Shakugan no Shana – 09
At school, Ike is handing out admission tickets to the entire class for a day at the Misaki Waterland. Shana’s not too keen on it, but Yuuji seems very excited. During lunch, Kazumi tries to invite Yuuji to go, but is unable to say the words even with Ike trying to help her. Instead, their classmate Ogata Matake invites everyone to go on Sunday. They all agree, including Shana after some urging from Yuuji. Ogata also invites Eita (who she likes) and Keisaku, but they turn her down because of Margery. Kazumi and Ogata go shopping together, while Yuuji’s mother gives Shana a swimsuit.
At the water park, Kazumi spots a poster for an Underwater Couples’ Kibasen (Kibasen is the mock battle game with a rider and a “horse” and the objective is to pull the opposing rider’s headbands). The prize is a restaurant dinner with a view of the night sky complete with a luxurious meal, handmade bread, and drinks all free of charge. Kazumi wants to have a dinner date with Yuuji while Shana is all about the all-you-can-eat melon bread, and so both want to participate. Ironically enough, Margery has also dragged Eita and Keisaku to the Waterland. When the two guys are spotted by Ogata, she causes a bit of a scene. Shana has felt Margery’s presence, but Margery is here basically to rest and drink. The Couples’ Kibasen is starts soon after the group draws their pairings – Shana and Keisaku, Ogata and Tanaka, and Yuuji and Kazumi. The latter group’s first face-off has the girl pulling open Kazumi’s swimsuit. Embarrassed, Kazumi pushes the girl down and somehow ends up with the headband in her hand. Shana, on the other hand, is grabbing them left and right, due much to the footwork of Keisaku. The two of them eventually chase after Yuuji and Kazumi, but Keisaku’s stamina gives way right as Shana is about to grab Kazumi’s headband. Everyone goes tumbling and the victor ends up being their teacher’s team. At the end of the day, everyone goes home and Kazumi can’t help but be worried about Yuuji and Shana’s relationship as she watches them walk off.
Plot-wise, nothing happens this week. But that’s ok, because this is a very fun, funny, and fanservice-y episode that shows to Kazumi and the audience how close Yuuji and Shana have become. Kazumi doesn’t really gain any ground as Yuuji is too occupied with Shana to notice her too much.
The funniest part of this episode for me is when Shana starts to undress in the Sakai living room, but then notices Yuuji is there and then kicks him out. Like I said, the episode is (as was expected) very lighthearted.
Animation is a bit across the board – a lot of the first half switches back and forth between awful and good quality. The animators get their act together by the second half though. I guess the budget for this episode went to the fanservice parts. :)
Now that we’ve had a fun episode, next week looks like a return to the serious stuff.