Kazumi is having trouble sleeping because her mind is on Yuuji and Yukari/Shana, so she takes her dog for an early morning walk. She just so happens across the two of them, who are up admiring a view of the stars together after a training session. Meanwhile, Tiriel and Shudonai have a strategy meeting about the Cradle Garden, which Tiriel feels is invincible. During lunch, Ike, who had heard from Kazumi about what she had seen that morning, raises the subject with Yuuji, but Kazumi stops him and then runs off crying. Yuuji later guesses (correctly it seems) that Ike likes Kazumi. Meanwhile, Kazumi is crying to herself when Shana walks by. Kazumi calls Shana unfair, and accuses her of liking Yuuji. Kazumi then herself declares that she likes Yuuji and then effectively declares war over him. Under pressure, Shana almost admits that she likes Yuuji, but then a fuuzetsu envelopes them and freezes Kazumi. Even though Kazumi can’t hear her, Shana declares that she won’t lose.
But there are more urgent things at hand as Tiriel and Sorath have summoned the Cradle Garden in order to draw out the Nietono no Shana. Since it’s too dangerous for Yuuji to go, Shana enters the battle alone. After some introductions, Sorath and Shana lock swords. Shana loses that round, and then gets caught by the plant tentacles. Meanwhile, sneaking through the city, Yuuji is surprised when someone puts their hand on his shoulder. Back in the battle, Shana breaks free and seems to kill Sorath with a head on charge, but he turns out to be fine and grabs Shana’s leg as she tries to rush Tiriel. Searching for the root of their power, Shana flies up and spots the plant in another area. She gathers her power to strike it, but falls into Tiriel’s trap and gets captured.
Two exciting halves to this episode, the first culminating in a confrontation between Shana and Kazumi and the second comprised of the Shana vs. Sorath and Tiriel battle. They’re really packing a lot of plot into this episode, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Shana now has to fight a war on two fronts, one versus the Tomogara and the other versus Kazumi. As for Yuuji, the hand we see on his shoulder probably belongs to, based on the sleeve, Shudonai. What he’ll do with Yuuji, I dunno, but I doubt he’s hostile.
In her fight versus the siblings, Shana’s seriously outclassed by them and their (*laugh*) tentacle monster. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen blood in this series, but I do think this is the first time Shana bleeds like that. And now that the siblings have her, maybe Margery’s interference is needed to prevent them from getting her sword. From the preview it looks like she does indeed join the battle, but it also looks like Sorath gets his hands on the Nietono no Shana. We’ll see what happens, though not next week. Shana is taking a break next week, so episode 13 will air January 4th, 2006.