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Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 15

「雨中の敗走」 (Ochuu no Haisou)
“Rout in the Rain”

After watching Yuuji’s rise to power and the subsequent mental breakdown of roughly ninety percent of the Flame Haze throughout the world, I was afraid that this episode would be a big pity party for the Flame Haze. Thankfully, with people like Centerhill and Margery finally stepping up (or showing up) this episode did not disappoint.

After watching this episode, I firmly believe that Yuuji’s actions are completely contradicting what he says he’s trying to achieve. Seeing how he’s already brought down a majority of the Flame Haze and asked for their cooperation, it bothers me that he’s still mercilessly slaughtering them. I mean if what Yuuji has said comes true, what good is it if there’s no one left to witness it? Second, I’m starting to believe that his goal will actually bring the devastation he promised it wouldn’t. As Centerhill explained, the chaotic storms in the Rift are the byproduct of the imbalances that occur when the Tomogara consume a human and use their Power of Existence. If Yuuji decides to move everything into the Void itself, I wonder where all the byproducts would end up at…

Crazy conspiracy theories aside, there were a lot of flashy fights and unexpected deaths in this week’s episode. I was nearly in awe watching the new and improved Shana standing alongside Wilhelmina and Centerhill as they tried to stall a serious Sydonay. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I cheered a bit when Margery made her flashy entrance. On the other hand, I never expected that Centerhill and Sirotci/Samuel Demantius would actually die! Luckily, the writers really emphasized the importance of both Centerhill and Samuel’s deaths. While Centerhill may have joined a little to late for me to feel any empathy for him, I did get a little emotional as I watched Samuel share his final words with Zirnitra.

With another great episode, this second half of this third season seems like it’s on its way to being just as good if not better than the first. With more characters, bigger places to battle on, and an even bigger final boss to take down I can’t wait to see what the second half of Shana’s final season has in store for us!



January 23, 2012 at 12:36 am
  • January 23, 2012 at 12:46 amsuff

    I am very confused regarding Centerhill. Maybe if he actually joined earlier he wouldn’t have died. Furthermore, why he was no match for Sydoney was beyond me – considering Margery survived numerous encounters with him and Margery is most likely far less powerful than Centerhill. Maybe Margery’s plot armor was simply too thick for Sydoney’s halberd.

    Anyways, I wonder if this means the other 3 “gods” will also join the fight, after Centerhill died.

    • January 23, 2012 at 6:02 amKinny Riddle

      You yourself said it, Margery survived her numerous encounters, not beat Sydonay.

      In season 1, Margery only managed to pwn him briefly because Sydonay was distracted about discovering the Reiji Maigo (Yuuji) at last and only wished to retreat.

      In season 2, the flashback in 1930 New York was the only other encounter between them. Margery could have easily died if it weren’t for the sacrifice of another young Flame Haze intervening.

      So yeah, Sydonay is ridiculously “haxx0r”.

      • January 23, 2012 at 3:37 pmsuff

        But Centerhill did NOT survive. That’s the point.

    • January 24, 2012 at 4:46 pmLurker

      Centerhill could have escaped if he had chosen to do so. But, he needed to delay Sydonay at all costs. Margery’s ball thing was supposed to do that, but he was too strong for it.

      Plus, Sydonay didn’t have his staff in the previous Margery fight…

  • January 23, 2012 at 12:50 amsuff

    I am guessing how the plot will go from now on is that Yuuji will be partially successful in creating this new world, but as Centerhill pointed out, it would be flawed and the Tomogara will revolt against him. After that he may finally reach some sort of truce with Shana.

    Also I still think Kazumi will eventually become a Flame Haze through this chaos (which will obviously affect Yuuji deeply). This is the biggest development I am expecting for this series.

    • January 23, 2012 at 6:27 amKarmafan

      I’m guessing that this whole plan by the god of creation is a lie. When the new world is created it is done so while absorbing our world. Yuuji/GOC say they want peace and everyone happy but they continued to slaughter the flame hazes. To me that shows how underhanded and decietful their side is.

  • January 23, 2012 at 12:57 amSkins Thunderbomb

    I’m interested to see the three remaining Nature Gods show up, now that it seems they will join the frey. If their powers are anything like Centrehill’s, then the Flame Haze are going to get a much needed power boost. :D

    I am really interested to see what will become of Kazumi. She’s been showing up repeatedly through ops and eds with her cross, I have to wonder if she’ll eventually use it.

  • January 23, 2012 at 1:04 amMaimeDaifuku

    Pyrrhic Victory on all sides. They all think they won, but suffered great casualties on each side. Somehow, the ending may become a zero-sum game where it goes back to the way it is, with both sides fighting again, with no real change to the world.

  • January 23, 2012 at 1:08 amFencedude







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  • January 23, 2012 at 2:22 amewok40k

    Oh well, Samuel has fallen – and Centerhill too. But they manged to save what remained of the FH army, and completely out-tactic the Shogun. Furthermore it seems at Centerhill’s request rest of the 4 Gods will join the fight. Also, it was good to see Margery (and Marchosias!) in action again.
    I think the real reason “why Snake has to be stopped” is that his “new brave world” will share the same misfortunes now evident in our world, and people will suffer the predations of Tomogara just like here. That it brings “unbalance to the force” is just a result.

  • January 23, 2012 at 2:28 amRickyMack

    I really like this Flame Haze war that’s going on. While I loved the first season, what I disliked about the first two seasons is that there was very little emphasis on how great the actual conflict was as the focus was strictly within Misaki City. Bal Masque seemed like they were only composed of the trinity and the psycho scientist.

    Of course I do understand that it was the resurgence of the Snake of the Festival which caused the formation of the flame haze army, it would have been awesome if we were able to meet all these characters throughout the series’.

  • January 23, 2012 at 3:11 amMaximum Dusk

    That’s what I said last week! Yuji’s contradicting himself, and I said that last week, but no one was really listening to me Q3Q

    Ah well, it doesn’t matter. At least you get it.

  • January 23, 2012 at 3:14 amPtolemaios00

    Sydonay is way too overpowered and imbalanced. Four Flame Hazes, 3 of which are main characters, against him and they can barely seal him for 2 minutes to talk a bit. I was hoping Margery’s grand entrance was some awesome spell that just kills him outright, but…yea basically just wraps him in a ball of blue yarn. The size of that ball was almost the size of the seal on the Snake. Really, WTF!

  • January 23, 2012 at 3:28 amGaze of Providence

    I call this one a Trail of Tears.

  • January 23, 2012 at 4:08 amc2710

    NO NOT SAMUEL! I like the prussian flair that he has

    • January 23, 2012 at 4:29 amewok40k

      irony is he is a medieval bohemian hussite, who has spent lifetime fighting teutonic knights… :P

      • January 23, 2012 at 6:42 amc2710

        hence the prussian or germanic flair in him

  • January 23, 2012 at 6:34 amKinny Riddle

    I was beginning to take a liking to Samuel’s badassness, so it was a pity that he had to go. Still, he went in style.

    • January 23, 2012 at 1:30 pmvirox

      Can you explain why they are still killing the already retreating Flame Hazes? Is there a reason? I don’t care if it’s a spoiler, just put it in tags. You seem to know the most about the Novels, I would be grateful.

      • January 23, 2012 at 9:48 pmfangwrath

        because to achieve his ambition he doesn’t want the flame haze to get in his way later on

  • January 23, 2012 at 6:42 amWhiteSaya

    Show Spoiler ▼

    • January 23, 2012 at 9:57 amToniLPares

      Why… Why did you have to write a big spoiler like this?? I mean, I know you put it into a spoiler tag but… I didn’t want to know it U_U
      People, please don’t read the comment above!!

      • January 23, 2012 at 3:01 pmKarmafan

        He did use a spoiler tag. Don’t click them if you don’t want to be spoiled.

      • January 23, 2012 at 3:37 pmsuff

        That might be retrospectively added by Takaii. We are not totally sure.

    • January 23, 2012 at 8:19 pmZero

      Jog my memory again. Who is Kazumi?

      • January 23, 2012 at 8:47 pmsuff

        Likes Yuuji, met Khamsin, has Pheles’ oubu.

      • January 24, 2012 at 3:39 pmZero

        O thanks. No wonder i couldn’t remember her she hasn’t had any screen time since the kick off of the season about 13 episodes ago.

  • January 23, 2012 at 6:45 amduqs

    Sorry just noticed a typo on the last paragraph, 1st sentence. Its supposed to be ‘third’ season and not second yes?

  • January 23, 2012 at 6:59 ammutio

    Second season?^^ I think you mistook something there – this is the third season ;)

    • January 23, 2012 at 2:34 pmTakaii

      Thanks! Fixed (:

  • January 23, 2012 at 7:21 amMontu-sama

    I find myself increasingly wanting the bad guys to win.

    They already killed two people I liked (guessing as people read these) Fecor-sama and Decarabia who is next? :(

  • January 23, 2012 at 2:41 pmDusk

    Did anyone noticed that the cup (Zirnitra) does not fill up with water even though it was under the pouring rain all this time? Magic cup is magic.

  • January 23, 2012 at 5:50 pmWhee

    PHELES!! Damn, somneone already repeated it 5 times.

  • January 23, 2012 at 11:36 pmmaigo

    I’m pretty sure Margery’s “flashy entrance” picture is the wrong one. ^-^;;

  • January 27, 2012 at 11:04 pmBeckett

    Hell yes finally Margery is back. This season, for all it’s good points, just seemed… dull without her around. Margery is win.