Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2005 to Jan 6, 2006
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.471 (scored by 60264 users)
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comedy drama ecchi harem romance
SynopsisIn present times, Gods and Demons coexist together with Humans after the door between each of these worlds had opened. Tsuchimi Rin is a normal young high school student attending Verbena Academy, spending his days living peacefully with his childhood friend Kaede. Unexpectedly, one day the King of Gods, the King of Demons and their families move into be Rin's next door neighbors. Apparently the daughter of the Gods, Sia, and the daughter of the demons, Nerine, are both deeply in love with Rin after having met him in the past. Along with his playful friendship with upperclassmen Asa and his encounter with the silent but cute Primula, Rin has much on his hands dealing with the affections of each of these girls. Based on the eroge by Navel.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Shuffle!
Summary: Shuffle! Memories
Alternative version: Shuffle! Prologue
Characters & Voice Actors
Shuffle! is a classic Supernatural, Harem, Romance, Comedy, Drama that feels fairly average to begin with but it’s full of surprises as you go on. My overall score may be somewhat biased but this show is just truly amazing. ^_^
The story is just your basic harem anime as it follows a male protagonist (Rin Tsuchimi) an average high school boy who lives with his childhood friend Kaede (girl). Of course to make this a harem there are more girls included into the mix (5 in total) and not to forget the all important supernatural element to the show, by adding gods and demons to the plot. As the series begins it is your typical Rom/Com with plenty of cute and hilarious moments and heaps of casual fanservice. It is until halfway into the series that the drama kicks in, bringing forth a great deal of heartfelt moments, which will get most viewers all teary eyed and plenty of character developments.
The characters themselves are compelling and fun to watch as they all have something unique about them, including the guys. It’s true that the set-up for the girls is pretty clichéd (childhood friend, eccentric, tsundere, shy girl, loli) but they all bring something special to the story. What’s more amazing is that the male protagonist also brings a great deal to the story, including deep-rooted jealously that all us guys feel whilst watching the series.
The animation quality for Shuffle! was somewhat unique, with its own style and having subtle differences with similar anime. This allows the animation aspect of the show to excel amongst others; with amazing environments, well animated character expressions/emotions and most importantly the superb character designs. One thing I noticed is how most of the characters wear around 5-10 different outfits throughout the series, which is rarely seen in your average harem. It would be perfect but there were instances when the quality of the animation degraded.
On another note the music for the series was great and went well with the mood of the situations (comedy & drama), nevertheless it became somewhat repetitive. At least there were some really good insert songs.
Overall Shuffle! is the epitome of what a harem romance anime should be; one guy + cute girls = a variety of romantic outcomes. The best thing about the show would have to be the characters because they are all developed incredibly well and their actions aren’t always questionable, seeing how it suits their personality. And because the male protagonist isn’t a worthless guy, there are numerous romances and a number of possibilities. The series managed to end well without relying on too many clichés. So in the end this is a classic series that most romance anime fans would enjoy.
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This anime isn't good and isn't bad. I honestly have to say that it's in between in terms of what they did right and wrong with this series.
First of all, making an anime series based off a visual novel is definitely a difficult thing to pull off, especially a visual novel with "explicit" content. Not only do you have to somehow incorporate each character into the story, whereas in visual novels it typically focuses on just one character, there's the ending where the main character eventually ends up with only one girl.
This usually throws off the entire idea of a visual novel where you control the character and the choices he makes.
To start off this review, let's go over the plot of this anime.
The story evolves around a typical visual novel character named Rin Tsuchimi. He's indecisive, fairly dense, moderate in terms of looks and talent, and of course a lot of girls that are in love with him.
Rin's parents died when he was very young, and moved in with Kaede and her father. Although he was never officially adopted, they still live under the same roof.
Rin lives in a world where the angel's realm and the demon's realm met up with the human realm, and they all started living together because we all love peace.
When he turns seventeen, however, he meets two girls who are the princesses of their realm. There's Sia of the angel realm and Nerine of the demon realm. Each met him when they were only nine years old and he helped them when they were lost in the human realm. Now that they are of age to marry, they both choose Rin as the most suitable candidate.
Of course, there are a lot of other girls in this anime who fall in love with Rin, and in the end there can only be one. Who did he choose out of the girls that were in love with him?
Well, I'm not going to give off any spoilers, but I'll break it down for you as much as I can without giving too much away. And this is the part of the anime where I review what was good and what was bad.
First of all, the comedy in this anime is perfect. Most notably the parts where the king of the angel realm and the king of the demon realm hang out together. That's right, they're best friends.
These two made such an incredible combo, and they could have made an incredible spin-off series just based on these two characters. But alas, we only have the original anime.
Rather than the royal duo (see what I did there), there are a lot of moments where you'll laugh out loud rather out of irony, coincidence, or simple second-hand embarrassment.
However, what truly ruined this anime for me was the character and plot development.
The beginning of the anime seemed like pure filler after the first episode. For the first twelve episodes, there's nothing but comedic relief and a few parts that make you connect to the characters.
It isn't until the second half of the anime where the series tries to create a real story and develop the characters more. Did they pull it off?
Absolutely freakin` not.
The character development was rushed and made absolutely no sense at all.
That, or it completely made you lose hope in the character all together since they turned out to be someone that they're not.
All in all, the character development was overdone, senseless and extremely melodramatic. Not to mention the unnecessary fan service parts. It completely ruined the characters and any hope that I had in the anime.
I can't even begin to talk about the protagonist. All I want to say about him is that he's simply a pathetic human. And if this is really the kind of guy that a "perfect" girl will fall head over heals for, then there is no more hope for humanity.
Remember how I said earlier that there can only be one girl in the end that the main character falls for?
Actually, I can't really say who it is, even though I want to tell you so badly
since there's rules on this site that tell me I can't give off spoilers. But if you
absolutely want to find out, read the first column of this paragraph.
Without spoilers, though, the character which Rin falls for wasn't incorporated into the story that well. In fact, she felt more like a side character rather than the girl Rin should have fell in love with. Again, I refer to this anime's terrible character and plot development.
In conclusion, I now find it easy to believe that any anime that's based off a visual novel, or any echi-style anime. Only a few anime's I know based on a visual novel or a harem setting worked out. One of them is Clannad, but even that anime had a few problems in terms of story development.
I definitely would not recommend this anime. It was a complete disappointment despite it's excellent comedic.
+ Great Comedy
+ Good Animation/music
- Pathetic Lead
- Terrible Character/Plot Development
- Unnecessary Fan Service
- Too Much Filler
Do Not Watch!
Another harem style anime, with a little drama, but much more lighthearted overall. It also incorporates some interesting twists and turns in the plot, but it does not generally leave you sick to your stomach like school days does. I enjoyed both school days and shuffle, and they are both excellent anime.
A bunch of girls like one guy. However, the main character in shuffle! has a different personality than the main male lead in School Days (aka the shuffle! guy is actually sincere). Also, they both get pretty serious towards the end. School Days more so.
What Shuffle has is a great story intertwined through a great plot, but if you think Kaede should have done more for her man, then School Days answers your cries.
Both School Days and Shuffle! are two of the better harems out there, in my opinion. Both series start off light, cutesy, and happy, but have darker elements that surface later on in the series. Both School Days and Shuffle! also feature similar character types: yanderes (Kotonoha and Kaede), the loud and energetic type (Sekai and Asa), the quiet girl (Setsuna and Primula), et cetera. I think both are very enjoyable series and fun to watch.
-Both animes focuses very deeply into the story that involves love triangles and one-sided love as well as problems surrounding it.
Another harem style anime where a friendly argument over the love of one man turns slowly in a physically harmful war. In both, a girl turns mentally unstable. Both start off slow but towards the end leaves you in shock.
Both have a main character that can't decide between many girls he can choose from (indecision!). Both take a dark tone mid series when problems begin to arise. Shuffle! has a more overall light mood with some funny moments but can get heavy at times, whereas School Days tends to be much darker altogether. Both are good examples of how indecision can lead to serious problems, especially when it envolves human relationships. Also both plots occur mostly in High School featuring students. They have very good plots and have a lot of twists and turns. However, these shows are definitely *not* for the weak of heart.
Both have yandere: Keade and Kotonoha. "nuff said
These both animes are taking place in school environment. I think that Shuffle is more fun-based anime, while School Days is more serious about situation. Both of main characters are surrounded by girls from everywhere. I must say that Rin from Shuffle is a guy with a character and heart, while Itou from School Days is somehow total bitch.
Althrough, I really enjoyed both of these animes as they have lot in common (at least first halves of them do). When I first saw Asa, I've instantly imagined Sekai from SD. You'll see why. :)
The last 6 episode of Shuffle remind me of School Day. And on top of that both series are highschool harem, romacne & drama. If you enjoyed School Day then you might like Shuffle however if you like Shuffle you might not 100% enjoy School day
If you want to waste your time and you got nothing to do well watch those two series nothing is better then Shuffle or School days maybe a smoke to calm you down after wasting 1 day of your life on this B.S
Both have surprising endings in completely different ways. Also, they both take a turn for the worst at one point in the show, making the drama escalate.
As in Shuffle!, there is a wide variation of characters. The story is based on magic, similar to Shuffle!'s main plot. There is also quite a resemblance between character personalities. I also recommend Da Capo: Second Season.
Almost the same kind of harem jealousy found in both. Male protagonist approach varieties of unique female characters and ultimately found his true love.
Both are enjoyable harem shows with good emphasis on poignant and dramatic moments. Both also boast of good musical scores which enhance the feel of the series.
They're similar in a way that they're both harem series. When I watched Shuffle! it gave me thoughts about DC. There's only a tiny difference between the two, the other one's somehow predictable unlike the other one...
You can see many similarities in both series. Such as the character personalities and changes such as Sakura and Kaede(The "Psychos"), and Asa and Nemu (The "Victims").
both many girl fallen in love in one guy
both are typical harem series with loads of attractive and unique females all in love and fighting over the same not-so-attractive, not-so-unique guy
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs for each heroine that doesn't diverge from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact)
-Each girl receives her own arc
-Drama, romance, comedy, bromance, school life, all along with supernatural tones
Same premise, harem, but different characters and story.
- both have a similar main character
- both have a kind of romance/harem genre
- both have some sort of supernatural or magical twist in it
- both have a little sister like character always helping the main character.
Both sit in the dramatic anime theme whilst still managing to be harem animes. Both also tie magic into the anime whilst not making it a huge theme.
Opening Theme"You" by Yuria
Ending Theme"Innocence" by Hashimoto Miyuki
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