Shakugan no Shana – 23
Shana and Wilhelmina arrive at the Seireiden, ready to do battle. There are, however, no enemies around. Rushing forward, the two fall right into the Professor’s trap. An army of mass produced Dominos equipped with swords and crossbows attack. The robots are no match for the Flame Haze, but the Professor has something else up his sleeve. He uses the Jizai Shiki to suck up Shana and Wilhelmina’s power of existence. Without their abilities, the two become handicapped and are quickly surrounded. Shana discovers that the Nietono no Shana has become too heavy to use without her Flame Haze powers, so she puts it away and resorts to using her fists and legs. An arrow even manages to pierce through Wilhelmina’s shoulder. Meanwhile, Hecate is enjoying more and more of Yuuji’s feelings and memories.
Shana and Wilhelmina destroy the first wave of robots, but more arrive. When, Shana’s leg gets hit by an arrow, she starts using the Nietono no Shana again. In the city below, the overflow of power of existence has saturated, forming volatile pillars of light. Satou and Eita are suddenly called by Margery, who has returned because of her Flame Haze mission. She instructs them to go to Haridan, but they’re already there. Margery wants them to look for where the Jizai Shiki is coming from. Noticing the top of the Seireiden on the map, Satou figures it out and directs Margery there. Back on the island, Shana and Wilhelmina have once again become surrounded. They hear Margery’s voice from outside, which is followed by a giant blast that destroys the structure and device that was sucking up their powers of existence. The two Flame Haze quickly lay waste to all of the powered-down robots.
Shudonai and Bel Peol have no choice but to fight this battle themselves; Shudonai faces against Margery while Bel Peol heads for Shana and Wilhelmina. Sensing the approaching enemy, Wilhelmina still wants to know Shana’s answer to the destroying the Misutesu question. Shana asserts that she won’t destroy Yuuji. As Bel Peol’s weapon comes crashing through the door, Shana has decided that she will be fighting as the Enpatsu Shakugan no Shana. Hearing this, Wilhelmina allows Shana to go off alone because she believes in Shana. Bel Peol enters the room and has to fight Wilhelmina one-on-one. As she’s heading for Yuuji, Shana tells Alastor that although she still doesn’t know what she wants to do with him or what she wants him to do for her, Shana does know that she likes him. She remembers Yuuji giving her the name Shana at the same time that Hecate is extracting that memory from him. Shana enters the room containing Hecate and swears that she’ll definitely save him.
I’m slightly disappointed by this episode, but only slightly. The endless-stream-of-robots was alright for the first wave, but then it got a bit repetitive. Yes, it was cool seeing Shana kick ass without using her sword, but I would have preferred if the two Flame Haze had to fight Bel Peol or Shudonai. Instead, they’re putting all three of the big battles (Margery vs. Shudonai, Wilhelmina vs. Bel Peol, and Shana vs. Hecate) off until next week – the final episode. I’m worried that it may be too much for one episode, especially since they also need to conclude the series.
I’m also not entirely happy at how Kazumi is just sitting this one out, but at least it seems like Shana has another rival in love, if you want to count Hecate. I mean come on, she’s having an orgasm on Yuuji’s memories! :)
And I’m still waiting for Shana to pull out the Blutsauger. I half expected her to use it in the middle of this episode when she put away the Nietono no Shana, but that wouldn’t have made much sense since the Blutsauger’s probably even heavier. It would be stupid of them to have shown Satou and Eita giving it to her if she’s not going to use it (or give it to Yuuji or something). I’ll be looking for it next week. That aside, I’m really hoping for a good ending, in all senses of that phrase – an exciting battle between Shana and Hecate, some YuujiXShana, and a satisfactory conclusion that leaves us wanting a sequel. That’s asking for a lot, but we’ll see if they can pull it off.