Shakugan no Shana II – 23
Inside the blue field, Hecate takes the Reiji Maigo and sends it into the clock tower, putting it in the silver armor in Dantalion’s lab. This awakens the armor, and that in turn causes the clock tower to begin to glow. Shana meanwhile rushes towards the edge of the blue field and realizes that it’s not a fuuzetsu, though normal humans still can’t see or sense it. When the ground in front of her deforms, a real fuuzetsu forms due to Margery, and Wilhelmina arrives soon after too. Shana then activates her Flame Haze powers and tries to attack the field, but neither she nor the other two can get through it. Moments later, Hecate casts a spell that causes pillars of power of existence to rise up around the blue field and bend inwards toward it. Alastor thinks that Bel Peol is behind all this, and though this is true, Bel Peol is not personally there at the moment. In her place, Hecate and Dantalion succeed in further awakening the silver armor and causing the clock tower to warp into a doughnut shape. Outside of it, Yuuji tries to figure out what’s going on and realizes that his power of existence is being sucked up by something using the Reiji Maigo. He knows that he can’t recover his power of existence without it and that he’ll disappear if all of that gets sucked out.
Back outside the blue field, Shana is ready to use everything she’s got to get through to Yuuji, but Wilhelmina stops her because she predicts that the Bal Masqué members would be ready for them inside. It is at this point that Kazumi finally finds the Flame Hazes and reports that the Reiji Maigo got taken from Yuuji. She knows because she heard Johan’s voice from the cross-shaped Hougu that Wilhelmina now identifies as the Giralda, and Johan wanted Kazumi to tell Wilhelmina and the others to get the Reiji Maigo back to Yuuji quickly. Alastor reasons from this that Yuuji can’t recover his power of existence, but he thinks that Yuuji still has a fairly large amount of it currently. Nevertheless, Shana worries about what will happen if Yuuji does lose all this power, and Tiamat suggests that Yuuji will disappear. Margery then calls up Keisaku and asks him to look on the Haridan map at the flow of the power of existence on the blue field and find a spot they can enter through. While Keisaku is doing this, Shana explains to Kazumi that she’s not going in to save Yuuji, but to fight together with him, and she’s confident that he’s trying his best inside there.
By now, Yuuji has realized that he can’t get out of the blue field and that, because Shana hasn’t come yet, it must not be easy to get in either. He can sense something inside the metallic doughnut structure, and decides to go into it because he wants to stop it before it can do something to the city. His presence is soon detected by Dantalion’s robot assistant Domino who then sends robot guards after him. Yuuji uses some of his recently learned abilities against these guards, but more come after him, so he continues running. Keisaku meanwhile has found a spot for the Flame Hazes to try to enter through, and Margery compliments him on doing so. Before she and the other two Flame Haze enter the blue field, Shana vows to Kazumi that she’ll be back with Yuuji and that they’ll retry what they were doing before this all started. Despite the danger of an ambush, Margery spearheads their dive into the blue field, and there is indeed someone waiting for them: Sydonay. He immediately knocks Margery out, and this results in her fuuzetsu outside the field disappearing.
Having now gotten a chance to see what’s inside the blue field, Shana wonders about the clock tower, and Dantalion shows up to explain that the power that moves this mechanism is something obtained from the fountain of existence that once appeared here. All of this power was sealed and hidden here by Bel Peol, and they sent Konoe Fumina to gather emotions so that they could get the data to control it. Thus, what they’re making uses the power of existence to move, the gathered emotions as its brain, and the Reiji Maigo as its heart – something Dantalion calls the Taimei Shihen. Deciding that they have to destroy it at once, Shana and Wilhelmina engage in battle with Sydonay and Hecate, and Shana is determined to end this fight together with Yuuji before his power is exhausted. Inside the structure, Yuuji is fighting more of the robot guards, but as the ground under him starts shaking, he loses his footing and falls into a pit. Back outside, Dantalion announces the creation of a Tomogara that could previously only be done in the Crimson Realm, something called the Gou no Ritsuzou.
Considering this wasn’t a final episode, I didn’t expect to see them animate through the entire ED+credits. Some of the most exciting stuff in the episode happened during then, and I guess that just shows how much material they have left to cover. On that note though, I’m not a big fan of how they just had Dantalion explain everything in the final couple of minutes because it seems like a weak attempt to tie everything together. I understand that given the amount of time left to cover so much stuff, things are bound to feel rushed, but at the same time, I wish the pacing of the series was good from the very beginning so that this situation would have never happened.
Regardless, I’m still really curious to see how this ends in just one more episode, especially since they keep hinting that Kazumi will finally use the Hougu. If you think about it though, it’s not possible that she will use it unless there’s either going to be a cliffhanger-ish ending or a deus ex machina way for her to survive, neither of which would feel satisfactory. That’s part of the reason it almost seems like there’s just too much stuff to wrap up, but I think that as long as Shana and friends don’t need to defeat the entire Bal Masqué, a good ending is probably doable. I suspect that Yuuji may still not choose between one of the two girls though, and that could be left up to another sequel.