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23rd Sep '17 11:26:34 PM omegaman
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** Interesting, Shana had this attitude towards herself at the beginning. Before meeting Yuji, she saw herself as the quintessential Flame Haze, with entire being beginning and ending with her mission. Anything outside of that was irrelevant; she had no desires or goals. She saw herself so much as a tool that she didn't even have a name. Yuji dubbing her "Shana" was him ascribing personhood to her, and as she grows closer to him (and others) and falls in love with him she beings to recognize that not only is Yuji a person, but so is she, a person with her own desires and purpose outside of just her mission.

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** Interesting, Interestingly, Shana had this attitude towards herself at the beginning. Before meeting Yuji, she saw herself as the quintessential Flame Haze, with entire being beginning and ending with her mission. Anything outside of that was irrelevant; she had no desires or goals. She saw herself so much as a tool that she didn't even have a name. Yuji dubbing her "Shana" was him ascribing personhood to her, and as she grows closer to him (and others) and falls in love with him she beings to recognize that not only is Yuji a person, but so is she, a person with her own desires and purpose outside of just her mission.
22nd Sep '17 11:59:20 PM omegaman
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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: A lot of important character development and plot points that would have made Season 3 more understandable, and certain characters' actions less sudden and not at all out-of-character were left out of Seasons 1 and 2. This includes but is not limited to [[spoiler: Yuji's gradual slide into [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremism]] and increase in aggression, his beginning to develop an ambition to end the ForeverWar, and his introduction to and temptation by the Snake of the Festival.]] All of those things should have happened in Season 1, laying the seeds for and naturally developing [[spoiler: Yuji's FaceHeelTurn]], the Snake's debut, and Bal Masqué's grand plan well in advance. There are other important things left out, things that would have made sense of [[spoiler: Yuji's becoming a full existence at the end]], the Four Gods of Earth's neutrality, [[spoiler: how Johann and Pheles merged into one being (and why that was related to Asiz and his war)]], and the new characters that suddenly appeared in Season 3.

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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: A lot of important The ''Shakugan no Shana'' anime suffers grievously from this. Important character development and plot points that would have made Season 3 more understandable, and certain characters' actions less sudden and not at all out-of-character were left out of Seasons 1 and 2. This includes but is not limited to [[spoiler: Yuji's gradual slide into [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremism]] and increase in aggression, his beginning to develop an ambition to end the ForeverWar, and his introduction to and temptation by the Snake of the Festival.]] All of those things should have happened in Season 1, laying the seeds for and naturally developing [[spoiler: Yuji's FaceHeelTurn]], the Snake's debut, and Bal Masqué's grand plan well in advance. There are other important things left out, things that would have made sense of [[spoiler: Yuji's becoming a full existence at the end]], the Four Gods of Earth's neutrality, [[spoiler: how Johann and Pheles merged into one being (and why that was related to Asiz and his war)]], and the new characters that suddenly appeared in Season 3.
22nd Sep '17 11:52:36 PM omegaman
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* PsychicLink: Hecate has one with the Snake of the Festival. Whenever Hecate's praying? That's her communing with the Snake of the Festival in the Abyss. It allows her to receive bit-by-bit pieces of the Psalm of the Grand Order. [[spoiler: Yuji also has one with the Snake of the Festival. Prior to the events of the series, during Sabrac's attack on Johann, the then-current possessor of the Midnight Lost Child, the former inserted a piece of the Psalm of the Grand Order into the Treasure Tool. Thanks to this fragment of the spell within the Midnight Lost Child, the Snake of the Festival is able to communicate with Yuji even when still trapped in the Abyss. Through this link, the Snake [[WeCanRuleTogether talks Yuji into his]] FaceHeelTurn. Sadly, though the Snake of the Festival began speaking with Yuji early on in the novels (early on enough that it should have been in the first season), their conversations were left out save for a brief dialogue... at the beginning of the third season.]]
22nd Sep '17 11:29:01 PM omegaman
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* SpellConstruction:
** Xanadu's creation is incredibly elaborate, involving both GeometricMagic, a MagicalGesture, EquivalentExchange, a "MagicWand," and a MagicPrerequisite. The FormulaicMagic is the Psalm of the Grand Order, a spell made up of 82 lesser spells that serves as Xanadu's blueprint. The MagicalGesture is the Snake of the Festival's [[StorybreakerPower Divine Summoning]], Ritual-Grounding, Ceremony-Creation, which is the spell that actually creates Xanadu. In order for the Snake of the Festival to use his Divine Summoning, however, [[spoiler: Hecate]] has to be used as a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]], the EquivalentExchange. But Xanadu's creation requires an enormous amount of Power of Existence, the MagicPrerequisite. To get that power, they have to use the Midnight Lost Child, the "MagicWand," to convert the distortions with the Abyss in raw Power of Existence.

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* SpellConstruction:
SpellConstruction: ''Shakugan no Shana'' features a large variety of different ways harnessing magic.
** EquivalentExchange: A Crimson God's [[StorybreakerPower Divine Summoning]] requires a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] to unlock, and the Flame Haze themselves are sort of an example of EquivalentExchange. Crimson Lords dedicated to preserving the balance are just as alien as the renegade Denizens are to Earth's plane of reality, which means that they two would need to devour humans to replenish their Power of Existence. Humans, on the other hand, simply do not have enough Power of Existence to use Powers of Unrestraint. The solution is for the balance-preserving Lords to enter into contracts with humans to form Flame Haze. A Lord's existence displaces the human's; because the Crimson Lord is housed in a human host, it "becomes" native to Earth's reality and does not need to consume Power of Existence to survive. The human gets a massive, stable (i.e., not a finite resource) reservoir of Power of Existence they can use to use Powers of Unrestraint. However, most humans can only house so much Power of Existence, which means the Crimson Lord's excess power must go into dormancy. The Crimson Lord also loses its agency and ability to act independently. The human host, on the other hand, has his or her existence overwritten by the Crimson Lord's, [[RetGone erasing their past impact and presence in the world]]. [[spoiler: This is why nobody except those "in the loop" remember Yuji after he [[SharingABody merges with the Snake of the Festival]].]]
** GeometricMagic: Some Powers of Unrestraint require rune-inscribed shapes and diagrams to activate, most notably [[PhantomZone Seals]]. The below-mentioned Psalm of the Grand Order, which serves as Xanadu's blueprint [[spoiler: and allows Yuji and the Snake of the Festival to merge.]]
** MagicalGesture: Many Powers of Unrestraint simply require the spellcaster to simply point and "shoot" as it were. The [[PlayingWithFire blasts of fire known as Flame Bullets]] that virtually every Flame Haze and Denizen can use is an example of this.
** MagicalIncantation: Some Powers of Unrestraint require chants or incantations. Margery Daw's Improvisational Poem of Slaughter is an example of this, being triggered by rhymes.
** MagicPrerequisite: Except for Treasure Tools, magic has to be fueled by [[{{Mana}} Power of Existence]].
** MagicWand: Treasure Tools are weapons and tools that have or grant their users special abilities. The [[{{MacGuffin}} Midnight Lost Child]] and Shana's [[CoolSword Nietono no Shana]] are examples of this.
** Xanadu's creation is incredibly elaborate, involving both GeometricMagic, a MagicalGesture, EquivalentExchange, a "MagicWand," and a MagicPrerequisite. The FormulaicMagic is the Psalm of the Grand Order, a spell made up of 82 lesser spells that serves as is Xanadu's blueprint. The MagicalGesture is the Snake of the Festival's [[StorybreakerPower Divine Summoning]], Summoning, Ritual-Grounding, Ceremony-Creation, which is the spell that actually creates Xanadu. In order for the Snake of the Festival to use his Divine Summoning, however, [[spoiler: Hecate]] has to be used as a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]], sacrifice, the EquivalentExchange. But Xanadu's creation requires an enormous amount of Power of Existence, the MagicPrerequisite. To get that power, they have to use the Midnight Lost Child, the "MagicWand," to convert the distortions with the Abyss in raw Power of Existence.
22nd Sep '17 11:01:34 PM omegaman
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** Xanadu's creation is incredibly elaborate, involving both GeometricMagic, a MagicGesture, EquivalentExchagne, a "MagicWand," and a MagicPrerequisite. The FormulaicMagic is the Psalm of the Grand Order, a spell made up of 82 lesser spells that serves as Xanadu's blueprint. The MagicGesture is the Snake of the Festival's [[StorybreakerPower Divine Summoning]], Ritual-Grounding, Ceremony-Creation, which is the spell that actually creates Xanadu. In order for the Snake of the Festival to use his Divine Summoning, however, [[spoiler: Hecate]] has to be used as a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]]. But Xanadu's creation requires an enormous amount of Power of Existence, the MagicRequirement. To get that power, they have to use the Midnight Lost Child, the "MagicWand," to convert the distortions with the Abyss in raw Power of Existence.

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** Xanadu's creation is incredibly elaborate, involving both GeometricMagic, a MagicGesture, EquivalentExchagne, MagicalGesture, EquivalentExchange, a "MagicWand," and a MagicPrerequisite. The FormulaicMagic is the Psalm of the Grand Order, a spell made up of 82 lesser spells that serves as Xanadu's blueprint. The MagicGesture MagicalGesture is the Snake of the Festival's [[StorybreakerPower Divine Summoning]], Ritual-Grounding, Ceremony-Creation, which is the spell that actually creates Xanadu. In order for the Snake of the Festival to use his Divine Summoning, however, [[spoiler: Hecate]] has to be used as a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]]. sacrifice]], the EquivalentExchange. But Xanadu's creation requires an enormous amount of Power of Existence, the MagicRequirement.MagicPrerequisite. To get that power, they have to use the Midnight Lost Child, the "MagicWand," to convert the distortions with the Abyss in raw Power of Existence.
22nd Sep '17 11:00:01 PM omegaman
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* SpellConstruction:
** Xanadu's creation is incredibly elaborate, involving both GeometricMagic, a MagicGesture, EquivalentExchagne, a "MagicWand," and a MagicPrerequisite. The FormulaicMagic is the Psalm of the Grand Order, a spell made up of 82 lesser spells that serves as Xanadu's blueprint. The MagicGesture is the Snake of the Festival's [[StorybreakerPower Divine Summoning]], Ritual-Grounding, Ceremony-Creation, which is the spell that actually creates Xanadu. In order for the Snake of the Festival to use his Divine Summoning, however, [[spoiler: Hecate]] has to be used as a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]]. But Xanadu's creation requires an enormous amount of Power of Existence, the MagicRequirement. To get that power, they have to use the Midnight Lost Child, the "MagicWand," to convert the distortions with the Abyss in raw Power of Existence.
21st Sep '17 4:26:24 PM omegaman
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* MeaningfulName: The name of a Crimson God, Lord, or Denizen usually indicates that being's nature, appearance, or powers. Crimson Lords contracted to Flame Haze are usually named after divine beings from various mythologies, while uncontracted Crimson Lords and Denizens are usually named after demons found in occult grimoires and demonological manuals from Europe's early modern period. Other names come from the [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] or its deuterocanonical books and apocrypha and folklore.

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* MeaningfulName: The name of a Crimson God, Lord, or Denizen usually indicates that being's nature, appearance, or powers. Crimson Lords contracted to Flame Haze are usually named after divine beings from various mythologies, while uncontracted Crimson Lords and Denizens are usually named after demons found in occult grimoires and demonological manuals from Europe's early modern period. Other names come from the [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] or its deuterocanonical books and apocrypha and as well as folklore.
21st Sep '17 4:25:39 PM omegaman
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* MeaningfulName: The name of a Crimson God, Lord, or Denizen usually indicates that being's nature, appearance, or powers. Crimson Lords contracted to Flame Haze are usually named after divine beings from various mythologies, while uncontracted Crimson Lords and Denizens are usually named after demons found in occult grimoires and demonological manuals from Europe's early modern period. Other names come from the [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] or its deuterocanonical books and apocrypha and folklore.
5th Sep '17 4:22:16 PM omegaman
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** Trascending one's nature, whether as a Flame Haze, a Torch, a human, etc., is a dominant theme of the series. Many of the characters (particularly Shana and Yuji) find and define their identities over the course of series, incorporating "what" they are without being limited by it.

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** Trascending one's nature, whether as a Flame Haze, a Torch, a human, etc., is a dominant theme of the series. Many of the characters (particularly Shana and Yuji) find and define their identities over the course of series, incorporating embracing "what" they are without being limited by it.
5th Sep '17 4:19:44 PM omegaman
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** Interesting, Shana had this attitude towards herself at the beginning. Before meeting Yuji, she saw herself as the quintessential Flame Haze, with entire being beginning and ending with her mission. Anything outside of that was irrelevant; she had no desires or goals. She saw herself so much as a tool that she didn't even have a name. Yuji dubbing her "Shana" was him ascribing personhood to her, and as she grows closer to him (and others) and falls in love with him she beings to recognize that not only is Yuji a person, but so is she, a person with her own desires and purpose outside of just her mission.
** Trascending one's nature, whether as a Flame Haze, a Torch, a human, etc., is a dominant theme of the series. Many of the characters (particularly Shana and Yuji) find and define their identities over the course of series, incorporating "what" they are without being limited by it.
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