Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 21
「一つの理」 (Hitotsu no Ri)
Somehow, in the span of one episode, the story went from borderline boring to amazingly intricate. Honestly, would you have been satisfied with Shana just destroying that huge egg that’s going to form Xanadu? While I personally would have been fine with an answer like that last week, I was ready to invent a time-machine to see next week’s episode.
For starters, who the world would have thought that the Professor was Sale’s “father”? And while I use the term father loosely since I’m willing to bet that he isn’t a father in the traditional sense, I was surprised to see that there is yet another surprise relationship between two unexpected parties. But what really got my mind racing was the revelation about what Shana’s true goal was. Not only was she aiming to alter and not destroy Xandu but it finally makes sense why so many Flame Haze are in Misaki City massacring Tomogara. Yes, they are there to murder as many Tomogara as possible but they are also trying to set the precedence for centuries to come — trying to engrain the mindset that Tomogara trying to eat humans is a taboo with dire consequences.
As the clock winds down to the birth of Xanadu, it finally feels like destiny is siding with Shana. After a fascinating turn of events, I’m still impressed with how she exploited Yuuji and The Bal Masque’s diehard intentions to make sure that the creation of Xanadu could not be stopped. And even though we still don’t know if her changes to Xanadu are set in stone since I’m sure Sydonay will do anything possible to save his precious Hecate; Shana still has one more trump card left — Kazumi and Pheles. And yes, I know that the awesome Volkswagon bus was blown up. But I can’t imagine such big name characters like Khamsin and Kazumi would be taken out that easily — especially since the former is one of the oldest Flame haze in existence and the latter is apparently still important.
However, I can’t help but feel that the main story line is going to get put on the sidelines to wrap up this interesting twist between Sale and the Professor. If that ends up being true, I hope that the writers do this new character justice and give his first and final battle some oomph to make it worth our time. But if I’m wrong, which I wouldn’t mind, then woohoo for more Yuuji and Shana!