Shana and Yuuji are digging through Friagne’s old pile of Treasure Tools on a very hot day, and Yuuji comes across a telescope-like object. When he peers through it at Shana, something suddenly happens, and when the two regain consciousness, they discover that they’ve switched bodies. Alastor realizes that what Yuuji had used was the Reshuffle, but it’s easy enough for the two to return to normal by using it again. He wants them to hurry though and do it before anyone else finds out what happened, but the problem is that Yuuji dropped the item, and Keisaku and Eita return with ice cream at this very moment. This leaves Shana and Yuuji no choice but to use her coat to store all the objects in the area so that they can sift through them later in a place where there won’t be anyone else. Fumbling with their new identities, the two excuse themselves and make their way outside, but everywhere they try to go, they run into people they know. They even run into Wilhelmina, and when she starts to suspect something is up, Yuuji freezes her by using Shana’s body to say that she loves her.
The two eventually return home, and Yuuji is tired from all the running around in Shana’s body. Shana isn’t feeling so well either in Yuuji’s body, so Yuuji is in a rush to find the Reshuffle and brings out all the junk from earlier. The problem is that he dumps it all right on top of them, and Shana has to protect him from the falling debris. Yuuji gets knocked out in the process, leaving Shana on top of him and tempted to kiss him. Before she can though, Yuuji’s mother comes to see what’s going on, so Shana uses her own body to create a Fuuzetsu. When Yuuji finally wakes up, Shana has him store away the junk again, but while it’s all flying around, she manages to grab the Reshuffle. The two then use it to return to their own bodies, and Yuuji realizes that he needs to use the bathroom because Shana had eaten too much ice cream in it earlier. While Yuuji’s gone, Alastor explains to Shana that the reason he didn’t want anyone to know what had happened is because, in order to work, the Reshuffle requires that there not be a wall between the two people’s hearts, and Alastor didn’t want others to know that her and Yuuji’s relationship was at that point.
I didn’t think much of the opening song (or the animation that went with it), but I liked the ending song as a good, somewhat soothing way to end the episode.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this OVA since I haven’t really been paying attention to Shana news, and I had only heard that it was supposed to develop the characters a bit prior to the upcoming third series. In that regard, this first episode of Shana S did its job pretty well despite the rather silly premise of body switching. Certainly they milked it for some fanservice and comedy (admittedly it was amusing to hear Yuuji saying Shana’s trademark lines), and ultimately this wasn’t very plot heavy, but it’s clear that Yuuji and Shana came away from this understanding each other a lot better. The ironic thing though is that Yuuji was acting like a helpless girl most of the time and Shana ended up being the strong and protective one. In any case, I also liked how the episode ended on a high note with Alastor tying things together and talking about the two’s relationship. I’m hoping for a little more progress though in the episodes to come (three more, four in total), and I wonder what they’re going to cover. The next DVD/BR is due out February of next year.