Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana (灼眼のシャナ, lit. Burning-Eyed Shana), also known simply as Shana (シャナ), is a Japanese light novel series written by Yashichiro Takahashi with illustrations by Noizi Ito. The story focuses on Yuji Sakai, a high school boy who inadvertently becomes involved in an age-old conflict between forces of balance and imbalance in existence. In the process, he befriends a fighter for the balancing force and names her “Shana”. The series incorporates fantasy and slice of life elements into its tale. Between 2005 and 2012, the series was adapted by J.C.Staff into three 24-episode anime television series, a four-episode original video animation (OVA) series, an animated film and an additional stand alone OVA episode.
While at first glance Shakugan no Shana may seem like just another anime with the protagonist being thrown into a world he never thought existed. It really make itself standout from the rest if for no other reason than the spectacular introduction to the theme of the story. The story develop itself rather slowly midway through the series as the viewers were taken back in time for some background learning that lead us to understand certain characters better (more on that in the character section). Overall there was no rush to the story as events unfold themselves in a very elegant and comprehensive manner. While not quite a masterpiece level anime, Shakugan no Shana is still a show that is very successful in every single aspect. Personally, this show started out quite a bit like Busou Renkin and Bleach (while others say it is similar to Fate/stay night), but it ultimately delivered a much stronger impression on me than the ones mentioned.

[26/10/2005] “Yoake Umarekuru Shoujo” – Yoko Takahashi
[09/11/2005] Hishoku no Sora – Mami Kawada
[25/01/2006] Shakugan no Shana Original Soundtrack
[08/02/2006] Aka no Seijaku – Ishida Youko
[24/02/2006] Assorted Shana – Vol. 1
[21/03/2006] “Being” – Kotoko
[24/03/2006] Assorted Shana – Vol. 2
[21/04/2006] Assorted Shana – Vol. 3
[04/04/2007] “Tenjou wo Kakeru Monotachi” by Love Planet Five
[09/05/2007] “Akai Namida” by Mami Kawada
[21/09/2007] Shakugan no Shana  Movie OST
[31/10/2007] Mami Kawada – Joint / Triangle
[25/01/2008] Shakugan no Shana II OST
[22/02/2008] Splendide Shana – Vol.1
[12/03/2008] Kotoko – Blaze / Sociometry
[26/03/2008] Mami Kawada – “Sense”
[25/04/2008] Splendide Shana – Vol.2
[23/05/2008] Splendide Shana – Vol.3
[18/11/2009] “Prophecy” by Mami Kawada
[24/03/2010] Mami Kawada – Prophecy / All in Good Time
[16/11/2011] “Light My Fire” by Kotoko
[07/12/2011] “I’ll Believe” by Altima
[01/02/2012] Mami Kawada – Serment / u/n
[29/02/2012] “One” by Altima
[29/02/2012] Superiority Shana – Vol. 1
[25/04/2012] Superiority Shana – Vol. 2
[25/07/2012] Superiority Shana – Vol. 3 & Mami Kawada – Koubou

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