Shakugan No Shana

MBS (ended 2008)



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Shakugan No Shana

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Shakugan no Shana - Supernatural, Action, Romance, Comedy, Drama (May contain bloody violence, nudity & adult themes) ... It was a normal day of the life of Sakai Yuuji. When all of the sudden, his life changes when a Monster called "Tomogara" attacks him and everyone around him. He was confused and shocked because everyone around him was turned into a blue flame and being consumed by the monster. Yuuji's life was then saved by a girl in a black coat, with Burning Eyes (also known as Shakugan) and flaming red hair holding a long sword. Due to the confusion and chaotic mess Yuuji gotten into, he follows the girl with the flaming red hair and finds out the truth about everything around him. _______________________ *Season One*: J.C. Staff, 2005. Opening Theme: #1: "Hishoku no Sora" by Mami Kawada (eps 1-16) #2: "Being" by KOTOKO (eps 17-24) Ending Theme: #1: "Yowake Umare Kuru Shoujo" by Yoko Takahashi (eps 1-14) #2: "Aka no Seijaku" by Yoko Ishida (eps 15-23) #3: "Hishoku no Sora" by Mami Kawada (ep 24) *Season Two*: J.C. Staff, 2007. (Sequel) Opening Theme: #1: "JOINT" by Mami Kawada (eps 1-15) #2: "BLAZE" by KOTOKO Ending Theme: #1: "triangle" by Mami Kawada (eps 1-15) #2: "Sociometry" by KOTOKO #3: "sense" by Mami Kawada (ep 24)moreless
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  • One of my absolute favourite anime shows.

    This is a really great anime show that revolves around Sakai Yuuji. One day however Yuuji's life is shattered when he meets a strange girl called Shana. Shana is a flam haze who controls the balance of the world and deafeats Tomogara that attacks humans. Yuuji learns that he is in fact already dead and that he is merely flame - a vestige of a dead soul that will soon disappear. However Shana soon realises that Yuuji is no ordianry torch and the two of thm set out to keep the world safe.

    This is a great show, very much in the vein of Bleach or oher similar series. The main characters are compeling and the inevitable love story that develops between them is actually very exciting to watch particularly in the second season. All in all this is a great show with more than enough action to satisfy mixed with a healthy dose of drama.moreless
  • wow

    this anime was great the absolutely normal life or yuji gets thrown for a major twist when he accidentaly runs into a fuzetsu and sees innocent people get eaten and a firey girl come in and save the day the development between "shana" and yuji is extasential i cant belive how much the additudes changed between a variaty of people and the conflicts werent just battles but also freinds dukeing it out for the one true love that they see the story was great and kept me on the edge of my seat till the end the artwork was amazing the character development was short of pristinemoreless
  • This is definetely one of the best shows out there today.

    I really like this show. This show is about Yuji Sakai, an average high school student who one day, after a battle becomes a torch, a fragment of existence that eventually dissappears. Yuji meets Shana, a flame haze that has the fire guardian, Alistor with her. After Yuji learns on what will become of him, he decides to join Shana in fighting evil. Yuji, and Shana have many exciting adventures together. The dialog in this show is excellent. The twists, and turns in the adventures will keep you hooked on the series. The love triangle between Yuji, Shana, and Kazumi will also keep you hooked on the series. I really like it when Shana says "Shut Up, Shut up, Shut up". I think that line is funny. The music in this show is good. I like the opening themes alot, and the battle music. Overall, cute, lovable characters, awesome action, and dialog, great music. I really think if you watch this show, you will really like it.moreless
  • This is a combination of fantasy/action as well as a touch of love/romance. Very well made with excellent music where its needed, animation is good and battle scenes interesting. One of the few downsides is the inevitable naivety so common in anime.moreless

    Edit: This review is strictly for Season 1 only because if I ever reviewed Season 2, it would be quite rude...

    This story is about a world where the "power of existence" is a very powerful form of energy, and if misued can cause negative effects in a large scale.

    In a simple explanation, there are people who misuse this power and those who fight against such characters to "maintain the balance" of the world. These fighters are called "Flame Hazes", individuals who have made a binding contract with a divine being to fight and maintain the balance. The story therefore revolves around these two parties and we get the inevitable battles.

    For a quick plot summary:

    With the scene set, it is time to actually review this thing.

    The storyline is quite complex and daunting at first, with a large amount of fantasy-land vocabulary introduced. Compounded with a bit of a shocker, this anime is hard to watch for the weak-hearted at the beginning.

    However, as the story picks up, new challenges are introduced and it successfully teaches us the complexity of this virtual anime world as the characters battle on.

    The producers however, have not forgotten character development despite all the fighting and we see a clash of feelings and values between our Yuji and Shana (our male/female leads). We see changing personalities, strained friendships, and the development of strong invisible bonds between characters.

    The battle scenes are interesting and looks great, with emotions of the characters hanging on the balance. This sometimes leads to recklessness and naivety (unrealistic decision making) so common in anime, but what can I say as this program is aimed at 14 year olds.

    The depth of the story becomes suffocating at times but there are comic relief moments with elements of school life, love triangles and classmates unforgotten. Such scenes are a good break between the fighting and softens the tension in the story when needed.

    All in all a complicated but good plot, excellent character development and relationships with appropriate humour and comic relief now and then, making this a serious but fun programme to watch.

    The voice acting is good, as one can expect from any anime. Nothing more to say really, except I can recall one scene where the screaming from the female lead sounded a bit fake.

    The music - the opening theme is nice, albeit a copy of the style of Ayumi Hamasaki. However, I like it.

    What is more amazing is how the ending theme "fades in" at the end. The song starts playing quietly before the end of the "tape". The quiet introduction, which sounds like a funeral solo in Latin with a transition to full blast music can send shivers up one's spine, especially when the episode ends at a crucial moment.

    Music in the programme itself is good on the whole. The battle and dark music are amazing on the one side while the lighter music feels around average.

    On the whole, great music and gotta love the strings in the battle theme!

    The quality of animation is good without obvious stutters. Scenery is well-drawn and the colours used are pleasant and appropriate. The spells cast are depicted smoothly and vividly which adds to the excitement of battle. The only complaint being the eyes are over-done in size sometimes.

    I personally loved this program and on the scale where 9.2 is "average", I would give this a 9.5 as I found it highly entertaining, the characters interesting and the friendship the male/female leads develop at the end especially touching.

    On a "British University" scale, I'd give this a 6.8/10. Anything over 7/10 (1st class honours) is extremely hard to achieve and is reserved for the rare seriously outstanding program. Using this scale, anything above 6/10 is seriously worth watching!

    On a final note, I watched this in original Japanese since I understand it - therefore I have not watched the dub.moreless
  • Best orginal story line!

    I love the story of Shakugan No Shana because it's very orginal and unpredictable. I've watched a few animes but this anime has the best story, the best fight scenes and it hardly ever goes off plot, drags on and bores you. I'm also a big supporter of Shana and Yuji, they make a mint couple! Another thing I admire about this show is the character Shana, most girls in animes now are just weak, annoying and useless but Shana is strong and can stand up for herself. I'm sick of the girls always being saved. Shana is one of the best things about this show, and she is really cool with her sword. This show is a definitely must see!moreless

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