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Shana Season 2 Part 2 DVD Review

3 April 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Takashi Watanabe

Starring: Rie Kugimiya, Tabitha St. Germain, Satoshi Hino, Kristian Ayre, Ayako Kawasumi, Paul Dobson, Hitomi Nabatame, Alistair Abell, Kenji Nojima,

 Running Time: 288 minutes

Certificate: 12

Extras: Episode 21 Commentary, Naze Nani Shana II, Shakugan No Shana-Tan Revenge, Textless Opening/Closing Songs,

Shana explodes back onto the screen with an epic battle that concludes an arc from the last collection of episodes. The frantic and mesmerising battle, in terms of animation and emotional weight, means even naysayers should be enticed from the early moments. As it settles down we realise that not only has this half of the season upped the ante in terms of action, but also character development.

Shana, the main Flame Haze (goodies) of the series not only has to worry about the onslaught of denizens (the baddies) from overrunning Earth, but also about her feelings for Yuji. This romance, which is also a love triangle, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Shana Season 2 Part 1 DVD Review

3 March 2013 10:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Takashi Watanabe

Starring: Rie Kugimiya, Tabitha St. Germain, Satoshi Hino, Kristian Ayre, Ayako Kawasumi, Paul Dobson, Hitomi Nabatame, Alistair Abell, Kenji Nojima,

 Running Time: 288 minutes

Certificate: 12

Shana is yet another anime that deals with blade wielding highschoolers with mystical powers fighting supernatural creatures. That’s not an automatic negative against the series, but it’s hardly enough to grab the attention of casual or dedicated anime viewers. We follow Yuji, a young man who, in the previous series, was set upon by Rinnes. Rinnes are servants to Crimson Lords or Denizens. Anyway, Yuji was eventually saved by Shana, a Flame Haze, whose job it is to destroy such creatures.

If some of the terminology in that last paragraphed caused question marks to appear above your head, then don’t worry, you are not alone. In fact, one of the extras has two characters explaining individual pieces of terminology for 4 minutes at a time. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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