Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 23
「神の夢」 (Kami no Yume)
“A God’s Dream”
After two whole seasons of twists and turns that have consistently lead to a direction that one may not have originally expected, this pre-finale episode in some strange fashion managed to wrap up almost every loose end in one go — something that I would have to chalk up to some good writing and a well disguised deus ex machina.
In terms of sheer ridiculousness, I was outright stumped when Sairei no Hebi revealed his ruse within a ruse. I mean, what was the whole point of inciting the fears of the entire world when he had the ability to do everything himself? Not only did each side lose many of their prized fighters (like my personal favorite) but other than trying to get gather his follower’s opinions, why call them together and risk getting them killed by the Flame Haze just waiting to obliterate them?
But you know what? I can forgive all of the ridiculousness that we all sat through because instead of trying to fix things with some omnipotent solution, the story actually gave every single action that sounded stupid at first a well-rounded and believable reason for happening. As this week revealed, Sairei no Hebi was just following what he honestly believed in and did what he needed to do — listen to the wishes his people. And while the insertion of another God could have been a cheap cop out, its absolute message didn’t give either side an unfair advantage, instead getting both sides to understand each other. Combined with all the sacrifices made by each and every Flame Haze and Tomogara who died through the course of the battle, everything culminated into a believable situation where the creation of Xanadu fulfilled both the wishes of the Tomogara and the Flame Haze.
And if you ignore how we still don’t know anything specific about the engage link, one big question remains — just what will Yuuji do now that he’s officially been separated from Sairei no Hebi? Seeing how there’s apparently no adverse side effects to having a God merge and separate from one’s body except for a huge drop in power level, I don’t understand why he needs to continue his fight against Shana! He’s finally just Sakai Yuuji, yet as the preview shows a big battle seems to be in store for us next week!
God forbid if the series ends without Shana and Yuuji finally doing something romantic together.