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  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 194
  • ISBN: 1-4215-1384-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     January 29, 2008
Release Date: October 30, 2007

Shakugan no Shana Vol.#02
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Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Takahashi Yashichiro / Sasakura Ayato
Translated by:Yuki Yoshioka/Cindy Yamaguchi
Adapted by:Yuki Yoshioka/Cindy Yamaguchi

What They Say
Yuji struggles to understand the strange world he has been thrust into, his relationship with Shana, and his own mortality. Shana, conversely, tries to adapt to the human world while protecting Yuji, the treasured Mistes.

The Review
After battling the Crimson Denizen Friange once, Shana and Yuji thought they would be seeing more of this mysterious and powerful lord. Strangely enough Shana would have more trouble with her teachers at school than she would with any Denizens in the early parts of volume 2 but that's because this lord has grandiose plans. Denizens devour souls to live. Most of them send monsters to do their business. As more lives are extinguished, these monsters collect the power of existence for their creators. Denizens are lords because they don't usually get their hands dirty. And with a feisty Haze like Shana around, keeping on the down low would be quite prudent. So while Shana and Yuji are dealing with high school romances and obnoxious track teachers, there is a Denizen that is working on an extensive waiting game which would provide him with big gains at very little risk. No demonic familiars to waste energy on. No need to confront the enemy to take territory. Friange's game is simple ? wait to see the balance of life come undone and strike!

Yuji's life has been a wreck since Shana entered his world. Shana's heart is wavering as well. These two know confusion, so they when they see Friange take things slow they take the initiative and start up some chaos on their own to call the big guy out! What else would you expect from that crimson-eyed slayer?!

After reading the first volume I was confident that Yuji's fire (literally and figuratively) was fueled by his compassion. His calculating personality and strong will was the perfect compliment to Shana's chill attitude. Volume two confirmed that and suddenly Shana, a bishojo manga, begins to look like a solid modern action-fantasy. Yuji's personality sets the tone and he takes the reigns in this volume. He is the one planning the strategy. Yuji is the one putting his life at risk. And ultimately his smile is earning Shana's respect, while also winning the heart of Kasumi. It is Yuji's determination to keep his city's fire burning that motivates him to take on these challenges. This is a complete transformation from the meek almost insignificant shounen whose fears overcame him at the start of this series. And this could not have been more welcomed because of how generic the genre has become.

Shakugan no Shana entertains with a simple and easy to follow bishojo tsundere comedy; it stands apart by having a plot and strong personalities on all sides. Shana and Yuji's relationship is hot. Shana's battle against Denizens is heating up. And Yuji's tactics against those Denizens is as cool as it gets in shonen. Yeah, slow build but sometimes with Shana involved it's worth it!


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