Shana confirms to Kazumi that she indeed a Flame Haze, and then is about to abandon her to go look for Yuuji. However, Alastor reminds her that her duty is to bring Kazumi back to Khamsin. Inside the fuuzetsu, Yuuji and Satou tell each other about their situations (i.e. Yuuji is a Misutesu, Satou and Tanaka are under Margery). Yuuji mentions that the real Sakai Yuuji is already dead. The two end up going their separate ways because of their different tasks – Satou is headed to Friagne’s old hideout and Yuuji is going to find Kazumi. At that time, Kazumi is being pulled along by Shana. Kazumi thinks to herself that even though Shana knew about Yuuji being a Torch, Shana still liked him. Kazumi trips, but decides to ditch her one sandal and run along without Shana’s help.
Yuuji finds Khamsin just shortly after Margery does. After confirming that the monocle is indeed Khamsin’s, Yuuji admonishes the Flash Haze for dragging Kazumi into all this. Kazumi and Shana emerge from the bushes where they were overhearing him talking about her. The group’s attention goes back towards the happenings around them, and Khamsin thinks that they need to start tuning soon. But when he and Kazumi try to, the procedure fails because the Jizai Shiki is interfering with the markings. Margery receives a call form Tanaka and Satou. From the map, the two report that there is a concentration of the Jizai Shiki back at the festival. With the intent of destroying the Rinne at that place, Shana and Margery head off.
After Shana attacks it, the professor’s robot transforms the festival’s yagura into a giant robot. With Yuuji’s help, they figure out that the airship high above the city is the final piece of the puzzle. When Shana and Margery fly up to attack it, the professor calls for his robot to combine with the airship. The two Flame Haze hastily make their retreat after getting word that Khamsin is taking the form of a stone beast. It chucks a rock that sends the airship crashing into the water below. On the ground, Yuuji and Kazumi are on the ground from taking cover. When she asks if his situation is irreversible, Yuuji reaffirms that he’s already dead. But Kazumi believes that Yuuji is still human because his body and heart are still warm. And, as she confesses, that’s the Sakai that she likes.
By the time everyone gathers again, morning has arrived. Khamsin uses the image of the town from Kazumi’s mind to correct the distortion. It’s a warm image that causes Yuuji to start crying from feeling that he belongs there and remembering Kazumi saying that he’s human. Shana runs off because she’s feeling more and more distant from Yuuji, but trips on the pavement. When she raises her head, she sees the face of an old friend: Wilhelmina.
Yay for Kazumi-chan finally being able to confess! I’ve been rooting for her since the beginning, so I’m glad that she’s finally able to get closer to Yuuji. She’s going to be overjoyed if or when she learns that Yuuji isn’t going to be disappearing anytime soon because of his Reiji Maigo power. Of course, I expect her ultimately to lose to Shana, but it creates some good drama for now. Shana herself has some great scenes. Shana + Nietono no Shana + yukata + flame wings = awesomeness. On the other hand, Margery and Marchosias are given a rather comedic role this episode in how they comment on the Professor’s giant robot. Oh and there’s also Khamsin, whose rock form is a lot bigger than I thought it’d be. Seems to pack quite a punch too.
But wait, there are now four Flame Haze in this city because Wilhelmina arrives at the end of the episode. It makes me wonder if they’re all going to leave the city together (if they indeed need to leave the city at all). Next week’s episode looks to be more or less devoted to her. And now that I think about it, it’s hard to believe that next week will already be episode 20. Time sure flies…