SHUFFLE! MEMORIES – 03
Asa OP: 「High Tension Dreamer」 by 伊藤美紀 (Itou Miki)
Watch the OP! Mirror 1 (24.8MB, XviD)
Although she received a confession from the popular athlete Takizawa, Asa hasn’t given him a reply and her thoughts continue to go back to Rin. After she injures her foot doing the high jump, she has Rin take her home instead of Takizawa, and the two end up talking about how they met when Rin brought Kaede to Asa to learn cooking. Asa admits to being envious of Kaede because Rin waited for her every day until the cooking club ended. Since Asa mentions that she wished she had someone like that, Rin points out how worried Takizawa was for her earlier, but she feels he’s not right for her. When she gets up to get some tea, Asa trips because of her foot and falls right onto Rin in bed. But by the time her mother Ama comes home and comes to check on Asa, the pair have straightened themselves out. It is on the next day that Asa rejects Takizawa and gives him back his gift.
Sometime later, Asa is the one who talks some sense into Rin when he feels guilty for forcing Primula to return to the Ma world with Forbesii after she gets sick. Rin becomes determined to go after Primula, but because Nerine and Sia resist the idea, Asa yells at them for not acting like candidates to be Rin’s lover by not considering his pained feelings. Saying that she didn’t want to lose someone else precious to her, Nerine had run out, and Rin chased after her. Asa meanwhile collapses after all the excitement, and Rin goes to see her the next day. He tells her what Nerine revealed to him, and Asa then admits that Primula is similar to how Asa was a long time ago – always sick and angry at her mother. Asa had blamed Ama for her weak body and had wished that she hadn’t been born, but Ama had always kept her smile until Asa herself decided to become a strong person like her mother. It was thanks to Ama’s love that Asa got healthy again and is the person she is now. From this, Rin realizes that he was a fool to have hesitated so much before deciding to go see Primula.
Asa ED: 「wish」 by 伊藤美紀 (Itou Miki)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 (37.3MB, XviD)
Asa’s OP and ED songs were ok, but the last shot of the otherwise-good OP sequence felt a bit too spoilerish, and the ED sequence wasn’t quite as amusing to watch as Kaede’s because it was made up of mostly still shots. That OP also raised questions of if they’re gonna go with mannequin nudity for this show along with the fog effect.
This episode was half made up of Asa’s story from episode seven and half made up of Asa’s involvement in the Primula/Nerine story of episodes twelve through fourteen. Oddly enough, the episode ended before Asa gave Rin her hair ribbon for his trip to see Primula, which I felt was a rather important symbol for him to have, especially since this was supposed to be Asa-focused.
Anyway, for whatever reason, I had been under the impression that they were going to do one girl at a time, but looking at the schedule now, it seems that they’re doing all of the initial stories at once, and then going onto the second half. This seems to mean that there will be a new OP every week for at least the next month as they continue going through all five girls. Unfortunately, this would also seem to mean that any original story we’re going to get is going to be saved for the second half of the show, likely towards the end. In any case, next week is Nerine.