Shakugan no Shana
Viz Mediaannounced at Comic-Con2006 that they have licensed the right to release the English translations of both the "Shakugan no Shana" light novels and the manga series. Additionally, Geneonhas licensed the first anime TV series in America and the first DVDwas released on September 5 2006. The DVDs are now out of print indefinitely as Geneon withdrew from the American market. On July 3 2008, Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon will still retain the license, Funimation will assume exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. "Shakugan no Shana" was one of several titles involved in the deal.. Unlike normal torches, the treasure inside him restores his Power of Existence every night at midnight. With the Reiji Maigo, Yuji has the possibility to live on like an average human as long as he makes sure that his Power of Existence does not run out before midnight. Later, he begins to learn to use the yet untapped potential of the treasure kept within him. He cares deeply about Shana, but has yet to reveal if he truly has feelings of love for her; also in the first season anime leading up to the final episode, he starts to see Shana as her old view of the world, where he is just a Torch and she is just a Flame Haze. With this going on, he distanced himself from the closeness than the two originally shared, leaving Shana hurt with the new feelings of love she has developed but cannot explain. However, Yuji and Shana have since repaired the damage to their relationship.
;. Yuji, in his need to humanize her, chose to name her "Shana" after her katana. Shana has a habit of saying "Urusai!" which means "Shut up!" three times in a row whenever Yuji asks her questions or makes remarks that disturb her original point of view. But in reality they really care for each other. She has a great fondness for melon bread. Shana later comes to the startling conclusion that she loves Yuji, and even confesses it to him in the last episode of the first anime series when she thought she was going to die, but he does not hear what she said. Shana is continually torn between her mission to protect the balance, and her love for Yuji. Due to a decision she made near the end of the first season of the anime version, the closeness they once had began to erode as Yuji kept a distance from her because of it. However, it seems that Shana and Yuji have repaired the damage from their previous relationship.
; / . Her name comes from Mother Goose, as does what she chants. Eita and Keisaku look up to her because she saved their lives once, and act as her subordinates. She holds a vendetta against a Crimson Denizen with a silver flame. She is also known as the Interpreter of Condolence.
;:anime voices|Ayako Kawasumi|Chantal Strand:Yuji's classmate. She has a crush on him, but is a bit too shy to tell him directly. When Shana becomes her love-rival, she vows to tell Yuji her feelings and to let him decide between her and Shana. She is a shy and pure person, who later finds out about Torches and Flame Haze.
;Nihongo|Power of Existence|存在の力|Sonzai no Chikara:As its name suggests, Power of Existence is a power that is contained within any biological or magical entity and functions as fuel for one's very existence. Thus, it is not limited to reside in living humans. Crimson Denizens can drain it from humans and Torches, while Flame Hazes are able to use the remaining Power of Existence from Torches. When all of the Power of Existence from a human or Torch is lost, the very existence of the human or Torch is annihilated. All humans who had memories associated with the human or Torch will have that memory erased; however those who know of the hidden physics of the world retain all of their memories, such as Crimson Denizens, Flame Hazes, and humans and Torches who have been exposed to the hidden workings of the world.
;Nihongo|Torch|トーチ|Tōchi:A Torch is a replacement entity for a human, whose Power of Existence has been significantly depleted. Torches are "shock-absorbers" for the sake of the balance in the real world. They are only temporary, and will disappear after a certain amount of time, eradicating all traces of existence related to the Torch.
;Nihongo|Mystes|ミステス|Misutesu:A Mystes is a special kind of Torch, who contains a Treasure Tool. The main character Yūji is an example, albeit a special one who can sustain his presence indefinitely due to the power of his Treasure Tool, Reiji Maigo. In general, Mystes will eventually be extinguished like normal Torch, unless the Mystes feeds on Denizens or Flame Hazes like Tenmoku Ikko did to refuel himeself, though it is very unlikely for anyone else to be able to do the same.
;Nihongo|Flame Haze|フレイムヘイズ|Fureimuheizu:A Flame Haze is a servant whose duty is to maintain the world's balance. Each Flame Haze has contracted a Lord of Crimson Realm, with exceptions like the Flame Haze Nihongo|"Archer of Aurora"|極光の射手|Kyokkō no Ite whom has contracts to twin lords. Flame Hazes mostly fight against Crimson Denizens who consume great amount of power of existence and endangers both world, although some work to restore the balance of the world that has been disturbed.
:The Lords use Flame Haze as their medium because if they are to exist like other Denizens, they will also require Power of Existence. However, the Lords can manifest in the human world, although this means they will consume a vast amount of Power of Existence. This sudden surge of Power of Existence will usually exceed the limit their Flame Haze may contain, and will result in the death of the Flame Haze. When someone becomes a Flame Haze, they will have their existence burned, making them as if they never existed before. Flame Hazes become a new existence and live solely to protect balance of the worlds.
;Nihongo|Crimson Denizens|紅世の徒|Guze no Tomogara:Crimson Denizens are mostly evil entities who usually do not care for the balance of the two worlds, collecting and using Power of Existence for their own purposes. Unfortunately for the few that respect and do not seek to upset the balance, some Flame Hazes do not distinguish between them, and thus become targets. As in human world, some Denizens will stand out and are known as Nihongo|Lords|王|Ō.
;Nihongo|Lords of Crimson Realm|紅世の王|Guze no Ō:Lords of Crimson Realm are Denizens whose power stands out among their peers, such as the Trinity of Bal Masqué, Friagne, Pheles, or the Lords that bind themselves to Flame Hazes. Most of the Lords in the series inhabit Flame Hazes and work to maintain the balance, but some are similar to the Crimson Denizens and use Power of Existence for their own purposes.
:For the Lords of Crimson Realm who work to maintain the balance, they take care of the balance of the world by monitoring the Power of Existence and utilizing their Flame Haze to terminate those Crimson Denizens who harm the balance. Lords represent themselves as magical objects, in Shana's case, a pendant. They can manifest fully, but to do so requires tremendous amounts of power. Lords that are even more powerful, such as Nihongo|Tenjō no Gōka|天壌の劫火 or Nihongo|Sairei no Hebi|祭礼の蛇 are known as Nihongo|Gods|神|Kami of the Crimson Realm, and each of these Gods are bestowed upon the duty of materializing the very laws of the Crimson world; for example, Alastor is known as the Nihongo|God of Atonement|天罰神|Tenbatsushin, while the Snake of Festival is the Nihongo|God of Creation|創造神|Sōzōshin, each having abilities that suit these names.
;Nihongo|Rinne|燐子:Rinne are created servants for the Tomogara. They are unstable existences and require Power of Existence from their master in order to survive.
;Nihongo|Power of Unrestraint|自在法|Jizaihō:Also known as Unrestricted Methods, they are powerful magic spells. These spells can be used for any purpose, from restoring the fragments of a long-lost painting to transforming normally untransferrable objects in a whole city into a big hunk of Power of Existence, however are mostly used in battle in the series. They can be invoked by chanting (some high-class Methods may require centuries of work to activate), and consumes Power of Existence. Power of Unrestraint can be seen as a blue insignia upon casting.
;Nihongo|Treasure Tool|宝具|Hōgu:Treasure Tool is the name of magical objects which can provide special abilities or even Power of Unrestraint. A Treasure Tool is created when a single Denizen and a human, each representing their own world, has the same desire to one another; if worked out with the right Power of Unrestraint & physical materials, a Treasure Tool for the sole purpose of fulfilling that desire will be created; Reiji Maigo, which is sought by many for its ability to replenish its owner's Power of Existence at midnight every day, was originally created by the Lord-Mystes lovers, Pheles and Johann, under their desire of "being together forever," using a single whole clock tower for the physical material part. Most Denizens, Flame Hazes, and even humans who aid them possess one or more of these, and would try to acquire as many as they can for many reasons, like getting an upper hand in critical time during battles.
;Nihongo|Seal|封絶|Fūzetsu:Seal is the most common of all Power of Unrestraint, and it also refers to the special dimension the Method creates; here the Crimson Realm and the real world intermingles, and all sorts of causalities, including time, is stopped for ordinary living beings. The mad scientist Lord Dantalion originally created the complex and flawed version of the Seal; later, the genius spell creator Denizen Leanan-sidhe fixed it into the easier modern version, which quickly spread over all related beings in the world. Flame Hazes are able to create such Seal at will, as may Crimson Denizens. However, battles in the Seal can damage real world objects, and harm the paused living beings, though thankfully for both it is possible to reverse the effects, if one uses enough Power of Existence. However, if the Seal is ever unlocked during a battle, the damage is irreparable.
;Nihongo|Crystal Altar|玻璃壇|Haridan:Crystal Altar is a Treasure Tool that functions as a miniature projection of the real world. It can be used to observe the location of Torches and Power of Unrestraint, and other things related to Power of Existence. From Margery's story, it is told that Crystal Altar was made about three milennia ago by a God-class Crimson Lord called the Nihongo|"Snake of the Festival"|祭礼の蛇|Sairei no Hebi, who had taken a liking to the act of "ruling." He created a human city and then watched over that city using the Crystal Altar. However, he was sealed in an alternate dimension after many battles with various Flame Haze. Friagne, who discovered and took possession of the Crystal Altar then brought it with him to Misaki city. While one may be deceived that it looks like the city's replica, the Altar itself is actually shaped like a small bronze mirror, hidden inside Friagne's enormous pile of Treasure Tools.
:The Crystal Altar was originally intended to be used with the Gehinnom, an enormous stone bowl found inside the Bal-Masque's headquarters filled with iron grain which moves to make quick, accurate replicas of the desired area nearby; but as the Altar is missing, it is normally seen containing the three weapons of the Trinity, who are none other than the closest subjects of the Snake of the Festival.
;Nihongo|Outlaw|外界宿（アウトロー）|Autorō:The facilities or organizations that support the activities of Flame Haze with finance, information, transportations, etc. They were merely hotels each with Treasures called Tessera, the regular dodecahedronal objects that conceal the presence of Flame Haze. Then a half-retired Flame Haze became the keeper to one of the Outlaw and made improvements, turning it into a place to trade information. The plan turned out successful after many years later as many other Outlaws had followed and thus the networks and connections were established throughout the world.
Novels and adaptations
There are currently nineteen novels out for "Shakugan no Shana". They are numbered from I through XVI, along with volume 0, S, and SII, which consist of short side stories. The most recent novel, book SII, was released in Japan on
June 10 2008. These novels are called light novels, which feature a light amount of text and occasional black and white illustrations. The series was authored by Yashichiro Takahashiwith illustrations by Noizi Ito. The series is serialized under the seinenlabel " Dengeki Bunko", published by MediaWorks. The first novel was released in Japan on November 10 2002. At Comic-Con2006, it was announced that VIZ Medialicensed the novels for the US market. The first English languagevolume was translated by Yuki Yoshioka & Cindy H. Yamauchi and released on April 17 2007.citeweb|url=http://www.viz.com/news/newreleases/index.php?d=200704|title=VIZ Media - News - New Releases - April 2007|accessdate=2007-05-07] The second volume was translated by Yuki Yoshioka & Cindy H. Yamauchi with Mark Giambruno.
manga, by manga creator Ayato Sasakura, is currently serialized in the monthly seinenmanga magazine " Dengeki Daioh", which started on February 1 2005, published by MediaWorks. The first bound volume hit shelves October 27 2005. At Comic-Con 2006, it was announced that VIZ Media licensed the manga for the US market. VIZ released the first volume of the manga (translated by Yuki Yoshioka & Cindy H. Yamauchi) on April 17 2007.citeweb|url=http://www.viz.com/news/newreleases/index.php?d=200704|title=VIZ Media - News - New Releases - April 2007|accessdate=2007-05-07] Later volumes were translated by Yumi Okamoto & Mark Giambruno.
The second manga under the title "Shakugan no Shana X Eternal song -Harukanaru Uta-", by
Shii Kiya, is based on the events of the tenth novel and began serialization in the seinenmanga magazine "Dengeki Black Maoh" on September 19 2007, published by MediaWorks. [cite web | url = http://diary12.cgiboy.com/0/teikoku/index.cgi?y=2007&m=4#28 | title = Teikoku Blog | date = April 28 2007| accessdate = 2007-05-10 | language = Japanese]
animeversion of "Shakugan no Shana", directed by Takashi Watanabe, was aired in Japan between October 6 2005and March 23 2006containing twenty-four episodes.ann anime|id=5943 Retrieved on February 8 2007] The anime was produced by the Japanese animation studio J.C.Staff. The series has been licensed for North American distribution by Geneon,cite news|title=Geneon Anime Licenses|url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=6951|accessdate=2006-11-24|work= Anime News Network|date=2006-07-02] and the first DVD of the series was released on September 5 2006.cite web|url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/releases.php?id=6878|title=ANN Encyclopedia: Releases|work= Anime News Network|accessdate=2006-11-24]
In addition to the first season, two mini
omakeepisodes depicting Shana super deformedwere released on two separate limited edition DVDs that were bundled with the first and fifth Japanese region 2 DVDs that was on sale on January 25and May 25 2006.citeweb|url=http://www.shakugan.com/item/dvd/index.html|language=Japanese|title=Shakugan.com - DVD Section] Both episodes were included in the sixth English region 1 DVD that was released on July 3 2007. [citeweb|title=Shakugan no Shana DVD 6|url=http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/Pgw4fIZAglb9=UIsMn/browse/item/73054/17/0/0|accessdate=2007-05-10] A similarly themed episode featuring Hecate was released on a DVD bundled with the "All About Shakugan no Shana" book. [citeweb|url=http://www.hlj.com/product/MDW23547|title=All About Shakugan no Shana|work=HobbyLink Japan] Later, an original video animationwas released on December 8 2006. [citeweb|url=http://shop.frontierworks.jp/detail.asp?merchcd=GNBA-7350|title=DVD details at animate.tv|accessdate=2007-02-08|language=Japanese] The events of the story takes place after the storyline of the first season's thirteenth episode.
A second season, under the title Nihongo|"Shakugan no Shana Second"|灼眼のシャナⅡ, was officially announced on
May 30 2007and aired in Japan between October 5 2007and March 28 2008, containing twenty-four episodes.
Kō Ōtaniwas in charge of the music direction in the anime. "Shakugan no Shana" had two opening and ending themes. The first opening theme, "Hishoku no Sora" by Mami Kawada, was used for the first sixteen episodes and the OVA. The second opening theme, "being" by Kotoko, ran the rest of the series to episode twenty-four. The first ending theme, "Yoake Umarekuru Shōjo" by Yoko Takahashi, ran for the first fourteen episodes and the OVA. The last ending theme, "Aka no Seijaku" by Yoko Ishida, was used between episodes fifteen and twenty-three. The last episode's ending theme was "Hishoku no Sora".
The first opening theme for the second season, "Shakugan no Shana II", is "Joint" by Mami Kawada and ran from episodes one to fifteen. The single was released on
October 31 2007. The first ending theme for the second season is "Triangle" by Mami Kawada, which also ran for the first fifteen episodes. The second opening theme for the second season is "Blaze" by Kotoko, and the second ending theme is "Sociometry" by Kotoko. The third ending theme in episode twenty-four is "sense" by Mami Kawada.
The "Shakugan no Shana" original soundtrack was first released on
January 25 2006by Geneon. There have also been three other soundtracks called the Assorted Shana albums. Volumes I, II and III which were released on February 24, March 24and April 21, all in 2006 respectively, were published by Geneon.
video gamenamed "Shakugan no Shana" for the Playstation 2, developed by MediaWorks, was released on March 23 2006. An A4-sized book named nihongo|Honō|焔 spanning thirty-six pages was that included illustrations by Noizi Ito was included in preorders of the game.cite web | title = Shakugan.com - Game Section | url = http://www.shakugan.com/item/game/index.html | accessdate = 2007-05-11 | language = Japanese] The player takes on the character of Yuji Sakai in the game. The game plays out like a visual novelbut with the addition of a battle system and dating simelements. Choices that are made throughout the course of the game will determine which of the five endings the player will get upon completion of the game.cite book | title = Dengeki G's Festival Vol.8 2007 May | publisher = MediaWorks | pages = 47-48 | language = Japanese | id = EAN 4910163660576]
The Playstation 2 game was ported to the
Nintendo DSand released on March 29 2007. Preorders of the DS game was eligible for receiving a calendar that spanned April 2007 to March 2008 and a collection of rough sketches named nihongo|Tōka|灯火 by Noizi Ito. [cite web | url = http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/contents/shana/nds/index.php | title = MediaWorks' Shakugan no Shana website - NDS Section | accessdate = 2007-05-08 | language = Japanese] The NDS version adds onto the PS2 version with the addition of an image gallery that allows the player to see what Shana and Yoshida Kazumi looks in different clothing and a battle mode that lets the player fight against the computer with a character other than Shana.
animated filmwas first announced after the ending credits of the last episode of the first anime series. The movie was released in Japanese theaters on April 21 2007as one of the three movies released at Dengeki Bunko's Movie Festival. [citeweb|url=http://dengekibunko-movie.com/|title=Dengeki Bunko Movie Festival|accessdate=2007-02-08|language=Japanese] The movie is not a sequel to the anime, but is an adaptation of all the events in the first novel and contains events that were not in the anime series. The DVD was released on September 21 2007in two different editions, the special edition including the director's cut version, the original version and extra material, and the normal edition including only the director's cut version.
Chris Beveridge of AnimeOnDVD.com notes that the first volume has "...forced me to take in the first four episodes two at a time because the morbid nature of it made me feel uncomfortable. Few shows can really do that...I'm looking forward to seeing more...".cite web | title = AnimeOnDVD.com >> Disc Reviews >> Shana Vol. #1 | author = Chris Beveridge | url = http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews2/disc_reviews/5398.php | accessdate = 2007-05-09] After having watched the other DVDs, Beveridge commented that while "...Shana isn't a groundbreaking show..." [cite web | title = AnimeOnDVD.com >> Disc Reviews >> Shana Vol. #2 | author = Chris Beveridge | url = http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews2/disc_reviews/5602.php | accessdate = 2007-05-10] , it "...has proven to be a real solid title and one that only gets better and better." [cite web | title = AnimeOnDVD.com >> Disc Reviews >> Shana Vol. #3 | author = Chris Beveridge | url = http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews2/disc_reviews/5949.php | accessdate = 2007-05-10] The fourth volume did not prove favourable though since the pacing seemed off " [with] the arc from the previous volume ending so quickly on this volume and then going into a storyline that feels out of character for the show, the darker tones and serious nature don't feel quite so compelling." [cite web | title = AnimeOnDVD.com >> Disc Reviews >> Shana Vol. #4 | author = Chris Beveridge | url = http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews2/disc_reviews/5984.php | accessdate = 2007-05-10]
Theron Martin from
Anime News Networkcomments that "...Shakugan no Shana makes a habit of setting certain expectations...but always managing to at least slightly exceed those expectations."cite web | title = Shakugan no Shana DVD 2 - Review | author = Theron Martin | url = http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/shakugan-no-shana/dvd-2 | accessdate = 2007-05-10 | date = 2007-01-07] and that " [its] story elements may be typical, but its execution is not." [cite web | title = Shakugan no Shana DVD 3 - Review | author = Theron Martin | url = http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/shakugan-no-shana/dvd-3 | accessdate = 2007-05-10 | date = 2007-02-21] On the technical front of the series, Martin observed that "Shana's Flame Haze transformation...is still the visual highlight, but other details...all show equal care, even if their effects are less obvious." [cite web | title = Shakugan no Shana DVD 5 - Review | author = Theron Martin | url = http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/shakugan-no-shana/dvd-5 | accessdate = 2007-05-10 | date = 2007-05-10]
Theron Martin also reviewed the manga but did not seem all that impressed stating that "...by almost any reasonable standard, the inferior version of the two."cite web | title = Shakugan no Shana DVD GN 1 - Review | author = Theron Martin | url = http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/shakugan-no-shana/gn-1 | accessdate = 2007-05-10 | date = 2007-03-25] Martin also notes that "The anime version also much more fully realizes some personalities than the manga version." and critiques the art in that " [the background] art never holds more detail than absolutely necessary...The action scenes are handled well enough, but still pale in comparison to their renditions in the anime version.". Martin concludes the review by warning the readers that " [if] this is your first exposure to the franchise, look to the anime version to see it done right."
Since the first novel's release on
November 10 2002, the novels have collectively sold over six million copies. [cite web | title = Shana Project 2008 Campaign | url = http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/topics/080118_shana2008/index.php | date = 2008-01-18 | accessdate = 2008-01-26 | language = Japanese] The manga adaptation has sold over 1.2 million copies since the first volume hit shelves on October 27 2005.citeweb|url=http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/contents/shana/books/index.php|title=MediaWorks' Shakugan no Shana website - Printed Books|accessdate=2007-09-23|language=Japanese]
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