Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 15
「雨中の敗走」 (Ochuu no Haisou)
“Rout in the Rain”
After watching Yuuji’s rise to power and the subsequent mental breakdown of roughly ninety percent of the Flame Haze throughout the world, I was afraid that this episode would be a big pity party for the Flame Haze. Thankfully, with people like Centerhill and Margery finally stepping up (or showing up) this episode did not disappoint.
After watching this episode, I firmly believe that Yuuji’s actions are completely contradicting what he says he’s trying to achieve. Seeing how he’s already brought down a majority of the Flame Haze and asked for their cooperation, it bothers me that he’s still mercilessly slaughtering them. I mean if what Yuuji has said comes true, what good is it if there’s no one left to witness it? Second, I’m starting to believe that his goal will actually bring the devastation he promised it wouldn’t. As Centerhill explained, the chaotic storms in the Rift are the byproduct of the imbalances that occur when the Tomogara consume a human and use their Power of Existence. If Yuuji decides to move everything into the Void itself, I wonder where all the byproducts would end up at…
Crazy conspiracy theories aside, there were a lot of flashy fights and unexpected deaths in this week’s episode. I was nearly in awe watching the new and improved Shana standing alongside Wilhelmina and Centerhill as they tried to stall a serious Sydonay. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I cheered a bit when Margery made her flashy entrance. On the other hand, I never expected that Centerhill and Sirotci/Samuel Demantius would actually die! Luckily, the writers really emphasized the importance of both Centerhill and Samuel’s deaths. While Centerhill may have joined a little to late for me to feel any empathy for him, I did get a little emotional as I watched Samuel share his final words with Zirnitra.
With another great episode, this second half of this third season seems like it’s on its way to being just as good if not better than the first. With more characters, bigger places to battle on, and an even bigger final boss to take down I can’t wait to see what the second half of Shana’s final season has in store for us!