Perhaps the single best fight I watched this year was the one between Wilhelmina and Sabrac in episodes 20 and 21 of Shakugan no Shana II. The fight may have been slightly long winded, but as they usually do, the writers of Shana find a way to make the whole thing interesting and entertaining, all while slowly and surely unraveling Sabrac’s secret.
Sabrac is probably the most bad-ass of all the bad-ass enemies in Shakugan no Shana so far – even the members of the Bal Masqué would be hard pressed to defeat him in one-on-one combat (OK, Wilhelmina’s fight wasn’t entirely one-on-one, but still…) – so this fight shows us just how powerful Wilhelmina is, as well as how resourceful Yuji is and how well the Flame Hazes work together by that point in the series.
Overall, the kick-ass fight of the year earns Shakugan no Shana II episodes 20 and 21 a place on the list of 12 Moments of Anime.
The 12 Moments of Anime project is the brainchild of CCY.