Shakugan no Shana II – 15
Everyone, including Yuuji himself, is shocked at the sight of the armored arm that’s sticking out of him and into Pheles. It starts to suck up her power, so Yuuji cries for her to get away, but she refuses because of Johan. When the hand finally pulls out of Pheles, Wilhelmina grabs her with ribbons and drags her down while Shana and Margery fly up to Yuuji. Margery activates an unrestricted method around him, and, unlike last time, she’s calm and collected. More of the armor then emerges from the dark hole, including a head and torso, and unbeknownst to everyone, Konoe and her butler are walking through the school towards the rooftop, unaffected by the fuuzetsu. Meanwhile, at the Bal Masqué base of Seireiden, the mad scientist Dantalion, the winged Fecor, Bel Peol, and Hecate are gathered in front of a silver armor that’s missing its head and left arm. Hecate thinks that the original owner of the Reiji Maigo has shown up, and Fecor worries that their plan has been discovered. Bel Peol, however, suggests that the Itsuwari no Utsuwa (lit. False Vessel) has already served its purpose.
Back in Misaki City, Margery succeeds in wrapping up the armor with an unrestricted method, but before she can do anything else, Konoe and her butler appear on the rooftop. Both of their bracelets suddenly disappear, causing the butler to explode and Konoe to power up. She then flies up to Yuuji, brings out Hecate’s staff, dispels Margery’s unrestricted method with it, attacks Shana to keep her at bay, touches the armor with the staff to make it disappear, and finally stabs Yuuji with the staff to seal it. Shana tries to rush back towards Yuuji, but she has a hard time doing so because huge cubes suddenly appear from nowhere and nearly crush her. This is followed by a hail of smaller pieces, and Alastor recognizes the ability as Magnesia. Shortly after the hail stops, a bright light appears near where Yuuji and Fumina are, and Hecate emerges from it along with Fecor. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Shana again tries to head for Yuuji, but Fecor’s ability stops her once again. Hecate meanwhile refers to Konoe as the Itsuwari no Utsuwa and has her open her vessel and transfer everything over. What Konoe gives to Hecate are her memories of Yuuji and friends, and Hecate then proceeds to absorb Konoe too.
With all this over, Fecor notes that they’ve succeeded in safely recovering the Itsuwari no Utsuwa, suppressing the materialization of the tyrant, and sealing the Reiji Maigo. All that’s left for them is to break down the container, referring to Yuuji. It is at this point that Shana springs into action, and before Fecor can respond, he gets double-teamed by Wilhelmina and Margery. Shana goes head to head with Hecate, but Hecate is able to hold her ground, and Yuuji suddenly feels something happening inside of him. He loses consciousness and starts to fall out of the sky, but Shana doesn’t notice until she’s been blasted by Hecate and is falling downward too. She watches in shock as Yuuji turns into Johan, and Johan then floats down towards Pheles. Reunited, two lovers become surrounded by powerful winds that even Fecor’s Magnesia and a blast from Hecate’s staff aren’t able to break through. As they float up above the fuuzetsu bubble, Wilhelmina hears Johan apologize to her. Shana flies out of the fuuzetsu in pursuit, and she cries out because she’s worried about Yuuji disappearing when she sees Johan kiss Pheles and start to give her his power of existence.
A bright flash of light coming from the two causes Shana to lose consciousness and fall out of the sky, but she wakes back up before hitting the ground. When Pheles loses her grip on the unconscious Johan, he too falls, changing back into Yuuji in the process. Shana rushes to catch and hug him, and, seeing her in tears, Yuuji reassures her that he’s okay. Watching from the rooftop, Kazumi wishes that she could go up to the same place as Shana and Yuuji, and she’s surprised when Pheles comes down to talk with her. By now, Hecate and Fecor have also left the scene because they accomplished what they set out to do. Everyone then regroups on the rooftop, and Pheles is happy that she was able to reach Johan. She won’t be going after Yuuji again and has somewhere she has to go, though she doesn’t reveal where. Wilhelmina seems to want to go with her, but Pheles says that she’s no longer qualified for that and disappears. In the aftermath, everything returns to normal, and Shana is bent on protecting Yuuji. When Keisaku wonders if things are over, Margery suggests that they’re probably just beginning.
This episode had a lot of great action scenes and appears to conclude everything with Konoe and maybe Pheles too, but not with Hecate or the rest of the Bal Masqué. I’m really just glad that the Bal Masqué is playing a part in the story again because its been so long since we last saw them, and I had been wondering if they wouldn’t show up again until the end of the series. The revelation of what Konoe is was interesting (I had originally thought that it was Hecate in disguise), but it makes sense since this kept her from being detected by the Flame Haze. Regardless, Hecate got what she wanted, and she even showed off that she can go head-to-head with Shana and stand her ground.
Speaking of Shana, I thought she missed a good opportunity to say she loved Yuuji right after he turned back to himself and she was hugging him. Kazumi technically still has a chance, though I’m more interested in what the hougu that Pheles left with her does. That looks like it’ll be explained next week, though the preview doesn’t appear to be terribly exciting overall. This past arc has been pretty good, so my expectations for the series are a little higher, and I’m more curious than ever now about how it’ll end.