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Old 2009-11-30, 17:30   Link #1
Ricky Controversy
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Join Date: Oct 2009
Welcome to the Shuffle! Novelization Project, led by Ricky Controversy and DJLowrider. We are looking to explore in-depth the heroes and heroines of the Shuffle! franchise in order to take the existing, intriguing setting and cast and flesh them out until they make for a compelling reading experience.

We want this to be a community work as much as anything: a focal point around which the old Shuffle! fandom can gather once more and produce something great that anyone can enjoy. As such, we are looking for fans to contribute their thoughts, hopes, questions and concerns--objectively, civilly and thoughtfully--about the characters of Shuffle!, their interactions with one another and their world.

Shuffle! is a great franchise that displays a fascinating world and vivid cast, but we also feel that it deserves further exploration. We as a community can make that happen. We look forward to receiving your contributions and discussing the project with you going forward!

~R. Controversy & DJLowrider

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Old 2009-12-01, 08:44   Link #2
Ahou ga
Join Date: Feb 2009
Age: 41
I want to stress a few things up front here before any discussion gets rolling.

Point #1: Check your fanboy-ism at the door, please.

We want our characterization discussions to be at least somewhat objective. We don't care if you hate Asa and love Kaede or if you want to see Nerine dead and Sia gloriously triumphant or any other permutation of such ugly and pointless nonsense. If you choose to ignore this point then we will choose to ignore your contributions. It's as simple as that.

Point #2: Don't take this stuff too seriously.

This is intended to be a fun project for us to discuss and explore facets of the cast's personalities. Friendly debate is welcome and encouraged, but don't take it personally and don't make this out to be more important than it actually is.

Point #3: We are discussing the game characters, not the anime characters.

It is pretty clear at this point that the characterizations portrayed in the anime are not the same as those in the games. In the games Kaede isn't a passive-aggressive with potential violent tendencies, Kikyou isn't a total harlot and Rin isn't nearly so clueless as he is in the anime just to name a few examples. So don't try to mix the anime canon with the game's, it's an apples-oranges comparison.

Beyond those 3 points, pretty much anything goes. Pick a character and talk about them. We're looking to cover just about everyone that makes an appearance in any of the Shuffle! franchise games, so that includes:
  • Tsuchimi Rin
  • Fuyou Kaede
  • Shigure Asa
  • Lisianthus
  • Kikyou
  • Nerine
  • Licoris
  • Primula
  • Shigure Ama
  • Eustoma
  • Forbesii
  • Sage
  • Cineraria
  • Midoriba Itsuki
  • Mayumi=Thyme
  • Kareha
  • Tsubomi
  • Benibara Nadeshiko
  • Yae Sakura
  • Daisy
  • Ruri=Matsuri
  • Erika=Suzuran

So in short: Curb your fanboy-ism, this ain't Serious Business, game characters not anime, and above all have fun with this. Haters, trolls and the like will be ignored.
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Old 2009-12-03, 09:29   Link #3
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Join Date: Feb 2009
Age: 41
I'm going to get the ball rolling here, appropriately, with my thoughts on the series' main protagonist: Tsuchimi Rin. There will be spoilers ahead, though given the nature of this thread I think spoilers are unavoidable so I won't be bothering to hide them as is usually the practice around here. Anyway, my thoughts about Rin:
  • He is the quintessential "Good Guy". He wins the favor of those who meet him simply by being a good person and by doing good things without a thought of getting anything in return. It's precisely this point of his character that has made all the heroines in the game so crazy about him.
  • He has a streak of self-sacrifice in him that tends to get him into a boatload of trouble. This is evident on at least three occasions: when he lied to Kaede as a child to get her to snap out of her emotional coma after her mother and his parents died, when he slit his wrist to force Asa to use her magic to save his life in order to save her life, and when he faced off against Kikyou to get her to come to terms with her own existence. I see this as an extension of his "Good Guy" persona rather than being something like a Messiah complex, though.
  • He has a lot of unfocused potential, mostly stemming from his own inability to decide what he wants for himself. Usually it takes a push from someone else to get him to make a decision or pick a path to go down. When he does have a focus, though, he is a force to be reckoned with.
  • He is, at his core, still a very typical heterosexual guy and certainly has an inward appreciation for the bevvy of lovely ladies that constantly surround him.
  • While he may lack some perception regarding some things he is very aware and mindful of his relationship with Kaede. On most of the other routes in the game he does make strides to resolve things between the two of them and make sure Kaede understands. This is where the game version of Rin differs dramatically from his anime version as his anime version is blissfully ignorant of how his actions are affecting Kaede.
  • Under the right circumstances, he doesn't seem to be averse to a life of polygamy. This is most clearly evident in on Sia's, Kareha's and Daisy's routes and to a lesser extent on Nerine's and Primula's routes.
  • By sharp contrast, on other routes he is defiantly monogamous about his chosen relationship, particularly when he talks to Eustoma and Forbesii about not having chosen Sia or Nerine. This is especially true on Sakura's route but is also evident on Kaede's, Asa's and presumably Mayumi's routes.
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