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Shakugan no Shana: Season 1 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

4.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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From the studio behind Toradora! and ?kami-san and her Seven Companions comes the iconic series centered around the heated bond and supernatural battles of two friends from two very different worlds. Wielding a blazing sword, Shana is a fiery huntress whose sole purpose is to fight demon-like beings that consume human lives. To reduce the impact on the human realm, Shana turns the slain into shadows of their former selves. Once a flame that represents their remaining life goes out, they fade from existence. This should be Yuji's fate, but when he discovers he holds a special power that ignites a newfound strength in Shana, they join forces in her ongoing mission to maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural.

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Adapted from the popular light novels written by Yashichiro Takahashi and illustrated by Noizi Ito, the broadcast series Shakugan no Shana (2005) combines a high school romantic triangle with a supernatural adventure. Yuji Sakai believes he's a normal teenager--until a mysterious girl announces that he's actually dead and is just running on leftover energy. The inhabitants of the parallel dimension of the Crimson World have been devouring human Power of Existence to fuel their realm. Once their resources have been sapped, the humans continue to exist for a brief time as Torches, then disappear, with no one remembering they ever existed. As a Flame Haze, the girl whom Yuji names "Shana" is dedicated to battling the alien beings and restoring the balance of Misaki City. But Yuji doesn't disappear: within him is the mysterious entity known as the Lost Child of Midnight, which magically restores all the energy he's lost each day. Ball Masque, a sinister cabal within the Crimson World, desires this power: their agents pursue Yuji, unleashing a string of battles with rising stakes. Yuji's kind heart wins over the icy Shana and their bond becomes all-important to her. When Kazumi, Yuji's timorous classmate, falls for him, a standard set of complications ensues. Shakugan no Shana involves a lot of stock anime elements, from the ordinary guy whose good nature conceals unsuspected reserves of strength to the vast, ill-defined plot that threatens his home town. But the storytelling is often problematic. The filmmakers spend too much time pitting the main characters against straw men, leaving the main storyline underdeveloped. There are flashbacks within flashbacks, and tiresome expository speeches. Despite these flaws, Shakugan no Shana proved popular, spawning manga, sequels, spinoffs, and a theatrical feature. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, brief nudity, risqué humor, grotesque imagery, alcohol use, suggested incest) --Charles Solomon

(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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Product Details

  • Actors: Satoshi Hino, Rie Kugimiya, Kenji Nojima, Takayuki Kondou, Hirofumi Nojima
  • Directors: Takashi Watanabe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083QJV6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The story line has been done before. High school boy meets a girl with special powers. Even though this theme has been rehashed over and over; this series is surprisingly good. Yuji is a normal guy who happens to run into the flame haze, Shana. Shana fights a never ending battle with beings from a parallel dimension that eat human souls. The story is about the bond of their friendship and their fight to save the world. There are a lot of things about this anime to like. The animation is really good, the voice acting is good and the characters are interesting. Each episode keeps you wanting to keep watching more. As the relationships between the characters grows stronger the show becomes more captivating. I haven't watched the DVD version, but the Blu-ray version is good; not the best Blu-ray quality I've seen; but the picture is clear and the colors are vivid. The worst part about the show is that I have to wait to see the 2nd season. I really liked Shakugan no Shana and I'm looking forward to the 2nd season. It's not a new idea but it's still a really enjoyable anime. Give it a shot why don't ya.
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Shakugan no Shana is by far, my favorite anime series. While it does have some stiff competition from a few others, this series has always knocked it out of the park.

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.
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In 2002, Yashichiro Takahashi and illustrator Noizi Ito created the Japanese light novel series "Shana".

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.

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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.
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Like with a few other series I had the earlier set and like a few others one ended up getting a crack that made it unreadable so the choice was buy the single dvd or get this set that was going for the same price,no brainer on that choice.

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.
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Shana season one, as it can be named for short (Shana is the name Yuji gives the Flame-hair, blazing eye Flame Haze, and it is then the name she and her mentors see her by) is highly entertaining but hard to pin down. It's almost easier to describe what it is not. It's obviously in the broad supernatural genre. Shana is a Flame Haze (combat spirit) who arrives on what she assumes is a routine "hit" in yet another human city. Her job is to wipe out Crimson Denizens (big bads) and their avatars. Humans have a life force the avatars can suck out. Yuji is such a human. "You're dead already, get over it," Shana callously advises him. But there's something different about Yuji, and pretty soon he and Shana form an unlikely partnership.

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.
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