Lost Existence /"Ushinawareta Sonzai" (失われた存在)
In a certain battlefield, Shana stands alone in the middle of an army of Crimson Denizens. She easily defeats them with strikes of her Nietono no Shana. Suddenly, something appeared from in front of her... the image of a large snake-like creature weaving through the ground, and a familiar face turned into her greatest foe. It is Sakai Yuji.
There's a flashback.
It was December 24th, 7 PM. Shana waited for Yuji to come at the Christmas tree mounted near the clock tower on Misaki City Station. Shana and Kazumi Yoshida had agreed upon ending their long-running struggle for Yuji's feelings, and it would soon be settled depending on whom Yuji would meet up at that time.
Shana catches a glimpse of Yuji nearby, and a but lost him almost immediately. All she saw was a set of footprints that fade out into the snowy sidewalk of Misaki City.
At that night, Yuji disappeared from the city.
The next morning, Shana trains at the gardens of the Sakai Residence. She has her breakfast with Chigusa Sakai, who talks about how Shana's presence livens up the house and the baby. It is noticeable that a certain Sakai is nowhere to be found, and not a single trace can be found of his existence.
Shana then prepares to take her bath, and as she relieves herself of her clothing, she discusses with the Crimson Lord Alastor the things that have changed since Yuji's existence disappeared all of a sudden. Alastor reminds Shana of Yuji's fickle existence as a Torch, and as Shana goes to spend her time alone inside the bathroom, thoughts of Yuji fill her mind.
Shana goes to Misaki City High School to start the new school term. Kazumi Yoshida is considerably melancholy, since she also knows that Yuji no longer exists. Even the cheerful Matake Ogata is not enough to bring her to smile.
The cheerful atmosphere is soon interrupted by Shana's arrival, and Kazumi knows why her face is not sprinkled with celebration like everyone's.
Seven minutes after 7:00, Kazumi accepted the truth that Yuji chose Shana over her, and she suddenly saw Shana rushing towards her. Shana carried her quickly to the Sakai Residence, and they witnessed first-hand how each and every trace of Yuji's existence disappeared.
As they return to their respective homes, two heartbroken girls break down into tears.
However, the fact that they still have the letters on their hands means that there is still hope...
...Yuji hasn't left them completely.
Unbeknownst to everyone, Yuji has been talking to a certain entity the whole time until the fateful Christmas Eve moment. Someone who will be able to help Yuji in stopping the endless war that has been going on for thousands of years.
Back to the present, Margery Daw is sprawled on the couch where she is usually found after drinking until she could no longer stand. She is drunk, but she could still be able to discuss about Yuji's disappearance.
Margery talks about the next war for Shana and her allies: the battle against Bal Masqué. Attacks have been reported by Outlaw posts all around the world, and Wilhelmina is alarmed that more attacks may come at any moment. Margery decides to be smart in tracking their enemies, and with the help of Keisaku Satou, who has recently been accepted as a contact for Outlaw, they have enough information to predict their next move.
Elsewhere, Eita parts ways with Matake, and remembers his vow of no longer connecting himself with Margery and the conflict between Flame Haze and the Crimson Realm. Keisaku then finds him, who announces his future work as an agent for Margery in Tokyo's Outlaw post. Keisaku himself believes that Yuji has not disappeared completely, and he is not ready to run away from Misaki City. He leaves Margery to Eita, oblivious to the fact that Eita has decided to break away from Margery.
On Shana and Wilhelmina's apartment room, Wilhelmina toils as she sifts through a pile of reports about Outlaw activity and attacks against them. Reports about Yuji's disappearance has also reached Outlaw, and Wilhelmina thinks that Bal Masqué is responsible for such an incident, as Yuji holds the Reiji Maigo. Whether if her claim holds water is yet to be seen.
Soon Shana arrives from school, and she confirms that any trace of Yuji has disappeared even at school. Alastor then asks about anything new about Bal Masqué, and Wilhelmina reports nothing of importance aside from an unrelated attack on an Outlaw post.
Wilhelmina decides to contact someone familiar to Shana, "Braider of Trembling Might" Sophie Sawallisch. As Shana smiles for the first time after Yuji's disappearance, Wilhelmina thinks that contacting one of the very few who could talk to Shana freely is a good idea.
Shana then prepares a letter for Sophie, taking out her only link to Yuji to inspire her to speak her mind through ink and paper.
As Sophie prepares her response to Shana's letter, Shana steels herself for the next fight against Bal Masqué with the help of Margery and Wilhelmina. In her training session, Shana learns to transform her flame into a corporeal form — in this case a large fist — and uses it to replicate Margery's own form of the technique. Although Shana was able to defeat Margery's technique, she wants to improve it even more, determined to empower herself in her upcoming battles for Yuji's sake.
Meanwhile, Kazumi holds on to her letter to Yuji and remembers Shana's strong words, that Yuji isn't gone, and she will believe. Kazumi decides to believe in Shana as well.
Elsewhere, in a world detached from the human world, Yuji marches with Bal Masqué's Bel Peol, Hecate and Fecor as he approaches the throne designed for him. Bel Peol then asks for Yuji for his next command, and as Yuji, now clad in an emperor's red armor, faces his newest subordinates, he orders for Bal Masqué to head west.
|Shana ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Chigusa Sakai ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Yuji Sakai ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kazumi Yoshida ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Matake Ogata ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Margery Daw ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Marchosias ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Keisaku Satou ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Eita Tanaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tiamat ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Wilhelmina Carmel ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Hayato Ike ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Sophie Sawallisch ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Noizi Ito||Concept Artist||A renowned character designer for light novels and visual novels.|
|Mai Otsuka||Character Artist/Designer|
|Takashi Watanabe||Director||A Japanese director who was best known for directing Slayers, Lost Universe and Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maō.|
|Takahashi Yashichiro||Original Concept||The creator of Shakugan no Shana and A/B Extreme.|
|Yasuko Kobayashi||Series Composition||Mangaka|
|Ko Otani||Music||A musician and prolific composer of anime, film and video game scores.|
|Ryo||Music||The founding member of Supercell who provides the music and lyrics for the group.|