A recap of the Shuffle world, set ten years in the future. Gods, Demons, and Humans freely visit the other worlds as if traveling overseas, and romance is in the air. Demons, Gods, And Humans together have been falling in love and creating new families, breaking down the wall that once seperated them. Past memories are visited by Rin Tsuchimi and the events that occured between him and Lisianthus, Nerine, Kaede, Asa, and Primula.
Shuffle! itself was an excellent harem anime that brought together unique characters, a strong feeling of drama, and a rather unexpected conclusion. Shuffle! Memories, however, failed to deliver any form of new development to the series. It essentially provided fans with a complete summary of the original series without providing anything new in terms of story or character development.
The story of Shuffle! Memories, if you can so call it that, is basically a complete recap of the original series. That's it. There are no new characters, no new developments, and no new scenes in terms of story. The only saving grace for this "series" was
a new episode for a conclusion that essentially was nothing more than a fanservice filler. While the final episode was enjoyable, it by no means made up for the spanning recap episodes that lead up to it.
Seeing as how Memories is nothing more than a recap, the artwork has remained the same. No new scenes means no new art. Characters are still as well designed and developed as they were the first time around. The lively colors and interactive backgrounds are still present as well.
Perhaps the highest point of mention for Memories, is the introduction of new introduction music. With each episode focusing on a different character, viewers are treated to a character vocal song based on the focus of the upcoming episode. Hearing a new melody for every episode was pleasant, yet only served to give fans a taste of something new before serving them twenty five minutes of things they've already seen. Unfortunately the ending themes were not as lucky to get the same treatment as the introductions. The original "Innocence" ending theme closes every episode with the same animation of the girls standing in the rain. Nothing special, nothing new.
The characters for the series are as lively as they were in the original series, considering that it essentially is the original series. Fans will be able to relove their favorites with a second helping of what they've already received. Aside from that, there's not much more.
Shuffle! Memories apparently tried to bank on the fanbase of the original series by having them watch the same thing a second time. The new opening soundtrack was enjoyable as was the final new episode, but they only serve to wet the palette of fans. While one would haved expected Memories to be a fresh serving, they are left with only yesterday's leftovers. Fans of the original series will either be glad to see their characters return, or disappointed at the lack of new development. Unless one is truly a hardcore fan of the original series, it is recommended to skip this recap and simply enjoy the final fanservice episode.
It's a reviw of Shuffle and done purly or maby average. You just rewatch scenes from Shuffle and some extra info. But the story about ASa-senpai and Rin is left out (they're not what they used to be) so it sux. The ending is just a funny episode, the only one worth watching, but its more like a filler altought is the last episode. Nothing happens and it doesn't conclude the whole series. My advice would be to just watch Shuffle and ignore Shuffle Memories.
This Recap is more of a flashback to review each character individually revealing small details not released in the first season, but episode twelve is an extra chapter that has a few laughs "So I'd say watch it I laughed quite a few times".
English is not my first language so I might not be able to explain myself and the anime the way I intended to, but I gave it my best and I hope you enjoy.
To start with, this is a recap of Shuffle! and if you read this to decide which one you choose to watch, I suggest you to not take the shortcut but watch the original 24 episodes anime, and here are the reasons;
10 episodes of this anime are dedicated to 5 main girl characters (2 for each) and shows the important events concerning them. To make it clear 12 episodes are; 1:
intorductory episode about the characters, 2-6: 1st parts of events that are concerning each characters, which are in the 1st to 10th-15th episodes of the original Shuffle!, 7-11: 2nd parts of the events which are in the 10th-15th to 24th episodes of the original. 12: a filler episode.
This way of narrating doesn't sit well with me because you can get exposed to spoilers. For example 7th episode which is dedicated for Kaede shows events unfold in the last couple episodes of the original which you will see again and again for every episode after that, only shown from the eyes of the other characters.
Another problem comes from squeezing 24 episodes into 10 episode (maybe even less time considering important events that are concerning more than 1 character is shown couple of times) which is a huge hit to character and story development. We see important scenes but not the little events or character changes that led us there.
If you think about whether Shuffle! is worth watching and investing time considering it has 24 episodes, don't take the easy way out thinking this will take it's place. This anime is not even a good summarization of the original but a recap that I believe only people who watch the original and want to see the events again could enjoy. You will waste your 6 hours while you try to save it.
P.S. If you watch the original and don't want to see the scenes again you can watch the 12th episode of this anime, though, it's just a filler episode.