I finished watching “Shuffle!” last night and decided that the lesson from that anime is that girls are f-ing crazy.
This may not be an epiphany to many of you. I’ve made this statement plenty of times in my life before watching “Shuffle!” and guys look at me, kinda puzzled, and say, “But you’re a girl. Are you calling yourself crazy?” I say, “Yes! I am insane!” But then, of course, you get into that whole catch-22 thing where if I was really insane, wouldn’t I say that I’m not crazy, because only sane people can realize they’re crazy and crazy people think they’re sane?
Anyway, at first I thought these girls were crazy because they all thought they were in love with Rin, who seemed nice enough but didn’t seem to have anything all that great about him that I could tell. But then we went from just plain crazy to F-ING CRAZY. Nerine apparently absorbed the personality/life essence of her clone Lycoris…who was in love with Rin before Nerine was. Nerine gets her feeling sorted out and realizes she loves Rin herself and it’s not just Lycoris’ emotions coming through…then Sia ends up revealing her alter ego Kikyou and I just sat there thinking, “Do all these girls have multiple personalities? Isn’t this played out? Are all these girls completely nuts?”
But it gets better. Kaede has a nervous breakdown where she’s yelling about how her reason for living is basically to cook and clean for Rin and do his laundry. I don’t know a guy out there who’ll turn that down, but Rin leaves and Kaede loses it even more.
It was at this point in the plot that I realized there was more to the lesson than just “girls are crazy!” There is a second half and that is: Guys are idiots. Rin totally can’t understand why Kaede is going bananas and it’s quite a while before he realizes that he’s been taking her for granted all these years. Rin is out with his new girlfriend while Kaede is at home cleaning and cooking meals Rin isn’t home to eat and making plans with him that he brushes off to go hang out with Asa…and he says to Kaede, “What’s wrong with you?” Uh, hello!
My theory about the dual moral of “Shuffle!” was reinforced when Rin slits his wrist to force Asa to use her magic that is consuming her. Watching that scene, I thought, “Yep. Girls are crazy. Guys are idiots. Which is why they’re obviously meant for each other.”