Having gone through the city’s sewer system, Yuuji manages to find his way to Shana and Kazumi and gives them some of Wilhelmina’s ribbons to use as bandages. Shana wants to join the fight, but Yuuji instructs her to go to Margery instead because he has a plan. A short while later, Shana enters the battle right as Sabrac is about to try to deliver a finishing blow against Wilhelmina. Sabrac is at first confused because he thinks that his Stigma should have an effect on Shana too, but he then notices the bandages around her wounds have unrestricted method markings. As it turns out, Wilhelmina had been prepared all along thanks to a Stigma-breaking jizaishiki created by Johan that completely rids them of their wounds. This allows Shana to strike at Sabrac at full power, and she then passes Wilhelmina a slip of imbued paper that lets her talk with Yuuji. Earlier, he, Shana, and Margery had decided on a plan that stemmed from how Yuuji has been feeling strange all day. He had sensed something from the entire city, particularly when he was underground, and based on that, he theorized that Sabrac is the entire city. In other words, the Sabrac that Wilhelmina has been fighting is only a fragment of the real Sabrac.
Yuuji had been looking for a plan to defeat Sabrac without reducing the city to ashes, and using what Wilhelmina had told him earlier, he had realized that their opponent’s existence was at an individual level even if it is spread all over the city. He believed that the part of Sabrac that is fighting is in control, and so the strategy thus is to separate that part from the rest of Sabrac’s body. His plan involves Wilhelmina keeping Sabrac at bay while Shana gathers her powers and Margery goes around the city casting spells at certain spots. It is during the execution of this plan that Keisaku finally gives his answer to Margery’s earlier question of what he’d do if she died: he can’t think of that, and he’s willing to risk everything to keep her alive. Meanwhile, Sabrac starts getting suspicious about why Shana suddenly left the fight after saving Wilhelmina earlier. He attempts to finish off an exhausted Wilhelmina once again, but it is at this moment that Margery finishes her preparations and unleashes a massive spell that uproots the entire chunk of the city that the battle is taking place on. As the mass rises into the air, the various strands of existence that are connecting Sabrac to the rest of the city are snapped one by one.
Before rejoining the fight, Shana pauses as if she wants to say something to Yuuji, but after thinking for a moment she decides not to. As Shana flies off, Alastor suggests that she should have said it, and he cites all of the incredible things that Yuuji has done in this fight, from destroying Zarovee all the way to coming up with a plan to foil Sabrac. Shana then puts everything into one ultimate attack combo that finally finishes Sabrac off, and this time, he doesn’t come back. In the aftermath, everything is restored back to normal, and even Chigusa is feeling better. When Yuuji apologizes to Kazumi and admits that he was wrong about what he said to her before all this began, she explains that he went back to being the Yuuji that she knew when he talked of protecting the city during the battle. Yuuji also asks Shana about what she had intended to say to him right before the conclusion of the battle, but Shana just gets embarrassed and uses her trademark urusai, urusai, urusai line.
I think that in many ways, this could have been a good final episode. It finished a critical battle against an opponent that’s been alluded to since at least halfway through this series, it featured good animation quality and even had the first OP as an insert song during the most important moment, and by the end, it reset everything in terms of character relationships that can still be developed later in a future series. That last point is arguable, but my point is that there was enough closure here to satisfy me if I knew there was more coming eventually. Of course, that’s all null and void since this wasn’t a final episode – there are still three more left. Because of that, I can’t help but wonder what they can possibly develop and conclude story-wise in that relatively short amount of time without leaving things to-be-continued for a third Shana TV series. Next week’s episode doesn’t look particularly exciting, but I’ve heard that big things happen during the Christmas Eve time-frame that it will take place in.
On a random side note, I found this comparison to this past week’s Gundam 00 episode rather amusing.