Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 13
「狭間へと、狭間から」 (Hazamaeto, Hazamakara)
“To the Rift, From the Rift”
After a week long hiatus, Shana returns with an episode that starts the new season off right. A little bit of action, a little bit of story, and a whole lot of Shana x Yuuji action! However, I can see a few key points that might make you manga readers rip your hair out.
To start things off, I love it when a series opts to drop the opening and ending sequences in order to squeeze in a bit more. And while Shana has been dropping the ending sequence for the past few weeks, it was a pleasant surprise to see things jump straight back into the action without an opening sequence to break the pace.
In terms of the fight between Khamsin and Sabrac things started to get real intense, real fast. With the former finally able to dawn his traditional garb only to have the latter obliterate it and land an infinitely bleeding blow on the only person without one, I was ready for something huge to take down either side. The thing is though, I’m still a little confused about how it all ended. Sabrac just let his opponents blow him up and then disappeared into space — something I wasn’t expecting. I mean, it was just last week that Sabrac’s love interest was revealed but without any explanation or buildup, it felt like a copout watching him lose the will to fight after learning the ugly truth behind why his girl left him.
Luckily, Yuuji and Shana’s battle wrapped up in a slightly better fashion. Not only was it fun to watch but it managed to directly answer a question I’ve had since season one. To put it bluntly, both Shana and Yuuji have finally expressed their love for each other and nearly sealed it with a would-be romantic kiss. I mean, how often to you get to watch a couple try to kill one another only to drop everything and start sucking face? And it doesn’t feel out of place?!
Seeing how Sairei no Hebi actually made it back into the real world, I hope things don’t get too toned down in the upcoming weeks. Even though we already know another huge battle is on the way, I hope this second arc is just as good as the first.
P.S. FALCON KICK REDUX!