Shakugan no Shana II – 10
Upon realizing that his flame color is silver, Yuuji remembers back to how Lamies had told Margery not to chase the Silver. At the time, Margery couldn’t give up on it and had declared that it was everything for her. Alastor now confirms for Yuuji that this is the reason Margery is a Flame Haze, but since they don’t understand why Yuuji’s flame is this color, Alastor suggests they wait for Wilhelmina’s return. Agreeing with him, Shana warns Yuuji not to use his power of existence until then so that Margery doesn’t find out. The next morning, Yuuji meets with Ogata in front of Konoe’s house, but it turns out that Konoe isn’t feeling so well, so her butler had offered to bring her to school himself once she’s doing better. She eventually does come to class right as everyone is in the middle of preparations for the upcoming school festival. As Ike explains, their festival starts with a parade where representatives of each class don costumes and march through town.
The costumes this year are going to be from The Wizard of Oz and Romeo and Juliet, and Konoe has been chosen as one of the eight representatives. So far, they’ve decided that Eita will be the Lion, Keisaku will be the Tin Woodman, Ike will be the Scarecrow, Yuuji will be Romeo, and Ogata will be Toto. Of the three remaining parts, Kazumi, Shana, and Konoe all want to be Juliet, but drawing lots decides that Kazumi gets the part while Shana gets Dorothy and Konoe gets the Wizard. Shana, however, finds it strange that she’s not opposed to Kazumi being beside Yuuji like she would have been in the past. Yuuji meanwhile is concerned about if Konoe will be okay with this since she’s not used to the parade and considers switching roles, but Shana knows how much Kazumi wants to be Juliet to Yuuji’s Romeo and thus insists that he stick to it.
Later that day, Kazumi and Shana head to Yuuji’s house for some costume help from his mother, and they discuss why Romeo is a suitable role for Yuuji. Both Shana and Kazumi see connections in the Romeo and Juliet story with their own situations, and Kazumi comments on being able to see but not being able to reach someone. Chigusa’s advice is that it’s okay if they give up because of a wall, but if not – if they really want to be with a person – then their feelings will show them what they should do. As they leave the Sakai household, Shana senses someone following them and hides herself and Kazumi to avoid this person catching up with them. Once the man gives up and turns back around, Shana follows him and kicks him when he bumps into Yuuji. To Shana’s surprise, Yuuji recognizes this man as his father – Sakai Kantarou. He turns out to be a pretty nice guy who had just wanted to see the everyday happenings of the household, and Shana and Kazumi end up staying for dinner with the Sakai family. When Kazumi comments on how young Yuuji’s parents are, Yuuji reveals that they were married when they were still students.
Afterwards, Kazumi and Shana talk with Kantarou about what Chigusa said earlier, and he tells them about his relationship with his wife. His advice to the girls is that if they’re unsure, then they should first extend their hands because doing so will allow them to reach out for something. Meanwhile, in Paris, Wilhelmina meets with Khamsin over how Pheles is still alive. Khamsin reveals that Pheles is searching for the Reiji Maigo because it’s a memento of an irreplaceable lover for her, so it’s just a matter of time before she finds Yuuji.
Well the animation this episode wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it’d be, but maybe that reflects more on my lower standards for non-combat episodes. The (brief) parts with Khamsin and Wilhelmina also seemed a lot better than the rest of the episode, so that might have helped. The episode itself was more setup for future stuff and character development. Yuuji’s father showed up, but he doesn’t appear to have anything supernatural about him and seems to be here just to give the girls some advice when they need it. Other than that, the interesting parts of the episode for me was the talk about Pheles at the end and the extended focus on Konoe, her butler, and their bracelets during this scene. Given the relative lack of development there, I’m beginning to wonder if Konoe will be around all the way until the end of the second series since they appear to be going down the Pheles path of the story now. Not that I’m complaining because Pheles and learning more about the Reiji Maigo are pretty interesting, particularly when compared to the school life stuff.