Shakugan no Shana
Publisher: ASCII Media Works (Kadokawa)
Label: Dengeki Bunko
Author: Yashichiro Takahashi
Illustrator: Noizi Ito
Book count: 26 (22 main volumes + 4 short story collections) - complete
Yuuji Sakai, a high school student who expected his normal life to last forever, is dead. When he was on his way home he witnessed a shocking view as the world suddenly froze: people were engulfed by blue flames and a monster resembling a large doll swallowed them. Just as the monster prepared to consume Yuuji, a sword-wielding girl in black attire with flaming red eyes and hair that burns like embers saved him from the monster. The girl called herself a Flame Haze who hunts the otherworldly Denizens of the Crimson Realm. As Yuuji noticed a blue flame in his chest, she called him a "Torch", a temporary replacement, saying that the real Yuuji's existence had already ended. Unfazed by his apparent death, Yuuji befriends the strange girl, names her Shana, and joins her fight against the Denizens and other Flame Hazes.
Isekai fantasy is fine and all, but I find myself wishing for some good ol' urban fantasy series in the vein of Index, Daimaou, Fate, etc.
Yes, I know it's long.
Yes, I know it's an old series.
Yes, I know it'd be a license rescue.
Yes, I know it probably won't be as popular as it was years back.
Yes, I know the 3rd anime season covered the ending. Though, from what I've read online, a lot of material leading up to S3 got skipped over.
This is just me holding on to a small hope that I may one day get to read the whole story in English.
This is by far the one series I think I would ever suggest for a license rescue, as I've said in the Seven Seas survey thread. I want it so bad!
Eh, I wouldn't count ZnT, seeing as that never got a volume out.
How many volumes were releases in English and by whom?
@legitpancake The first 2 volumes were released by VIZ.
Viz really screwed up the print release. I mean, look at these covers. One's the manga and one's the light novel, and they look practically identical.
Ironman628 last edited by
This is the first anime series I actually got my wife to watch. It would be great to see the novels get translated, since Viz abandoned it.
Dark Star-Key last edited by
If I don't get the novels, I will... turn up the heat. Ba dum tss.
Onyx Archer last edited by
I seriously want this series rescued. I own the two volumes that were translated by Viz back in the day, and it kills me to know that the anime had to cut so much of the material to be adapted at all, and that we still don't have a means to experience the story completely in English.
I've lent the first two volumes to friends, and they came back really happy with the books as a whole, and they were kinda bummed when I said that the books were not continuing beyond book two here in the west. Given that the series (through the manga, sure) was my "gateway" into my love of anime, manga, and of course, light novels, it sucks that I can't experience my favorite series in it's entirety.
Also, i think it would be a nice change of pace compared to the overflow of isekai light novels that seem to get released (I'm not sure if the titles coming out are still disproportionately isekai compared to everything else, but there is a lot of isekai @_@). It's got a premise that even my freaking grandmother is intrigued by, and she only recently got into Japanese stuff. The premise alone just kinda sticks out, because of the whole existential dread of... well, existence and how fragile it is. It's just really cool.
I've lent the first two volumes to friends, and they came back really happy with the books as a whole, and they were kinda bummed when I said that the books were not continuing beyond book two here in the west.
You are a monster!!! And I like it.
cosm1cfall last edited by
Please rescue this
Onyx Archer last edited by
Well, I had to spread the word of Shana somehow. :>