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Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana (Shana of the Burning Eyes)

Media: Novel, Anime, Manga
Origin:  Degenki Bunko (magazine)
Creator: Yashichirou Takahashi, Noizi Ito
Vintage: 2002
Episodes: 24
Background:  Shakugan no Shana began as a series of light novels by Yashichirou Takahashi with illustrations by Noizi Ito.  The story's genre is fantasy but is set in the modern world.  The main character is a young girl with flaming red hair who wields a katana. The books became very popular and were adapted in a Shakugan no Shana manga in 2005 and an anime in the same year.  A Shakugan no Shana OVA is planned for 2006 and a movie for 2007.
Genre: Comedy, Magic, Drama, Tsundere, Romance, School Life, Supernatural, Fantasy, Adventure, Love Triangle
Similar Anime: Zero no Tsukaima, Fate/Stay Night, The Third
Related Links:
Shakugan no Shana Wikipedia  Shakugan no Shana ANN  Shakugan no Shana official anime website
Shakugan no Shana Screenshots / Screen Captures

Shakugan no Shana anime opening OP: "Hishoku no Sora" by Mami Kawada

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Shakugan no Shana anime synopsis / summary

   The modern world in the Shakugan no Shana universe is no different than our own.  It has cities where people go to work, attend school and go about their normal lives everyday.  But there is another side to this world called the 'Crimson Realm'.  It is a place where powerful beings called 'Flame Hazes' and 'Tomogara' continuously battle each other. The Tomogara use 'Rinne', puppet-like monsters who feed on the power of existence.  Their easiest prey are humans, thus the Rinne often make excursions into the human world to feed.  When a person is eaten by a Rinne, they won't just die, they will cease to have ever existed in the universe.  No one in the human realm will even remember them.  The Flame Hazes' sole duty is to hunt down the Tomogara and their Rinne.  They often have no choice but to carry out their battles into the human realm.

  Shana is a young Flame Haze, her full name is Enpatsu Shakugan no Uchite (Slayer with Flaming Hair and Blazing Eyes). By destroying the Tomogara, Shana helps maintain the universal balance. To replace people who have been eaten, 'Torches' are put in their place like temporary existence fillers. Torches behave just like the person who was erased but have very limited lifespans.

  Sakai Yuji was just a normal high school student who perceived that he was living a normal life.  Like the majority of people in the human world, he had no clue of the ferocious battle that was taking place in his own city. That is until one day as he was walking home, a Rinne attacked. Normally a person would be caught in the Rinne's Fuzetsu (a dimensional rift where time is stopped) and would have no idea what was happening, but Yuji was somehow unaffected.  The Rinne sensed something special about Yuji and went to consume him.  Just then a young girl with flaming red hair that burned like ember arrived and defeated the Rinne with her sword.  She was Shana.

  Yuji was thankful to the girl, but Shana revealed to him that he was already dead.  It was then that Yuji realized that he was already a Torch, the real Sakai Yuji perished years ago when he was eaten by another Rinne.  Worse yet, Shana told him his Torch is reaching its limit and soon he will just disappear from the world.  However, even though his entire view on life was shattered, Yuji refused to stand idly by until his Torch burnt out.  Through his persistence, Yuji eventually befriends Shana and helps her in the fight against the Tomogara.

  Despite possessing tremendous power as a Flame Haze, Shana is still childlike emotionally and does not have full control of her powers. She is easily taunted, short-tempered and loves treats - especially her precious melon pan (bread). As such, when Shana began to develop feelings for Yuji, she had no idea how to express those emotions. However, the deeper Shana's relationship with Yuji grew, the more her confidence and her battle prowess grew.  But when another girl, Kazumi Yoshida, reveals her feelings for Yuji, how will Shana handle it?

Shakugan no Shana anime DVD and OST

Shakugan no Shana DVD v1
Shana DVD 1

Shakugan no Shana DVD 2
Shana DVD 2

Shakugan no Shana OST
Shana OST 1

Shakugan no Shana PVC figure
Shana PVC figure 2006 shakugan no shana