Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 17

灼眼のシャナⅢ(Final)/Shakukan no Shana 3 Episode 17
Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 17

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 17At an emergency Flame Haze meeting in Europe, the dire situation is discussed with Flame Haze Hildegard quietly wondering if the entire blame will be lain at Sophie’s feet. In the U.S., Chiara succeeds in getting a little closer to Shana by offering her fruit from a cup, while they wait for Gods of Earth Flame Hazes Westshore and Southvalley to arrive at the New York airport. They escort them to East Edge’s bar/Outlaw facility, where Shana delivers Centerhill’s message to the three surviving Gods of Earth members. After hearing that, as well as seeing Shana’s resolve, they agree to toss their lot in with Shana.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 17In Japan, Tanaka, Kazumi, Ike, and Ogata visit the Sakai home. As they leave, Tanaka and Kazumi stop as Yuuji, having returned to his human form, is there, and waves goodbye to Ike and Ogata, neither of whom remember him. Yuuji refuses to enter his home (his parents wouldn’t know him), revealing that he’s come for Kazumi. Tanaka strongly objects, so Yuuji agrees to walk around with them, answering all questions. Kazumi agrees to go with Yuuji, even though Yuuji plans to turn Masaki City into a war zone in a final battle with the surviving Flame Haze.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 17Yuuji promises to protect everyone, even citing the fact that he’s ordered the Tomogara to stop consuming humans. He goes on to explain the reasons for creating Xanadu.  During Yuuji’s speech, Tanaka realizes that in his own way, Yuuji is fighting and moving forward for what he believes, as is Shana and even Kazumi. Thus, he makes the decision to inform Yuuji that he will inform Satou about everything Yuuji has said, destroy Margery’s bookmark, and then expect Yuuji to protect him. They shake hands and Tanaka leaves. Yuuji escorts Kazumi to the roof, where she sees the various leaders of Bal Masqué (save Hecate) standing on either side of a black path that leads to a hovering Seireiden in the distance.

Thoughts/Review:

It has been so long since I’ve watched the first Shakugan no Shana series, but I’m trying to remember if the term “Outlaw” came up then.  I remember East Edge being there, and I seem to remember his bar being used by Flame Haze, but beyond that, I don’t remember anything else about him. ^_^;

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 17

Regardless, it appears we’ll get to see him and the other two “Gods of Earth” Flame Haze do their thing soon.  That should be interesting.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 17

I didn’t expect Yuuji to show back up in Japan in “normal form.”  I also didn’t expect him to suddenly want Kazumi for his plans.  Well, I can now see where Kazumi will be using the Hougu that Pheles gave her. I hope I’m wrong, but I smell the death flag on Kazumi.

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I find it interesting that Yuuji appears to have won over both Kazumi and Tanaka, although Tanaka is apparently going to do one final act for the Flame Haze by making a last report. Yuuji’s speech, while sounding good, made me want to puke. He probably believes all that crap, but as things always happen, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that’s what I see happening here.

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It is also interesting that Yuuji is just as determined as Shana is, therefore another confrontation (which I believe we saw in the first episode) is in order.  Question is, does Shana have to kill herself and Yuuji to stop him?  That would totally suck for an ending, so I rather discount it, but one can never tell with Japanese writers. ^_^;

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So, where was Hecate at the end of the episode?  One would think that all three Trinity members would be there for Kazumi’s arrival. Come to think of it, why does Yuuji need Kazumi at all?

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Thus, another “calm before the storm” episode comes and goes with the “fun” soon to begin again.

Shakugan no Shana III (Final) - 17
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7 Responses to “Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 17”

  1. Tom Badguy says:

    Animation is pretty smooth. Interesting stuff.

  2. Never seen this series but the character animation looks pretty great.
    Going to check out.

  3. triniboi says:

    im sry but I’m waiting on a Kazumi death flag lol…she’s in the way

  4. arimareiji says:

    I hope I’m wrong, but I smell the death flag on Kazumi.

    Me too (hoping that she won’t die, that is)… she’s one of my favorites. I’d much prefer it if your interpretation (IIRC) were true from a little ways back, i.e. Pheles meaning that her life as a human would be over because using the Hougu somehow draws her into the world of the Flame Haze.

    Maybe the necessary death will be Tanaka instead? That would go a ways toward crushing Yuuji’s misguided idealism. And to be honest, I can’t think of anything he’s ever done that’s endeared me to him.

    Come to think of it, why does Yuuji need Kazumi at all?

    Because someone’s gotta replace the Thousand Pimp? (^_~)

    More seriously, it’s probably the same reason that Nbh’w needed her as to help “tune” the city, I think in the first series. (Whatever that reason is, that is. I don’t remember it being explained clearly… something about her having a very clear image of the way the city should be.)

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      >I’d much prefer it if your interpretation (IIRC) were true from a little ways back, i.e. Pheles meaning that her life as a human would be over because using the Hougu somehow draws her into the world of the Flame Haze.

      I would too, but the way things have turned out, I’m not feeling Kazumi going the Flame Haze route.

      >Maybe the necessary death will be Tanaka instead? That would go a ways toward crushing Yuuji’s misguided idealism. And to be honest, I can’t think of anything he’s ever done that’s endeared me to him.

      Yuuji (on the endearing aspect)?

      >More seriously, it’s probably the same reason that Nbh’w needed her as to help “tune” the city, I think in the first series.

      Which turned out to be correct. I’d forgotten about that.

    • arimareiji says:

      Yuuji (on the endearing aspect)?

      Ouch, sorry about the misplaced antecedent… I meant that Tanaka’s never done anything that endeared me to him. I don’t particularly want him to die, but I’d much prefer him to Kazumi if someone has to.

      But as it turns out, it looks like she’s avoided the death flag anyway. (^_^)

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