Shakugan no Shana S 03

Even though I’m through with episodic posts. I’m going to make a slight exception of Shana, since Shana is that awesome. Also an obvious reminder that Shana S 03 is out now!

Summary:

While in the daily hunting for torches to ultimately wiping their existence, Shana confronts Oogami Junko. Like Yuuji she is a fellow Torch who had recently died due to unknown reasons and still remain due to her excess Power of Existence and her remnants, but unfortunately does not have a “flame replenishing system” in her flame. Coming back from the Patisserie, Shana finally puts Junko to rest and takes her position before formatting her existence. The reason why Shana took her place is to have some kind of hospitality, to set her focus on investigating a recent case, regarding a “British Male Model who disappeared in New York 10 years ago re-appearing in the same clothes, state and age in George Park in Yosegi City in Japan”. After brief researching in the newspapers and interrogation of her parents, it appears she had found a relation between the Male Model case at George Park, the tomogara in the city and Junko’s abnormal strong power of existence. Going to Junko’s school, Shana (in disguise) soon finds out the reason of the awkward relationship between Junko and her mother she soon followed was due to Junko’s newly profound relationship and the mum’s reaction. After more investigation from Haruguchi’s source, Shana confirms the relation between the Tomagara and Junko and Hamaguchi at George Park. Junko and Hamaguchi were walking in George Park several days prior to Shana’s entrance, where the Tomogara had taken Junko’s life while in the process, a foreigner appearing out of nowhere at the park. The episode ends in a surprising cliffhanger when Shana restores the disputed relationship between Junko’s character and her mother. Reflecting on Shana’s relations with Wilhelmina.

Obligatory screenshots;

At first I though she was a grown up version of Yoshida and that it’s 5 years into the future. HURR.

Shana doing her stuff.

I never knew Shana had super hax0r blur skillz.

WHY WON’T YOU MAKE ME A FREAKING SANDWICH!??

IMMA GO AND FIND MYSELF 100 FUCK BUDDIES!!!

WHY CAN’T YOU JUST ADMIT THAT YOU’RE THE DAUGHTER OF THIS HOUSE AND NOT THE MAN DOUCHE!??

YOU GET BACK HERE MISSY!

*drop* *splatter*

OH SHI-! MY BRACELET OF PHILOSOPHER STONES!!!

NO!!! WAIT!!! I’M SORRY!!!!

BITCH IMMA GO BACK TO FMA TO GET SUM NEW FRESH ONES!!!!

Fail capshuns imo,

Shana’s beloved Melon-pan makes another appearance.

Jealous of what? They didn’t really point out

My flame hazes senses are tingling!

Give in to the almighty melon-pan~~

Anyone in for a continuation?

Conclusion:

That said, for some reason I didn’t really obtained that special, fuzzy satisfactory feeling like in the main series. For an OVA and of course, a side story, I could forgive but this level of impact was rather too poor. I could go on but I’ll stop to before I’m at the verge from getting shunned.

So in this third episode the producers decided to throw out all the main/side characters out of the plot (or maybe the author…) and simply leave Shana and Alastor themselves only in the spotlight. The time in this episode seems to go back into the past before Shana had even met Yuuji. Even though Shana is the mainstream mascot of the series and of the animu otaku cult, throwing the rest of the crew spiritually supporting her seems to have made me (and I bet everyone else) feel unwelcome to the episode as it was all characters JC Staff had design out of the tip of their minds. Though Wilhelmina makes a quick cameo in a short flashback with the LOLI Shana, fully completing the mysterious girl who stalks Shana in the opening sequence. Overall he episode did bring a sense of drama-drama and a “feel-good-sensation”, with Shana playing Jeremy Kyle bringing back Mrs. Oogami’s positive relationship with  Junko (despite the fact that all will be in vain when Junko’s existence will be gone by the end of the day). Same old opening and ending (though I feel the animation has been modded a little) while the art remaining JC Staff mid-quality. While the fact that this episode did leave a few elements in the plot unexplained and the plot suddenly falling into the depths of a cliffhanger, a continuation in the last OVA is likely.

With the first episode coming out last Autumn, the second this Winter, the third this spring, expect the final forthcoming OVA installment of Shana S this Summer as well as a predicted last third season in the series this Fall!

Moar Shana-tan plz.