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Quite honestly the worst anime I've ever seen.
I have only seen the first season for Shakugan no Shana, but I honestly do not want to see any more episodes from this show ever again. I hated the entire experience. Let me tell you why.

  • Yuji is stupid, bland, and to an obnoxious extent obviously a character you project yourself onto.
  • Shana is a stereotypical loli tsundere that has no real reason to be in love with Yuji.
  • Yoshida is boring, stupid, and useless. And very, very pointless.
  • The love triangle is a pathetic mess that gives Stephanie Meyer's Twilight a run for its money for the worst love triangle in fiction.
  • The fights are cheap and uninteresting.
  • The English dub is not very good.
  • Hekate, who probably isn't even 10 years old, has what can only be classified pseudo-sex with Yuji, a 15-year-old - she was blushing and making orgasm noises fairly often. That's disgusting.
  • The villains are one-dimensional and have no ulterior motive other than For the Evulz.
  • Almost nothing is explained - what's a 'Mystes'? What's a 'Crimson Denizen'? What's an 'Unrestricted Method' supposed to do exactly? The anime has refused to give definitions.
  • Loli fanservice. Need I say more?
  • The season finale was the most ridiculous bullshit I have seen in a very long time. We were never given a hint as to why or how they survived Alastor's summoning; we were only told, "Oh, it turns out we could survive it after all" right after it all happened.

If you're reading this, thinking this show will be interesting, I ask you to reconsider that opinion, and to stay away from this anime. I found it to be an unsatisfying waste of time that left me as a bitter mess of an anime fan. If you enjoy the show anyway, fine. But there are better anime out there than this, not to mention ones that are actually worth your time.

(A more in-depth review on my opinion on the show can be found here, if you want to read it.)
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Well that was... weird. -.-
So, I have to sum up three full seasons in 400 words, huh? Okay.

The first season was fun. A relatively imaginative Urban Fantasy setting, a nice and memorable main cast, some nice existential pondering and philosophical thoughts every here and there and good action. The series developed the relationship between the the main couple pretty well, and even though the love-triangle often felt unneeded and distracting, at lest it was utilized well in character building. The series also kept a very good continuity, often utilizing the magical items previously gained in appropriate and intelligent ways. However, it had quite a few problems as well, namely the overwhelming amount of specific terminology that could quickly become confusing, the repetitive and somewhat crude comic relief or the monster-of-the-week setup. Overall it was a nice show, nothing spectacular.

The second season was practically more of the same. The character interactions were still good, the fights were still flashy and epic and it had good character development for almost the entire cast. Sadly the season also retained the first one's flaws as well, but they were arguably toned down.

Then comes the third season, which is a confusing mess. It completely throws away the previously established setting and characters in favor of introducing an entire army of nobodies whose entire role is to fight in a literally pointless war, where the "good guys" are fighting the "bad guys" while all the "bad guys" want is to make their own world so that the "good guys" would finally leave them alone and they wouldn't have to fight anymore, and no one realizes this because they are too busy fighting. The entire conflict is just brainless, where characters we don't give a rat's ass about are fighting while the actual main characters are often put on a bus, there are too many plotlines running at once, and it practically ends with the revelation that all those characters died for a small "don't eat humans" clause in the new world, which was achieved by just asking for it very nicely. In short, the third season is just dumb divided into slow scenes contemplating over nothing, and action scenes that achieved nothing. It's worth the watch just to see the series conclude, but oh boy, it is one hell of a mess. -.-
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