I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, but for the third week straight, this third and final installment of Shakugan no Shana delivered an excellent episode. Amongst all the awesome oozing out of the episode itself, there was something that really surprised me in a good way — as all the different elements of the episode started playing out, they blended in such a beautiful way that I nearly got those “Oh my God This is just so good” chills.
However, if there was one thing that was a little disappointing, it would have to be the renewed focus Yuuji’s group got. Other than serving as a blunt reminder about their long journey down the path created by the God Gate, I was a little let down with how unexciting their current situation was. Not only was there almost nothing revealed about their current situation but you’d think that the Flame Hazes who sealed away one of the strongest King of Guze would have been a lot stronger! That said, I still have faith that the moment Yuuji does reach Sairei no Hebi’s body things will get a lot more interesting.
I don’t know about you, but I never expected that Sophie Sawallisch’s sting operation was as grand as it turned out to be. As I saw not one but thirty or so planes circling around the now grounded Seireiden, I wasn’t expected for what came next. In what I would call a glorified example of how the Invasion of Normandy should have went; it was simply breathtaking how concise Sophie’s plan was. From the hundreds of Flame Haze leaping from planes to the impromptu castle that served as their landing point — it was pretty amazing how grand of an entrance they had.
To top things off, after weeks of watching an absolutely powerless Shana, it was fun to watch her unleash some of her trademark flames on some unlucky Tomogara. Other than a few reused fight animations, her fight between Uvall had to be one of the best I’ve seen throughout the entire series. With a new outlook on life combined with a whole slew of new moves, I’d have to say that Yuuji’s going to have an unpleasant surprised waiting for him.