A very strong episode of Shana, with Yuuji taking a firm decision to leave, thereby lifting him away from the ranks of wimpy and angsty characters that usually plague this types of shows, while Shana is the one being confused in this one.
First off, Shana rescues Yuuji from being killed by Wilhelmina and Yuuji tells her his decision to leave the city, of which she suddenly misinteprets as him trying to protect Kazumi thus thinking that Kazumi is more important to him than her and she throws a tantrum, causing Yuuji to finally exclaim that he doesn’t know what she’s thinking about, which is quite the right timing, given the countless arguments that Shana hasn’t been really very clear about her feelings to Yuuji.
Later on, Yuuji’s prediction comes true, as the bird statues that remained after the Dandankyukyu’s attack were being burned turns out to be the summoning trigger for the **Konno Seibyo** *jizaishiki*, summoning the **Seireiten** (which should be Court of Holy Souls, because it’s got the same name as the place in Bleach ;), the headquaters of the **Ball Masque** right in the middle of Misaki City. Belpeol greets Wilhelmina and Shana, which provides to be the distraction so that they can kidnap Yuuji, the **Reiji Maigo**. Wilhelmina realises this and tries to destroy Yuuji before that can happen, but Shana takes the blow instead, providing the time needed for Shudonai to take him away.
Personally, I felt that Shana’s action was pretty noble but not being actually useful at the same time. Wilhelmina’s influence is proving to be a very confusing one to Shana, as she’s struggling between her feelings for Yuuji and her sense of duty as a Flame Haze. She still hasn’t realized, or more like haven’t truly understood her real feelings for Yuuji, leading for me to think the scene where she stretches her hand to the sky for Yuuji being quite poignant. Chigusa, if she will be appearing anytime soon, will most probably be the one who’ll be able to sort out Shana’s feelings but only if Wilhelmina doesn’t try to play the antagonist for their relationship anymore.
Wilhelmina, on her part, is now the antagonist for the Shana x Yuuji relationship, given her murderous tendencies towards Yuuji currently. I understand her sense of duty, but she needs a lesson in *ningen kankei* as well, as being one who has experienced love with someone before, she should be able to see Shana’s true feelings.
Yuuji, on his part, is making things clear now, and also I’m beginning to like him for his courage. At the least, he actually managed to get out of Wilhelmina’s bonds/bandages with his own powers before Shana had to really come to save his ass. Also, he did seem to notice that he’s being targeted and tried to escape, just only he’s really quite outclassed when it comes to him facing off someone like Shudonai.
As for the fanboy side of things, I’m glad that Hecate a.ka. Noto-sama, has lines this episode, and it’s fun to see her with Shudonai, who seems to be hitting on her hard though I really didn’t think of Enma Ai when I heard her. Art this episode seems to be quite superb, especially on the parts where Alastor was talking.
I have to agree about jason on the next episode previews recently though, as it’s quite spoilerific and really ruins the dramatic effect being built up at each episode recently. Anyways, it seems that Hecate’s the one requiring Yuuji for some plot to stay alive forever, and Shana seems to have been instant healed by Wilhelmina, and both of them heading over to save Yuuji.