Label: MVM Entertainment
Release Date: 4th March 2013
Release Type: DVD
The Crimson Realm, a world not unlike our own in a parallel universe which is home to Crimson Denizens. These beings are able to manipulate a fundamental power which functions as fuel for their existence. Some of these Denizens pair up with humans to see that the balance in this universe is set. This is where Yuji Sakai comes in. A seemingly normal high school boy in Japan, who comes into contact with a katana wielding Flame Haze who informs him that he is actually dead.
This information comes as a slight shock to our hero as he is informed that his power is running out. He befriends this red-headed girl and names her Shana. This of course is the second season, which picks up right after a new exchange student joins the crew, one that resembles the Supreme Throne Hecate from the last season’s finale.
The series starts off in a Groundhog Day-like situation, with Yuji realising he is living the same day over and over, only to find that actually he is in a dream. This is where his powers start to come into play – they are finally developing somewhat and although it’s not the main focus of the story, it is interesting none the less.
Although the main focus of the anime is seemingly the power-heavy world and magical goings on, it is actually the developing relationship between our main character and now, three girls. The age old trick of having the girl make the boy lunch as a gesture, a kind of hint at love and have him ignore it, gets a little old. This is used over many episodes and still this boy doesn’t get it. It is frustrating to say the least and doesn’t impress in terms of story telling.
Shana becomes a slice of life anime rather than a fantasy adventure. The characters we first fell in love with become these nagging teenagers that distract with their attempts at cooking, childish tantrums and lack of any self-respect. It is a shame as this anime could have developed the background, world and story to become a great fantasy flick with a little romance thrown in.