Top selling visual novel and anime Shuffle! has finally received a full and uncensored English language release.
Shuffle!, creator Navel’s first and best known release, takes the form of a romantic school comedy with strong supernatural overtones and a suitably well developed cast.
The game, which itself sold very well on its release in 2004, spawned a significant mixed media franchise, with two sequels, a console adaptation, two manga and two (Asread) anime, along with a slew of light novels (no less than seven), drama CDs and so on.
The introductory blurb, below, hints at the supernatural theme and typically convoluted branching storyline which are the game’s hallmarks:
In a certain complex of ruins, two gates have opened.
On the other side lie the world of the Gods and the world of the Devils.
These three worlds are now connected, and this causes a big change in society.
This story is set in a certain city located in a certain country.
A certain boy lives in this city. One day, two new families move into the houses neighboring his. The new residents turn out to be the King of the Gods and the King of the Devils. Both of them have moved in next to the boy’s house by request of their respective daughters, who fell in love with him at an early age.
Many years ago, when the boy was still a child, he had a chance encounter with each of the girls. Their meeting was brief at best, but the girls took it to heart and kept the memory alive until this day.
The stage is set for a story that involves the boy’s childhood friend as well as others around him. It is a tale of hardship and despair, but also one of faint hope. It is a tale of a boy who, to quote his cynical friend, is capable of becoming either God, Devil or Man.
As important as the literary worth of the title is the visual, and needless to say erotic, content of the title. You can see some of the game and its sequels, as well as the huge amount of art it has inspired, below (the full game is of course completely uncensored):