Shakugan no Shana – 20
Wilhelmina moves into the Hirai apartment, which Shana has left to gather dust ever since she took on the Hirai Yukari name. Wilhelmina came here because of the Reiji Maigo. Once she cleans the place up, she and Shana go to Yuuji’s house. Shana doesn’t want to go in, but the two are caught by Chigusa. She invites them in and starts conversing, but it really starts to irk Wilhelmina that Chigusa uses “Shana” – the name that Yuuji gave; it bothers her enough for her to ask Chigusa to stop using it. When Chigusa starts calling them a family, Wilhelmina insists that she has no blood relation to Shana and is merely the one who raised her. Because of that conversation, Wilhelmina’s impression of Yuuji’s mother worsens.
Satou and Tanaka are practicing picking up the sword, and although they are improving, they two are far from being able to use it. Margery watches them for a bit, but then goes and picks up her lipstick. Meanwhile, Yuuji is out on a walk when he encounters Kazumi. Around her neck is the charm that Khamsin had given her for helping him. He had also given Yuuji a warning that there were big things going on concerning the Reiji Maigo. Kazumi feels bad that she was completely unaware of what was happening around her, but Yuuji tells her that most people don’t know and that it is best if kept that way. He doesn’t want to involve anyone else from this town. When the two come across a pile of trash from the festival, Yuuji gets a bad feeling from one of the discarded osprey statues, but shrugs it off as to not alarm Kazumi.
Back at Yuuji’s house, Wilhelmina tells Shana that she’s here for the Reiji Maigo because of the threat of Shudonai and the Ball Masque. Just then, Yuuji comes in wanting to tell Shana about the statues, but instead he meets Wilhelmina. Kazumi, who is still with him, chases her dog into view. She and Shana share an awkward moment, and from it, Wilhelmina figures out the circumstances. Wilhelmina takes her leave after Shana runs out in tears. With dusk approaching, the focus turns back to Satou and Tanaka who are done with their training for now and are thinking about dinner. But when they call Margery, there is no answer. Satou finds lipstick writing on the wine cabinet that simply says “Bye!” Margery is actually watching the sunset one more time before she bids the city farewell and disappears.
Wilhelmina and Shana return home to the Hirai apartment. While Shana is in the bath, Wilhelmina confirms that Yuuji is indeed the Misutesu who has the Reiji Maigo. In order to stop the Ball Masque from getting their hands on it, Wilhelmina believes that they must destroy the Misutesu (Yuuji) and take away the Reiji Maigo. This is their only course of action as Flame Hazes. At that time, Yuuji is out reminiscing about all of the places in the city that he and Shana have been to and fought together at. He is ready to leave with Shana, for the sake of not involving the town any more. However, Wilhelmina approaches him and casts a fuuzetsu. With the intent of destroying him, she uses her ribbons to tie up and choke him. To make it worse, she tells him that it’s useless to call for help because even the Enpatsu Shakugan no Uchite agrees that he needs to be destroyed. Back at the apartment, Shana is sitting alone with no lights on, repeating to herself over and over again that she’s a Flame Haze.
I guess with Yuuji around, the threat of the Ball Masque will always be there (unless he and Shana defeat them). So I can see why Wilhelmina finds it necessary to kill him and take the Reiji Maigo. But I also think that Shana should follow her heart and oppose Wilhelmina. If nothing else, then that would allow the two of them to fight. It’s a bit ironic that Yuuji is thinking about leaving the town, so that it doesn’t get involved in his battles, when Wilhelmina shows up to kill him, which would technically accomplish the same goal.
And we can’t forget about the other characters either. That charm Kazumi gets from Khamsin is definitely going to come into play later (I would guess during one of the Ball Masque fights). Margery leaving is quite a touching scene, but I hope that’s this isn’t the last we see of her. Music choice for this episode is superb, especially the songs for that scene and the one where Yuuji is walking around town during the night.
Next week, who will save Yuuji? I’ve got my money on Shana or even Yuuji himself.