Very much awaited episode after the shocker at the end of episode 20 and also the fact that no previews were given for this episode, adding to the suspense. Unfortunately, I couldn’t join in the pre-release hype but I’ve heard of rumours that people were expecting poor Kaede to go batshit insane and kill Asa or something crazy, leading to a climatic end……

But….. fortunately, that doesn’t happen, instead, we get one of the best dramatic episodes to date of Shuffle!, with the resolving of Kaede’s arc. It seems now that Asa is the winner, to the collected disappointments of KKK members (including me). I’m still glad though, of the way they handled the whole episode, with Kaede and Asa confronting each other and revealing their feelings for Rin.

Rin also was quite admirable, with his decision to move out from Kaede’s home, in order to start off a new life, unbound by the chains of past sins. It would be horribly uncomfortable for him to still stay in Kaede’s home, after all the events that have happened, especially now that he’s chosen Asa for sure.

As for Kaede, I’m glad that finally she confesses her true feelings towards Rin, only that unfotunately Rin’s love for her is in a different way and not in the shape of lovers, as Rin puts it. I feel sad for her, but at the same time feel relieved as well as she’s relieved from a big burden as well, literally and figuratively speaking :). In the end, she still has a family in the shape of Primula.

I also have to salute the production crew for handling Rin’s confession to Asa. Officially, he still hasn’t said her likes her and so, this is definately a must for any romance, a confession of love that is. From Rin’s “Asa-sempai, suki desu” to the RinxAsa kiss, it was done perfectly that in fact, I’d thought I was watching the last episode of Shuffle!.

Well, there is still 3 episodes remaining for Shuffle! and from the previews, it seems to be the start of Rin-kun’s new life, outside from Kaede’s home. It also seems a bit fanservicey, but I wouldn’t really mind, as the last few episodes have been quite serious in tone. However, some people are expecting a twist right before the end, and I would agree with their sentiments, as all in all, Asa’s “condition” is still not resolved yet ;).


  1. firebrand Said,

    December 10, 2005 @ 7:28 pm

    being a kitto kitto kaede-chan member myself, have you noticed the fact that no one anymore seems to be disturbed by using the KKK notation anymore? just strikes me as REAL weird.

    oh, and asa sucks. >=(

  2. Kurogane Said,

    December 10, 2005 @ 7:56 pm

    Well, true true. I don’t really think of KKK in the “other” context that much any more nowadays.

    >>oh, and asa sucks. >=(

    Now, now, don’t start flame wars please. Asa is still good, she’s just not as devoted as Kaede is.

  3. phil Said,

    December 10, 2005 @ 8:40 pm

    Not to start a flmae war, but I think that they ddid Handel Aaa and kaede and Kaede and Rin Great in this ep. But I still dont like how Asa went onto Rin when she knew that kaede liked him, they part alot of people seem to look away at Asa’s Character but I dont really like her because of that and ather reasons, but still she can be great at times when she tells people off, Sigh… I’m dissapointed and I’m not a Kaede fan.

  4. Jade Maehara Said,

    December 11, 2005 @ 6:44 am

    Not to reveal any spoilers or anything, but don’t you all think that this situation is perfect for Asa’s ending in the game? If they followed that route, everything would be resolved nicely by the end of the series without leaving any loose ends. All the girls would be happy (and healthy), as would Rin.

  5. firebrand Said,

    December 11, 2005 @ 4:50 pm

    At this rate it seems like a sure thing that asa’s ending is going to be the focus for the next few episodes. it’s just a question as to if it will be for the next 2 eps, or the full 3. personally, i think they could do the last part of the asa storyline in 2 eps easy, though i’m not sure if they will. If it is only the next 2, then i wonder what will happen for the last ep. hmmm….

    oh, and if they decide to do a tick tack anime, how will asa winning affect that i wonder.

  6. Kurogane’s Anime Blog » SHUFFLE! 22 Said,

    December 16, 2005 @ 9:05 pm

    […] As expected, this episode turns out to be a humorous episode after the resolutions of SHUFFLE! 21. […]

  7. Mal Said,

    December 18, 2005 @ 3:16 am

    I agree that a lot of people are expecting a twist at the end. Kaede diffinitely fits as Rin’s gf than any of the girls. I cant believe Kaede just… gave Rin away to Asa like that (In my view atleast). I just hope Rin realizes that Kaede is THE one.

    Kurogane: Comment edited in an effort to not start a flame war(yeah, like I have the mojo to do it < .<). Try to play nice here guys ^_-.

  8. Koh Said,

    December 19, 2005 @ 4:34 am

    Sigh… I was up my seat at the end of EP 20… then EP 21 came along… sigh did’nt feel the same “feeling”. Asa and Rin makes a good couple, BUT Rin and Kaede trully makes a better one for the most part.

    One example, Picture this on your mind, a photo with Kaede on the left , Rin on the right with his arm across Kaede’s shoulder… and then! add Primula on the center.

  9. Kurogane Said,

    December 19, 2005 @ 10:54 am

    Hehe, I’d like to imagine myself next to Kaede instead but…. yes, that is going to be a nice family photo ^_^.

    True, Asa and Rin are OK, but in actuality, after watching episode 22, it still feels like they’re kinda awkward with each other, like Rin still calling Asa as “Asa-sempai”.

    Well, I just wonder how can Rin no develop feelings for Kaede after 8 years of living together >.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 12, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    Oh well.. things past cannot be undone. One consolation that all KKK fans can have now is that Navel is making another SHUFFLE! game that continues on from the Kaede ending in the game. Let’s pray for it to get the anime treatment along with Tick! Tack!.

  11. LOVEANIME Said,

    June 27, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    Just saying….you will never get the same stuff from anime from anything else. Jap-anime has all genres. I have learnt so much more from anime than I could think of within my life. I just need to watch the right anime, however, it is hard to find the right ones and the time to find them. Don’t you agree?

    Anyway…back to SHUFFLE. Obviously, it has it’s unique story. And probably a story I never would have come upon unless I was searching for anime (which really happened). Anyway, its music is really earcatching from the start and also gives a nice fix with the setting and characters- I was hooked from ep. 1. I was also moved about how the story progresses (we all know). I have only made it up to ep. 3 but I will continue downloading!

  12. hato Said,

    October 27, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    صور جميل جدا

  13. sagematt Said,

    October 28, 2006 @ 7:40 am

    >> Well, I just wonder how can Rin no develop feelings for Kaede after 8 years of living together >.

    Hint: Being treated like trash. Several murder attempts.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, Kaede is my favorite one anyways ^^

  14. AnimeFreak 4 EVER Said,

    October 30, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    Oh, it must be hard for Rin to choose, right? its true that Asa and Rin are together in the end, but i like it if Rin were together with Kaede in the end. Well, even though Kaede kinda freaks me out in eps 21 or 22, but she’s still my fav!!!^_-

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