For the amount I complain about Rie Kugimiya and Shana clones, I often forget— the first season of Shakugan no Shana was actually pretty good. The second series was not, particularly the first half. But the third season looks like it’s off to a good start.
Most of the episode was recap. But that’s probably a good thing, considering how little of the second season I remember. The episode brought the audience back into the story by looking at how the characters have reacted to Yuuji’s departure. So we got the recap, but without it feeling like a straight-up retelling. New things happen, and we see the characters’ reactions to the events being retold.
So Yuuji is the leader of Bal Masque now? I must not have been paying attention to the last season’s ending at all. But I like where this is going. With that said, this is Shana. If you’re thinking about watching this, you should already know what you’re getting into.