Shana is the main female protagonist and the titular character of Yashichiro Takahashi's light novel and anime series Shakugan no Shana.

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 (until 2020) 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.



Contest History[edit | edit source]

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 virtually unknown in Bilibili Moe and r/anime's Best Girl Contest.



Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Shana is the only girl with the most finals appearances in all of the major tournaments with four: three of them being losses (KBM 2007, ISML 2009, and ISML 2011) and the last one being a win (ISML 2016).
  • Shana holds the joint-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 second with seven gems won, alongside Kanade Tachibana (5 necklaces, 2 circlets).
    • In 2020, Mashiro Shiina has broken the record for most gems won with eight (7 necklaces, 1 circlet), after she won that year's ruby necklace. This award equalized Mashiro's tally with Shana in terms of pure necklaces.
  • Shana has the ISML's record of 300 regular season wins, and is the first contestant to ever reach that many wins.





ISML Results[edit | edit source]

Overall Record[edit | edit source]

ISML Main Tournament Record
Regular season, playoffs, and consolation matches only.
Preliminaries, gem rounds, and wildcard rounds are NOT included.
Edition Eliminated in Final pos. W L RS Record
ISML 2008 Lower Bracket Rd 4 5th 61 6 59-4-0
ISML 2009 Runner-up 2nd 65 2 62-0-0
ISML 2010 Lower Bracket Final 3rd 52 3 48-0-0
ISML 2011 Runner-up 2nd 48 5 45-4-0
ISML 2012 Tiara Ro16 10th 36 6 33-2-0
ISML 2013 Stella Playoffs Ste. 9th 28 8 28-7-0
ISML 2014 Tiara Ro16 12th 32 12 29-6-0
ISML 2015 Regular season Ste. 19th 17 18 17-18-0
ISML 2016 Champion 1st 15 0 9-0
2017-2024: Banned due to Champions rule (8 years)
Total W-L Record: 354-60 (85.51%) Total RS Record: 330-41 (88.95%)


2008[edit | edit source]

2009[edit | edit source]

2010[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

  • Ruby Shana
  • Other Necklace Match
  • Regular season icon.png 5th (45-0-4)

2012[edit | edit source]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 2nd (33-0-2)

2013[edit | edit source]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 7th (28-0-7)

2014[edit | edit source]

Consolation icon.png Aoyama Nanami > Shana (3235-2829)

Other contests[edit | edit source]

Anime Saimoe Tournament[edit | edit source]

2006[edit | edit source]

2007[edit | edit source]

2008[edit | edit source]

2010[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]

Korea Best Moe Tournament[edit | edit source]

2006[edit | edit source]

2007[edit | edit source]

2008[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]



Gallery[edit | edit source]

Portraits


ISML Honours



External Links[edit | edit source]

Female Major Champions
ISML ★ 2008: Fate Testarossa Fate Testarossa · 2009: Hinagiku Katsura Hinagiku Katsura · 2010: Mio Akiyama Mio Akiyama · 2011: Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka · 2012: Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana · 2013: Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou · 2014: Kotori Itsuka Kotori Itsuka · 2015: Eru Chitanda Eru Chitanda · 2016: Shana Shana · 2017: Megumi Katou Megumi Katou · 2018: Rem.png Rem · 2019: Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden · 2020: ???
AnimeBracket Best Girl ★ BG1: Kurisu Makise Kurisu Makise · BG2: Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita · BG3: Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka · BG4: Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka · BG5: Rem.png Rem · BG6: Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki · BG7: Kaguya.png Kaguya Shinomiya · BG8:
Best Char. ☆ ‡ BCh2: Hitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara · BCh3: Shinobu Oshino Shinobu Oshino
Bilibili Moe † Japan ★ 2015: Saber Saber · 2016: Rem.png Rem · 2017: Mash Kyrielight Mash Kyrielight · 2018: Sakura Kinomoto Sakura Kinomoto
China ★ 2016: Tushan susu.png Tushan Susu · 2017: Su mucheng.png Su Mucheng · 2018: Kagura onmyoji.png Kagura (Onmyoji)
Anime Saimoe ☆ † 2002: Sakura Kinomoto Sakura Kinomoto · 2003: Riku Harada Riku Harada · 2004: Rosemary Applefield Rosemary Applefield · 2005: Nanoha Takamachi Nanoha Takamachi · 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Rika Furude Rika Furude · 2008: Kagami Hiiragi Kagami Hiiragi · 2009: Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano · 2011: Mami Tomoe Mami Tomoe · 2012: Toki Onjouji Toki Onjouji · 2013: Madoka Kaname Madoka Kaname · 2014: Nodoka Haramura Nodoka Haramura + Saki Miyanaga Saki Miyanaga (co-winners)
Korea Best Moe ☆ † 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Hinagiku Katsura Hinagiku Katsura · 2008: Holo Holo · 2009: Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Mio Akiyama Mio Akiyama · 2011: Homura Akemi Homura Akemi · 2012: Hitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara
Legend: Defunct, Hiatus / Unknown fate
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