New Shakugan no Shana Light Novel Volume Coming This Year

Image source: Dengeki Bunko website

The 2002-2012 Shakugan no Shana fantasy light novel series is getting a new volume this year, the Dengeki Bunko Twitter account has revealed.

The new entry is tentatively titled Shakugan no Shana SIV. The first three Shakugan no Shana S volumes, along with Shakugan no Shana 0 and Shakugan no Shana M, are short story collections. Shakugan no Shana SIII, released in November 2012, was previously the last Shakugan no Shana volume in the overall series; the 22nd and last main volume was released in October 2011.

The Dengeki Bunko Twitter account also revealed that Shakugan no Shana SIV will see the return of the “Friagne the Hunter” section, which sees the Crimson Lord hunter Friagne and Marianne answering questions from readers. Question submissions (done via hashtagged tweets) for Shakugan no Shana SIV will end on June 23 at 11:59 PM JST.

Image source: Dengeki Bunko website

Shakugan no Shana is written by Yashichiro Takahashi and illustrated by Noizi Itou. The light novels have inspired a manga adaptation by Ayato Sasakura and a manga adaptation of the 10th volume, titled Shakugan no Shana X Eternal Song, by Shii Kiya

A J.C.STAFF-produced anime directed by Takashi Watanabe began in 2005 and concluded with its third season, Shakugan no Shana Final, which ran from 2011 to 2012. Crunchyroll describes the anime as:

Murdered by a demonic being, 15-year-old Yuji has his life force replaced by a flame that dims with each day. When the flame dies, no one will remember he was ever alive. This is how he meets Shana: a warrior with a burning sword, and the will of a god as her guide. The two form a bond as Yuji becomes Shana’s accomplice in her battles to keep the balance between the ordinary world and hers.

Viz Media once published some of Shakugan no Shana‘s light novels and the manga’s earlier volumes in English but no longer has the license for the title.

Source: @bunko_dengeki

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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