Sorry, no melon bread here…yet.
|Well it is finally here the first episode of the final Shakugan no Shana series! And now it is time to give the hard core fans another chance to listen to Rie Kugimiya, as the short and tsundere Shana of course. So will this first episode bring us back to the original excitement of this long ass series!? I guess we have to find out! Time to give my first impression with Kara! Hope you enjoy this review.|
|Oh hi there, Fosh! So yeah, this is out pretty late (the second episode is already floating around). Why? Because I had to go read summaries of the last two seasons to remember what the hell happened in them. The minute I saw Yuji with long hair, I had to stop before I got even more confused and that was only within the first 3 minutes of the episode lol. I think I now have a pretty good grip on what happened though, so on to the review!|
So like I said before, the final season of Shana begins with a battle between Shana and Yuji (who’s hair is at least 3 times it’s original length). Apparently Yuji wants to change Shana’s fate and decided that having longer hair was the only way to accomplish this. Flashing back to the end of season 2, which was Yuji having to choose between Shana and that other girl who I don’t care about because she’s not Shana Kazumi during Christmas Eve. Shana sees Yuji for a brief moment at the meeting point, but then he disappears. He was never seen again.
Some time later, Shana now trains in Yuji’s (former) backyard every day and hangs out with his mother because she’s pregnant. She also notes that everything related to Yuji is gone and so are people’s memories of him because that’s what happens when a Torch disappears.
Kazumi also remembers Yuji, yet no one else at school can. Flashing back to Christmas Eve, Kazumi was waiting for Yuji as well and had thought that he chose Shana. However, Shana ran and flew her over to Yuji’s house, where they watched his stuff disappear. They both are pretty depressed. However, hope is not lost and the two have reason to believe that Yuji is still alive.
Flashing back to Yuji’s side of things, he has Flame Haze and Guze no Tomogara on the mind. Talking to the deep voice in his head, he asks if all Flame Haze are destined to fight forever. The voice says that the Flame Haze must fight in order to stop the destruction of the world that the Guze are causing.
Moving on to the rest of the characters, Margery Daw and her magical talking book partner, Grimoire. They talk about how Shana has been learning magic from Margery (because she’s THE magic character) and how it’s all because Shana believes that he’s still around. They also talk about Bal Masqué, the evil organization from the past seasons and how Yuji’s disappearance is probably their fault. This is the reason why they’re still staying in the same city. Also, they’re looking for The Silver that resides inside Yuji’s Reiji Maigo.
Margery also mentions that Satou has become part of Outlaw (the Flame Haze network she’s part of) as a messenger. Satou tells Oga that he’s going to Tokyo to work with Outlaw and apparently both of them remember Yuji as well.
Meanwhile, Wilhelmina is researching Bal Masqué and their attacks on Outlaw while trying to figure out their motives. She figures that they’re planning a huge attack and that the Reiji Maigo has something to do with it. While worrying about Shana, she comes home and tells Wilhelmina that Yuji’s seat disappeared. However, she mentions that the letter is fine still.
I thought maids were supposed to clean or something
Wilhelmina suggests writing a letter to someone named Sophie Sawallisch (a leader of sorts within Outlaw). Shana seems to like this idea and after she leaves, Wilhelmina explains that Sophie is one of the few people Shana can tell her problems to.
So while trying to figure out what to write, Shana pulls out a letter written by Yuji that her and Kazumi received. This is significant because they both got it AFTER Yuji had disappeared and so as long as the letter still survives, they both believe that Yuji is still alive.
On to Shana’s training, Margery and her have a magic battle. Shana uses her flame magic to create an arm made of fire, but she says that it’s still not complete and that she needs to condense it.
Back to Yuji, he decides that he wants to change. He joins with the voice in his head (the Sairei no Hebi), which gives him a new outfit and causes his hair grows to a ridiculous length. He’s last shown with Hecate (I thought she died in the last season), Bel Peol and ….some other guy as the new commander/leader of Bal Masqué.
I’m adding in extras for once~!
Alastor: An excuse for close ups of Shana’s (lack of) chest
“COME AT ME BRO!”
Magical arm wrestling! GO!
“You mean we STILL haven’t resolved the love triangle yet?!”
Whoooaaa this first episode was awesome! I loved the first few minutes watching Shana fighting and the fire effects I remember those were always impressive in this series and Yuji!? Dude your hair is so longggggg bro and you want to fight Shana? Well I know it really isn’t him but still I think he will get his ass beat. I did enjoy how the story picked right back up with the previous season with the Christmas episode, I was really happy that we got some recap to fill in the blanks for us. So good work JC Staff! You didn’t blow the episode on a full explanation of what already happened.
Oh that opening!? The best thing about Shakugan no Shana were the opening videos and music much like IndeX and Railgun JC Staff does great openings and sometimes great endings. It was really sad to see Yuji’s mom and other friends forgetting him! Oh the drama and Shana actually was sad! Well she did end up falling in love with him before the second season ended. And it wouldn’t be a Shana episode without a bath scene because we know that is key to any anime plot right? I am not sure which girl I actually like, probably more team Shana because she actually can fight unlike Yoshida who pretty much cries all the time, I really hope they do something with Yoshida this time.
So I guess we can see there was some sort of a contract made between Yuji and Sairei no Hebi! Well I that guy is the leader of the Bal Masque aka the really bad dudes for this series. Ohh almost forgot! Shana using her powers in a new way! I was really impressive watching Shana training a bit with her fire abilities I wonder what else she can do with them well we all know she can fly and stuff like that but what else! You know what I would love to see? Some sort of IndeX and Shakugan no Shana crossover because Shana is basically a mage right? However the only real connection would be through Margery Daw.
If you’re new to the whole Shakugan no Shana thing, do yourself a favour and watch the other seasons before trying to tackle this one. Even after reading a summary, I still don’t know half of what’s going on. I completely forget what Bal Masqué’s motives are/were. Hell, even the characters themselves don’t know what they are. And I thought Hecate was DEAD. …Or maybe she dies this season? She wasn’t even that interesting of a villain, so I don’t really care about her anyways. Hell, I don’t really think I cared about any of the characters when I watched the other seasons… Which raises the question: Why did I watch them again…?
At least Yuji is less useless now, though I really wish he would cut off that ridiculous looking braid. Also, with Yuji gone now, who will Shana tsundere around with?! What a dilemma. Also, Kazumi, give it up. You were amusing for maybe a couple of episodes, but it’s pretty much confirmed that Yuji is doing this for SHANA. Were you the one he went to see before going MIA? NO. So MOVE ON and go with that Ike guy. Seriously. I don’t even know what compelled him to write her that letter. She’s been useless. It’s been obvious since the end of the second season that the whole love triangle thing is pretty much over and it’s all YujixShana from here.
This was a pretty good introductory episode overall. They recapped some things and while I wish they had recapped more (for once), it’s probably best just to move on. No one wants an episode wasted on flashbacks. Moving on, the special effects used for the magic were pretty to look at as always. I really love those burning ashes that surround Shana. The OP was classic Shana material as well (you gotta love KOTOKO). Also, it was composed by Ryo!!!! I’ll probably watch the other two seasons before continuing on with this, but I do plan on watching eventually.