「掌にあるもの」 (Tenohira ni Arumono)
“In The Palm of their Hands”
I was expecting this episode to be subpar since it looked like there’d be no correlation with the over-arching story. Luckily, I was completely wrong as I watched one of the most enjoyable episodes since the start of the season. Not only were a few new Flame Hazes introduced but one of the most important ones finally got a little more light shed on her.
However, I was a little saddened that Keisaku didn’t get a bigger role when the spotlight was finally on him. Instead of getting the opportunity to finally do something to support Margery (ie: work for Outlaw), it looked like he was just used as an instigator to push Rebecca toward helping Wilhelmina. I’m sure that Rebecca could have come to the same conclusion without listening to a kid’s constant bickering and I don’t like how Keisaku keeps getting belittled every time I expect him to do something big. While he may not be a main character, he is the person you think of when you think of Margery Daw — which means he should get to do something relatively important, right?
On the other hand, I’ll admit that it was worth watching a side character get belittled a little to learn more about our main characters. They finally revealed who Wilhelmina’s “friend” is and showed her expressing some type of emotion, which she doesn’t do very often. Sure, the flashback doesn’t really emphasize what kind of relationship Wilhelmina and Rebecca share, but it does suggest that the two Flame Hazes were not only working together but enjoying it.
But the person who raised the most curiosity (except Shana) was Sophie Sawallisch. Up to this episode, I’ve had this sinking feeling about what her true motives are. Normally, the loving-mother-like characters tend to have some pretty dirty secrets, especially the ones who are known to be exceptionally perceptive like Sophie. However, I’m glad the way she comes off on the outside appears to apply to the way she is on the inside too. While I wasn’t sure if she had already foreseen Rebecca defecting to help Wilhelmina, it was awfully kind of her to lend Wilhelmina an extra Flame Haze in addition to Rebecca to try and rescue Shana.
With the past few weeks being full of plot development and developing side stories, I’m terribly excited about what’s in store for next week’s (I guess tomorrow’s) episode. Seeing how the title of this show is Shakugan no Shana, I can’t wait for Shana to take the stage again. Yuuji is furious and Hecate is on a rampage to kill Shana, so I hope that there’s a lot of action in store for us next week.
P.S. Hi guys! I’m sorry I haven’t been commenting in the comments but I have been reading them! Thank you to everyone who welcomed me back <3. Second, I’ve been really busy catching up with school and work but things are almost back on track and I’m happy that I’m still alive haha. Third, I quickly wanted to say thank you again for always reading my posts. Not only do I really appreciate it, but you, the readers, are my main source of motivation to continue episodic blogging. From the comments you leave to the conversations we have outside of RandomC, I love it and you guys rock! Finally, I have decided to drop coverage for Horizon. I don’t really care to explain in detail why I chose to drop it, but lack of time is one of the main reasons.