It’s a restless night for everyone as Kazumi is thinking about whether Yuuji is a torch or not, Yuuji is thinking about having to leave town, and Shana is thinking about going to the festival with Yuuji. At Margery’s place, Satou and Tanaka are training so that they can go with her. Margery pulls out the Blutsauger, plants it firmly into the ground, and basically challenges the two to use it. But Tanaka is unable to pull the very heavy sword out of the ground. The next day, Shana runs home happily after school ends. Yuuji, who is looking out the window at Shana going home, is himself being watched by Kazumi, but she is too scared to use the monocle.
Chigusa dresses up Shana, and the two wait for Yuuji to come home so that Shana can surprise him. After waiting for a while, they decide to go to the festival to look for him since they don’t know that he’s already there with Kazumi. Everyone converges on the festival, including Tanaka, Satou, and Margery. They are spotted by Ogata, whose invitation Tanaka had rejected before. Khamsin is watching over the city thinking about how there are no signs of Tomogara when the Professor puts his plan in motion by using the osprey figures around town. At that moment, Kazumi gets enough courage to view Yuuji through the monocle and finds out that he is indeed a torch. Seeing the Jizai Shiki, Tanaka and Satou volunteer to go on the lookout, while Shana starts seriously searching for Yuuji.
Yuuji himself has also noticed the presence of a Tomogara, but when he turns around, he sees a wide-eyed Kazumi. She drops the monocle, which he picks up and realizes is a Hougu. Shana arrives onto the scene to see Kazumi running away crying. Yuuji wants to chase her, but Shana holds him back and refuses to let go. Yuuji gets angry and chooses chasing after Kazumi over Shana. Shana is unable to hold back her tears as her mind is filled with Yuuji. By chance, she runs Khamsin and Behemoth. After waiting for her to stop crying, Khamsin explains the situation and tells Shana that he needs Kazumi to start the tuning. Shana, knowing that she has to carry out her duty as a Flame Haze, goes to look for her rival.
Back at the festival, Satou is looking for Tanaka, who happens to be held up with Ogata. She wants to know who Margery is, and to prevent him from leaving, she takes a deep breath and confesses to him. Meanwhile, the professor activates the osprey figures, turning them into flying energy birds. Margery casts a fuuzetsu in response and starts blasting the creatures. Tanaka apologizes to a frozen Ogata and promises her, even though she can’t hear him, that he’ll be back. Satou, on the other hand, is about to be attacked by several birds. Fortunately for him, Yuuji sees and decides to use his own power to stop them. However, now Satou knows about Yuuji and Yuuji knows about Satou. Nearby, Kazumi is also about to be attacked, but a certain red-haired, sword-wielding girl saves her.
Wow, that was just about as good as last week’s Otome. Shakugan no Shana is yet another show where the sh*t’s really hitting the fan now. We have Kazumi learning about Yuuji being a torch, but since she doesn’t know about him being a Misutesu and having the power of Reiji Maigo, she completely freaks out. Shana feels like she’s gotten more or less rejected by Yuuji, but still has to continue fighting because of her duty as a Flame Haze. It must really suck having to save your rival in love, the girl chosen over you. On the male side, Yuuji is discovering his own powers while at the same time finding about Satou. Perhaps now the two groups will come together and Margery and Shana will start working with each other? Wishful thinking if nothing else… And to add to the mess, Ogata decides on one of the worst possible times to confess to Tanaka. Poor girl, she’s probably going to get rejected. Actually, I feel bad for all of the girls (except uber-cleavage Margery) after seeing this episode.
So where do we go from here? I just can’t see Shana and Yuuji apart for too long, so I’m betting that they’ll apologize to each other pretty soon. And Kazumi should feel a lot better once Yuuji gets around to explaining that he’s not going to disappear on her. Next episode should be about the Professor attacking the city and the ensuing fight.