Shakugan No Shana: Boxed Set
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Yuji Sakai is about to learn that there is more to the world than going to school and finding a girl friend when he meets a sword-wielding girl with fiery red eyes and flame colored hair. Denizens of the Crimson Realm are invading our world and it's up to the Flame Haze, Shana to slay them. However, when Yuji gets in the way of her sword, he learns that death is much more different than he imagined it would be. Experience their harrowing story as Yuji and Shana work together to fight the Denizens of the Crimson World and learn more about each other and the worlds they are from.
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The characters are great. Shana is not your usual female lead, she is neither a pushover or just totally brash. And the male lead is not your usual "complete dork" but someone you could grow to like and keeps a strong head on his shoulders despite some of the revelations he has to deal with.
Multiple story arcs keep the anime feeling fresh. It introduces the "world" and rules of that "world" in the beginning and then follows a few different arcs that each tie up enough to give you a satisfied feeling.
The animation is nice, the dub is surprisingly good and the supernatural elements are just right. The anime has some comedy in it and lots of action, but also personal moments that let you get to know the characters better.
Now its in a boxed set and that makes it even more attractive! A must have for anyone that loves a good solid story and great characters.
Also i would have been interested in seeing Shana voiced by the same english actress as Louise from the familiar of Zero for continuity reasons as both feature the same japanese voice actress.
Still the voice actress Here is an old pro and not a newcomer and also not an amateur. She really stands out as excellent, really reminds me of stage actress.
Now onto the review. First the positive and with this series that is actually the majority of things. First the voice acting, I have not listened to the Japanese dup for a change as I am usually forced to do with the majority of anime. Rather the english vopice acting is anmong some of the best I've come across. Everyone fits there characters exactly and hit there lines perfectly, for the most part, there are few missteps though they are very few. The animation is excellent, everything moves smoothly and the intergration of 2d animation and 3rd computer work is barely noticible. The character development while not brisk never stops and you truly get to know all ofthe characters, the even side characters. I also like that none of the villians of the series act without understandable reasons. The music to be honest I remeber it being good but an I just can't remember it . . . . Lastly of the positives is the plot which, while dark, is not depressing, unquic and interesting.
Now for the bad parts which though few there are a few. First off, I wanted Shana to be older, she looks like she's a tall 12 years old in many way. Second, while I didn't have a problem with it, main female character's devlopement really focus to much on her falling in love, though it is quiet funny. Lastly I didn't like that there were a number of sub plots left unfinished. While annoying this really doesn't detract from the series greatly.
Now as this is a box set I feel the need to review the box set itself. The dvd cases themselves are the thin pack verity and are pretty sturdy. The cover box is also well made with some nce art work. As for the dvds themselves, I have to say I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Funamation and Gaunex's box sets as they in general leave the DVDs alone outside of craming in six episodes on a disc, which is good. And a last part that I relly liked is that all of the dvds have reversable covers so even though there are few cases you still get all the art work.
In the end I highly recommend buying Shana. It's a great series and is truly enjoyble.