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Shakugan no Shana III: Final Parts 1 & 2 Blu-ray Review

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Discs: 8 (4  x Blu-ray + 4 x DVD)
  • Digital Copies: N/A
  • Run Time: 300 Mins. (pt. 1); 300 Mins. (pt. 2)
  • Studio: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • List Price: $69.98 (pt. 1); $64.98 (pt. 2)

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3.5/5]

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(The below TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Series

[Rating:4/5]

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The Shakugan no Shana saga finally comes to an end in season 3 (available in two parts from FUNimation). For fans who have been following this series from its beginning, through seasons 1, 2, the movie, and S, it offers some closure of sorts on what becomes of the love triangle between Yuji, the Flame Haze Shana, and Yoshida. The season in and of itself is an action-packed one that is really like one battle after the next between the Flame Hazes and the Denizens. Yuji returns the leader of the Denizens with a plan that will reshape the world as we know it and Shana, rather than follow along, decides that she must fight the man she loves with the help of all of her friends and allies. By the culmination of the story, most of the series’ subplots are wrapped up, but the writers did leave room for the series to return one day.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

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This series has never looked very good in high definition, but season 3 is a slight exception. It arrives with the same AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement as all previous editions. It still suffers from softness and motion artifacts, but it is a little better in overall appearance with slightly more crispness of detail and less noise.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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Audio is and has always been a bit of a step up on the Shakugan no Shana BDs and as always, season 3 provides a quality Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit) stereo mix and a relatively engaging English dub in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit). The third season’s dub uses the same replacement cast from season two.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3.5/5]

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The four commentaries and textless opening and closings make up the bulk of the extras while DVDs are also included.

The supplements:

Extras:

  • DVDs – Standard DVDs are included with both part one and part two in these combo packs.
  • Episode 04 Commentary
  • Episode 07 Commentary
  • Episode 14 Commentary
  • Episode 24 Commentary
  • Shakugan no Shana-tan Final Destruction (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:08:51)
  • Shakugan no Shana-tan Final Destruction 2 (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:09:41)
  • Promotional Video (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:02:31)
  • Textless Opening Song “Light my Fire”
  • Textless Opening Song “Serment”
  • Textless Closing Songs:
    • “I’ll Believe”
    • “One – Extended Version”
    • “u/n”
    • “Koubou (Beam of Light)”
  • U.S. Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • FUNimation Trailers

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

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Season 3 of Shakugan no Shana brings to a conclusion a series that I found thoroughly enjoyable. Although the characters and ending of it all didn’t quite wrap up the way I expected from how it all began and where it went in season 2, I was fully satisfied with the outcome. Hopefully one day this series will be resurrected in a new version with another strong production.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3.5/5]

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