SHUFFLE! – 15
Rin and company arrive at Makai world and are taken to Primula by Eustoma and Forbesii. Rin and Kaede call out her name over and over again after seeing her, but she doesn’t seem to be responding. However, Rin’s resolve prevents him from quitting and he pleads for Primula to return. Primula starts to stir, and call out Rin’s name. At the same time, she starts to overload and the energy waves throw Rin and Kaede back. Forbesii is ready to blast her to protect everyone else, but Rin stops him. Primula dreams of Lycoris, but then hears Rin calling out to her. She wakes up, but things in the room start to explode. In a flash of light, everything stops. Rin looks up to see Nerine encasing Primula with her own power, and everyone makes one more plea to Primula. Her capsule breaks, and she is reunited with Rin. Primula identifies Nerine as Lycoris, but the yellow light soon disappears and Nerine faints. Back with her family, Primula is allowed to return ot the human world. As everyone celebrates at home, Nerine and Primula watch the stars and think of Lycoris. The next day, Rin returns Asa’s hair ribbon, thanking her for helping him whenever he was in trouble and wanting her to get better soon. Asa’s coughing gets worse when Rin is out of the room, so Nerine offers to use her magic, but Asa refuses it. Nerine concludes that Asa must really like Rin. After leaving Asa’s house, Nerine admits to Rin that it was Lycoris who Rin met eight years ago. Those original feelings for Rin are Lycoris’, which has caused Nerine a lot of confusion about her own feelings. But now, Nerine is sure that she is also in love, and walks over to give Rin a kiss on the cheek after he promises to listen to her own song one day.
This is hands down one of the best episodes so far, if not the best one. The journey to the Makai world isn’t shown, but the episode starts out with no OP and several shots of the world itself (complete with dragons and swamps). For a moment, it felt like I was watching a different series. From there, the plot just takes off, from Rin and company saving Primula to returning home to seeing Asa to Nerine’s confessions. The high quality production aspects don’t falter, and you get the feeling that a lot went into this episode. It feels almost reminiscent the pull-out-all-the-stops normally done for final episodes.
Nerine and Primula’s stories are concluded for now, in, what I must say, a very satisfying way. By the time Nerine kissed Rin on the cheek to finish the episode, I had a smile on my face from watching it all. Asa gets some more development as we see her dislike of magic and her still sick condition (though I hesitate to say it’s worsening). Seems like they’ll continue to develop Asa’s story as we watch the other girls’ stories. Next week is about the other story that they’ve been developing – Sia’s. Simply titled 「キキョウ」(Kikyou), it seems to hint that we’ll see Sia’s other inner self.
Closing Thought: They take advantage of R-15 this week to show several breasts shots of Primula, which I’ve capped above because it related to the story.