Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 04, 05
「再会と、邂逅と」 (Saikaito, Kaikouto)
“Reunions and Chance Meetings”
Impressions at the bottom of the post ↓
「囚われのフレイムヘイズ」 (Toraware no Fureimuheizu)
“Imprisoned Flame Haze”
After two weekends of being stuck out of state combined with exams eating what remaining time I had left, it feels nice to have a chance to finally catch up on these posts that I’m terribly, terribly behind on. So, let’s begin this first of three double-episode posts!
After such a boring episode three weeks ago, things feel like they’re finally getting into gear. Watching Yuuji reveal that he didn’t disappear and wreck havoc on Shana’s emotions in order to protect her was a great way to start things off. Compared to the Yuuji we met two seasons ago, there’s quite a bit of contrast in his behavior. While his kind demeanor still manages to poke through that badass exterior of his, I don’t like how pompous he’s become. Seeing him make Margery nearly lose her mind just to prevent her from bothering him was bad enough, but when he assaulted Shana and was surprised that she wouldn’t welcome him with open arms, I was surprised that he didn’t see a reaction like that coming. But even if he hadn’t attacked and kidnapped her, it’s hard to believe that he didn’t expect her to be mad when he also imprisoned her, sealed her powers, and took Alastor from her.
Amongst all the Yuuji and Shana drama, I was a little surprised how quickly the mystery behind the Silver was revealed. Margery’s sole reason for living was to find the Silver and eradicate its existence, so I never thought that it would end up being a manifestation of her own inner feelings. While it still doesn’t explain why it takes the form of a suit of armor or why it happened to appear near Margery during a low point in her life, it’s nice to see the mystery finally put to rest. Now we just have to wait for her to actually wake up and realize that instead of living for revenge, she can live to enjoy her life.
With preparations for an all-out war being made on both sides, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the future. Both the Bal Masque and Outlaw are preparing their forces for an all-out attack even with internal problems building in the back. Bal Masque looks like they’re beginning to question the ability of their new leader, while Outlaw seems to have issues cooperating with one another. Judging from next week’s preview, it looks like we’re going to finally get a closer look into the inner world of Outlaw!