Shakugan no Shana II – 12
Sparring with wooden poles as part of training one morning with Shana, Yuuji comments on how good it feels to move around after so long. Wilhelmina isn’t helping with the training but is instead going over all the information they have, and Alastor thinks that they should entrust things to her, including how to deal with Margery. Looking at Shana, Yuuji remembers the vow he made, and as he tries to follow her up the nearby stairs, he trips and falls. After checking to see if he’s okay, Shana runs on ahead to school. Back at her apartment, Wilhelmina decides that they can’t keep this a secret from Margery because they might need her help if Pheles is after the Reiji Maigo. She thus goes to see Margery at Keisaku’s house, and all it takes is Wilhelmina uttering one word to cause Margery’s anger to flare up. Meanwhile, today is the day of the festival, and Yuuji and friends all don their costumes for the parade. The girls in the class are so impressed by how Shana looks as Dorothy that they suggest she start thinking about a victory speech for the grand prix.
The parade soon begins, and along the route, Yuuji notices his parents are watching. Eita and Keisaku are disappointed that Margery didn’t come too, but to their surprise, Shana knows that she’s here and points her out in the crowd. Indeed, Margery came with Wilhelmina and wants to know what Wilhelmina has to say, but Wilhelmina insists on keeping it under wraps until tomorrow night when everyone is together. After watching Shana, Yuuji, and all the others putting everything they have into their performance along the parade route, Margery agrees to wait until then, but she wants no more delays or secrets. By the time the group reaches the end of the parade route, Yuuji is helping prop an exhausted Ike up, but they then get mobbed by classmates and Ike faints. The rest of the day for them is spent manning the class’s crepe stand and historical exhibit. At one point, Wilhelmina and Margery visit the stand due to Ogata dragging them there, and Shana has Wilhelmina taste a crepe that she made. Wilhelmina then shares this crepe with Margery, and though Margery finds it too sweet, she doesn’t mind for such a day.
While the others get a chance to explore the festival, Yuuji and Kazumi are left to man the historical exhibit. Thinking about what Yuuji’s mother and father advised, Kazumi suddenly asks Yuuji if she can wait. She admits being greedy and feels that it’s not enough just to like him – she wants happiness for both of them. That’s why she wants to wait for him until he decides. Yuuji doesn’t get to answer her because the festival committee interrupts them with an announcement over the PA system about the nominees for the best costume prize. It turns out that Yuuji, Kazumi, and Shana are all chosen, and Shana decides to publicly tell her feelings to Yuuji. Around this time, Konoe is eating on the side of the school building when she feels a wind and realizes something. Unaware of what’s coming, Yuuji and the gang are at the prize ceremony, and Shana ends up winning first place in the women’s category. Before Shana can finish announcing her love to Yuuji though, his hand accidentally touches the girl next to him, and an unrestricted method activates. This leads to a giant twister forming, and from that twister appears Pheles.
So if you’ve gotten tired of all the school life and relationship development stuff, they’ve now created the perfect storm for next episode. On one side, we have Margery who’s bound to go berserk when she sees Yuuji’s flame color, and on the other, Pheles is after what’s inside Yuuji. Shana, Wilhelmina, and Yuuji are caught in the middle, and that looks to set up a potentially very exciting three-way battle. Plus, the preview hints at something happening to Ogata, which isn’t something I was expecting. Heck, if they then throw Konoe into the mess, then it could be utter chaos. That might not be too far fetched an idea though, if her reaction to the wind was any indicator.
Unfortunately, what makes this cliffhanger so frustrating is that we’ll have to wait until January 11th for the next episode because of a two-week break (just like most other shows are also taking).