Specials that are bonus episodes are an incentive to get fans to buy merchandise, usually the home video release or a volume of the comic. These bonus episodes typically involve the characters you’ve invested time in acting out a story that has no impact on the grand scheme. Other times these serve as an epilogue of sorts like in the case of Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania. The most common kinds of specials are the nonsensical shorts like Tachikomatic Days or Gun x Sword-san. They give you a break from the drama by giving you fan service in its purest form. Panty-less.
This short was played
in theaters before the showing of three films. Well, an hour and a half summary film and two 24 minute side stories. The summary was for Shakugan no Shana while fans of Inukami! and Kino’s Journey got more of what they love. For those that managed to find this page on their way to any of the previously mentioned they’re titled “Shakugan no Shana: The Movie”, “Inukami! The Movie: Tokumei Reiteki Sousakan Karina Shirou!,” and “Kino’s Journey – The Land of Sickness – For You.”
If that last one is the only one you’re interested in, then welcome to my boat. It kinda sucks.
The "story" involves characters from all three shows attending the showing of their films. The most glaring aspect is that not all of them get equal screen time, namely Kino. A significant portion of this short involves characters from Shakugan and Inukami getting into antics and presumably making jokes and references specific to their fans. This leaves Kino and her talking motorcycle, Hermes, with 2-3 one-liners lodged in the sidelines, away from all the fun. It misses out on having a character from a solemn franchise interacting with those of aimed at a different kind of people. It wouldn’t have to be anything substantial or clever. Just something that would let viewers feel like a part of a larger crowd. I can only assume that if you have seen one or both shows aside from Kino the value of these 3 minutes would be greater. At least I got to see SD Kino.
I realize that being this critical of a 180 second fan pandering animation is waste of time, but ever since I watched this 4 years ago, every time it appears on screen I stir. I stir thinking how my girl Kino got shafted by a pair of wacky light novel girls because of marketing.