Wilhelmina faces off Orgone but later lets Shiro, who reveals his true form to be **The Wings of Rainbow, Merihim**, and one-hit-kills Orgone. Shana in her Flame Haze form squares off with **Tenmoku Ikkou** who reveals he became a Mistess by his own will, to find a worthy owner for his sword, **Nietono no Shana**. Shana wins and gains possesion of it.
Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal that Shiro was one of the **Tomogara** and lost to the previous **Enpatsu no Shakugan no Uchite** in a war who spares his life in return for the protection of her successor. Now that Shana has been turned into a Flame Haze, he squares off with her as a final lesson of sorts. Using his *jizaihou* , he clones himself in to 7 and uses his namesake against Shana, but intentionally losing.
Wilhelmina, patiently waiting for the outcome, is rejoiced to see Shana appearing and they both leave the **Tendoukyuu**, now crumbling into the sea. Wilhelmina takes her leave from Shana, saying it’s alright now and after a tender hug, the time leaps back to the present, where Yuuji (finally appearing, surprisingly I don’t miss him :P) asks Shana why she likes *meronpan* so much. Shana thinks a bit, but decides not to answer, playfully leaving Yuuji :).
Phew, finally reaching the end of the Flashback Arc, this was a fantastic episode and fully describes the origins of Shana’s past.Admitedlly it was confusing at first, but in the end, everything fits into place, leaving me in awe of the writers.
It seems to me that the **Enpatsu Shakugan** before Shana was quite a charismatic figure, even managing to convert Merihim, supposedly one of the strongest Tomogara, to her side. I’d like to see more of her. Wilhelmina was pretty in the garb she wore on the flashback and she seems have some interest in Merihim too ;).
Next up, a new character is introduced, ***Chouritsushi, Merihim***, whom I’m not sure is a Tomogara or Flame Haze, that seems to have some connections with Kazumi later on. Kazumi also learns the truth of the current world, it seems. And something called the Ball Mask is starting too. I’m hoping too for the KOTOKO OP to be in the next episode, which it should be, judging from normal production doctrines :).
**Added Note:** The new KOTOKO OP has been given a name, 「being」.