Kikyou drags Rin on a date, trying to have fun and seduce him. This pretty much fails as Rin is concerned about a lot of stuff, including skipping school. At the end of the day, Kikyou tells Rin that she’s serious about him, and tries to kiss him, but he turns away. She is devastated by Rin’s rejection and silence, and so she runs away from him. Rin returns home afterwards to find Kaede having called in the police to look for him. At her own home, Kikyou and Sia argue, with Kikyou saying that she did everything for the sake of Sia’s happiness. But she (Kikyou) ends up blaming herself for what happens and decides to not appear again. Her parting words want Sia to be happy. The next day, a depressed Sia sees Rin talking happily with friends, especially Asa, and comes to a realization. After school, Sia takes Rin to a field of flowers, and Rin notes that she seems to be Sia again. She tells him about her other side, but say that both are her. She then confesses to Rin, but Rin rejects her again. Sia, and Kikyou who appears briefly again, seems to have already known that he’d answer this way and suspects that she knows who’s important to him, but she promises to keep silent about it.
R-15 for this week. It caught me a bit off guard cause we’ve had some relatively tame episodes recently.
For whatever reason, the confession scene at the end of the episode just felt like everything is done right. The musical pieces they chose for it were perfect, and the animation isn’t too shabby either. Speaking of the animation, there seemed to be an overabundance of lens flare this episode, particularly during the scene when Kikyou is trying to kiss Rin. Not that I mind, but it just seems a bit unnecessary. Anyway, I really like everything about SHUFFLE! right now in general: fanservice, drama, comedy, and all. This is without a doubt my favorite series at the moment.
I’m not entirely thrilled that Sia’s story ends like this, as I’m somewhat of a Sia fan, but there are a lot of hints this episode that point to Rin’s most important person being Asa. Those moments include the distinctly Asa looking figure that Rin sees before Sia pulls him down the hill, and Sia’s realization while she watches Rin talk to Asa the next day. I have a feeling that the focus of final arc will be about Asa and Kaede, and maybe it’ll even have Rin’s conflicting feels for the two. Conveniently, next week’s episode is called “The person Rin likes.”
Closing Thought: Based on Sia’s final comment, if Rin marries into the Shin world, he can have multiple wives! Then he can just have the entire harem with him 😀