SHUFFLE! – 22
Once again, everything has returned to normal. Rin and Asa are now a recognized couple, but that doesn’t stop Sia/Kikyou from continuing to pursue him. The other girls, however, have found their own things to do: Nerine has joined the school’s broadcasting group while Primula is learning to cook under Kaede, who is also helping Rin pack his things to move out. Rin eventually finds a cheap apartment to move into, where Asa kisses him before he even moves in. Finishing up packing back at home, Rin notices that the boat he’s been working on has been finished. Rin thanks Kaede for everything she’s done up until now, and Kaede starts to cry as she reminds Rin of all the things he has to do to take care of himself. As Rin comforts her, Primula, who’s doing the dishes downstairs, smiles.
Then it’s time for a party for Rin! Nerine and Sia bring their self-cooked food – omelet and cookies, respectively. Sia gets mad when her father starts acting rowdy and smacks him. Kikyou then starts to flirt with Rin, but Primula’s powers to pull her away. When Eustoma gets back up, Sia knocks him through the glass door and Primula freezes him over. The next day, when Asa is helping Rin move in, Mayumi, Itsuki, Sia, Nerine, and Primula (the latter two in maid costumes) come to help. Asa ends up at the cafe where Kareha works with Tsubomi (Kareha’s sister). Much to Asa’s surprise, Kareha admits that she likes Rin too, but tells Asa not to worry because the Shin world allows polygamy. At the end of the day, Rin and Asa are walking home together when Asa asks Rin to stop calling her Asa-sempai. He struggles, but manages to start calling her Asa-san. After the two arrive back at the apartment, Rin is about to kiss Asa, but she faints on him.
I heard so many background songs this episode that I haven’t heard in ages – pretty much all of the light-hearted ones including Nerine’s theme (which is one of my favorites). I really need an OST for this series… Anyway, this episode is a lot like what happened after the Primula/Nerine/Lycoris arc back in episode sixteen. Lots of fun and parties with plenty of AsaXRin thrown in; even the episode title screen and the eye-catches were back to the way they were from the first half of the series. All in all, I enjoyed this break episode, transitioning between two very serious and crazy-drama heavy arcs.
But of course the story’s not quite done just yet. Asa has fainted yet again at the end of this episode, so they still have to resolve the problem of her health. There’s no R-15 in the episode, but there was some in the preview. I assume that’s Ama shown, so next week is most likely going to be about Ama and Asa’s past.
Closing Thought: Primula in her neko-maid costume is incredibly cute. But like someone wondered last week, I have no idea how she wags that tail or her ears.