Shakugan no Shana II – 07
Ike has been meticulously planning a trip to the amusement park so that Konoe and his friends can have fun, though his true goal is to ride the Ferris wheel with Kazumi. He likes to think that good memories are created through good planning, and he hopes his leadership and reliability will appeal to Kazumi. When they arrive inside the park though, the first ride that Konoe chooses to go on is a go kart ride made for children. Everyone except for Konoe and Shana is embarrassed to be riding with all these kids, and Ike even gets carsick afterwards. When Konoe chooses another children-oriented attraction afterwards, Eita and Keisaku suggest that they split up instead into two groups and go different ways. Unfortunately for the two of them, they get Shana in their group, and she wants to do the bungee jump.
In the other group, Yuuji, Konoe, and Kazumi follow Ike’s lead, however all the dessert stands that Ike had planned to visit are temporarily closed or are under repair. Konoe expresses interest in the roller coaster, so Ike reveals that his research indicates that now is the best time to ride it because there tend to be no people. However, he turns out to be wrong because there’s a huge line. Ike panics over this mistake because he fears he won’t be able to ride the Ferris wheel with Kazumi now, and he tries to make up for it by offering to wait in line while the others go to another attraction. Standing alone, Ike starts despairing over his situation, but Kazumi raises his spirits by coming back with a drink for him and joining him in line. She knows that he’ll get sick from riding the roller coaster, and asks him if there’s anything he can ride, so Ike tells her that the Ferris wheel is okay since he was once able to ride it back during kindergarten. He eventually works up the courage to ask Kazumi to ride the Ferris wheel with him and is overjoyed when she agrees.
Since it’s almost their turn to board the roller coaster, Kazumi heads off to get Yuuji and Konoe. Unfortunately for Ike, the ride operators separate the line right after where he’s standing, and so he’s forced to ride the roller coaster by himself before the others can get there. To add insult to injury, the lines completely clear up after he gets off, and so Konoe and Kazumi are able to ride the coaster after all. Shana meanwhile earns a high score on a virtual game, though Alastor disapproves of her showing off her strength like that. Ogata raves about this accomplishment when the two groups get back together for lunch, but Eita and Keisaku pay more attention to how depressed Ike is. Kazumi revitalizes him by giving him some cookies she made, and Ike suggests they all pair off to tackle a giant maze attraction. The pairs are Yuuji and Konoe, Ike and Kazumi, Keisaku and Shana, and Eita and Ogata.
Once they’re in the maze, to Alastor’s surprise, Keisaku asks Shana if even he can become a Flame Haze. Yuuji and Konoe are meanwhile shown the right direction out by a guy in a bird costume, but Ike – who is paired with Kazumi – is determined to beat everyone else. He specifically asks Kazumi again to ride the Ferris wheel with him if they make it out of the maze first, and his success leads to exactly that. Unfortunately, Ike is not able to capitalize on the experience because he gets sick on the Ferris wheel after all. He becomes depressed afterwards over how he showed such a disgraceful side of himself to her in the end, but Konoe makes him feel better by thanking him for everything. Kazumi thinks that this was a big success since Konoe was happy, and Ike realizes that she’s right.
This was a pretty lighthearted episode, not just because of the amusement park setting and the all of the amusing eye-catches, but also because it centered around Ike being overly dramatic with everything that happens and goes wrong with his plans. It came complete with all the serious music pieces playing in the background (despite the setting), and there was one sad violin piece in particular that I’m pretty sure they intentionally used over and over again for effect. I thought overall that it wasn’t a bad episode, but if you’re looking for substance other than Ike character development, there wasn’t much. Keisaku asking about becoming a Flame Haze probably has to do with him wanting to be on equal ground with Margery, and something along those lines is probably the reason they’re exploring Margery’s past in next week’s episode. I imagine it’ll be the most action we’ll have seen in a while, or at least that what I’m hoping for.