“Before we even know, our world has been swallowed by the fire of Guze….” is the prologue of the first season Shakugan no Shana (Shana The Red Flaming Eyes). This story is adapted from the novel with the same name, which has been sold over a million in Japan. It told about their world that have been invaded by people from Guze, a parallel world, who use humans “flame of existence” for their own personal gain, and by doing it, they disturb the balance of existence in both world. More sadly people who have their flame of existence out will be forgotten, as if they never exist. To reduce the effect, they create temporarily the people who disappear with “torch”, a replacement that slowly burns out. But it can’t replace the lost existence and so the Kings who aware of the disturbance effect start sending “hunters”, people who bond a contract with them, to hunt those destructive “Guze no Tomogara” who abuse the flame of existence.
The story begin with Sakai Yuji, one day while he was in the middle of the Misaki City, the world around him turns into red and time seems like stopping. In the middle of the paralyze world suddenly two monsters appear and start absorb the people flames, and also one of his friend Hirai Yukari. Realizing that the boy can still move the monsters know that he is not ordinary and start chasing him, suddenly appear a girl in a black robe with red flaming hair and eye with a katana. Along the battle Yuuji start to realize that he actually already dead before and become a torch, not ordinary torch though a “Mystes”, inside of his torch laying an extraordinary “Hougou”, an artifact that created by the Guze. And so their adventure begin.
I love this series, I already watch the first season three times and still found it exciting, the action, the giddy romance, and the importance of existence. And starting from fall 2007, the second season start to air in Japan.
The second season starts fast but then really slow, maybe because I didn’t read the novel (no translations currently), but looks like since episode 13 this show start to pick up the pace.
As previous review I’ll start from the current episodes, actually this is a week late but the next subbed episode haven’t popped out yet so there’s nothing to lose.
Episode 17: Each and Every Person’s Path
Previously Pheles, the original creator of the Reiji Maigo appear and try retrieve it within Yuji and so the Seishuu festival was in chaos, and among the confusion Margery found out about the silver flame from Yuji power and start going berserk. And afterwards Konoe Fumina show its true form and re-seal the Reiji Maigo, adding more confusion to the situation and even Turbulent Ungula’s Fecor and Master Throne Hecate appear to retrieve Konoe and break the Reiji Maigo container or in other word Yuji. And in the end of battle Yuji change into Johann, Pheles love ones and the battle resolved afterwards.
Hmm~ I wonder if this can destroy some chocolate factory~
This episode slows down a bit after a few of full action episodes. The scene begin with the destruction of the “Outlaws”, the hunters information network, base in US. And also with the scream of help from other bases around the globe, the information becomes jammed, and so Wilhelmina have to sort out the information by herself. She also finally told us her relation with Pheles to Yuji and Shana.
Meanwhile while Keisaku thinking how to help Margery, Eita finally realize how important Oga-chan after the festival incident and decide to withdraw himself from the Guze matter. I can say Keisaku looks more mature here. And realizing she can’t do anything to help Yuji, Kazumi resolved to use the Hogou that Pheles left her despite of sacrificing her life.
So long Eita~
Since Yuuji start wielding Blutseiger, next week, I think we gonna see him in frontline of battle from now, yay~ I already guess this since the first season, that sword somehow fits him although the previous owner was… an incest freak. 😛
Watch me kick some tomogara ass next week~
My last Comments, the OP and ED song is changed on the previous episode, although the beat is OK but the OP vocal effect quite disappointing at first. But when you get a bit used too it, I felt it made the end half real vocal sound more punching effects. As usual KOTOKO lyric is always good, I love most of her song~