Shakugan no Shana offers a very nice mixture of typical slice-of-life anime with cute girls and a bewitching dark haired lead female, while also providing some intense action and stunning fight scenes complete with a flame haired heroine with a big sword.
But the beauty in this anime and its manga is how both these ideas flow into each other creating a multi-faceted world and presenting multiple sides to many of the characters. Torn by varying ideals and feelings you really get drawn in wondering just how each character will react and grow throughout the storyline.
The story itself contains a driving plot across the entirety of the series and the characters truly develop.
Suffice to say, Shana will steal your heart and set it ablaze. A second series and a movie have also been shown so there is plenty to keep a new fan bus and enjoying this elegant anime.