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Shakugan no Shana: Season 2, Part 1 (BLU-RAY)

Shakugan no Shana

Season: 
2
Studio(s): 
Genre: 
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Grade:
D+
Discs: 
7

The original concept for Shakugan No Shana was an interesting one, and I use original in the loosest sense of the word. Humans who have had their lives taken by denizens survive as “flames”, remnants of the lost humans survived by their memories and who one day disappear, quite literally, from the hearts and minds of the people who once knew and loved them. Some contain flames and some contain treasure. These are particularly yummy to the monsters that hide in the shadows and for one young man he holds an exceptional prize.

Shana is a slayer of Denizens and sees flames for what they are, and avoid making any sort of connection to them. This of course changes when she meets Yuji. From that point on Yuji and Shana are inseparable, and it’s kind of cute to see their feelings come into fruition for one another, sort of.

In season two I felt like the series took a back step. It went from being an interesting supernatural action comedy drama to adding the ever so popular harem attraction to the mix. Sure there was a nonsensical love triangle in the first season, but this season finds Yuji the object of affection for several girls at school. Plus the series felt like it was just trying to keep it’s head above water.

We find Yuji experiencing Deja vu only to find out that he’s really caught in a Nightmare On Elm Street like set of dream sequences. Okay, but then the show switches up the mix of things and starts throwing more idea’s at you that feel severely used by the shows predecessors.

I’ll be honest. It began to become a bit meh. The characters became somewhat typical, the show relying on the scenario’s, of which hardly any of them seemed interesting to me. To make matters worse the transfer for Shana hasn’t gotten any better.

PICTURE QUALITY:
The transfer for Shana Season 2: Part 1 looks just as soft and sketchy as it did the first time around. Not much enjoyment can be made from the poor transfer and it doesn’t help in aiding the faltering storyline of the second season. Line detail suffers, grain is evident and color just isn’t as vibrant as it should be.

BONUS FEATURES:
~Episode 1 Commentary
~Naze Nani Shana 2
~DVD Commercials
~Funimation Trailers
~Textless songs
~Trailer
~Shakugan No Shana-Tan Begins
~DVD/BD Versions
~Limited Edition Case

 

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