Shana and the others try and stop Bal Masque’s plans before itâ€™s too late and Yuji disappears.
I thought this episode was great. Putting the conclusion aside for a bit this individual episode was very exciting and fun to watch. Although it isnâ€™t really a conclusion to an overall series, it was a good conclusion to an arc, like Sabrac was. Looking at this episode like that and it really is pretty good. I was a bit confused though when they were fighting the smaller Silver, Shana and Yuji that is. It seemed like it was being controlled or had the mind of Konoe or Hecate or both, yet they didnâ€™t really explain that too much, they just briefly mentioned last episode that Konoe was gathering emotions, didnâ€™t say she would be the full mind of the thing. It just seemed a bit awkward and that they could have explained that a bit better, since itâ€™s the reason Yujiâ€™s not dead.
A quick note, as Iâ€™ll talk more about the romance in this series under â€œFinal Thoughtsâ€ but I was just absolutely giddy when they showed the scene at the end where Shana turns around and has a big smile on her face. It obviously means Yuji showed up to her and not Kazumi, which is to be expected. Iâ€™m just overwhelmingly glad they didnâ€™t just forget they were doing that, Iâ€™m glad they continued it.
Now, I have to say that of course it seemed as if nothing was really resolved in this episode. Hell, itâ€™s the same as last seasonâ€™s ending in regards to the fact none of Bal Masque is dead, everyone is still pretty much where they left it. However at the same time I didnâ€™t feel that this season had too many fillers, so even though not a lot happened, it really came across like that was just the way this series was. They are of course going off of a source material and I thought they did fine. You canâ€™t expect it to conclude, and Iâ€™d much rather have an ending like this then have them try and tack on some weird awkward anime exclusive ending, so I thought the way they ended things was fine, it leaves me hopeful for another season.
Iâ€™m going to just flat out say right now I absolutely love Shana. I loved the first season and I love this one. Although it may have flaws and ended a bit oddly, thatâ€™s pretty much to be expected from something going off source material such as this. Regardless of any of that I had so much fun watching this season. There were so many moments that I was just engrossed in the show. I still remember when fighting Sabrac, when the song Joint started playing I just had a huge smile on my face and was glued to the screen it was such a cool scene for me to watch. The scene itself was alright, but what it meant for the show and situation was amazing. The show got me caring about the characters and the show in general so much that something like that just had me giddy.
I have to make one mention of Kazumi. There is no doubt in my mind that Shana and Yuji will be the ones who end up together and I donâ€™tâ€™ want it any other way. In fact, if he were to end up with Kazumi somehow I would pretty much hate the show. Now, that being said Iâ€™m not a huge fan of characters in Kazumiâ€™s position. They donâ€™t do much to help things generally and dealing with them seems to waste time from the real romance. Still, I was blown away by Kazumi in this season. She had some really important roles and an individual story that was interesting, whether or not to use the hougo or not. For a character in her position I was surprised at how much I liked her.
Iâ€™ll say something quick about the romance in this season. If youâ€™ve read almost any other post Iâ€™ve posted I seem to emphasize how much I love romance in every show. Any show, be it shoujo or mecha I want there to be a big romance focus. (No, not between the mechas you idiot, the pilots or something) So you can imagine I would want it in this show. I have to say that I am very VERY pleased with the amount of romance in this. There could always be more and they could make it more serious but this season was absolutely fine in the amount they had. The first season didnâ€™t have too much as Shana and Yuji were more or less getting to know each other, but here it seemed like half the season focused on it. It was great, and several times they came close to stating it directly. Its no longer at a state where Shana acts tsundere around him and then questions her feelings, she knows her feelings and has admitted them to herself. That itself is a big step and Iâ€™m pleased with what they have and I want even more if it should continue.
I doubt anything would make me as happy as an announcement of a third season for this would make me. The major problem I had with this season, like the last, was the way it ended. It gave very little overall closure. The same big bad guys are still pretty much around. Still, even when looking at the show in that mind, that nothing actually really happened in the long term, it was still a joy to watch for me. This show is at the point that I donâ€™t care if others say bad things about it. Iâ€™m not going to waste my time to try and convince you to think my way, I donâ€™t care. I love this show, if you donâ€™t then too bad. I just desperately hope for a new season, filled with a lot LOT more serious romance and some darker and deeper continuation to the story.