Shakugan no Shana II – 06
Remembering what Ike had said to him, Yuuji suggests to Ogata and Konoe that he not walk with them to school in the mornings anymore. This would mean that they wouldn’t need to wait for him like they did this morning, and he’d still help out at school. Konoe, however, tugs on his shirt to indicate that she doesn’t want him to stop. In class, their teacher announces an exam tomorrow, so Ogata asks Ike to help her cram. They decide to do it at Keisaku’s house, and Ike wants everyone else to come too, including Kazumi and Shana. Yuuji has to go to the roof to convince the two girls, but Shana questions why they need to gather in order to study. She also wants to know who’s coming and forces Yuuji to admit that it includes Konoe too. Shana is of course unhappy with this, particularly since Konoe shows up on the rooftop while they’re talking and holds onto Yuuji’s shirt again.
At home, Wilhelmina is worried about Shana being angry and knows that it’s because of Yuuji. He had told her about the study session, and she passes along the message to Shana that he wants her to come. Both Wilhelmina and Alastor pressure Shana about how she’s not training Yuuji, but Shana isn’t sure what to do. She ends up going to the study session with everyone after all, though she does avoid Yuuji. Kazumi brings a lot of food with her and cooks for the group instead of initially studying with them, and they’re quite impressed by everything she makes. However, just like how Shana doesn’t like that Yuuji was studying with Konoe, Kazumi doesn’t like how he’s sitting and eating happily with her. Afterwards, Ogata and Kazumi are washing the dishes when a hung-over Margery stumbles into the kitchen looking for water. Margery doesn’t know who Ogata is, but Ogata recognizes Margery.
When Kazumi and Ogata don’t come back after a while, the others in the group start wondering what happened, and Konoe decides to go to the kitchen to check on them. Yuuji is about to go with her, but Shana takes his place and makes him study instead. The two of them find the dishes still in the sink, but Kazumi and Ogata are gone. Konoe wants to wash the dishes herself, and Shana tries to help, but neither are very good at it. Shana even mistakes cooking oil for dishwashing detergent. Margery meanwhile has brought Kazumi and Ogata to the bar in one of the other rooms to do some more drinking, and Ogata gets irritated that Margery acts like she owns the place. She questions Margery’s relationship to Eita and reveals that she saw Margery at the osprey festival with him, but Margery tells her that she doesn’t have that kind of relationship with either Eita or Keisaku. She claims that she’s in this city for a job, and the two were just helped her – it’s no more and no less than that.
That being said, Margery knows that Eita and Keisaku have developed feelings for her, but she doesn’t think that it’s love. To her, their eyes are too innocent, so it’s more of an admiration than a love, and she still considers them children. After Ogata apologizes to her, Margery notes that jealousy is a part of love. She feels that love is a like a mirror that reflects your own bad parts, and particularly for unrequited loves, there is jealousy and envy. However, this isn’t something to feel ashamed of since it shows that your heart is in it. To break this mirror, Margery advises the girls to connect with the other person, and she urges them to do their best. Their conversation is interrupted when they hear a loud noise and a scream coming from the kitchen, and the entire group finds Shana and Konoe having trouble with a dishwasher that’s spewing water everywhere. Yuuji manages to turn it off, and when Konoe starts laughing because of how much fun it was, everyone joins her except for Shana.
The exam the next day doesn’t go so well for Eita and Keisaku, but the others feel that the study session succeeded at making Shana and Kazumi friendlier towards Konoe. On the rooftop, Kazumi passes on to Shana what Margery had said, and when Shana wonders why she’s telling her this, Kazumi explains that it would be unfair if she didn’t – she doesn’t want to add to her own bad points. With this in mind, Shana shows up to train Yuuji that night instead of having Wilhelmina do it because she wants to connect with Yuuji and to confirm his feelings for her.
It took an entire episode and some advice from Margery for Shana and Kazumi to face their feelings and stop avoiding Yuuji. Now if only they could move forward with exposing who Konoe is. While I’m glad that Margery is doing something more than just sitting drunk on the couch, I’m itching to see more progress in the story and some more action. For the third straight episode, they dragged out the Konoe vs. Shana and Kazumi stuff, and next week doesn’t look like it’ll be much better in that regard, despite Jedi Shana. Looking ahead at the Newtype spoilers for the next few episodes, I think episode eight about Margery’s past could be interesting since Sydonay will be in it, but unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the Konoe Fumina stuff be resolved until sometime after episode nine.