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  Shakugan No Shana Box Set

UK Distributor:  MVM Entertainment

BBFC Certificate:  15

Suggested Retail Price (SRP):  £49.99

Episodes:  1-24 (complete series - 6 discs)

Audio options:  English 5.1, Japanese 5.1

Subtitles:  English

Release Date:  8th June 2009

Reviewer:  Matt Dark
 

When Yuji Sakai meets sword-wielding girl with fiery red eyes and flame-coloured hair, he finds out that death isn't all it seems, and that his new life is full of things he never could have imagined to be real.

Things don't start off well for Yuji, after finishing school for the day, he finds himself caught in the middle of a fight between young girl and a monster, the rest of the world around him frozen in time and he is the only one who can see what is going on.  To make matters worse, it turns out that Yuji is already dead!
 

The girl, a 'Fame Haze' who hunts down monsters from a place known as the crimson realm, tries to help him accept that he will disappear, once the flames within his body go out.  But when his flame is suddenly bursting with life at the stroke of midnight, she takes a sudden interest, realizing that he carries a rare treasure that re-ignites any flame as long as it is still burning by midnight, and she knows that other monsters will try to take his life in order to get the treasure within him. 


The real story of the series is about Yuji and Shana, which it the name he decides to give the flame haze, as she has no name of her own.  Yuji himself learns to accept the truth about death, and how people are eventually removed from existence. 

Shana, on the other hand, struggles between her role as the Flame Haze, and the new life she is leading in order to protect Yuji, someone whom she first hated, but slowly comes to like him, and possibly even loves him.  But her feelings may be putting her own life at risk, along with the very people she is meant to protect.

Shakugan No Shana is a decent series that takes the common romantic-comedy, and adds in some fantasy action, along with a slight touch of sci-fi to create something that, while not completely original, manages to stand out in its own way.


Its lead characters are fun to watch, especially Yuji and Shana as their relationship grows.  Another major character to watch is Marjary Daw, another Flame Haze, though one who adds a fair amount of comedy to the show.  Also, due to her more mature, and well-endowed appearance, she also adds to the fan-service that the series provides, which isnít all that rare. 

When the series isn't focusing on the 

relationships in the series, its gives more than a fair share of action.  Shana faces off with a number of different foes throughout the series, constantly testing her skills, and eventually, her own will to protect the people she cares for.

I quite enjoyed this series.  After watching only a few episodes, I was quick to pick up the entire series and believe it would be a welcome addition to anybodies collection.

Extras:

Trailers and textless opening are contained throughout the discs.  Along with pieces of production art.

Also included, are a few extra videos.  First is 'Naze Nani Shana', a 'question & answer' section run by a pair of villains from early in the series, as they talk about some topics from within the show itself.  There is also a pair of bonus mini-episodes, titled 'Shakugan No Shana-Tan' where Shana has been turned into a tiny version of herself.  These are both full of small sketch-scenes done purely for laughs, but are more than worth a watch.

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