Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 16
「再び、戦いへ」 (Futatabi, Tatakai e)
“To Battle, Once More”
It’s that time during the second-cour that everyone dreads — the moment everything starts to slow down and nothing makes sense. For a show like this it’s quite a drop after an entire month of fast paced battles with very little if any dialogue. While I may be a bit biased when I say that these slow episodes still pique my interest, I think there was a little bit for everyone.
Seeing how the comments were buzzing about Pheles last week, I thought it was pretty funny how she only got a few minutes of screen time. But her appearance did bring up a point that I had nearly forgotten. Maybe, just maybe, Kazumi would finally have a reason to show up again. While I may be a Shana fan, I think it’s fair for major characters to get their fair share of screen time — especially a prominent female protagonist (voiced by one of my favorite seiyuus) who has played the third wheel for over three seasons. But getting back on track, do you remember the cross-shaped hougu Pheles gave to Kazumi way back when? Up to this point, I haven’t been able to come up with a reason why Kazumi would ever use something that does something as pointless as summoning Pheles in exchange for all of her Power of Existence. However, after watching Pheles mention Kazumi’s hougu and Yuuji’s new found interest in Kazumi herself, it leads me to believe that the useless cross might get some use after all!
Besides my little epiphany about Pheles and Kazumi, there was something else that caught my eye this week. That something would be watching three Tomogara living as humans who were trying to coexist with humans! While we’ve only seen a few whose main goal wasn’t to feed on humans, who would have thought there were Tomogara trying to integrate with society? Imagine what kind of world it would be if the Tomogara tried to coexist with humans instead of trying to consume them!
All in all, a pretty good episode to keep things going strong until the pacing picks back up. With Shana’s determination to stop Yuuji at 110% and a handful of ridiculously strong Flame Haze who agree with her, you’d have to be pretty thick to think that anyone would have turned down her offer. While I am a bit disappointed that Rebecca will be accompanying Sophie back to headquarters, it does provide a convenient alley way for Margery to get re-integrated back into the group. But even with everyone finally back together, there are so many questions that still need to be answered! Especially the question over what significance that cross will have!
Fun Fact: If you watch the beginning of Episode One when Shana is facing Yuuji, you’ll notice how his front bangs are still pulled back. However, based on the fact that Sairei no Hebi is floating right beside him, this would imply that his bangs should be hanging forward since Shana is facing him after their battle from within the void. Continuity Problem!
ED2: 「ONE」 by ALTIMA
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