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 ;).