maid outfit) she realizes that she forgot put back on here panties. Just one part where she was working the male customers started dropping their glasses on the floor on purpose so they can look underneath his outfit. I don't know why but, I just found it really funny since they all knew she wasn't wearing any panties.
Like I stated above, this show has echi elements and tons of them. During the course of the show you seem many breasts (this show is mature after all). Echi may be a turn of for some (not me, I like boobies), it fitted the show just right. It used it when the show was trying to be funny and used it when the show had it's drama moments.
Shuffle! as an enjoyable show. While it was a harem show at it's heart, I found if to be very enjoyable and fans of this type of stuff (like me) will probably enjoy it.
My Score - 4/5.
If you want to watch this show, check it out on FUNimation's
website. They have the show with subtitles up on their video site.
P.S. There is another series called Shuffle! Memories
but, it's just a recap of the first series but, has one bonus episode that's new that's worth checking out.