As Yuuji and Shana have continued their training, Shana struggles with her feelings for him. At school during lunch, Yuuji promises to help Kazumi with some book committee work after school. When Shana voices her objection, Yuuji remembers that he had earlier agreed to train with her, also after school. Shana walks out after Yuuji chooses Kazumi, and the two have an argument on the roof. In the afternoon, while he’s working with Kazumi, Yuuji still has their argument on his mind and knows that he’s not ready yet to fight alongside Shana. When he gets home, he finds Shana in a dress, courtesy of his mother. Shana leads him outside to do their training, but Yuuji doesn’t want to and goes back home. The next day, a Rinne strikes the middle of the town and Shana goes to fight it, although she frets a bit because Yuuji isn’t with her. Yuuji does eventually show up, but only after the fight has ended and Shana has had to cut up the Rinne piece by piece in order to stop it. After Yuuji apologizes, Shana buries her head in his chest and tells him that fighting alone is hard. She says that he has to become strong as she starts to cry while he holds her. Elsewhere in town, a group of thugs are beating up a rich looking kid until his sister shows up. The boy then summons a giant sword, cuts all of the thugs in half, and then sucks up their energy. As the siblings then share this energy through a kiss, a man in sunglasses watches from above and identifies the boy as Aizenji Sorato and the girl as Aizenta Tirieru.
Is Tirieru supposed to be Tyrael or have I been playing too much Diablo II? Either way, I’m happy because she’s voiced by none other than Tamura Yukari. The way the episode was going, I thought it would end with Shana in Yuuji’s arms, but then they go and introduce three new characters, including the incestuous siblings (another pair!?). Still, the focus of the episode is on Yuuji’s and Shana’s feelings towards each other and their partnership. For now, I’m glad that it looks like they’re going to be working together to get stronger from now on because I can’t stand Yuuji’s inferiority complex.
I’m looking forward to the new bad guys spicing things up again. They’re not in the preview, but Shana and Kazumi in what appears to be a public bath are. The episode title is even more enticing: 「悠二とシャナとキス」 (Yuuji, Shana, and a Kiss). Somehow I doubt they’re going to kiss, but it should be interesting nonetheless.