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Shakugan no Shana: Season 1 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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(1. The End of Everything, A Beginning, 2. Burning Flame, 3. Torch and Flame Haze, 4. Flame Haze of Illusion, 5. Respective Thoughts, 6. Complication.Activation.Confrontation, 7. The Two Flame Hazes, 8. Magnificent Goblet, 9. Love and Desires Poolside, 10. Entwined Feelings, 11. Yuji, Shana and a Kiss, 12. The Flower That Blooms in the Cradle, 13. Declaration of War Behind the School, 14. A Great Person, 15. The Day the Flame Was Born, 16. The Flame-Haired, Burning-Eyed Hunter, 17. New Prologue, 18. Crushing Hopes, 19. In the Midst of Battle, 20. Heartless Wilhelmina, 21. Fading Thoughts, 22. Flickering Flame, 23. Battle in the Seirei-den, 24. Crimson Thoughts)
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As many others have said, the new voice English actors in S2 can throw you for a loop; but I prefer to not dwell on something so petty. The series is wonderful regardless and while I know the end of S3 was the appropriate place to stop the series, I am still saddened to see it end.
Published by ASCII Media Works from 2002 through 2011, the light novel series would receive two manga adaptations serialized in "Dengeki Daioh" and "Dengeki Maioh" and in 2005-2006, a PS2 and Nintendo DS video game and would also receive an anime series adaptation by J.C. Staff. A second season titled "Shakugan no Shana Second" was aired in 2007-2008, followed by a four-episode OVA in 2009-2010 and most recently, a third season titled "Shakugan no Shana Final" airing in 2011-2012.
It's important to note that "Shakugan no Shana" season one is an anime series made back in 2005-2006. So, this is essentially an upconverted anime series. While watching on DVD, for most people, picture quality would look good but on Blu-ray, while the anime series is colorful and vibrant at times, it's also a bit soft and has banding issues. It's not the best looking upconverted anime series on Blu-ray but I am glad that "Shakugan no Shana" was released on Blu-ray because I want the other newer series to be released on Blu-ray as well.
But animation was good, but not as fully-detailed. Art backgrounds are good but not great. If anything, what I did enjoy about the series is the many locations incorporated in this TV series. A good balance of animation and CG, it's just that for people with high expectations of anime series on Blu-ray, this is not a series to have high hopes for. It's more or less an upconvert of an entertaining anime series that gets better overtime and will lead to two more seasons which do look better, especially "Shakugan no Shana Final" which aired in Japan in 2011-2012.Read more ›
As with a most Funimation released titles the new set was show on four standard dvd's instead of the previous six or if you had a the player three blu-ray dvd's. Again a question brought up was wondering if there was a difference in video/audio quality, with this set and the earlier released set and so far with standard dvd's the picture shows no real difference though the audio does seem superior and with the blu-ray dvd's they show noticeable improvement in both video and audio.
If you have the earlier set and don't have a blu-ray player I say just stay with that one but if you do have a BR player this set might still be worth getting for your collection still. At the end a entertaining and action filled anime series awaits those who wish to check it out.
It's not a magical girl story, it's not a harem story, and it's not a story of redemption. Yuji isn't a loser and he doesn't need to find his true confidence. There are elements of all of those however.
Yuji has a family (unlike many another anime hero) and his mom in particular is the Sage for the various youngsters and even for Shana's mentors.
Yuji has a best friend, and there's a cute girl in his class that really likes Yuji while the best friend likes her. But the love triangle is very gentle.
The real tension in the story comes from defending the city against a succession of Crimson Denizens. Some are ostentatiously evil and some aren't evil at all. Eventually Yuji realizes his very presence is endangering his city. Will he step away from the city he genuinely loves, and all the people he has ties to?
Art: Excellent. Modern crisp, clear and dynamic.
Music: Very good.
Voice cast: important note: Season One English voice cast differs to Season Two, which was picked up quite a lot later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this anime, I highly suggest watching them all. The only complaint is the voice actors change from season 1 to everything else that came after but they grow on... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amahagene
Great anime I love it. it's worth the money. I would love to see more like this..Published 20 months ago by Lady Love 0099
She takes my breath away in her action sequences. So much color, strength in her spirit and love in heart to do her job well!Published on February 6, 2014 by pamela
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This is a Great series! I'm really enjoying this it is a fun watch! The animation/story line is also very good!Published on December 9, 2013 by Adva
I saw the first few episodes and I can saw that with out a doubt that I will not regret buying this :)Published on November 12, 2013 by Juan Jimenez