SHUFFLE! – 08
Rin is surprised when he wakes up to find Sia standing over him. She invites him on a date that she’s been planning ever since she started reading a magazine that gives love advice. She even has tickets to a concert, courtesy of her father. With everything planned out, she first takes him to a karaoke bar. Unfortunately, they run into Mayumi who immediately suspects them to be on a date. They escape from her, but encounter different friends at every subsequent place they go: Nerine and Itsuki at an outside clothes market, Primula and Kaede at the arcade, and Kareha-senpai at the snack shop. Sia isn’t too happy that their date keeps getting interrupted. On a train, she remembers the time eight years ago when Rin found her alone. The two laugh together when, unbeknownst to them, Asa-senpai walks in, but turns back without saying anything. Sia still plans to bring Rin to the concert, but those plans change when they find a lost child. Rin plays with the child, keeping him company, until his mother arrives. On the train home, Rin finds the notes that Sia wrote for their date and realizes all the thought and effort that she put into it. They arrive at home, but Rin says that there’s something else they should do. He takes her to school and while the two admire the view from a classroom, he returns the notebook. He says that he had fun on the date, and then holds her hand as the moonlight shines in.
I was so hoping for a kiss! They were so close! >_<
I think it is interesting to watch each of the girls' reactions when they see Rin. Of the main girls, only Asa and Kaede were particularly bothered by Sia and Rin's date. Their feelings for Rin are perhaps the strongest at this point (not counting Sia since this was her episode), with almost visible jealousy. We'll see how this develops as the story goes...harem series are so much more fun w/o a known female lead. *is reminded of the current DCSS situation*
Good amount of fanservice this week: plenty of panty shots, Sia in the bath (with well placed foliage). Next episode brings us the R-15 rating, which can only mean more fanservice and ecchi (unless this series somehow turns into a bloodbath). Ironically enough, that'll also be the beach episode. Of particular note is that the last shot of the preview shows Rin and Sia alone on the beach. Could it be another Sia episode?
And just like FMP! TSR, SHUFFLE! will also be taking a two week break (3 weeks total counting from today) so that WOWOW can cover tennis (the US Open).