Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 17
「誰が為に」 (Ta ga Tameni)
“For Who’s Sake”
With enough dialogue to write a small book, this week’s episode managed to fill in a lot of the holes that we were left with after Shana and Yuuji’s previous encounter. But if you brush aside the idea that the creation of Xanadu could create a catastrophic disaster sometime in the far future, Yuuji’s plan is essentially a ridiculously selfish (but cute) way to save Shana from living the long and often unrewarding life as a Flame Haze. But even though we’ve known this since the beginning of this season, his words take on a whole new light after finally getting a chance to hear them from his own perspective. More specifically, it gave me the impression that Yuuji’s emotions might be slowly leaking out and overcoming whatever nonsense that Sairei no Hebi might have fed him. While it remains to be seen whether or not Yuuji will go through and actually create Xanadu, it’s nice to hear that he’s trying to protect the people he cares about.
But like most episode that try to push the story along as fast as possible, the rest was relatively boring or drawn out too quickly. Case in point, in what could have been a really dramatic scene between Shana and the other Gods of the Earth turned into a disappointing and uneventful discussion. Honestly, I thought it was almost a little ridiculous how easy the remaining Gods of the Earth caved to Shana’s demands — especially after they gave Shana a difficult time for being so formal with them! Basically going from “Convince us to help you” to “SURE, WE’LL HELP!” with no conversation in-between, it definitely felt like something was missing in-between.
Although this episode wasn’t as entertaining as it could have been, I’m glad that the writers are spooning out the dialogue sooner rather than later. Luckily, it looks like the action will pick back up next week which should mean less dialogue heavy scenes and lots more action!.