Shuffle! Memories

TV (12 eps)
3.3 out of 5 from 4,880 votes
Rank #10,359

Rin has been living with Kaede since the loss of his parents and as a result, they have become closer than friends. Lisianthus (the king of heaven’s daughter) and Nerine (the king of hell's daughter) fell in love with Rin for his kindness when they were young, so each plans to make Rin hers. Rin's senior Asa has been helping him grow up and has been his support figure for years. Primula is a child who has lived a lonely life and depends on Rin to help her learn what it's like to have a family. Rin's relationship with these girls is all he has in life and as many of the girls seek to be more than friends with him, will Rin be prepared to choose just one? And if so, who?

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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.

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