Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 04

灼眼のシャナⅢ(Final)
Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 04

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 04Yuuji reaches the top of the bridge tower and is flanked on either side by Margery and Wilhelmina as a stunned Tanaka and Kazumi observe from the Haridan. Alastor demands to know whom it is in Yuuji’s form, and Yuuji’s voice changes to reflect his other self, expressing disappointment at not being recognized but understanding since Alastor came to Earth well after Yuuji’s other self did. Shana demands to know if this is Yuuji, which his confirms but to show the identity of his other self, Yuuji activates a black-flame Fuzetsu and calls himself the Serpent of the Festival, SAKAI Yuuji and changes his form to the one he has with Bal Masqué.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 04With Yuuji’s other being the equal and opposite of Alastor, and supposedly banished by a Flame Haze ages ago, his presence here should not be possible. Yuuji sends himself to the tower Shana is on, but she rejects the notion of his truly being Yuuji and switches to Flame Haze mode. Wilhelmina and Margery unleash attacks to bind Yuuji, after which Margery sends a devastating attack on the bound Yuuji, figuring to get the truth afterward. In the Haridan, Tanaka thinks this can’t be Yuuji, but Kazumi knows from Shana’s voice that in fact this is Yuuji, despite the disbelief of the others.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 04Yuuji is not harmed by the attacks, but since his business is with Shana, he seals Wilhelmina and Margery in a silver ball, constructed from his silver flame. He attempts to lead Shana away, but she escapes his grasp and flees as Wilhelmina and Margery attempt to escape. Knowing the potential of Margery to get out, Yuuji decides to tell her the truth of the Silver, leading Shana to turn and fight, though Yuuji easily dodges all of her attacks. The Silver, Yuuji claims, is not a Tomogara at all, but rather fragments of human emotion that for certain people, come together to form the silver armor. As such, this armor then acts on the desires of the person it is attracted to, meaning Margery caused it to massacre the people in the event that led to her becoming a Flame Haze.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 04Margery starts freaking out and has to be rescued by Wilhelmina. As she screams, Marchosias sees the contract between them weakening and desperately tries to reach her, as does Tanaka from the Haridan. Margery eventually stops screaming as she reflects on what she’s done as Tanaka and Kazumi scream for her to remember Satou. However, she is unable to fight and Wilhelmina has her hands full trying to keep the silver armors from reaching them.  As such, Yuuji tells Shana that they are finally alone, but Shana vows to destroy Yuuji for what he’s become. Yuuji smiles and summons the massive sword Blutsauger, which he had learned to use in order to help Shana in their adventures.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 04Shana attacks Yuuji, but has great difficulties with Yuuji’s abilities and is forced to flee. She comes up with a new tactic and causes Yuuji to fly past her, allowing her to attack from behind. The attack is unsuccessful, so Shana uses her new technique to flame-punch Yuuji down. Ironically, they end up on Yuuji’s former home, leading Shana to ask what he will do about his mother, Chigusa. He replies that he’s on a journey and that Flame Haze cannot protect all whom he wishes to protect. Since Shana is one of those whom he wishes to protect, he will start a war to change things so that he can protect all whom he cares about.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 04Shana attacks, sending a massive ball of flame, but Yuuji’s dark flame simply swallows hers and he defeats her before leaving with her.  He comes crashing into the Haridan, apologizing to Tanaka and Kazumi, whom he didn’t know where there. He extracts the Haridan mechanism from the building, as the Serpent of Festival says it originally belonged to him. Before he leaves, Kazumi asks why he sent the letters. He responds that it was to keep his promise and states that if she can become ignorant of these things again, she should. With that, he leaves Kazumi on her knees and flies off with Shana, dropping the Fuzetsu. With his departure, Wilhelmina holds the unconscious Margery Daw and looks to the sky.

Thoughts/Review:

Egad! If the Serpent of the Festival (I guess most folks use the term “Snake” instead of “Serpent”) is Alastor’s equal and opposite, then I guess Alastor could have take human form too, if he had wanted to. I wonder why Serpent of the Festival doesn’t reveal a regular name other than Yuuji’s?

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As I thought, Yuuji did what he did to protect Shana, and though I didn’t state it, it makes sense that his other friends and family were also included. I can’t imagine the Trinity being too pleased with Yuuji bringing a Flame Haze into Seireiden. So what will they do about it?

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Yuuji’s wanting to change the world seems an odd thing to me in some ways.  If the Tomogara are defeated, wouldn’t that do the trick to protect his loved ones? I guess Yuuji feels that creating some new world is the best way, which is what the Serpent of the Festival wants.  Methinks Yuuji is being betrayed, even if the Serpent is allowing Yuuji to do his thing.

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I had wondered why Yuuji didn’t remove the Haridan in the previous episode since it is a useful tool against the Tomogara. Well, he was just waiting until after he’d secured Shana.  So, what do Tanaka and Kazumi do now that the Haridan is gone?

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Well, one thing about it, the mystery of the Silver was revealed. I couldn’t remember the whole story about Margery Daw and the Silver, so I did have to refresh my memory.  Still, I was surprised to learn that the Silver is not a Tomogara, but something else that acted on Margery’s secret wishes.

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I’ve no doubt that Wilhelmina and Tiamat will tend to Margery as I don’t think her contract with Marchosias was actually terminated. I do wonder what Margery will do when she becomes conscious and how will this affect her ability to fight.

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So, a really good episode. Can’t wait to see how things go from here.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 04
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6 Responses to “Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 04”

  1. takashid says:

    Technichally Yuji/Snake of the festival is the same as alastor now. Alastor’s true name is Flame of Heaven, while his common name is alastor. Snake’s common name is now Sakai Yuji, since they have fully merged together.

    The Shana anime hasn’t cleared things up as much as i would like. In the novel this scene makes it clear that Yuji and Snake of the festival are working together, as a completly equal partnership (at least for now, as you said Snake may possibly betray him in the future, though for now they seem very comfortable with each other).

    The reason Yuji is doing this is because as the world is now, eventually the people they love will be eaten, no matter how strong they get. No matter how many tomogara are beaten, more will come to earth looking for power. Even if Bal Masque is smashed, another group would rise up eventually. In the novel he uses his dad as a prime example of his point; his dad travels all the time. what if he were attacked while traveling? The classmates he and Shana have grown so close to will eventually graduate, and some will mov away leaving them vulnerable. As he points out, they can’t protect everyone, can’t send a flame haze to guard every person.

    So, he wants to change the worlds rules, literally alter the world, so that people wont be eaten anymore and disappear, and Shana wont need to keep fighting till she kills herself one day. Snake of the festival also wants to change the rules so that his Crimison denizen brethren can come to this world without needing to eat.Thus, they work together to accomplish that goal

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just remember that things are not so black and white. There is a reason why they are showing the tomogara’s side of things now. They seem like normal people right? Only difference is that they must eat human souls to live.

    Its a sad existence. My thoughts are that Yuji will stop the war between Tomogara and Flame haze, not by simply destroying one side, but by fixing it so that they can all live in peace.

  3. Riyoga says:

    “If the Tomogara are defeated, wouldn’t that do the trick to protect his loved ones?”

    I think if the Tomogara were wiped out, the Flame Haze would no longer serve any purpose and would cease to exist. Except for Shana, they were born from a hatred of them and to fight them, so if there’s none left, then there’s no reason for them to keep existing.

  4. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Snake’s common name is now Sakai Yuji, since they have fully merged together.

    Hmmmm. I guess because I keep seeing this as a temporary arrangement, he wouldn’t keep using the name “Yuuji.” Was it mentioned why Alastor chose that name over his true name?

    So, he wants to change the worlds rules, literally alter the world, so that people wont be eaten anymore and disappear, and Shana wont need to keep fighting till she kills herself one day.

    Well, I can understand that.

    Snake of the festival also wants to change the rules so that his Crimison denizen brethren can come to this world without needing to eat.Thus, they work together to accomplish that goal

    That’s why they are working together? Interesting.

    My thoughts are that Yuji will stop the war between Tomogara and Flame haze, not by simply destroying one side, but by fixing it so that they can all live in peace.

    And likely, you are correct.

    I think if the Tomogara were wiped out, the Flame Haze would no longer serve any purpose and would cease to exist. Except for Shana, they were born from a hatred of them and to fight them, so if there’s none left, then there’s no reason for them to keep existing.

    I guess there’s that too. ^_^;;;

  5. Jhaynelllie says:

    Technichally Yuji/Snake of the festival is the same as alastor now.

    Nooo…. That’s more or less wrong. Remember that Shana is Alastor’s ‘vessel’. Or his form in the physical world and the Cocytus is just a way for them to communicate. So basically, inside Shana is Alastor.
    Just like with Yuji, the Snake of the Festival is within him. More or less, I think it’s like a temporary contract with him and Yuji.
    So anyways, i think Yuji changing into a feudal lord and with that godawful hair of his is the equivalent of Shana’s hair and eyes turning red.
    Meaning, Yuji isn’t the Snake of the Festival himself, they had just merged and reached a compromise. (It’s kinda like how a Flame Haze is made. Why’s he rooting for the other side??? o_O?)

  6. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Technichally Yuji/Snake of the festival is the same as alastor now.

    Nooo…. That’s more or less wrong. Remember that Shana is Alastor’s ‘vessel’. Or his form in the physical world and the Cocytus is just a way for them to communicate.

    Is that how the whole Flame Haze/Crimson Lord relationship works? I hadn’t realized that they were sharing a body. Indeed, having Alastor’s pendent around Yuuji’s neck seemed to me to be Alastor’s physical representation. Well, that does clear up some things regarding Yuuji, but why is the Snake of the Festival not using another instrument to speak like the other Crimson Lords do with the Flame Haze?

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