Me heart fluttered with excitement when I read the announcement that SHUFFLE! will returning to TV in the winter. Thought it was going to be an OVA. Apparently SHUFFLE! Memories is just a Director’s Cut (whatever that means) repeat broadcast with new OP and ED.
Read Omni’s invaluable season preview post that another Navel offering, Lovedol ~Lovely Idol!, will be coming to our screens but given that (1) the Soul Link anime didn’t win many fans and (2) asread improved on the SHUFFLE! story when producing the anime, I’m adopting a sit and wait attitude to that.
In any case, Navel seems to be powering ahead with the SHUFFLE! franchise with yet another sequel game. Whereas Tick! Tack! was Nerine-centric, Really? Really! appears to be aimed at the boxcutter-wielding, Asa-lynching hoodies of the KKK.
From what I could gather (with my piss poor Japanese), the story occurs after Rin and Kaede have re-established their ties and Primula is living with them as a member of the family with the approval of the Demon and God Kings. They feel it is a good way to observe Primula’s development of her emotional control as things seemed to have been going well under Rin and Kaede’s care. However, along the way, an unexpected magical surge from Primula has scattered and disrupted Kaede’s memories, mind and spirit, putting her very existence out of order. In order to fully awaken Kaede and restore her memories, Rin and friends travel to the Spirit world. There he and Kaede will confront their past.
Main character is definitely Kaede as she’s the default on the character page. Other main characters are Primula, Asa, Mayumi, Nadesico-sensei and, of course, Rin Tsuchimi. A new character, Sakura Yae, has been added. Her character design looks out of the fifth Navel game, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai (We Have No Wings – under the innocent sky aka Oretsuba) but there’s apparently no connection. She’s described as a childhood friend of Rin and Kaede (but is attending a different school) with a gentle personality. Always to listen to the problems of those around her, she has little regard for her own problems and is flustered by recent events. *dun dun dun*