But Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leaves us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!
Wait?!? No depressed Shana? No melancholy Yoshida? No Flame Haze/Tomagura battling? Eh? Eh?! EH!!! I feel like Mikuru trying to understand the paradoxes that her time traveling has caused. Despite being demoted to slice-of-life status, this was probably the most tension-filled episode of Shana so far this season. And it centers around Ike. Ike! Now if that isn’t a cry for help, I don’t know what is.
(Or one can just interpret this episode is “I don’t care who we’re seeing brooding, as long as it’s not Shana again, I’m fine with it!” We’re so beaten down.)
Ike standing in line while waiting for the roller coaster was probably the most randomly tense moment of Shakugan no Shana Second thus far. There was plausible tension (speed of the line vs. Konoe and Yuji returning), there was plausible conflict (his motion sickness), and there was even a plausible love story (Yoshida). Is this a good thing?
(Ike seems to mumble a lot to himself. He’s very close to snapping and running off with Yoshida a la Phantom of the Opera.)
Ike, at least in the beginning of this episode, reminds me of a cross between Adrian Monk and Light-o. If there ever was a more harmonious union between obsessive compulsive behavior and “Just as I planned!”…
Shana actually enjoying herself and behaving as a teenager… Eh? Eh?! EH!!! I think it’s safe to say that our beloved Flame Haze has snapped out of her funk, or maybe it’s just because this episode is told from Ike’s and not Yuji’s POV and thus we’re not noticing Shana as much.
(Most of Shana is told through Yuji’s POV, except the Shana-tan escapades… which this episode kinda felt like. Only nowhere as entertaining. URACHAI! URACHAI! URACHAI!)
Delicious melonpan… wait, that’s not it… ponytails turn me on… wait, that’s not it either… dammit… my brain has meme locked thanks to Shana licking an ice cream cone.
OH GAWD SHANA IS BRAVE?!?… yeah, I’m meme locked. Dammit, I hate it when this happens! LOL TEETH-TAN… ? Delicious an-pan… ? Gah!
Tip on how to impress women: I don’t think they care about your organizational abilities or your time-keeping skills (unless they’re Lindsey Naegle). I do think they care more about not tossing chunks during romantic moments. Nothing says “I love you” than partially digested hamburger and fries. If there’s any chance of motion sickness, don’t do it. Though I am surprised that Ike wasn’t smart enough to actually visit the park and scope it out beforehand. That seems like someone he should have done– yes– that was his mistake: he wasn’t organized and prepared enough. He needed to do a test run.
So the war for Yuji is over? It seemed like a perfect backdrop to continue Shana’s, Yoshida’s, and Konoe’s battle, but nothing happened. Or maybe it’s because of Ike’s perspective, he just didn’t notice this happening. And why exactly are we moving into slice-of-life territory without resolving the Hecate/Konoe plot point? Is she going to linger until the very end, much like that Valentin Mironov bloke in The Good Shepard? (Did you know that the CIA reviews movies? I sure didn’t! I’d have a joke here, but they are the CIA.)
I think we’re onto something here… a sword-swinging game in the mold of Guitar Hero. Honestly, this is what I hoped Twilight Princess would have been like. Sigh.
I was really hoping that this was Sydonay. That would have spiced things up… either that or introduce Bonta-kun! Yes! Three posts in a row with a Full Metal Panic reference. Is it too late to get Kyoto to start working on a remake of the original?
Melonpan! I notice that the two other princesses didn’t bring their usual boxed lunch for Yuji.
(Watching Ike wallow in his own self-pity for this scheme self-combusting… I can’t decide if he grows up to become Pink Supervisor or the leader of Celestial Being… or both.)
Shana looks really cute with that cat pool thingie. Maybe it’s that outfit. If Shana starts changing outfits like Ms. Wang, I think we can save this baby.