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Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「Light My Fire」by KOTOKO
Watch the OP!: Streaming ▼

「失われた存在」 (Ushinawareta Sonzai)
“Lost Existence”

After re-watching season one and blasting through season two like it was nothing, I was extremely excited that I didn’t have to wait years to witness the beginning of the conclusion to this awesome series. Holding my breath as I clicked play, I was blown away with how spectacular everything looked. That however, was not the best part of the episode. That right probably belongs to the big “WTF” moment that appeared less than two minutes in.

A completely different looking Yuuji, fused together with one of the strongest Lords of Guze, is not at all what I expected. After that rather climatic ending during season two, I’m a little bummed with how things actually turned out. Not only has Yuuji still not picked neither Shana nor Kazumi, but I felt a little robbed when it was revealed that Yuuji had somehow disappeared. This might be because season one and two are still fresh in my mind, but after putting so much effort into hyping the Reijo Maigo in season one and then nearly getting it back in time before Yuuji lost all of his power of existence in season two, I was scratching my head as I tried to figure out how he could lose his existence even though he still exists. The only conclusion that I could come to was maybe, his identity completely changed when he merged with that certain Lord of Guze? It sort of make sense since just like a Flame Haze, Yuuji is technically housing a Lord of Guze, and could have given up his identity, right?

Getting back on track, had the beginning of the episode not revealed the ridiculous twist involving Yuuji, I honestly think that the rest of the episode would have had a lot more of an impact. Even though I knew that Yuuji wasn’t gone, it still bothered me as I watched a world without Yuuji continue to move forward. Combined with everyone’s resolve that Yuuji must be alive somewhere, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be sad or angry that nearly everyone had forgotten about him. I think it ended up getting angrier since I still have trouble grasping the concept that Yuuji openly attacked Shana with a smile on his face.

However, it probably was nice for everyone out there who didn’t rush through the first and second season to see all these familiar faces. Except for a few key characters, I think everyone had a chance to get some of the spotlight. From the lovely Margery Daw to the nearly expressionless Wilhelmina, I’m excited to see just how dramatic the group dynamic is going to change with Yuuji off (almost literally) in space. I’m also excited that Lamies and Khamsin (little kid, who’s actually really old) are hopefully going to make a return. Even as side characters, they were so interesting that it’s a shame they got so little time the first time around. Hopefully, this third season can rectify that!

P.S. For all the light novel readers out there, I’d like to ask that you please use the spoiler tags. Remember that this is an adaptation and while there may be differences here and there, please don’t go on a spoiler rampage. If you really feel the need to talk about it, which I encourage, you can always join the conversation over at our IRC Channel!

 

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October 8, 2011 at 1:04 am
99 comments »
  • October 8, 2011 at 1:09 amjoshua

    It has been a while since the last season completed… I’ve got high hopes for this one though.

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:16 amKou

    I can’t seem to get tired of Kugimiya Rie saying Yuuji or Ryuuji.

    • October 9, 2011 at 11:48 pmyumichan808

      ^^^funny. For some reason, every anime I eventually choose to watch has her has a seiyuu, but I really don’t mind. its like the “urusai” thing she says… everytime she says that in a different anime, I remember SnS

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:16 amRayyy

    It’s been a really long time but it finally came and it starts off good. O how I missed my KugiRie tsudere role as shana! but anyways Yuuji merging with someone sealed in the reiji maigo and becomes the leader of Bal Masque. Too bad no one now remembers Yuuji except Shana and Kazumi!. =[ I couldn’t help but hold the tears back when Kazumi and shana were reminiscing about Yuuji after he erased his existence when he merged. can’t wait for the next episode!

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:19 amshinkirou

    same as takaii, i am confuse about yuuji disappearing reason ,if he had disappear , why the letter still remain. as takaii stated , it will be whole new season without yuuji in daily life, it seem each character is going for own route – yuuji : conquest, shana: journey to find yuuji existences. my only question is , will yuuji’s mom (supporter) continue becoming shana adviser in life seeing the fact that shana have no longer a reason to enter yuuji home knowing the fact he is no longer there?

    • October 8, 2011 at 1:24 amFencedude

      I’m pretty sure that the confusion is intentional. You know. Shana doesn’t know why the letter remains either. Thats sorta the point.

    • October 8, 2011 at 1:29 amRayyy

      I think since Yuuji didn’t directly interact with the letters by opening it, but I think Yuuji might have intentionally have left the letters behind as a sign or something to remember him by knowing that if he erased his existence as a torch. No one would remember him. Knowing how much he loves Shana. But i’m not really sure I didn’t spoil myself with the novels just yet.

    • October 8, 2011 at 1:40 amshinkirou

      @ Rayyy
      that is one interesting theory, but if he didnt open the letter then how he know where to me shana?
      @Fencedude
      i guess we are all on the same , only time could tell what will happen. seriously i hope do more of flashback to clear this but think again doing so will beat the purpose of it. erh~~ one episode is not enough for cant they just release 2 episode at once lol, cant wait till next week to know .

      • October 8, 2011 at 1:56 amFencedude

        Are you seriously confused on the concept that not everything is explained in the first damn episode?

    • October 8, 2011 at 5:51 amKarmafan

      Actually the opening of the episode is the conclusion of the series (I’m guessing). I’m guessing that whatever is in him will slowly convert/possess Yuuji into a bad guy. The twist we saw is showing us whats gonna happen at the conclusion of this series and the season will be about the journey to get there. Other animes have done this as well. Ga-Rei and more recently Steins:Gate.

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:23 amFencedude

    Lyrics by ryo of Supercell sung by KOTOKO? Oh my gawd!<3

    I know right? Amazing stuff. I wonder if we’ll get a supercell/Kawada Mami team up for the second OP.

    Anyway, I’d long been spoiled on the “Yuuji becomes evil” twist, but I was expecting a bit more buildup than this, but I guess I can see why they did it this way.

    • October 8, 2011 at 1:35 amshinkirou

      kinda miss mami kawada’s sing well is kinda of trandition where she and kotoko would sing either op or ed for shana, hope she will back for the second op /ed. TT it feel different when i watch shana, i guess it become apart from it.

      • October 8, 2011 at 2:08 ammagical

        well to be fair, Mami Kawada sang the theme music for Shakugan no Shana S, so now it’s KOTOKO’s turn.

      • October 8, 2011 at 8:02 amsaviourshadow

        dun worry she will definitely be back for op 2 im sure of it

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:45 amKinny Riddle

    At last the mega-twist spoiler is a spoiler no-more: Yuuji has somehow switched sides, which may or may not improve his GAR-ness.

    The Crimson Lord that managed to persuade Yuuji into joining him is voiced by none other than Hayami Shou, Bleach fans will know him as Aizen the Ridiculously Powerful. Initially I always envision him to be voiced by Nakata Joji, but Hayami’s deep voice is just as villanous and forboding enough for me.

    than nearly getting it back in time before Yuuji lost all of his power of existence in season two

    Try to ignore the last 4 episodes of season 2, they were mindless fillers that just doesn’t fit in with the novels’ continuity. In fact, try to pretend that Yuuji’s Christmas meeting with the girls took place right after the fight with Zabrac, the insanely strong Crimson Lord that required Shana to literally nuke Misaki city (albeit in stasis) just to defeat him.

    For that matter, ignore the last 6 episodes of season 1, the first 8 and last 3-4 episodes of season 2, and you should have a better pacing of the story.

    BTW, did I mention that KOTOKO’s OP rocked?

    • October 9, 2011 at 5:51 ammegalith

      BTW, did I mention that KOTOKO’s OP rocked?

      Song totally rocks. Just hoping it won’t go to waste.

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:50 amZnail

    Interesting way to handle the anime original content, just pretend it didn’t happen :)

  • October 8, 2011 at 2:25 amkaineng

    yeah people keep the spoilers: I’m one of those who didn’t read the manga… ‘cos the anime is AWESOME!

    wow for episode 1, and for them to link to season two is rather commendable. everything else had better be explained soon, and I guess if there a final conslusion 26 episodes may not even fit. hey, we all want the action, right?

    KOTOKO… was okay in the Opening Theme…

  • October 8, 2011 at 2:26 amJohn

    Is there a detailed synopsis for season 1 and 2 around anywhere? It’s been a while since I’ve seen SnS

  • October 8, 2011 at 2:40 amMrRei

    Takaii re-watched seasons 1 & 2 to blog this… DEDICATION! :p

  • October 8, 2011 at 3:04 amcybersteel

    Lol I did that too! Took me around 48 hours to finish. Good thing for holidays.

  • October 8, 2011 at 3:40 amGundam00

  • October 8, 2011 at 3:51 amThousand Mistress

    This episode brought tiny tears to my eyes, remembering that Yuji didn’t chose either Kazumi or Shana T_T But considering the start of this ep, epic Shana is epic as always.

    And yes seriously, I freaking love the new OP. XD Seeing Bal Masque is a different story, and to be honest I like that group~ and the Crimson Lord’s seiyuu. I just gotta fall for it. XD *stares on 07-Ghost’s main antagonist*

    • October 8, 2011 at 3:53 amThousand Mistress

      Oh, did I forget to mention? Leader of Bal Masque aka Mystes Yuuji seems to look an awful lot like Asch from Tales of the Abyss? XD

  • October 8, 2011 at 3:54 amActar

    Well, all I can say that DAMN it’s been awhile. Kind of forgotten what went on in the first and second seasons and I really don’t feel like marathoning both of them. (^.^;)

    • October 8, 2011 at 10:57 amTakaii

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • October 9, 2011 at 8:18 amAi Ling

        Many thanks to you. Since I cant remember jack and I dont feel like marathoning either.

  • October 8, 2011 at 4:00 amricz

    Damn after watching this one….. I get myself for spoiling on LN vol 22(after searching) XD

    Man I really love super spoiler

  • October 8, 2011 at 4:01 amFlamingYu

    Hurrah, a main character turn evil!?
    Now let him win, Final for Shana.

    • October 8, 2011 at 10:52 amTakaii

      Like other people have said, I don’t think Yuuji has turned evil.
      However, he is suffering from the infamous “IDGAF anything except what I think is right” syndrome.

  • October 8, 2011 at 4:17 am0927123

    Yay it’s finally here! I think Yuuji chose to disappear by himself and somehow magically return the letters to both Shana and Kazumi. Poor Kazumi though, still having hopes with getting together with Yuuji.

    On a random thought, laughed at the loli fan service in the beginning!

  • October 8, 2011 at 4:45 amboingman

    Do I really need to rewatch all of season 2 or do we get some kind of synopsis at the beginning of this first episode?
    First I still have to watch the S OVA’s.

    • October 8, 2011 at 5:22 amSaya

      There isn’t an actual 5 minute recap like the ones you get in Bleach but some parts of the episode kind help to jog your memory of where season 2 left off through things like flashbacks. Just watch it and if you seriously can’t remember anything then you can quickly marathon season 2 or at least the last few episodes of it again.

      • October 8, 2011 at 5:49 amboingman

        Thanks, guess I’ll give the last 3-4 eps of season 2 a rewatch. Of course if someone has a link to a synopsis for season 2 at hand, that would be appreciated.

      • October 8, 2011 at 6:09 amKinny Riddle

        boingman, I wouldn’t bother with the last 2 episodes of season 2 if I were you, as I’ve said above, those episodes were original filler material that simply did not fit in with the overall plot continuity, and were simply intended as a season finale.

        Instead, I’d suggest you start from episode 18 to 22, which covers the last canon arc and ends with Yuuji going off to meet either Shana or Kazumi, the point where this third and final season picks up from.

      • October 8, 2011 at 6:17 amboingman

        Oh ok, sorry but I skipped over most of the comments to avoid spoilers for this episode. I’ll do as you say, thanks.

      • October 8, 2011 at 10:43 amTakaii

        Quick Tl;Dr for the End of Season 2
        Show Spoiler ▼

        If you want to get the full effect of this first episode, go re-watch the last two arcs of Shana S2 :p

      • October 8, 2011 at 12:53 pmboingman

        Thanks Takai. Which eps would that be?
        According to Kinny Riddle 18-22 is the last real arc. So 17 would be the end of the previous canon arc, but when does it start?

      • October 9, 2011 at 3:59 amKinny Riddle

        Takaii, that’s exactly the filler plot of S2:23-24 I was talking about.

        The previous arc should start somewhere from episode 11-12.

    • October 8, 2011 at 5:33 amshinkirou

      i think the last 2 ova have no relationship to main stream story (except the final part both they standing at bridge announcing there will be season 3).

  • October 8, 2011 at 5:37 amCroos

    Since I got spoiled by the 3 minutes video leak around the net before it aired, my excitement lessen. :(

  • October 8, 2011 at 5:44 amcutemi2

    Yuuji Sakai became an antagonist at final season.

  • October 8, 2011 at 5:54 amKarmafan

    I’ve so been looking forwardto this series and dreading it at the same time. When I read months ago that Yuuji switched sides and was now the leader of the bad guys I was literally sick to my stomach. Now that its here we will see how it all plays out.

  • October 8, 2011 at 6:00 amKinny Riddle

    Not only has Yuuji still not picked neither Shana nor Kazumi

    Not entirely correct, Takaii.

    Firstly, the novel clearly says that Yuuji has made a choice, though at first the reader isn’t aware of who he has chosen. Upon subconsciously making that choice, the voice of the Crimson Lord that resides inside his Reiji Maigo all this time began to speak and persuade him to join his cause.

    Second, by going off to see Shana instead of Kazumi before vanishing into thin air, I’m pretty sure that leaves little doubt as to who Yuuji has actually chosen.

    • October 8, 2011 at 6:03 amdeafvader

      Where this Crimson Lord guy come from? Can’t remember seeing or hearing about him before…. And Margery said it was “Gin-Silver” who was inside the reiji maigo

      • October 8, 2011 at 6:07 amvirox

        This guy was inside the Reiji Maigo from the beginning, and he started talking to Yuuji pretty early in the series. Sadly, the anime didn’t cover any of it.
        The Silver thingy will surely be explained. Margery doesn’t know everything

      • October 8, 2011 at 6:16 amKinny Riddle

        What virox said.

        Both the mysterious Crimson Lord as well as “Silver” will both be explained in due time.

        And let’s not forget Johann – the original owner of the Reiji Maigo – is also residing inside Yuuji. Pheles has still not given up on retrieving her eternal lover.

      • October 8, 2011 at 11:32 pmdeafvader

        So basically there is this poor chap, trap inside the Reiji Maigo all along. And he is the boss of the Bal Masque. But the Bal Masque rather capture Yuuji to unleash a tomogora than to free their master…. ?
        And when you mean talk to Yuuji, you meant after Yuuji released he way a torch. Before that he was spending his time, just boring himself to death, trapped in the Reiji Maigo?

      • October 9, 2011 at 3:32 amKinny Riddle

        I think I may need to clarify a few things, deafvader

        1. The yet-unnamed Crimson Lord is the long lost leader of Bal-Masque. The story will divulge into why he has been out of action for so long (provided JC Staff don’t screw up the interpretations).

        2. He is NOT trapped inside. He was deliberately inserted into the Reiji Maigo by Zabrac, working under Bal Masque and is in a sort of “hibernation” mode. His “awakening” requires certain conditions to be fulfilled, hence Bal Masque would rather leave Yuuji be than stir the pot too much.

        Back in season 2, when Pheles appeared and accidentally forced the Silver guy out, Hecate had to personally intervene and shoved him back inside Yuuji, as she deemed Silver’s emergence as being “too soon”.

        3. As for the reason why he chose to continue residing inside Yuuji rather than manifest himself using the Reiji Maigo at Yuuji’s expense, you’ll have to find out.

      • October 10, 2011 at 5:29 amdeafvader

        @Riddle, one of question. I either forgot this or they never stated it, but what is Bal Masque up too?

    • October 8, 2011 at 10:45 amTakaii

      He didn’t explicitly state whether or not he picked one or the other. Plus, he kind of just disappeared into space.

      I’m a Shana lover though, don’t get me wrong.

  • October 8, 2011 at 6:01 amdeafvader

    If Sakai dies or something, I doubt i’ll be able to look at anime the same again.
    With that said, adult Shana shows that she can grow! If only vertically.

  • October 8, 2011 at 7:21 amYttrium

    Something about the art seems a little…non-contemporary? Not exactly retro, more like 5 years old??? Not that it’s a bad thing, it’s a fresh new look after all…

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:03 amsaviourshadow

    looks like no1 has prob wif shana at all

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:18 amhedvix

    Switching sides doesn’t necessarily mean that hes evil/turned bad.
    The first episode already given us enough hints that there is a good reason why he’s doing it.

    Yuji: “Shana, I will change your fate”
    +
    The whole conversation he had with Lord of Guze about Flame Haze being a tool and fighting endlessly.
    I’m guessing Yuji just wanted to bring a revolution to these so-called eternal conflict between both sides.

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:37 amSheapy

    Really sad how sad Yuji’s mom doesn’t remember him at all. She was a really interesting side character and I hope she isn’t dusted to the side when all the new ones are introduced

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:50 am004samro

    Woooo!!! Shana’s back! To tell the truth, I was confused with the scenes when Yuji was talking to the Lord of Guze. I thought he was talking to Alastor the whole time.

    • October 8, 2011 at 10:31 amKarmafan

      You don’t watch Bleach I take it? Aizen is one of the most evil manipulative planning characters ever in anime. The guy that voices Aizen also voices the guy inside Yuuji.

  • October 8, 2011 at 10:09 amWhee

    YES! I knew yuji disappeared at the end of season2 due to the footprints leading nowhere~ whee!!

    but damn, this is gonna be great. Should’ve reviewed a bit of season 2 and maybe even 1… I forgot too much;

    • October 8, 2011 at 10:50 amTakaii

      Reiji Maigo -> Originally owned by Johann, Pheles’ eternal lover, is residing within the thing itself. At the same time there’s this evil thing that’s depicted as suit of armor, known as the Silver, which also resides within the Reiji Maigo.

      If you go watch the first few episodes of season one and the last few of season two, things should start to click.

  • October 8, 2011 at 10:53 amRoguespirit

    Not a lot of shows can claim an OMGWTF!?!?! moment in the first two minutes. This is probably the biggest plot twist I’ve seen in a long time and deserves a spot on my personal OMGWTF moment of the year, probably at the top.

    Lamies was probably my favorite side character from season 1. I look forward to seeing him again. I’m so stoked for the next episode.

  • October 8, 2011 at 11:09 amxcswmboy

    My OMGWTF moment was about Yuuji’s new long, braided hair…dude, you can’t pull that off with your voice and eyes. He reminds me of Qing Ke from Geass R2 but less awesome.

  • October 8, 2011 at 11:50 am3242

    ..



    WTFJUSTHAPPENED
    //dropsshowtomarathonitafterrewatchingseason1and2

    • October 9, 2011 at 9:42 pmacolyte

      Imma have to rewatch also. It’s been a while.

    • October 9, 2011 at 11:56 pmyumichan808

      I’ve watched I and II so many times I can’t even count.

  • October 8, 2011 at 12:24 pmRise~N Seraphim

    good to see I wasn’t the only one who went totally WTF when watching this… at least they somewhat explained it

  • October 8, 2011 at 12:30 pmrochichan

    Uwaaaa~ Shana brings so much memories back…
    The first episode was amazing. I was immediately hooked when I saw the new Yuji.
    ughh… it’ll be pretty awkward to see the show continue on without Yuji being a main chara though. :/

    • October 8, 2011 at 2:48 pmKarmafan

      This is the end. This series will be the final anime season of Shana.

  • October 8, 2011 at 12:38 pmrasone0104

    i really love how yuuji’s character is changed from a weak but smart guy in season one to a seemingly badass godlike villain

    • October 8, 2011 at 11:34 pmhaseo0408

      He truly has grown since the begining of the story but I think it´s to early to call him a villian since nobody knows his true intentions or reassons to accept the deal of the Silver. Hell, I have a hunch he has a plan, I can´t belive Yuuji might actualy kill his friends and former comrades, let alone harm Shana.

  • October 8, 2011 at 2:37 pmhaseo0408

    Finally!!! After more than 3 years of waiting Shana is back in action and ready for the grand finale. The episode itself was so amazing that I was hipnotyzed while whatching, every little detail of the horrible previous season finale were corrected to set in motion the events of the light novels.

    The opening was epic and according with it an incredible war can be seen in the horizon. Also more Flame Hazes will appear soon, don´t get me wrong I love all the characters in the story but it´s nice to see new faces. The final light novel will be out on October 10 so j.C. Staff has no excuse to destroy the story with original crap.

    • October 9, 2011 at 10:02 pmacolyte

      Epic indeed. Hope this show doesn’t fail. OP/ED are great, and story setup is interesting.
      Let us follow!

  • October 8, 2011 at 4:29 pmthenewhorde

    After all these years, I barely remember the characters anymore despite how passionate and hardcore Shana fan I was. Funniest thing is I bought the last Shana light novel but I ended up never touching it. O.O

  • October 8, 2011 at 4:33 pmGhostalker

    This series is 6years in the making at least for me…

    I remember back in 2006 when I first so Enpatsu no Shakugan no Uchite, I fell instantly in-love with this series.

    As for S3, I’m glad JC Staff decided to animate S3 after the novels are (I haven’t read the novels itself).

    It’s been a long wait since S2, thankfully SnS S OVAs were release in between S2 and S3. This is the Finale, I’m eager to finish this.

  • October 8, 2011 at 5:21 pmGhostalker

    I say the series started quite nicely, I’m surprised by the first scene with all the battle going on, maybe I should re-watch the final 2 episodes of SnS S2 because I can’t remember quite well the exact details of what happened there in order to refresh myself with all the events that happen in this first episode.

    For some reason, I felt Shakugan no Shana Finale is a much bigger release for me as compare to Fate/Zero, anticipating this with such eagerness and excitement, hopefully JC Staff do the series properly.

    Now waiting for Gundam AGE.

    The FALL Season series that I’ve decided to follow in a weekly basis:

    - Shiryaku Ika Musume
    - Fate Zero
    - C3
    - Boku Ha Tomodachi ni Tsukunai
    - This Shakugan no Shana Finale

    Tentative:
    - MS Gundam AGE
    - Chihayafuru
    - others….

    I’ll probably settle to 8-10 shows, the rest after they finish airing.

  • October 8, 2011 at 6:11 pmjreding

    Finally!! Seeing all these lovely characters again after such a long time almost brought tears to my eyes. Except for the dreadful Yoshida-san, that is.

    I’m fascinated how Shana’s knee-length black hair looks so good on her. Oh, and I love her with those wings!

  • October 8, 2011 at 9:12 pmFlameStrike

    DISCLAIMER: Incoming Flaming Rant here! Not meant to offend, but I had to get it off my chest.

    Does anyone know what happens to the Sakai x Shana pairing in Light Novel cannon so far? I’m a really huge fan of that ship, but all of the cock blocking and complete lack of progress in 2 seasons and 50+ episodes has worn my patience completely thin. The first season we get an absolute bullshit conclusion where Shana’s confession was herp derp retconed just to drag out the plot with more annoying wishy-washy uselessness.

    The second season was FILLED with Shana getting cock blocked. Hell, they even summoned a fucking TORNADO with it’s own SUPER POWERED Crimson Denizen at EXACTLY THE RIGHT MOMENT. This shit goes on all the way to the tease at the last ep, where they hint at you that MAYBE, MAYBE, Yuji FINALLY made a choice. (At this point I’d even settle for Yuji x ANYONE) Then in the first ep of season three they give Shana x Yuji fans a big F*CK you in the face.

    JC staff has a history of being absolutely fcktards with obvious pairings, see Zero no Tsukaima. It’s like they’re afraid of advancing the plot after establishing a pairing. Are they so short sighted that they believe that once a couple’s feelings become requited, there is no more potential for growth? That’s totally bull, just look at Clannad. The main pairing got together in one season and the story was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Or is it that JC staff is looking to milk money by keeping 3rd wheel Yoshida a “possible” pairing even though almost everyone knows it’s not going anywhere? Well, if it’s the fault of the source material then that’s more forgivable. JC staff did Toradora’s end properly after all.

    tl;dr

    Is there Shana x Yuji in the light novel? If there isn’t, then I won’t even bother to watch anymore since that’s the only worthwhile reason for me to watch this show. I can’t possibly put myself through the pain of another season of HERP DERP “I CONFESS BUT I DON’T”.

    • October 8, 2011 at 9:54 pmbaubo

      The last volume is still not out yet. So no definite answers just yet unless someone in Japan has some inside scoop.

      So if you really need to be spoiled, wait a bit first.

  • October 8, 2011 at 10:50 pmsuperu

    good animation and fight scene.
    will watch it, but series that involves “critical thinking” is not my thing.
    (Goes back to watching k-on and yuru Yuri :P)

  • October 9, 2011 at 12:05 amZnail

    I thought the LN was finished! Is there a final volume of it in the making as well and they are just waiting with the release of that to coincide with the end of the anime? It would be rather silly to make a final season and not follow canon.

    • October 9, 2011 at 3:24 ambaubo

      Wikipedia has the release date as tomorrow. Assuming that’s correct, I’m sure there will be plenty of spoilers of the ending within the week.

  • October 9, 2011 at 1:39 amcybersteel

    Shouldn’t have watched Fate/Zero before this. But I enjoyed the revelations .

  • October 9, 2011 at 4:20 amC

    This post is some of the worst writing I’ve ever seen on Random Curiosity. Congratulations, Takaii, you managed to completely fail at writing proper English.

    • October 9, 2011 at 4:57 amshinkirou

      well if u think you are good then why dont u take his place then. please show some respect others especially the blogger / writers; they have spend so much time to watch the series and done the review on the spot for us. Of cause there some mistake here and there, well no one is perfect. So do not INSULT THEM,of their work and courage to to write and express out their feeling. If you dont like it, Please do not post or view this blog!! and you will have an option to view other blog if you like it done here..

      • October 9, 2011 at 6:54 amC

        I’m sure that would be true if this weren’t a very popular blog built upon the hard work of writers that came before. This kind of shoddy work is insulting to them, and shouldn’t be allowed here. Do you think that just anybody should be allowed to make posts? I’m fairly certain there are prerequisites one must have to become a writer for Random Curiosity.

    • October 9, 2011 at 7:41 amshinkirou

      well again i apologizes if i really offend u, thou i dont really mean it due angry i cant think straight but it is best to keep it to ourselves rather than cause a fuss here, right? as i know Takaii have blog quite a number of anime, just let by gone by gone.

  • October 9, 2011 at 4:44 ammegalith

    FINALLY! IT’S HERE!

    Please JC Staff don’t mess up!

    • October 9, 2011 at 8:03 amKinny Riddle

      And because it’s the final season, even the long-dormant fansub group Eclipse has awoken from its supposed eternal slumber in order to see through the series it and Static Subs had worked on since the first season to the very end.

      • October 9, 2011 at 9:40 pmacolyte

        Eclipse & SS are back for SnS? I didn’t know that! (As I watch streaming not torrents these days) Aw yeah!

      • October 9, 2011 at 9:59 pmMc-Taz

        That’s only natural. SS-Eclipse is the only way Shana needs to be served in the English language. They are undeniably excellent with their detail and speed; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • October 9, 2011 at 7:57 pmewok40k

    This episode made me feel concerned about the characters – and not Yuji, but all those affected by his disappearance. It also reminded me of the little quirks that made them so charming, from Wilhelmina’s de arimasu and inner dialogue to the Margery’s bottle-hugging. I am really curious how the love dynamic in the main love square will work out now that Kazumi is feeling the weight of class reps confession. This might yet develop inbto everybody gets a pair situation…

  • October 9, 2011 at 10:20 pmacolyte

    Guys, how does the first episode compare to Fate/Zero?
    I haven’t watched Fate/Zero yet because even though I’m a Fate/Stay night fan, I don’t know much about the Fate series itself so I might look into some background first before watching it.
    I’ve heard good stuff about Fate/Zero, but I’m really anticipating this series. Any thoughts?

    • October 9, 2011 at 11:24 pmFlameStrike

      Well comparing this to Fate/Zero is comparing totally different things. Fate/Zero is dark anime about a hidden war between magi willing to go to any lengths to meet their agenda. While Shana has this whole hidden war between Flame Haze and Crimson Denizens, it’s also laced with happy slice of life and a ridiculously slow romantic side to the plot. Shana III has more in common with Fate/Stay Night then Fate/Zero. If you’ve watched Fate/Stay Night, note that Fate/Zero is a totally different ball game. The participants are all aware of what they are getting into, and they are mostly mature adults.

      If you know Urobuchi Gen (He wrote Madoka, Chaos;Head, Saya no Uta, among other things) you’ll know what your getting into story wise.

      As for the animation department, Fate/Zero has some of the best animation quality I’ve seen. It’s pretty much movie level quality. If you’ve seen the Kara no Kyoukai movies you’ll know what to expect. Thus it far surpasses Shana in that aspect. The 1st ep is mostly exposition though, but it’s very helpful to those not acquainted with the light novels. The faithful adaption has enough nuances that will keep all LN readers satisfied too. Shana 3 on the other handed, started with a 1st ep that was mostly recap and reminder, with a random cold opening which I personally couldn’t care too much about.

      Overall I’d say F/Z is better than SnS Final, but like I said in my opening statement, it’s not really proper to compare the too.

      • October 10, 2011 at 2:33 amewok40k

        FZ is EPIC war story with dash of romance, SnS is EPIC romance story with a war setting as a background.

      • October 11, 2011 at 6:45 pmacolyte

        Thanks Flame and ewok for the summary :D
        Chaos;Head I’m OK – I’m OK with dementia, but not super creepiness like Madoka which made me wanna throw up. Watching Mami getting eaten made me sick already..
        Looks like I should try to jump in straight into Fate/Zero then :) This is gonna be a memorable season.

  • October 10, 2011 at 12:04 amyumichan808

    I’m surprised that no one noted this, at 11:04, they show the letters twirling and then immediately after that, SoF talking to Yuuji, quite obviously hinting the Yuuji returned the letters. I think what might have happened, is before the “merger” Yuuji returned the letters to them because he CHOSE to join SoF. Wilhelmina (SP?) handed the letter back to Shana maybe cause they got it back in the mail?

  • October 10, 2011 at 12:13 amskylaris

    Maybe I am jaded or something because although I was a rabid fan of the Shana series, I did not enjoy this premier as much. I didn’t have high expectations or anything, nor that I knew the events to come. I think I’m at the point in life that I do not care for such weak school interactions like in season 2. S1 was fine thou, but S2 was hard to stomach. Why is Shana even in school now since Yuuji is gone now?

    Seriously, I extremely dislike that girl that always c-block yuuji whenever he’s approaching Shana. She literally needs to get erased from existence or something; better yet, the new evil Yuuji should eat her existence!

    Still, Shana would always have one thing better than most other shows – that is it’s OP/ED songs.

  • October 11, 2011 at 7:59 pmTrystinia

    I thought it was refreshing to see all the characters again. Can’t wait to see how the rest of will be animated.

  • October 19, 2011 at 7:56 aminnerchihiro

    So yup, I just watched this because my computer was broken for two weeks and I just got it back today, but sick episode. Definitely confusing, but I’m still excited!