(I’m way overdo. Whoever took me off their blogrolls, I love you too. )
This series was disappointing in many ways, and when I thought it would redeem all of that by having an awesome final… it didn’t. Leaving a crappy open-end for a possible third season isn’t the way to go, especially since most of us have waited over half a year for the second season, which (once again) didn’t turn out all that well. Are they *really* expecting us to wait another year (or a possible two) for a third season and get our hopes up, only to give us another lower-than-standard quality production in the end (may I remind you that moé-styled art is only good when it’s accompanied by decent animation and storytelling)? Apparently Carmel-san lied to us about this season having “more action” than the last, since most of this season’s potential “action” was scrapped in favor of turning SHANA into a harem and focusing on the tedious love-triangle.
Also, I don’t know why I should even call the ending to this season an “open-end”, at least for the love-triangle. It’s really unbelievable that Yuji/Kazumi fans are hanging on to the bit of hope that Yuji picked Yoshida in the end. For most of you that watched the final, you can see that’s really sad desperation. No offense to people who support the relationship, but it’s written in stone that Yuji and Shana are meant for each other in the series – Kazumi didn’t really have any hope from the get-go.
Though, I would say that J.C.Staff most likely would come up with a half-assed way of killing that small, yet largest trace of resolution the love-triangle ever had this season.
Screw you, J.C.Staff.
Sit down, urusai, and try not to disappoint. Simple.
EDIT: Don’t get me wrong – I still love SHANA. It’s just that the anime is so… so… *facepalm*
Wow, the second season was really a bumpy ride and as I expected – it’ll all end at episode 24 (… it sort of confirmed itself when the ending song and the credits played while the episode was still going on). Starting off with a really unnecessary filler arc, long spans of boring episodes with no real plot development (IKE’S AMUSEMENT BARF-FEST, I’M LOOKING AT YOU), facepalm-riffic GAMBAREMASU nods (*nods* Yoshida: I won’t lose *nods* Shana: I won’t lose too o|￣|＿), and inconsistent animation throughout the whole thing (J.C.Staff, shouldn’t you have a much larger budget for one of your most popular shows?). Despite all that, my favorite moments have happened during these episodes.
Yuji gains a lot of combat development as well as character development during these past episodes. He started kicking ass with his Blutsauger and snapped a Tomogara’s neck for Pete’s sake! (Though… what would really make anime-styled Yuji complete is if he had at least one creepy conversation with himself in a mirror. xD) I really hope the season ends with him turning evil. :3
Yoshida barely changed – although she’s still holding onto that little bit of hope of getting together with Yuji. I bet she’ll go into a state of depression later on, as I predict Yuji yelling out Shana’s name (“the person he chooses to protect”) judging from the preview. Ouch. Aside from the horrible fact that Yuji screaming is ****ing awful, it would really be a stab in the heart for her. Such dramatics. She’d probably be better off losing to the initial challenge she set up with Shana (which is, by the way, a pretty romantic challenge in my opinion ♥).
Shana winning an epic battle against Sabrac with an extended version of JOINT playing as a battle tune was really the one thing I liked the most, despite the fact that they should have animated it better.
It’s been a really tough ride throughout this whole season. Really, an anime adaptation of a really interesting and fun set of fantasy light novels should have done better than what Shakugan no SHANA II coughed up most of the time!
I’ll write up my thoughts on the last episode when I get around to watching it.
Is that Yuji kicking ass in combat with the Blutsauger I see there? Are you screwing with my mind SHANA? I don’t think Yuji should even be touching that thing. It’s not that I hate him, it’s just that (for all we know) Sorath and Tyrael might have gone too far with their little hentai incest games. *wink wink* hint hint*
I loved the new OP‘s animation on sight immediately – the scenes are just so damn good. I had to get used to the song by hearing it a few times more, but I’ve slowly found myself addicted to it. I loved everything about the new ED immediately, those little light thingies floating around the characters’ still images are just so beautiful. The actual animation for the episode, however, ranges from below decent to great (the “great” being only a few scenes ¬_¬”).
I like how the second opening to the first series and the first opening to this series deliberately lied to us. The former showing us a battle with Shana VS. Sydonay, which never happened during that period. The ladder showing us Ike confessing to Yoshida in the snow, which never happened during that period.
Oh well. At least the openings have a big enough “cool” factor for me to forgive them for their LIES.
The preparations for the Seishuu Festivals begins, along with Wilhelmina’s return to Misaki City, revealing Yuji’s inevitable fate: the creator of the Reiji Maigo is stll alive, and being the memento of her lover… The Beautiful Whim, Pheles will soon appear to take it back.
Wilhelmina also fins out about Yuji’s silver flame. However, it seems that The Silver has nothing to do his current predicament…
We’re slowly getting closer and closer to the more better parts of Shana in this series… hopefully (in the case of the anime). And they better be animated good! I’m slowly starting to notice the increase in badly drawn faces as the episodes go by this season – when I saw the GOOD animation during the brief flashbacks to the first series in this episode, I literally started to cry. Get your act together, animation people!
(Heh, Ike gets abused in this episode. Actually, he gets abused a lot. Poor Ike. ^^;;)
Well, Yuri died. A shame too, I thought he was a likable character, in a sense that he was really one of the only Flame Haze that fought (… uh, had a fight) for the sake of humanity.
And wow, I must say that Margery’s flashbacks of the Silver Tomogara were pretty savage.
Yuji conjurs up a silver (Hmm… Hmmmmm… *cough* *cough*) Fuzetsu… Interesting.
Nice, first episode in a while that made me wet my pants in excitement. It seems Yuji’s father returns next episode (I DON’T CONSIDER THIS A SPOILER BECAUSE IT’S FILLED WITH OBVIOUSNESS FOLKS), so I’m thankful that this might mean that there’ll be less focus of the Yuji/Shana/Kazumi/Konoe love-square during this period.
Well, since I haven’t been blogging in like, over a month – I could just skip over to the most recent episode I’ve watched… but it wouldn’t feel complete. So, I’ve taken the easy way out (clumping them all together, except episode 8 – being the recent episode I’ve watched). I’ll do the same for CLANNAD some time later. As for Minami-ke… I forgot to watch it since episode 1 due to school work (which means I’ll blog it from episode 2 and onwards). But, onto business.
The opening song, “Joint” (sung by Mami Kawada, a member of I’ve Sound), from Shakugan no SHANA II rocks so much it isn’t even funny. Being the Shana fanatic I am, I searched high and low on the internet and finally found an mp3 version of the TV-sized version of the song (so I could loop it again and again on my m3 player, of course. :P) and thought I’d share it.
The movie is basically an AU movie (in contrast to what people first thought was a sequel to the first season), giving an alternate ending to the first arc of the anime (which, in my opinion, how they SHOULD’VE ended it) – though it was really tedious going through the same scenes we’ve already seen in almost more than half of the beginning of the movie. Nevertheless, the movie’s good for those who want to start with the second series and don’t want to bother going through the first one to get the premise of the show.
Okay, I’m playing the Shana DS game right now and I’m obviously stuck if the title didn’t already give it away. When I started the game it seemed to take on the effect of a visual novel. I have very limited Japanese skills so I don’t know what the heck is going on and what to do on that little spinning thing.
… Aside from that pain, the biggest pain is listening to the screechy BGM due to it being too sexy for my youknowwhatonthecomputer… (you know what I’m talking about). Actually, it’s the first RO… youknowwhat I ever got to play and work on it. Oh joy? *clap* I think I shouldn’t even bother anymore… I’d be absolutely thankful if someone were to make a fansub of the game like the mass amount of untranslated visual novels since the game doesn’t seem to be coming to the US anytime soon. That’d be dandy. ^^; … But I guess webservers can’t take it due to the supposed battle system in the game. ): Come to the US soon please! Or at least give me some light on what to do on that spinny thing. >_>;
Um, if someone were kind enough and actually played the game (or not), could someone tell me what’s it about and if it’s based on the light novels or has a story of its own? Because that was certainly never made clear to me!
I managed to take a few sexy screenshots though…
Seems to be such a nice game if only I understood most of it!
Edit: Nevermind. Found out that the game doesn’t follow the light novel’s story.
Ever since it was announced that Shakugan no Shana would have a second series, I have been having some… foretelling dreams, such as a barrage of giant melonpan pouring down on me and the big king squishing me, being stabbed fifty times over with a dozen of flaming katana, and a scary Kazumi trying to eat me. ANYWAY~
<:3 Waiting is no fun. So I’m going make the time go by with a countdown of Shana-foyboyism, every month until Fall.
Hitotsu~ First of the 6 things I love about Shana.
~FABULOUSLY hawt English.
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