Shakugan No Shana Season 2 Review


July 19, 2013 by

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Shakugan No Shana is a series about a Flame Haze and a Mystes trying to stop Crimson Denisens from eating the existence of humans. Simply put, a teenage boy and a strange girl are trying to save mankind from a group of monsters that exist in another dimension. It's better than it sounds, I promise!

Shakugan No Shana's second season takes a while to pick up. The first disk or so seems to be nearly all romantic fluff. Sometimes I am afraid when I write these reviews people might think I hate love, as I often complain about romantic aspects of different anime. But I think that is because there are a lot of anime that are very flat in the romantic department.

Shakugan no Shana is an action show first, and that is where the show does best. I really don't mind romance, but when a show that has so much interesting content releases a disk of romantic fluff, I get a bit annoyed. Now, when I say “romantic fluff”, I mean really predicable stereotypes of romance in anime, such as petty jealousy, rivalries that seem to stay in one place, and let us not forget the homemade lunch boxes. It would have been fine if they were a little less generic, and I understand they needed to introduce a new character to the season. However, if they were going to fill nearly an entire disk with high school romance, they should have taken the time and put more effort into it.

In season one, we are right beside Yuji as he is immersed in the Crimson World. His emotions and feelings are right on his sleeve and we get to experience everything right along with him. Shakugan No Shana: Season 2 is the beginning of Yuji's distancing himself from the audience. He becomes more independent and strong, making up his own strategies to take on Crimson Denisens, and he even ends up taking some on himself.

The writers did a good job with the gradual growth of his character. You can tell that he has changed from the very beginning of the show, but at the same time, he has not changed so dramatically that he does not seem like the same character. While it was nice to see Yuji grow, I found myself missing his internal dialogues and openness with the audience. The audience becomes more of a spectator during the battles, waiting to see what Yuji will do as opposed to him formulating a plan via internal dialogue.

Yuji was not the only character in the series to grow. Shana, the other main character, has been making some changes as well. The audience will be relieved to not hear her chorus of “shut up, shut up, shut up”. She is a little more tolerant to other characters' ideas at this point, and she no longer sees Yuji as simply a “Mystes”, or a torch that has a treasure attached to it. She also seems to be more aware of the world that the humans reside in, and not just the Crimson World.

In conclusion, the second season of Shakugan No Shana got off to a rocky start, but ended up delivering great action and interesting plot twists. Hopefully this trend will continue into the third season.

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About the Author: Elizabeth Williams

I started playing games from a young age, but really got into it when Santa left a SNES in the fireplace. My other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and playing with my two cats.

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