Anime of Tomorrow
Shakugan no Shana III Ep. 1
Initial impression – excited
Autumn 2011 to winter 2012 (24 episodes) (more info)
And so begins the final season of one of the greatest anime series. Already in this first episode we have a wild twist that shakes up the ending to Shana II and allows for some wild speculation as to just what the future may hold. It’s difficult to tell what’s going to happen or what the tone of this season will be compared to Shana I and II. The drawing style and composition seem to lean towards a more Shana II style, but that may just be due to advances in animation technology since this all started back in 2005. However, I can’t see how the plot could take the slow and boring route that Shana II‘s first half became infamous for. The characters are just not set up to have time to be taking it easy. At the same time, this new arrangement of motives and positions also has nothing in common with Shana I, either. I think we’re looking at a whole new creation that’s going to watch very differently from any Shakugan no Shana that we’ve experienced thus far and I can’t wait to see more!