Shakugan no Shana II 24

Shakugan no Shana II

Cliffhanger ending episode for the win?

The battle to stop Ball Masque continues, with Wilhelmina and Shana both having a hard time against Hecate and Sydonay. While they’re desperately fighting outside, Yuji regains consciousness and spots Wilhelmina, and he slowly climbs up to retrieve Blutsauger, all the while fighting off the robots and getting his existence slowly absorbed.

Outside, the Flame Hazes gain some reprieve when they discover both Hecate and Sydonay are unable to attack the Statue of Pride. Taking the chance, they use it as a shield, fighting them with their backs towards it. Meanwhile, Yuji has retrieved back Blutsauger and he trudges up ahead to look for the Reiji Maigo. Shana and Wilhelmina continue to fight, and taking a chance, Shana feints an attack to Hecate, punching a hole in to the Statue.

She rushes in and regroups up with Yuji, and they continue onwards to the center of the statue, while it starts to move and break out of the blue shell that has been protecting it. Margery recovers in time to set up a fuzetsu to prevent the city from being damaged as well, and saves Yoshida as well.

Inside, Yuji and Shana finally reach the heart of the statue, and they’re confronted with the Silver armor. They face off with some difficulties, until finally, Yuji figures out that they’ll have to destroy the control mechanism to stop it. Shana immediately aims for it, and she’s helped further when the Silver, who’s being controlled by Hecate, suddenly stops and pauses, apparently because Konoe’s personality emerged from it. While Shana destroys the controls, Yuji stabs the Silver armor and finally retrieves the Reiji Maigo, and they both escape right afterwards. The Ball Masque trio can only watch in disbelief as their plans are foiled yet again.

In the epilogue, the city is repaired, and the Yuji is forced to continue with his choice between Yoshida and Shana. It’s implied he chose Shana, but the final scene of the episode closes with ominous scene of footsteps (probably Yuji’s) disappearing halfway…

They’re soooo making this in to a third season. I’m glad they learned some lessons and didn’t did a half-ass “life goes on” ending, but instead chose to end it in this ominous way. Makes the fans (me included) lust for a third season.

About the final battle, not as awesome as the two major battles before this, but at the least Yuji finally did show some skill of his own, instead of relying solely on Shana. The final part where Konoe’s feelings suddenly burst forth was kinda forced though, but meh, I guess they were trying to make her character of some use.

Kinda sad about Yoshida too, but it’s been expected. I really wanted the stupid love triangle arc to end, since it’s just so one-dimensional, plus they didn’t really develop on it at all, mainly using it as a plot crutch of sorts.

Otherwise… I will say Shana II has been a good season, with the terrible start made up with the awesome second half of the series, marked by awesome Flame Haze fighting and some real plot developments.

Now, we only have to wait till they officially announce Season 4 3.

9 Comments

  1. bj0rN Said,

    March 29, 2008 @ 4:38 am

    “Now, we only have to wait till they officially announce Season 4.”

    don’t you mean season 3?

  2. Zzz... Said,

    March 29, 2008 @ 4:51 am

    NO

    This isn’t WIN. This is FAIL.

    It’s going to be another season of the same BS without any resolution. Yuuji will go back to being a complete pussy and everything’ll just cycle over AGAIN.

    Goddamnit…get the hell off NAMEK already.

  3. ryvrdrgn14 Said,

    March 30, 2008 @ 2:03 am

    Bad start, I agree… haven’t watched past episode 10 because of it. @_@

  4. D'nB Said,

    March 30, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

    Hello everybody,
    Finally That’s the end of the second season…
    That was cool to have the oportinity to see Shana’s folk again but the first season is better for me even if we could always say that it is a suite and that every seasons is different.

    Anyway, i did’t like the time they spent to introduce the season 2 with Konoe.
    It was toooo long for me,they wasted to much episodes in it, in my opinion.

    All we can do is to wait 3rd season, i really hope that we will learn more details about the plots of the serie this time (= mainly about Yuiji’s nature and all the facts that it include).

    I don’t write very often so i would like to say Congratulations and Good luck for Kurogane.animeblog’s makers and managers!

    See you soon

  5. EmOtakuVu Said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 10:22 am

    Mixed feelings about the ending. I totally expected that this “ending” wouldn’t really be one and that’s exactly what happened.

    I have to sort of agree with the Namek reference, though this season has advanced the overall plot somewhat, if you step back and really take stock of what was accomplished through these 24 episodes, you’d have to admit that it wasn’t really all that much, or all that much different, fundamentally, from Season 1.

    I think that the only truly major advancement was Shana’s coming to terms with her feelings for Yuji and her rivalry with Yoshida. Other than that, not too much really changed. Each character had a slight bit of development, but I wouldn’t call it anything major. Yuji did finally become useful, which was pretty cool, and it was nice to get some backstory on Margery and some slight insight into Carmel. But this entire season was basically about two things, the Shana/Yuji/Yoshida love triangle and Bal Masque’s machinations.

    Despite the hints at the ending, the love triangle has yet to really be resolved (and I’m guessing they’re gonna milk that one for as long as they can) and Bal Masque’s plans mainly popped up at the very end only to be quickly dealt with.

    Still, I have to admit that despite all this redundancy I still loved watching this series. I just like the characters despite the story. I look forward to a third season and to Yuji finally coming out and picking Shana! I’m not sure if the fading footsteps really signafy anything truly ominous but I guess we’ll see.

  6. Syaoran Li Said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    Well, at least if that’s true, I want tha third season this year and not Fall 2009.

  7. Son Gohan Said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

    Overall I enjoyed this season of Shana, but I agree that it had a pacing problem. The first 8 episodes with Konoe felt dragged and useless. The show really started kicking ass with Pheles’ appearance. They should have made this a 1-cour series instead of 2. Alternatively, I would’ve loved to see some episodes dedicated to Mathilde (former Enpatsu Shakugan no Uchite) and Wilhelmina’s past.
    The finale was ok, they just couldn’t end this with a bad ending. Now they should just wait for the conclusion of the novel series before making the third and last season.

  8. joshquixote Said,

    April 4, 2008 @ 12:43 am

    You know what would’ve been the greatest ending ever, what I was really hoping against hope for when Yoshida meets up with them at the end?

    (Yoshida runs up)
    Yuji: Yoshida-san!
    Yoshida: Yuji…
    Yuji: ……Buzz off already.
    (grabs Shana and dips her in a tremendous kiss)

    Ah well, I can dream, can’t I?

  9. spik Said,

    April 5, 2008 @ 2:29 am

    I would have rated this season 20/10 if they ended it with SnH!Yuji but they didn’t so I’m giving Shana II a -7/10, -5 for making me suffer through the Konoe-Shana-Yoshida crap, +3 for the Pheles arc, +5 for the Sabrac arc and -10 for wussing out and ending it with their own ending.

    @joshquixote: Well technically what Yuji does in the novels can kind of *emphasis on kind of* be equated to Yuji giving Yoshida the middle finger while making Shana alllllll his.

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