Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 12
「誓いの言葉」 (Chikai no Kotoba)
It’s only half way through the season but with two huge fights occurring concurrently with a third one between Shana and Yuuji just about to start, it almost felt like the end was near. Luckily, there’s still a whole season left for things to get even crazier than they already have!
After the huge fight between Sabrac and Wilhelmina from last season, it looks like things are going to be even more heated this second time around. Unlike the first battle where I had this feeling of suspense since it felt like Sabrac was this immortal being that just couldn’t die, I was ready for Wilhelmina, Rebecca, and Khamsin to obliterate him this second time. And even though the real Sabrac wasn’t caught in this huge explosion, I can’t wait to see the attack that’ll actually get him.
While there may be a war raging outside of the God Gate, it pales in comparison to what just happened inside. First and foremost, I had expected that unsealing a Crimson Lord that hundreds of Flame Hazes had sacrificed their lives for would take a little more effort than taking off an eyepatch and shaking a staff. Sure, it may be an over-simplification but it just felt a little too easy.
That said, I’m sure Shana is going to give everyone a good run for their money. Reinforced with the confidence to express her feelings for Yuuji, both her words and actions seem to have a new found strength behind them. Besides finally flustering Yuuji and throwing his game off a little, I honestly think that Shana might actually have a shot at beating him.
But with a whole season still left for the plot to develop and mature, I’m weary about what might happen to Shana right now. Without a main antagonist for Shana to fight against, I can’t imagine that the writers would let Shana take everything right now — which means that she’s going to be either inevitably defeated or have the battle cut short. Judging from what the preview focused on, Shana’s battle is probably going to take the backseat while Team Wilhemina fight against the nearly invincible Sabrac.