Kazumi decides to use the eyepiece on Yuuji the next day to confirm if he’s either a Torch or not, while Shana is excited on the upcoming festival and her plans to surprise Yuuji with her *yukata*. Eita and Satou meanwhile, are training hard to persuade Marjery to take them with her when she leaves town and Marjery pulls out a big sword, sticking it into the ground as a test for them.
In school, Sakai confirms with Kazumi and sets a time for them to go for the festival, while Khamsim is planting rods around the city to tune the city back in balance, while he comments that there’s something not right with the town. At home, Shana and Chigusa are getting ready for the festival, only waiting for Yuuji to come back home.
Meanwhile, Sakai is waiting for Kazumi and thinking about how hard it’s going to be when he leaves the town that has been his home. Kazumi arrives and they both head off to the festival, while Shana is still waiting futilely for Yuuji’s return.Chigusa then suggests that Sakai might’ve headed off somewhere with his friends and suggests to Shana that they head to the festival first and try to find Yuuji there.
At the festival, Yuuji is buying some candy apples for Kazumi and Kazumi decides to use the opportunity to use the eyepiece on him.Nervously holding up the eyepiece to her eyes, she finally finds out that Yuuji is a Torch and receives the shock of her life. In the background, however, the mad scientist Tomogara has launched his *jizaishiki* from the numerous bird statues around town, enveloping the whole city in it.
This immediately makes the “aware of the Tomogara” group (for the lack of a better term, sorry) to take action, with Shana asking Chigusa to return home then finding Yuuji while Tanaka and Satou are going to find the location of the Tomogara using Friagne’s *Hougu*. Shana finds Yuuji and Kazumi together and stops Yuuji from chasing after Kazumi when she runs off, saying it’s more important to deal with the impending situation first and Kazumi is not important. This angers Yuuji and he scolds Shana, leaving her in tears, while Yuuji chases after Kazumi. Crying, Shana runs off too and bumps in to Khamsim.
After some time crying, Shana calms down. Khamsim explains that to stop the *jizaishiki*, he only needs to start the tuning process as he’s done setting it up, only needing Kazumi to start the spell. Shana is startled to hear Kazumi’s name and decides to find her and bring her to Khamsim, reassuring Alastor that she’ll perform her Flame Haze duties, but remarks it’s painful in her heart.
The mad scientist starts his second phase of his plan, starting up the bird statues around town to attack the Flame Haze and any obstacles. Seeing that happen, Marjery immediately summons a *fuuzetsu* and starts destroying the birds. Yuuji bumps into Satou who’s getting attacked by the birds, surprised to see him able to move but saves him in the nick of time. Kazumi is also getting attacked by the birds but Shana saves her, surprising Kazumi.
Again, a great episode of Shana and I’m starting to really get attached to the fine balance of action and development they’re having right now, with everyone getting their screentime.Quite a few skeletons in the closet are revealed today, as the “aware of the Tomogara group” finally meet each other, with Kazumi knowing now that Yuuji is a Torch and Shana is a Flame Haze, while Yuuji meets up with Satou.
There’s also quite some service to us fanboys for this episode, as we get to see almost everyone in a *yukata*, especially Shana herself in the awesomely cool red *yukata* which fits her Flame Haze hair perfectly, I was touched. Kazumi’s shocked expressions this episode was quite good as well, instantly conveying her feelings to us.
Most of all, it was great to see Shana this episode, as she expressed a wide range of different emotions in this episode, ranging from her girlish excitement in the beginning, to her tears after Yuuji’s scolding and then down to her serious look when she performs her Flame Haze duties. Shana is both showing maturity beyond her age (not her Flame Haze age, mind you) and yet retains a touch of childishness which she had discarded early on and reemerged recently with her life with Yuuji.
Shana is proving itself to be a wholly great series now and I just can’t wait for the next episode, for the aftermath of the fight and how all the intricate webs of relationships that have been spun to resolve themselves. Meanwhile, I’ll just content myself with listening to Aka no Seijaku over and over again.