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「神の夢」 (Kami no Yume)
“A God’s Dream”

After two whole seasons of twists and turns that have consistently lead to a direction that one may not have originally expected, this pre-finale episode in some strange fashion managed to wrap up almost every loose end in one go — something that I would have to chalk up to some good writing and a well disguised deus ex machina.

In terms of sheer ridiculousness, I was outright stumped when Sairei no Hebi revealed his ruse within a ruse. I mean, what was the whole point of inciting the fears of the entire world when he had the ability to do everything himself? Not only did each side lose many of their prized fighters (like my personal favorite) but other than trying to get gather his follower’s opinions, why call them together and risk getting them killed by the Flame Haze just waiting to obliterate them?

But you know what? I can forgive all of the ridiculousness that we all sat through because instead of trying to fix things with some omnipotent solution, the story actually gave every single action that sounded stupid at first a well-rounded and believable reason for happening. As this week revealed, Sairei no Hebi was just following what he honestly believed in and did what he needed to do — listen to the wishes his people. And while the insertion of another God could have been a cheap cop out, its absolute message didn’t give either side an unfair advantage, instead getting both sides to understand each other. Combined with all the sacrifices made by each and every Flame Haze and Tomogara who died through the course of the battle, everything culminated into a believable situation where the creation of Xanadu fulfilled both the wishes of the Tomogara and the Flame Haze.

And if you ignore how we still don’t know anything specific about the engage link, one big question remains — just what will Yuuji do now that he’s officially been separated from Sairei no Hebi? Seeing how there’s apparently no adverse side effects to having a God merge and separate from one’s body except for a huge drop in power level, I don’t understand why he needs to continue his fight against Shana! He’s finally just Sakai Yuuji, yet as the preview shows a big battle seems to be in store for us next week!

God forbid if the series ends without Shana and Yuuji finally doing something romantic together.



March 20, 2012 at 11:15 am
  • March 20, 2012 at 11:34 amKusabi

    “God forbid if the series ends without Shana and Yuuji finally doing something romantic together.”

    God, you couldn’t be more right, Takaii. It’s finally the last episode for Xanadu’s sake.
    Please, J.C.Staff, don’t make us watching 72+ episodes just for troll ending.

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:14 pmAiras

      Brace yourselves… Troll Ending Incoming!!!

    • March 20, 2012 at 3:04 pmsuff

      Seeing how Yuuji is Yuuji now, I foresee a happy ending.

    • March 20, 2012 at 6:49 pmDude

      All out combat with each other is their world’s version of a wedding party and foreplay.

  • March 20, 2012 at 11:39 amgame8910

    You realize that if he tried to do everything himself he would have failed badly right? How do you think he got sealed in the rift in the first place? Doing something flashy as creating a new world and expecting Flame Hazes to not notice is ridiculous. This whole war was necessary, a lot of preparation was needed for Xanadu to be created and the sacrifices were not in vain.
    Also Yuji’s plan also included creating as much disturbance and distortions as possible in order for the Reigi Maigo to spill out even more energy. There are so many fine details that are hard to miss in this show if you dont pay attention. But I love it this way.

    • March 23, 2012 at 8:41 amJVision5

      Don’t you mean: “easy to miss”?

  • March 20, 2012 at 11:39 amacesoldia

    yeah..i really dont understand the reason behind continuing to battle Shana

    why would Shana even continue to fight even if Yuji does?

    both goals accomplished, are they just having a battle for the simple fact that Yuji put her through all of this?

    maybe this is just a personal one, but I really dont get why it’s happening.

    • March 20, 2012 at 1:29 pmvirox

      The answer to that lies in the next episode. Though, Johann already hinted at it.

  • March 20, 2012 at 11:40 amKusabi

    By the way, the former Red-Haired Red-Hot-Eyed Hunter is pretty hot, I don’t mind if J.C Staff make a side story of her.

    • March 20, 2012 at 11:53 amvirox

      That would be great, because there is actually lots of novel content regarding the big war and the previous Hunter that the anime obviously never touched, because it’s a completely different story

  • March 20, 2012 at 11:48 amvirox

    Umn, the battle at Misaki city wasn’t useless at all. The only thing he was able to do himself is write/create the new world, but it still needed all the preperation and Hecate as the world egg.

    • March 20, 2012 at 11:49 amvirox

      Damn it

  • March 20, 2012 at 12:10 pmAecen

    So why did the Flame Hazes want to stop this? Were they afraid they were lying and planning something else? If anything you would expect the Hazes would help them leave.

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:14 pmvirox

      The Flame Hazes never wanted to stop the creation of the new world, not after they were defeated in the first battle, at least. Their intention was to prevent the eating of humans in the new world, so it won’t collapse again. That’s why they tried to fix the new law into the spell structure, not knowing that this structure was just a decoy, because thanks to the Reiji Maigo, Sairei no Hebi was able to write the whole world by himself, after how the Tomogara imagined it.

    • March 20, 2012 at 2:09 pmRickyMack

      The other reason being that most flame hazes actually contracted out of a desire for vengeance against a particular denizen. For Margery it was the silver, so when they found out that the denizens would be leaving many had that freak out mid season because they were going to be left without their target to hunt.

  • March 20, 2012 at 12:19 pmWhee

    yeah, still dunno y sakai shud fight shana…
    i liked the episode, it was epic in some ways

  • March 20, 2012 at 1:05 pmKinny Riddle

    RIP Khamsin (this time for real)

    He was there at the beginning (being one of the few Flame Hazes alive to have shoved Snake into that Eternal Prison back then), and he has witnessed the end (Snake coming back to create the Paradise that would take all Denizens away). Talk about coming full circle.

    For this “Child of Both Worlds” thingy, there is an entire prequel dedicated to that, involving Shana’s predecessor, Wilhemina, Sophia, Chiara’s predecessor, Lammy, Merihim and all that.

    In a nutshell: there was once this Crimson Lord who used to be contracted to a Flame Haze, and over time fell in love with her. When she got betrayed and killed by the humans she was protecting, he went berserk and decided in order to continue with her “legacy”, he went on a plan to “conceive” a being by splicing the Powers of Existence of him – a being from the Crimson World, and his Flame Haze – a being from our world, to create a hybrid – a “Child of Both Worlds”.

    To do so would require a complicated Unrestricted Spell powered by even more PoEs. Naturally, this led to war.

    Though with the creation of Xanadu, there would be no such problem to conceive and give birth to this “child” of Pheles and Johann’s, as there’ll be an abundant amount of PoEs there.

    That’s all I can conjecture, as I don’t yet have all the details from the novels. :)

  • March 20, 2012 at 2:19 pmshamaticgrl

    I cried watching the ending ;-; why!?

    • March 20, 2012 at 7:11 pmtheskylion

      I was asking myself the same question. I didn’t end up with the big ugly cry, but I can’t say I wasn’t really really chocked up; moved big time. I think it’s because of the very profound effect Khamsin’s death had on Yoshida; he really made her feel like she was a part of something bigger than herself, and when she wept, I was moved. Compound this with both the Flame Haze and Behemoth saying goodbye to one another = deep emotions.

      • March 20, 2012 at 7:27 pmKarmafan

        She has no shot at Yuuji, maybe she should have took over for Khamsin?

  • March 20, 2012 at 3:01 pmEinander

    I think it’s natural that they end the series with Yuji and Shana fighting. This entire season has been about them refusing to understand each other; Yuji repeatedly places Shana’s ultimate happiness over her stated wishes and his own lesser desires, and Shana doesn’t have enough faith in Yuji to let him create his paradise, no matter how many times he explains. She doesn’t trust him to act, and he doesn’t trust her to understand. The aggravating topic is gone now, but the underlying issue is still very present, and it needs to be resolved.

    Relationships are composed of two things: Love and trust. They have the former, but this entire season highlights their lack of the latter. As a writer once put it, they’re afraid that the moment they let go of the steering wheel, they’ll both crash. So they need to fight and resolve that issue, or else they’re utterly doomed as a couple.

  • March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pmPtolemaios00

    Er…what? So, the God of Guidance just speakerphoned everyone to say “you can gattai with humans, go try it in the new world”, and everything works out? erm…ok….

    I lol’ed when Beetle-man gets together with Poison Bag Kid(Girl?).

  • March 20, 2012 at 8:02 pmKabitzin

    It’s sad that the Yuuji-Snake of the Festival bromance had to end. The episode was still dumb, though.

    • March 21, 2012 at 11:23 amSS

      True at least we still got Yuji and Syndoary bromance bros before hoes.

  • March 20, 2012 at 8:04 pmUnajuuphile

    The third and the final season has been a real hectic one. Quite difficult to follow it was, compared to the previous two impressive seasons.

    • March 21, 2012 at 7:10 pmSkins Thunderbomb

      …Second season was impressive to you? >>;;

      • March 21, 2012 at 7:15 pmKusabi

        I’ll admit that second season is full of Hecate “filler”. But you must also admit that the battle vs Sabrac is pretty intense.

      • March 21, 2012 at 8:54 pmSkins Thunderbomb

        The battles were pretty awesome, yes, but the filler really spoiled it for me. :/

  • March 20, 2012 at 8:16 pmewok40k

    With fate of the world (heck, actually three of them! – our world, Guze and Xanadu) decided, there is the last, most important fight left to do – to decide who will wear the pants in the Yuji X Shana relationship!
    also, kudos to the Snake for his final, parting declaration… It can really help FH in transitting from their eternal war into new “civilian” life, giving them sense of victory and fulfillment (and Tomogara got heir Xanadu anyway)

  • March 20, 2012 at 8:17 pmMixed Milkshake

    Goodbye Hecate, we all love your tsundere-ness. (like when you tried to kill Shana)
    Once the tomogaras have a new wish, come back to us.
    Enjoy your well deserved long break.

  • March 20, 2012 at 10:00 pmricz

    Shana will end this saturday and I am sad w/ that :C

    I will miss your urusai, cute face while eating melon bread … shana :C

    Really love shakugan no shana

  • March 20, 2012 at 11:16 pmBeckett

    I knew Khamsin was going to bite the dust. Called it. Somebody, a major character but not one of the main ones, had to die or the ending would be too “fairy tale”. Since Khamsin was so overpowered all the time he was the best candidate for maximum drama potential.

  • March 21, 2012 at 1:06 amKabayongtao

    The last tsunday night.

  • March 21, 2012 at 6:25 amshinkirou

    if shana finish this season , then i would demand jc staff to prequel of shakugan no shana ( the fist red- hair hot eyes)!!! or a movie would do just like bakemonogatari ?kizunamonogatari

    • March 22, 2012 at 10:39 amKabayongtao

      Milk the cow till it dies.

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:08 amelior1

    just sew the final episode and this was the best ending ever

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:29 amGhostalker

    This episode is just wonderful and epic in terms of sheer magnitude or proportions. Finally Shakugan no Shana is ending, plenty of sacrifices have been made throughout its course but with the creation of the new world I think all the sacrifices is not in vain.

    As for the the main characters, I just hope it is a happy end for them, can’t wait for the next episode.

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:58 pmMatroid

    The first episode of Shana had such a great impact because the Shana took away the “existence” of an likable and innocent character Hirai in a very surreal and kafkaesque way. At that time, Shana was angry about everything in life, and showed little sympathy towards the “victim.” Even though Shana gradually changed for the better later on, that incident still bugged me throughout the series. In the final episode, justice is finally served by restoring Hirai’s rightful existence. It is not the greatest ending of all time. But it is a good ending nonetheless.

  • March 25, 2012 at 2:51 pmWM

    What I want to know is what happened to the unopened letters from the start of the season.