List of Shuffle! characters

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The girls of Shuffle!: Asa (top-left), Kaede (top-right), Lisianthus (bottom-left), Primula (bottom-center), and Nerine (bottom-right).

The Shuffle! light novel and anime series features an extensive cast of characters designed by Aoi Nishimata and Hiro Suzuhira. The series takes place in a fictional universe where humans live in harmony with gods, and devils. The main protagonist is Rin Tsuchimi, a high school student from Verbena Academy who lives with his childhood friend Kaede Fuyou.

Shuffle![edit]

This is a list of characters that were introduced in Shuffle!. They are presented in the order they are given of the omake section of the game.

Main[edit]

The main player character and the five heroines from the anime are listed here.

Rin Tsuchimi[edit]

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Jerry Jewell (English)

Rin Tsuchimi (土見 稟 Tsuchimi Rin?) is the player character in the Shuffle games and the male protagonist in the anime series. He is a 17-year-old high school student. As noted by Kaede, Rin's main virtue is his kindness. This is both his greatest strength, as the girls love him because of this, and his greatest weakness, as shown later in the series by his indecisiveness and goal to make everyone happy, which usually ends up hurting them instead. Rin tends to show minimal initiative when dealing with the girls around him (mostly because of the abuse he receives from his fellow male classmates over his perceived relationship with his childhood friend Kaede). However, he starts to spend more and more time with both Lisianthus (Sia) and Nerine after they arrive and starts to develop feelings for them. With regards to Kaede, he thinks of her as a childhood friend only. When people comment that he and Kaede would make a good couple, Rin either waves it off or says that it is strange to think of it that way. This distance between them is caused in part by Kaede and Rin's dark past.

Kaede Fuyou[edit]

Voiced by: Yuko Goto (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English), Ran Tōno (PC)

Kaede Fuyou (芙蓉 楓 Fuyō Kaede?) is Rin's childhood friend who grew up with him in the same house after her mother and Rin's parents died in a car accident. Some time after they started junior high school, Kaede started taking care of Rin, doing everything from housework to making him his meals. She is very down-to-earth, modest, polite and soft-spoken. However, when something greatly upsets or shocks her, she shows signs of psychosis and even violence. In the anime, when Rin spends too much time with Asa, Kaede pins Asa to the wall and tells her to die and that Rin is and always will be hers. In the original game, this is only visible in the back story: after her mother died, she abused Rin because she blamed him for her mom's death. To shock Rin out of her apathetic state after her mother's death, he told that her mother and his parents were returning from their trip because he begged for them to return, when in fact it was Kaede who had gotten sick and they were returning so that her mother could look after her. He endured her abuse so that she wouldn't blame herself and fall into despair and depression. When she learned the truth of the matter, Kaede resolved to atone for all of her past misdeeds by serving Rin. In fact, it became her raison d'être and although Rin was not really comfortable with the idea, he was afraid of Kaede suffering a relapse by not allowing her to punish herself in this way. Kaede has romantic feelings for Rin, but considers herself unworthy to be loved by Rin or to stay by Rin's side. For Rin's part, he cares deeply about Kaede but more as a sister than romantically. In the anime, she comes to terms with Rin's lack of romantic feelings for her, and her own feelings for Rin, and she resolves to continue loving him.

Asa Shigure[edit]

Voiced by: Miki Itō (Japanese), Monica Rial (English), Sumire Takarazuka (PC)

Asa Shigure (時雨 亜沙 Shigure Asa?) : Asa Shigure is Rin's friend and senior. In the anime she is sometimes called "Shocking Shigure". She is a cambion (half-human/half-demon) but keeps this a secret. While she has a weak constitution (due to her body not being able to handle the magic powers she inherited from her mother), she makes up for it with her energetic personality. Even though she is half-human/half-demon she does not have the long ears typical of demons as seen in episode 14. Her mother explains this to Rin and tells him that although Asa is half-demon, her body is 'from her father' and in almost all respects human. Despite being a bit of a tomboy (because she refers to herself with boku (ボク or 僕), a Japanese word for "I" mainly used by males), she is an excellent cook. She often uses English loan words and is notable for saying "Hello!" in English — a greeting which is her catchphrase. She like to flirt and tease Rin, somethimes greeting him with big slaps on the back. It is later revealed that numerous guys have confessed to her only to be shot down. In the game it is hinted that she may have feelings for Rin; as Asa admits to him, saying, "But if it's Rin-chan, it might be good to fall in love..." In the anime, she is the heroine whom Rin chooses.

Primula[edit]

Voiced by: Hitomi (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English), Minami Hokuto (PC)

Primula (プリムラ Purimura?), nicknamed Rimu (リム Rimu?), is a strange, stoic and calm girl who is often seen carrying one of two stuffed cats around — a present from Rin to her or a stuffed cat which Nerine gave to Lycoris who, in turn, gave it to Primula before she died. She is the third artificial life form created from a result of the gods' and devils' experiments. She escaped the facility and came to the human world in order to search for Rin because Lycoris had told her about him. Primula has good relationships with the other clones, because she was Lycoris's sister. Most of the time she shows either very little or no emotions whatsoever. According to Forbesii and Eustoma, it's not that she lacks emotions, but rather that, due to being raised in isolation in the laboratory, she simply doesn't know how to express them. She was not close to anyone but Lycoris, whom she looked up to as a sister. During her route in the game (and a couple of other routes in Shuffle! Essence+), she starts to trust Rin enough to start showing her real personality; that of an extremely happy and bubbly girl. Additionally, with her young appearance, Primula serves to fill the lolicon niche of the series. In the anime, there are hints that she has some prophetic ability; she warns Rin and Kaede of an earthquake a few moments before it happens and she starts making herbal medicine for Kaede's cold before the latter even exhibits the symptoms.

Lisianthus [edit]

Voiced by: Sayaka Aoki (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English), Rumiko Sasa (PC)

Lisianthus (リシアンサス Rishiansasu?), known in the anime by her nickname Sia (シア Shia?), is the daughter of the King of Gods and came to the human world as a possible marriage candidate for Rin. She and Nerine are cousins, as her mother is Forbesii's sister. She has a very energetic personality and is very optimistic. Although she struggles with academics, she is an excellent cook. Her magical capability is poor, but she makes up for it with brute force by hitting people with objects ranging from chairs to tables. Towards the end of her route it is revealed that Lisianthus has two personalities; her own, and that of her twin sister who was more devil than god and therefore could not be allowed to be born. While still in the womb, Sia decided to save her sister by allowing her soul to reside inside of her own. The twin's personality emerges (takes control of Sia's body) when Sia is depressed or when she feels that Sia should be more aggressive towards Rin. Rin gives the twin the name Kikyou (キキョウ Kikyō?), which belonged to his deceased mother. In Shuffle! Essence+, Kikyou gets an extended ending where she and Sia are able to be separated and thereby co-exist together. In the non-Lisianthus routes, Sia confesses to Rin that, although he might not return her feelings of love, she will keep on loving him because the world of the gods allows polygamy. She tells this to Itsuki when rejecting his advances.

Nerine [edit]

Voiced by: Haruka Nagami (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English), Yuki Matsunaga (PC)

Nerine (ネリネ Nerine?) is the daughter of the King of Demons and, like Sia, is also a marriage candidate for Rin. Nerine is a more capable magic user than her cousin, Sia, and occasionally uses it to devastating effect. Similar to Sia, Nerine has absorbed the spirit of her clone,Lycoris (リコリス Rikorisu?). Nerine and Lycoris can be distinguished from each other by the color of their eyes; Nerinae has red eyes, while those of Lycoris are blue. Lycoris saved Nerine from an incurable illness at the cost of her own life. However, unlike Sia, this has not led her to developing multiple personalities and Nerine only shares Lycoris' emotions and singing voice. Nerinae is very shy, respectful, and speaks in an extremely formal way. She enjoys getting to know and learn about her peers. Although her cooking skills are rather poor, her magic capabilities are quite impressive, with enough destructive power to level entire city blocks. Her grades in school are also excellent. Initially, Nerine becomes a bit depressed when seeing Rin with Sia, but after her confession to Rin about Lycoris' identity and her own love for Rin (which had blossomed during her effort to fulfill Lycoris' last wish), she decides it would be better if she were dead. Concerned, Rin challenges her to a game; if he can find where she is at five o'clock the next day, then the show goes on. When he finds her, he tells her that he can understand what Lycoris wanted and that she needs to sing and smile as herself, or else Lycoris can't do so with her.

Supporting[edit]

Kareha[edit]

Voiced by: Yura Hinata (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

Kareha (カレハ Kareha?) is Asa's friend and classmate from the realm of the gods. They are often seen together. She has a habit of saying "Maa! Maa!! Maa!!!" (translated as "My!! My!! My!!!") whenever she sees something romantic or cute, and starts to daydream. She works a part time job as a waitress in the cafe that Rin and the other characters visit frequently. She also has a younger sister named Tsubomi who had a cameo in the series' final episode, is introduced in the On the Stage version of the game, and has her own route in Shuffle! Essence+ where she reveals that she has been interested in Rin since they met.

Mayumi Thyme[edit]

Voiced by: Miki Inoue (Japanese), Kelly Green (English), Nasumi Katori (PC)

Mayumi Thyme (麻弓=タイム Mayumi Taimu?) is a half-demon and half-human girl with heterochromia. She is in Rin's class, good friends with Kaede and is always looking for the latest gossip. She has the smallest bust in the series, a fact often made fun of by Itsuki. Nonetheless, she takes pride in her small breasts, rationalizing that by being below average, they are a rarity sought after by a select group of men. She may have feelings for Itsuki, despite of their frequent quarreling. It is revealed in Shuffle! Essence+ that she and Itsuki are indeed childhood friends.

Itsuki Midoriba[edit]

Voiced by: Hideki Ogihara (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

Itsuki Midoriba (緑葉 樹 Midoriba Itsuki?) is Rin's classmate and "bad" friend. He addresses himself as "oresama": a rather arrogant version of "ore" (the masculine word for "I" in Japanese). Being the Don Juan of the class, he is envious of the girls' attraction to Rin and often mentions that he will take care of the girls that he doesn't choose. Itsuki and Mayumi often fight over comments made about Mayumi's small chest. It is revealed in the visual novel that he harbors a maddening love for Mayumi due to her flat chest, while his outward insults of them are just to get a rise out of her.

Nadeshiko Benibara[edit]

Voiced by: Chinomi Takema (Japanese), Luci Christian (English), Mari Oda (PC)

Nadeshiko Benibara (紅薔薇 撫子 Benibara Nadeshiko?) is Rin's homeroom teacher. She is single, attractive, and is frequently the victim of pickup lines, including from the King of Demons and Itsuki. She appears to have had some martial arts training (being able to slice a bottle with her bare hand). Students dread her habit of dealing out extreme punishments such as writing 100-page reports and dragging a tire around the track for minor offenses.

Eustoma [edit]

Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English), Gorō Hama (PC)

Eustoma (ユーストマ Yūsutoma?), more commonly known as King of Gods (神王 Shin-Ō?), is Lisianthus's father and the lord of the realm of the gods. He is big, musclebound, and enjoys drinking sake. Despite his best intentions, he often embarrasses his daughter, and it is a running gag in the series that she has to hit him with a chair in order to curb his enthusiasm. He has three wives, who are introduced volume 2, chapter 10, page 16 in Shuffle!- Days of the Bloom. Cineraria, Sia's mother, is the only Demon he has as a wife. It's possible that the other two, Lilac (Shorter-haired woman) and Iris (Long-haired lady) are humans or Gods.

Lilac[edit]

The shorter haired wife of Eustoma. She and Iris are only mentioned in the anime and introduced in the manga. She and Cineraria both have a habit of hitting their husband when he's being stupid or embarrassing. Instead of a chair, though, she is seen with brass knuckles.

Iris[edit]

The longer-haired wife of Eustoma. Unlike her fellow wives of Eustoma, she doesn't hit him when he acts embarrassing and seems to not be much of a talker since she barely talks when her fellow wives take care of Eustoma.

Forbesii[edit]

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English), Sagano Shiba (PC)

Forbesii (フォーベシイ Fōbeshii?), more commonly known as King of Demons (魔王 Maō?, King of Devils), is Nerine's father and the lord of the realm of the devils. He is a lustful character and thus gets along well with Itsuki. Like the King of Gods, he too has a habit of embarrassing his daughter, and this usually leads to Nerine addressing him as "Devil King" instead of "Father" as punishment, much to his displeasure.

Ama Shigure[edit]

Voiced by: Yuria (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)[note 1]

Ama Shigure (時雨 亜麻 Shigure Ama?) is Asa's mother and the first test subject experimented on by the gods and demons. Many players of the game assume she was created by the gods and demons but in the anime revealed that she actually was a normal demon who chose to be experimented on. She has the habit of drastically reducing names to cute nicknames (Asa for instance is referred to as "A-chan"). She also wears a cat-ear hat (which hides her demon ears from casual sight). She looks abnormally young to be a mother, and it surprises the other characters to learn that she is quite a bit older than she looks. This has caused Asa several headaches from having to go to the police station and convincing the police that her mother wasn't a lost child. Due to the experiment that transported her to the human world, her magical power was greatly enhanced (although she hasn't been seen using her magic) and was passed on to Asa, who suffered a lot growing up due to her human body not being able to handle it well.

Tsubomi[edit]

Voiced by Ryōko Tanaka (Japanese - PS2), Hikaru Isshiki (Japanese - Really? Really!), Brina Palencia (English)

Tsubomi (ツボミ Tsubomi?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. She is Kareha's younger sister, and like Kareha, she has a tendency to space out when she see something romantic or cute. Her catchphrase is "Kya! Kya! Kya!". Her first appearance is in Shuffle! On the Stage during Kareha's path. She returns as a secondary character in Really? Really! and has her own route in Shuffle! Essence+. She also makes small cameo appearances in the 22nd and 24th episodes of the Shuffle! anime. Tsubomi (蕾) is the Japanese word for 'flower bud'.

Tick! Tack![edit]

The following characters are introduced in Tick! Tack!

Sage[edit]

Sage (セージ Sēji?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. She is introduced as a main character in Tick! Tack! and appears as a secondary character in Really? Really!

In Tick! Tack!, Sage (she is called Se-chan by Mayumi and red form Nerine) is Forbesii's maid. In the normal timeline, she marries him and is the mother to the true Nerine. At the very beginning of Tick! Tack! Sage was initially introduced when Nerine's group discovered the entry to Forbesii's Mansion. Later on, Nerine revealed that Sage was her mother, this surprised her friends, including Rin.

Sage is very energetic and cheerful in almost all circumstances. She is a great housemaker and good at hiding her feeling, especially towards Forbesii, to whom her whole heart is dedicated to. However, since Forbesii is a prince and she is just his maid, Sage tries to provide services to Forbesii and dedicated her life to it in hope that she may not have to leave him when he is married to his fiancee, Ai. But after several contacts with her master (e.g. in the kitchen, when Forbesii tries to cook, taking Sage's duty away from her), Sage felt more and more attracted to him. She later confessed to Rin that she loves Forbesii, but the feelings between her and Forbesii is a contrast to theirs and no matter how she tries, her feelings will be discarded away.

In the normal timeline, Sage had been proposed by Forbesii after she gave him a New Year gift. However, due to the presence of Rin and company in the past, this event has been skipped and caused Nerine to turn to her red-haired form.

In the alternate timeline (which the group has meddled with) Forbesii's proposal to Sage happens after Sage told Rin that she loved Forbesii, after that Forbesii found both Rin and Sage at the side of the lake. Unable face her master, Sage runs away and accidentally fall into the lake and Forbesii rushes to save her. Later on, at the mansion, Sage caught a terrible cold, so she have to take a rest until the next morning. While she is sleeping and Rin watches her, Forbesii come in and tells Rin what he felt about Sage. He proposes to Sage the very next morning.

Following the theme of characters from Shuffle! being named according to flowers, her name refers to the Salvia genus of flowering plants, more commonly known as sage.

Sage was designed by Hiro Suzuhira. She is voiced by Yukari Aoyama.

Ai[edit]

Ai (アイ Ai?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. She is introduced as a main character in Tick! Tack!.

Ai is first introduced in Tick! Tack!, where she is Forbesii's fiance. In the main timeline, they break their engagement and Forbesii marries Sage instead, but the timeline may be changed so that Ai does marry Forbesii and becomes the mother of the alternate, red-haired Nerine.

At first, Ai was thought to be Nerine's mother since Nerine's hair, grace and measurements matched with that of Ai more than that of Sage, it's no surprise that the group have misunderstood her as Nerine's mother.

Ai is a real fair lady and may be a part of the Royal Family of the Demon World. She is well-educated, graceful and gentle and has always been seen smiling sweetly (even when she is sad and sobbing). Her speech, thoughts and actions can be considered 'Big-Sisterly'. She often refers to herself as 'Ai-Onee San (translated as Big sister Ai)' towards Rin. Her speech pattern even seems 'Big-Sisterly', even to those who seem to be older than she is e.g. Forbesii.

Ai has several 'over-leisurely' activities such as taking a bath (according to her, her average time in the bathroom is about 4 hours), or standing against the cool breeze at the mansion's balcony (according to her again, this is the way she thanks her fate that let her meet Forbesii).

Ai seemed to know the feeling of Forbesii and Sage toward each other, she often encourages Sage to state her feelings, though it seemed more like a way of making fun of her. Although she loves Forbesii more than anyone else, she is still pleased to give in and allow him to free his heart to whomever he loved.

Later, she fell in love with Rin and when he goes back to his time they discovered that she has been rejecting mens that propose to her during 20 years and waited to be re-united with Rin.

Ai (藍) is the Japanese word for Persicaria tinctoria, or the Japanese indigo. Since her name is written in katakana, it can also carry a secondary meaning of 'love' (愛).

Ai was designed by Hiro Suzuhira. She is voiced by Sachiko Mimura.

Cineraria[edit]

Cineraria (サイネリア Saineria?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. She has a small cameo appearance in the first Shuffle! game, but her real introduction is in Tick! Tack!

Cineraria is the younger sister of Forbesii, one of the wives of Eustoma, the mother of Lisianthus, Nerine's aunt and sister in law of Sage.

The characters of Shuffle! have a theme of being named after plants. Cineraria is genus of flowering plants that, like the nerine, is native to southern Africa.

Cineraria was designed by Hiro Suzuhira. She is voiced by Anna Akashi.

Bark[edit]

Bark (バーク Bāku?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. His only appearance is as a secondary character in Tick! Tack!, where he is Forbesii's butler.

His name, Bark, is a reference to tree bark and not the sound a dog makes.

Bark was designed by Hiro Suzuhira. He is voiced by Yamato Ken.

Really? Really![edit]

The following characters in the Shuffle franchise are introduced in Really? Really!.

Sakura Yae[edit]

Sakura Yae (八重 桜 Yae Sakura?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. She is one of the main characters in the Really? Really! visual novels. She also appears in the Visual Novel Shuffle! Essence+.

Yae Sakura (八重 桜), her full name in the Japanese order, is a Japanese term that means 'double-flowered cherry blossom'. Sakura (桜) is the Japanese name for ornamental cherry trees, Prunus serrulata, and their blossoms.

Sakura Yae is voiced by Agumi Oto and designed by Aoi Nishimata.

Mikio Fuyou[edit]

Mikio Fuyou (芙蓉 幹夫 Fuyō Mikio?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. He is Kaede Fuyou's father and the husband of Momiji Fuyou. His only appearance in the visual novels is as a secondary character in Really? Really!, but has minor cameo appearances in the Shuffle! anime.

Mikio Fuyou was designed by Hiro Suzuhira.

His surname, fuyō (芙蓉), refers to the Hibiscus mutabilis, while his given name, mikio (幹夫) means "three trees together".

Momiji Fuyou[edit]

Momiji Fuyou (芙蓉 紅葉 Fuyō Momiji?) is a character in Navel's Really? Really! media franchise. She is Kaede Fuyou's mother and the wife of Mikio Fuyou. Her only appearance in the visual novels is as a secondary character in Really? Really!.

Her given name, momiji (紅葉), is the Japanese word for Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum). This ties in with her daughter's name, Kaede, referring to the maple genus in general. Her surname, fuyō (芙蓉), refers to the Hibiscus mutabilis.

Momiji Fuyou was designed by Aoi Nishimata.

Shuffle! Essence+[edit]

The following characters are introduced in the Shuffle! Essence+.

Daisy[edit]

Daisy (デイジー Deijī?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. Her only appearance in the visual novels is as a main character in Shuffle! Essence+. She's a transfer student from the Realm of Gods, likes Sia a lot and is the lone member of Verbena's Broadcast Club. Apparently part of her story will be getting everyone else likewise involved in the club as well.

Daisy was designed by Aoi Nishimata.

She is voiced by Komugi Nishida.

Ruri Matsuri[edit]

Ruri Matsuri (ルリ=マツリ Ruri Matsuri?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. Her only appearance in the visual novels is as a secondary character in Shuffle! Essence+ and main character in last route in Shuffle! Love Rainbow. She's a member of Sia's personal guard from the Realm of Gods. In Shuffle! Essence+ she prefers wearing the boys' uniform over the girls' one. Outwardly she seems very cold, but she's actually got a pleasant and serene personality. She also may not be much for acting girly either. However in Shuffle! Love Rainbow, from the start she is acting like a girl and honestly shows a girly side, but we also meet her when she is wearing boys' uniform and acting as one.

Ruri Matsuri was designed by Aoi Nishimata.

She is voiced by Aoi Mukai.

Erica Suzuran[edit]

Erica Suzuran (エリカ=スズラン Erika Suzuran?) is a character in Navel's Shuffle! media franchise. Her only appearance in the visual novels is as a secondary character in Shuffle! Essence+.

Erica Suzuran was designed by Aoi Nishimata.

She is voiced by Tsubaki Yuki.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Yuria also sang the OP of both the anime and the visual novel.

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