「星黎殿へ」 (Seireiden E)
Things just keep getting better and better in this third and final season of Shakugan no Shana. Building on the momentum that last week’s episode created, there was a good balance between story-telling and straight up action.
Ever since Shana was captured, I was certain that she wouldn’t just accept being a prisoner and would somehow figure out some way to escape the shackles that were holding her down. The thing is, I felt a little let down when Nietono no Shana or more specifically Tenmoku wielding Nietono no Shana and not Shana herself ended up being the key to unlocking her restraints; especially after we’ve seen Shana use more wit than brawn with her insane powers sealed away.
That said I don’t mind the random help that comes to those who are truly in need. The look on Shana’s face as she was bashing that Rinne’s head combined with the constant screaming voiced by Kugimiya Rie made for one of the most depressing scenes I’ve seen from this show. And to be fair, two things were accomplished when Nietono no Shana headed back toward her. Not only did Tenmoku obliterate everything in front of it but who would have thought that he’d take Fecor down as well? You’d think that the Guardian of the Seireiden would be a bit more powerful! But more importantly, I’m honestly glad that Tenmoku physically carried the sword back to Shana instead of it just flying straight to her after she yelled its name out.
Like I said last week, wouldn’t it be great if Wilhelmina was actually trying to pull off a stealth operation while Rebecca and Khamsin were wreaking havoc on the Seireiden? Lo and behold, with the power of a stealthy unrestrictive spell, Wilhelmina is navigating through the halls of the Seireiden to save Shana. Seeing how Shana doesn’t really need saving, maybe Wilhelmina will get the chance to show off some of her stuff just like Rebecca and Khamsin have been.
In terms of the entire war that’s being raged across the world, I thought it was a little ironic how both sides are unintentionally bringing their strongest warriors to a single location. Seeing how both sides are taking precautions to avoid facing the other’s trump card, I just couldn’t help but laugh at the thought of a huge battle occurring in the last place anyone thought it would. But with the God Gate shattered, I wonder if it’ll have any effect on Yuuji and the Trinity’s return. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
P.S. Good luck for everyone who are taking their Finals this week (or next week)! I hope you ace them and enjoy a wonderful Winter (or for people in Australia -cough-Rei-cough- summer) Break!