|Other names||Flame-haired Blazing-eyed Hunter|
|Anime||Shakugan no Shana|
|Anime Debut||Fall 2005|
|Voiced by|| Rie Kugimiya |
|ISML|| Main: ★ Champion (2016) |
|K. Best Moe||Runner-up (2007)|
Shana is the main female protagonist and the titular character of Yashichiro Takahashi's light novel series Shakugan no Shana, and its anime adaptaion by J.C. Staff.
The eponymous Flame Haze was once a powerhouse in the olden days of J-Saimoe and Korea Best Moe, spending much of her early years as a favorite to win these types of contests. However, Shana's career is marked by a long history of broken promises and heartbreaking defeats, and both contests eventually became defunct without her winning in either of them.
After the demise of J-Saimoe and KBM, ISML was considered Shana's last chance for championship glory, as it was the only remaining major tournament where she still has a chance to win. The blazing-eyed hunter eventually extingished her past demons in 2016, winning the Heavenly Tiara after 8 years.
Shana is one of the most successful girls in the International Saimoe League, securing a record-high 7 necklaces, appearing in three finals (2009, 2010, and 2016), and becoming the first girl to reach 300 regular season wins. However, she is currently one of the worst-performing girls in ISML's Tournament of Champions contest.
Shana is the namesake of the anime archetype known as "Shana Clones", because she popularized the concept of a female character defined by these characteristics:
- Short, petite physical stature, with long hair and a flat chest. May border on loli.
- Wears thigh-highs showing grade-A "Zettai Ryouiki".
- Is either rich, or possesing supernatural powers, or both.
- Most importantly: the character is a tsundere, the main character's love interest, and voiced by Rie Kugimiya, who is often typecast to this kind of roles.
This type of character proved very popular with anime fans, and by 2006 Shana blazed a trail (pun intended) in the Saimoe Tournaments, reaching the semi-finals of both Japanese and Korean contests in her first year. She would establish a constant presence in both of these tournaments, always appearing in the latter rounds for the better parts, but unfortunately, she would end up never winning any of them.
Among these harrowing losses includes one of the closest ever finals match in a major tournament: a loss against Hinagiku Katsura in Korea's 2007 edition by a score of 2013-2015, a vote difference of just 2 votes. Hinagiku would later steal Shana's championship again in the same fashion in ISML 2009, torturing the Flame Haze by a score of 2106-2117, a margin of just 11 votes. Shana would later return to the finals two years later, only to lose in a heated match-up against the super-charged Mikoto Misaka by a score of 8052-9208.
Shana continues to perform decently well in ISML's Nova / Stella Era, reaching the postseason from 2012-2014, but her chances for Tiara contention have been sidelined in favor of other girls from more popular series; and she entered a state of decline in 2015 because she failed to make the postseason that year.
All is not lost however, as the Nova / Stella era divisions were merged, a new tournament format started to emerge in ISML 2016. The year saw a drop in voters, making the 2016 edition's numbers on par with ISML's early years. Shana's strength was reignited in this year, winning the Amethyst necklace (her first in 5 years) and finished as the 2nd seed in the regular season. In the final group stage, she finished first in Group B, before defeating Rin, Yukino, and surprise finalist Illya in the playoffs. After a decade of chasing major championships, she finally attained the most prestigious prize she rightfully deserves: the 2016 Heavenly Tiara.
- Shana is the only girl to have the most finals appearances in all of the major tournaments (four), with three of them being losses (KBM 2007, ISML 2009, and ISML 2011) and the last one being a win (ISML 2016).
- Shana currently holds the record-most number of pure necklace rounds won in International Saimoe League, winning a total of seven (7) necklaces. The majority of them came from the double-elimination era (2008-2010) which includes three wins from 2010, the most in a single year. She is the reason why from 2011 onwards, girls can't win multiple necklaces on the same year.
- If Nova and Stella Circlet gems are counted, then she is tied for first with 7 gems won, together with Kanade Tachibana (5 necklaces, 2 circlets) and Mashiro Shiina (6 necklaces, 1 circlet).
- Shana has the ISML's record of 300 regular season wins, and is the first contestant to ever reach that many wins.
- Shana > HinaIchigo > Momo Katagiri (712-459-125)
- Shana > Nagisa Aoi > Kotona Elegance (884-638-296)
- Shana > Ana Coppola (1057-942)
- Shana > Aruruu (961-832)
- Shana > Eri Sawachika (1210-1059)
- Suiseiseki > Shana (1473-1431)
- Shana = Evangeline A.K. McDowell > Karen Minazuki > Yuzuha (754-754-179-174)
- Shana > Evangeline A.K. McDowell > Kanaria > Kallen Kouzuki (975-811-213-177)
- Shana > Izumi Segawa (1152-644)
- Nagi Sanzenin > Shana (1086-1068)
- Shana > Miyu Kuonji > Ai Kaga (723-279-224)
- Shana > Otoha Sakurano > Nona Yuuki (672-273-218)
- Shana > Nanoha Takamachi (987-969)
- Tamaki Kawazoe > Shana (1058-898)
- Shana > Yuri Nakamura > Rinko Kuzaki > Selnia Iori Flameheart (450-397-117-69)
- Shana > Nazuna > Ryou Fujibayashi (453-236-122)
- Shana > Nanoha Takamachi > Isumi Saginomiya (816-719-109)
- Nodoka Haramura > Shana (946-890)
- Shana > Izumi Akazawa > Mizuki Himeji (293-252-95)
- Shana > Kuroyukihime > Nano Shinonome (288-224-81)
- Shana > Airi Kashii (291-287)
- Shana > Sena Kashiwazaki ((263-257)
- Hisa Takei > Shana (328-289)
- Shana > Akari Mizunashi (497-176)
- Shana = Suiseiseki (420-420)
- Shana > Konomi Yuzuhara (639-326)
- Shana > Teletha Testarossa (572-446)
- Suiseiseki > Shana (598-411)
- Shana > Isumi Saginomiya (910-820)
- Shana > Nanoha Takamachi (1010-1009)
- Shana > Maria (1145-1128)
- Shana > Nayuki Minase (1545-1048)
- Shana > Suiseiseki (1665-1348)
- Hinagiku Katsura > Shana (2015-2013)
- Shana > Kagura > Sakura Kinomoto > Tae Shimura (2178-1941-1931-221)
- Shana > Ran Mouri (5015-2166)
- Shana > Kagura (4103-4085)
- Shana > Nagi Sanzenin (3715-3382)
- Holo > Shana (4507-4147)
- Shana > Tamaki Kousaka (240-70)
- 4th (59-0-4)
- Shana > Suigintou (722-535)
- Shana > Kyou Fujibayashi (614-562)
- Fate Testarossa > Shana (807-734)
- Konata Izumi > Shana (656-615)
- Shana > Yuki Nagato (1947-1359)
- 1st (62-0-0-1)
- Shana > Rin Tosaka (1524-1108)
- Shana > Kyou Fujibayashi (1549-1386)
- Hinagiku Katsura > Shana (1677-1395)
- Shana > Tomoyo Sakagami (1601-1157)
- Hinagiku Katsura > Shana (2117-2106)
- Shana > Mikoto Misaka (2879-2565)
- Shana > Kyou Fujibayashi (2894-1946)
- Shana > Taiga Aisaka (3553-3139)
- 1st (48-0-1)
- Shana > Hitagi Senjougahara (4221-3047)
- Shana > Haruhi Suzumiya (3406-2835)
- Mikoto Misaka > Shana (3434-3279)
- Shana > Hinagiku Katsura (3806-3659)
- Shana > Azusa Nakano (4017-3961)
- Mikoto Misaka > Shana (3522-3478)
- Shana > Yui (5418-3630)
- Shana > Nakano Azusa (5508-5107)
- Shana >Tachibana Kanade (7624-6929)
- Misaka Mikoto > Shana (9208-8052)
- Postseason Phase 1 Stella Division
- Postseason Phase 2 Final League
- Postseason Phase 1 Stella Division
- Kousaka Kirino > Shana (5033-4703)
- Stella 8th (29-0-6)
- Postseason Phase 1 Stella Division
- Final League