Fire Force Episode 15: Recap and Review

The Puppeteer and her dominator in episode 15 of Fire Force.
The Puppeteer and her dominator

The 8th will safeguard Nataku

Things are hectic at the beginning of Fire Force episode 15. Nataku Son activates his Adolla Bursts. Licht contacts Company 8, and Vulcan crashes through the gate. Licht opens the gates telling Shinra to leave. So far the Fire Force has been on the losing end of acquiring the Pillars. Nataku seems too young and scared to function well with the Evangelists. Nataku would be taken care of with the 8th, but I’m not sure they will rescue him. Elsewhere, the rest of Company 8 encounters the Puppeteer. Armed with a small mech, the Puppeteer was able to flip the matchbox.  

Vulcan and Mika battle her with Sputter and Flare. The Puppeteer and her Dominator use a vulgar Poot-Poot Blaster that releases a power beam after emitting a fart sound. It’s not my sense of humor but someone might find it funny. Anyway, the Puppeteer dominates the battle for the most part. However, Mika and Vulcan switch Sputter and Flare to Fire Scene Mode. Using even more power with Mika rotating the two Tekkyo, they’re able to create enough force to destroy the dominator. Vulcan and Mika think that they’re out of the woods, the Puppeteer releases several more. 

Trying to protect the weak is a waste of time

Kurono and Shinra’s fight heads outside. Kurono has Nataku in a headlock. Meanwhile, the white-clad arrive to collect the sixth pillar. Charon makes a move on Kurono attempting to steal Nataku from him. The concept of my enemy is my friend is a common trope. It can create interesting alliances as it’s difficult to fight in a three-way fight. I assume that if there’s any kind of team-up it will be between the Haijima and the Fire Force. Regardless, it feels like the Fire Force is outnumbered and outmatched once again. 

Fire Force Episode 14: Recap and Review

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 1: Recap and Review

Yuji possessed by Ryomen Sukuna in episode 1 of Jujutsu Kaisen.
Yuji possessed by Ryomen Sukuna

Episode 1 – ‘Ryomen Sukuna’

Episode 1 of Jujutsu Kaisen starts with Satoru Gojo asking Yuji Itadori, “Which one are you?” Itadori is bound and chained to the ground inside a rectangular room covered in tags. Yuji’s first instinct is to ask about his friend’s safety. However, Gojo tells him it doesn’t matter because he’s “destined to die.” Jujutsu Kaisen is adapted from the manga of the same name. Yuji Itadori is a high school student that chooses to join the Occult Research Club over athletics. Yuji prefers to spend time with his friends, and the Occult Club allows him time to spend with his hospitalized grandfather. Jujutsu Kaisen makes a point in showing us that Yuji possesses abnormal athletic skills. 

Fighting evil with more evil

Fushiguro is a Jujutsu Tech student and an apprentice exorcist, searching for a “special grade cursed object.” At some point previously Yuji obtained a cursed object and gave it to his friends, Sasaki and Iguchi. Fushiguro explains that curses feed on the negative emotions of humans. Curses can only be countered with “eviler” more powerful ones. This is a very interesting change from the normal battle evil with good. It can be difficult for anime to separate themselves from each other and the demon anime series is so common that I thought Jujutsu Kaisen might have this issue. Anyway, relic seals degrade over time, attracting curses that feed on them. Elsewhere, Sasaki and Iguchi unwrap the relic, revealing a purple finger. 

People Should Die Properly

Sasaki and Iguchi are attacked by curses, while Yuji and Fushiguro rush to save them. Fushiguro takes the lead, encountering a curse, he releases his familiars or Shikigami, Divine Dogs. Suddenly two “dogs” appear and Fushiguro orders them to “feast.” Outside, Yuji remembers what his grandfather taught him about using his strength to help others. As the curse consumes Sasaki and Iguchi, Yuji jumps through the window, punching the curse and grabbing his friends. When he grabs the relic a curse crashes through the ceiling. Fushiguro quickly pushes Yuji out of the way but is overwhelmed by the curse. 

Where are the women and the children

Sensing Fushiguro’s in danger, Yuji attacks the curse. However, without the ability to use curses he’s outmatched as well. Desperate, Yuji swallows the relic. Fushiguro notes that special relics are poisonous, however, Yuji survives. Possessed, Yuji develops markings, claws, and additional eyes. As he defeats the curse with ease his personality changes. Louder and ruder, Yuji asks “where are the humans, and the women?” He’s excited to massacre all the humans. Suddenly, Yuji takes over his body again, as Fushiguro prepares to “exorcise” him. I will take a few episodes to get a feel for how this series compares to another “demon” centric anime like Demon Slayer or Yu Yu Hakusho. 

I’m fascinated by the use of evil to combat evil. I keep mentioning “demons” even though Jujutsu Kaisen doesn’t have any demons. I’m not sure that there’s much of a difference, but maybe the lore will make it clear why there’s a difference. Yuji’s relationship with his grandfather was odd. His grandfather was abusive. I wonder if the series will expand on that relationship especially now that Yuji’s grandfather is dead. Regardless, his grandfather left a great impact on him. Jujutsu Kaisen is a promising series, I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. 


Fire Force Episode 13: Recap and Review

Captain Burns after losing his eye in episode 13 of Fire Force
Captain Burns after losing his eye

Episode 13 – A Pair of One-Eyes

Fire Force episode 13, “A Pair of One-Eyes,” opens with Captain Burns and Joker squaring off. However, Burns isn’t looking for a fight. He wants to “hear” Joker out. Burns offers Joker some “leads” on the secrets of the Holy Sol Temple. Joker reveals that both he and Captain Burns received their Adolla Links during an incident inside Amaterasu. They encounter an abnormal Infernal that triggered the link. Joker and Captain Burns teleport to another dimension. When they return to their world, Joker is still holding a smoldering stone. According to Burns, that stone still burns even though it doesn’t have any oxygen. 

Captain Burns offers Joker the notebook of Raffles’s wife. It’s a detailed account of the Day of the Cataclysms. Raffles’s wife notices that he was acting differently and concluded that he was a different man. Burns believes that Raffles might have been an “inhuman, higher-dimensional being.” Benimaru still doesn’t trust the contents of the dairy. Joker thinks they may have reached a dead end. Elsewhere, we learn that the Holy Sol Temple is a religion that started under the orders of the Evangelists. The goal is to manipulate humanity and lead them to Adolla. Captain Burns offers to cover up the incident, as Joker plans to investigate Haijima Industries. Benimaru refuses to break into Haijima facilities because they provide medicine for Konro. 

Captain Burns offers to help them in exchange for investigating Haijima. Inside the Haijima industries, three scientists discuss their “models.” Two of them have had nothing but failures but the third has one S-rank success, the child that Rekka Hoshimiya turned into an Infernal, Nataku Son. Lisa joins the 8th Company temporarily and Konro is present to inform them of the events at the Holy Sol Temple. The debriefing is useful for summarizing the events but not much else. Oba tells the crew that 70% of Japan works for a Haijima company. Shinra instantly thinks of Licht, who has been called back by the Haijima industries. At Haijima Group, Captain Hibana warns Licht that he’s “going to get eliminated.” She right. Once Licht brings Shinra to them, they will kill him. 

Fire Force Episode 12: Recap and Review

Deca-Dence Episode 12: Recap and Review

Kaburagi returns from the dead in episode 12 of Deca-dence.
Kaburagi returns from the dead

Episode 12 – ‘Decadence’

The final episode of Deca-dence Kaburagi connects with the Deca-dence but is incapable of moving. Minato announces the final mission for the players, gather the parts of the Deca-dence. Excited by the mission a lot of cyborgs log in to participate. Kaburagi engages with the control system, claiming that he will change the world outside of the system. The system calls Hugin and Munin are “puppets that carry out the orders of the system.” The system claims that opposition is futile. As morning breaks, Kaburagi gains full control over the Deca-dence. 

The Tankers refuel the old parts and form a new cannon. The mutated Gadoll prepares to fire its High-density oxyone energy, Kaburagi panics as Donatello flies towards the Gadoll, sacrificing his avatar. Kaburagi releases the limiters of the Deca-dence, firing the cannon destroying the Gadoll. The power released by the Deca-dence causes it to collapse, and Kaburagi shuts down. Natsume finds his body and tearfully thanks him for everything. The sight of a broken “dead” Kaburagi was shocking and sad. I thought it was important to see what Kaburagi’s sacrificed. 

The future is bright

The episode flashforwards three years. Minato has become the new system administrator with Jill as his secretary. Deca-dence City is built from the ruins of the old one. Cyborgs, humans, and Gadoll live together in harmony, farming, and growing crops together. The core of the Deca-dence has been made into an “attraction area,” where they play the zero-gravity sport of “Core Ball.” Meanwhile, Donatello and Kurenai compete against each other in the Battle Arena. The most interesting development is that Gadoll has become friendly towards humanity. They’re now in a type of petting zoo, giving children rides. Natsume becomes a tour guide. Jill reveals that she reserved some of Kaburagi’s data, and she revives Kaburagi. 

Deca-Dence Episode 11: Recap and Review


Deca-Dence Episode 11: Recap and Review

Episode 11 – ‘Engine’

One of the central themes of Deca-Dence is “freedom from the system.” The series focuses on the humans and cyborgs being free in episode 11 of Deca-Dence a “free” Gadoll makes an appearance. The mutated crablike Gadoll lacks a “control chip” or “identification number,” and therefore isn’t within the system. Jill explains that the Gadoll “were not designed” to have “free will.” Hugin attempts to kill Natsume, but Karubagi kills him in his second avatar. The crew of the Deca-dence identifies the Gadoll as an “omega type,” and fire cannons at it. They have little effect bouncing off. The damage suffered by the tank has made a full charge impossible. Minato believes that they are running out of time. He orders that the cannon be ignited at 60%. 

The Deca-dence launches the arm cannon but the Gadoll catches it. They’re unable to retract the arm before the Gadoll rips half of it off. The Gadoll then sends the Deca-dence flying back, damaging the movement systems. Meanwhile, the Gadoll evolves. While the defense team fires a Solid Cannon the Gadoll shoot its high-density oxyone energy blasts. The cyborgs begin to panic, as the Gadoll appears to fall asleep. Munin contacts Minato and the crew and thanks them for their hard work. They have decided to shut down the Deca-dence. The Deca-dence will be “reverted” with the omega Gadoll with spatial compression. Munin states that “only the system need be preserved to make recovery possible.” Minato accepts their fate, telling Kaburagi that “it’s over.” 

Kaburagi takes over Deca-dence

However, Jill claims that someone can log in and use the Deca-dence as an avatar. As a former developer, Jill says that “their bodies are under the control of the system but their “cores” or minds are independent. If someone connects their core to the Deca-dence’s then they can gain control. Unsurprisingly, Kaburagi offers to do it, even though the Deca-dence is in terrible shape. Small Gadoll hatch from eggs and begin to crawl towards the Deca-dence. The Tankers including Natsume face off against the new Gadoll. Kaburagi enters the core room of the Deca-dence where Minato tries to stop him. Meanwhile, Natsume meets the cyborgs and is greeted by Jill. Minato ends up helping Kaburagi connect to the Deca-dence. Despite the potential failure and the threat, the new Gadoll creates, episode 11 of Deca-dence was hopeful. 

This episode made the case against attempting to control everything or at least what that will likely cost. It has already been established how little regard the system has for the humans that populate Deca-dence, but Munin’s decision to “restart” shows that the system will always put itself first. The series seems to suggest with the introduction of the mutated Gadoll that those outside the system will not have a perfect existence. Deca-dence episode 11 does have a lot of new things to say, the series continues to maintain its strong storytelling. 

Deca-Dence Episode 10: Recap and Review


Fire Force Episode 11: Recap and Review

Joker is ready to attack the Holy Sol Temple in Fire Force Episode 11.
Joker is ready to attack the Holy Sol Temple

Episode 11 – Dark Hero

Fire Force Episode 11, Dark Hero, centers the Holy Sol Temple as the primary villain in the series. Shinra informs Captain Obi and Lieutenant Hinawa what they discovered on their mission. Captain Obi asks if this means that the scripture is “false.” Vulcan quickly interjects that “of course it is.” Obi wonders if the Evangelists and the Holy Sol Temple are connected. Iris is the most troubled. As a nun, she must be the most hurt. I wonder how she will deal with this in the future. Meanwhile, Licht that the numbers in the Tabernacle are pi. He considers the consequences of the truth but assumes that everything would get “hushed up.” 

If the Fire Force has its hand-tied, then what could be done? Fire Force gives us a surprising answer. Joker visits Benimaru Shinmon. Joker calls himself a “dark hero.” Fire Force has several characters that are hard to pin down. Benimaru and Joker are two of them. Joker is suspicious of the Holy Sol Temple and knows that Benimaru shares his skepticism. Joker chose him because he was “oppressed” by the Temple. Joker’s pitch works. Together, they head to the Holy Sol Temple. Like Joker and Benimaru, Licht’s motives can’t be easily understood. In a flashback, he tells Joker that he “seeks the truth.” Back at the Firehouse, Captain Obi tells Shinra that top brass has decided that they will suppress this information for three years. 

Who will stand against the church

Furthermore, the Church will have some input. This is a poor decision and I think it will force Shinra to possibly leave the Company. Captain Obi is a righteous man, but he’s also a stickler for the rules. Will he be able to go against the establishment? The choice of three years has to matter it too specific. I wonder why they picked it. At the Holy Sol Temple, the Emperor Raffles the third tells the story of the Church’s founding. Before the Great Cataclysm, many governments and religions existed. They were all destroyed. He calls the Temple a “bundling of all the histories of mankind.” He claims that all the science, religions, and governments are now centered around Sol and Amaterasu. 

The Emperor calls the Temple the “truth.” When he states that “no one can be allowed to betray the Temple,” Benimaru and Joker attack. The duo quickly dispatches the monks. However, Benimaru is shot with a mysterious dart. He falls to the ground, but his fate is unknown. Let’s get this out of the way, Benimaru is not dead. There’s no way Fire Force would kill such a popular and interesting character. Or I should say they wouldn’t kill him that way. The theme of “truth” is obvious in Fire Force Episode 11. Who wants it, who has it, and can you trust that you know what’s true. The “unchained, straw dogs” as Licht put it will become the main opposition to the Holy Sol Temple. I think Licht, Vulcan, Joker, Benimaru, and Shinra may join forces to stop the church. 

Fire Force Episode 10: Recap and Review


Burn The Witch Chapter 1: Recap and Review

The cover of Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – Witches Blow A New Pipe

In 2018 Tite Kubo’s Burn the Witch one-shot was released, the series is linked to the Bleach universe and features the same art style. Burn the Witch will be a limited series with only four chapters ending with the release of the anime on October 2nd. The anime will be a “theatrical anime project,” that will be streamed in several episodes on Crunchyroll. Chapter 1 of Burn the Witch is 60 pages long, although it’s unclear whether the other chapters will be. 

Chapter 1, Witches Blow A New Pipe, reintroduces us to the main characters Ninny Spangcole and Noel Niihashi. Ninny is a famous pop star the lead singer of a girl band Cecile Die Twice, she’s rude and abrasive. Noel is a super serious student. She begins the chapter chacing a Bud Buck, a creature that resembles a deer with bat wings. They’re interrupted by a massive batlike creature. Noel uses the spell Blue Spark to defend herself and the Buck. Ninny arrives and uses Flash Bumper: Spell 44 that captures Noel and the Buck in a net. The biggest threat to London are dragons who are responsible for “72 percent of all deaths.” The Reverse London Natural Dragon Management Agency Wing Bind is responsible for conserving and controlling the dragon population. 

Burn the Witch: Tite Kubo manga one-shot review


The World of Burn the Witch

Noel and Ninny are members of Wing Bind after each job members are rewarded. Noel loses achievement points for picking a flower off the Buck while Ninny gains some for saving them. Suddenly, an explosion occurs in a distance tower as Balgo clings to the tail a fire breathing “dragon canine,” Osushi. Neither Ninny nor Noel cares to help him until their told they will get overtime. Ordinary citizens are forbidden from interacting with dragons unless they pass a test. When humans come into contact with dragons they accumulate a substance in their bodies called dragotoxin. The Wing Bind has a mechanism to test for this toxin by requiring the human to lick the screen. 

Humans and Dragons that violate the Dragon Contact Prohibition Act are sentenced to 100 years in prison or they will be executed. Finally, if a human develops a high enough dragotoxin they become Dragonclad. They are considered “infected” with a disease whose most significant symptom of the dragonclad is attracting dragons. Balgo is a dragonclad and is suddenly attacked by a massive dragon. Ninny uses Barrier Tape to seal off the area and Noel uses Spell 4: Stun Ball. Assuming they had subdued the dragon, Noel calls headquarters for their reward. However, the dragon is a Dark Dragon. Ninny calls for an emergency blockade, meanwhile, Noel attempts to call the Sabres. However, Ninny stops her from calling, planning to fight the Dark Dragon themselves to “prove how strong they are,” and become Sabres. 

The Dark Dragon

Unlike normal dragons, Dark Dragons target humans. Wing Binds are allowed to kill Dark Dragons. Ninny charges at the Dark Dragon, while Noel uses a small gun and fires off Spell 75. Elsewhere, a group discusses the presence of a Dark Dragon. They appear to be heads of each of the different Corps, present are Bruno Bangnyfe of the Magic Circle Corps: Inks, Roy B. Dipper of the Incantation Corps: Anthems, Cquntnire Milieve of the Liturgy Corps: Sacreds, Tronbone Takkinen of the Minstrel Corps: Pipers, Sullivan Squire of the Tactical Corps: Sabres, Harry Shayk of the Accounting Corps: Billionaires, Wolfgang Slashhaut of Personnel Affairs Divine Punishment Corps: Gallows, and Saka Rynn of the Development Corps: Patchworks who was absent. They conclude that Balgo Parks should be eliminated. 

I’ve been excited about this series for years and it didn’t disappoint. I have always loved the art style of Tite Kubo, although his story choices aren’t always great. However, he does create interesting universes. Burn the Witch chapter 1 is largely an introduction to that universe. Chapter 1 reintroduces our main characters while introducing several new ones and setting up the conflict. Each character feels real and is visually distinct. This chapter could have felt overwhelming with all the new jargon but I thought it was paced well. That said, it’s disappointing to hear that this series is going to be limited, but considering Tite Kubo’s health issues I guess this is the most he can do. There’s still a lot to explain, but I’m excited for the rest of this series. 

Burn the Witch can be read for free on Mangaplus

Deca-Dence Episode 7: Recap and Review

Episode 7 of Deca-Dence begins with Kaburagi realizing that the fighting hasn’t stopped. The Gadoll has managed to breach the walls of Deca-Dence. Despite the best efforts of the Gears, five Gadoll enter and begin attacking civilians. With a new avatar, Kaburagi springs into action. However, one Gadoll slips past him, leaving Natsume to come to the rescue. Natsume and the rest of her team head outside to prevent more Gadoll from entering. Kaburagi meets with Minato and questions why there’s a hole in the tank. Minato tells him that the Tankers population has become to large and must be “culled.” He warns Kaburagi not to make to much noise, later Jill warns him not to stay logged in for too long. 

Kaburagi wants to destroy all Gadoll

The tankers want to close the hole in the wall but they need the help of the civilians. With the amount of work required and the threat of Gadoll attacking they don’t seem to be willing to help. Determined Natsume manages to convince them to aid her. Kaburagi and Natsume finally meet. However, she doesn’t recognize him in his new avatar. She does notice some “similarities” between Kaburagi’s new avatar and his old one. Natsume cries as she concludes that Kaburagi will “never return” and the fighting will never stop. Angered, Kaburagi decides that he will “tear it all down.” During the credits, Kaburagi, back in the prison, tells Donatello that he’s going to “wipe out the Gadoll,” by destroying the factory.

I like Natsume’s character development. She hasn’t become the infallible hero that dominates the Gadoll single handily. She is determined and works hard but it costs her emotionally. Natsume isn’t sure of herself yet and she may never be. She has hopes but doubts. She has courage but fears the worst. As for Kaburagi now that he’s been deemed a “bug” he now fully accepted that role. The system attempted to destroy him, instead, they have created the means of their destruction. 

Deca-Dence Episode 6: Recap and Review


Deca-Dence Episode 4 & 5: Recap and Review

Kaburagi breaks his limit in Deca-dence
Kaburagi breaks his limit

Deca-Dence Episode 4, Transmission, begins with Kaburagi ordering Natsume to return to Deca-dence. She isn’t ready. However, Natsume is determined to battle and save Pipe. As she enters the fray, she is horrified by the violence. Natsume flees to regain her composure. She takes a deep breath and returns to battle. Natsume springs into battle, flying through the magnetic field, piercing Gadoll with spears. She gets noticed by the Gears in the surrounding area. Kurenai compliments her for the fight, and Natsume is understandably pleased to meet her idol. Kurenai welcomes her to The Power. 

The largest battle in Deca-Dence history

The next “event” is the “Freezing Cold Snow Battle,” Kaburagi is told that the event is actually “impossible to clear.” Defeating an alpha Gadoll is considered impossible even for S-class Gears. Massive casualties are expected, particularly from A-Class and under. The plot of the story of the event features chosen heroes of which Kaburagi is chosen to be one. Mindy, Mundy, and Mendy are introduced to Natsume. At first glance, these three feel like red shirts. Later, Kaburagi warns Natsume that the upcoming battle isn’t for a Gear of her level. He tells her that “it’s won’t succeed, and peace will never come.” Natsume refuses to give up and Kaburagi sabotages her equipment. However, her motivation hasn’t disappeared and she joins the crew.

The battle begins

Natsume and her squad head out into the blizzard. Natsume isn’t taking the upcoming fight seriously. The S Rankers dominate the battle, as they notice that a lot of lower ranked gears are dying. As Natsume’s squad arrives at the location of the alpha, they witness the results of a massacre. The Gadoll alpha spots them and they charge. The squad quickly notice that the alpha is attacking the tanks. Enraged, Natsume rushes in and is saved by one of the tankers. She takes on the alpha alone, she manages to stab it with a needle. However, the alpha removes the needle and heals. Before it can hit Natsume with her needle, Kaburagi arrives. 

He pierces the alpha with two needles, forcing the Gadoll to use a smokescreen shrouding its position. Kaburagi pulls Natsume out of the zone and tells her to abandon her squadmates. Kaburagi’s negativity is once again in contrast with Natsume’s hope. After the tankers sacrifice on her behalf, she’s motivated to “push herself to the limits.” Kaburagi battles the alpha while Natsume escapes with her squad. Kaburagi begins to break his limit but is warned that if he kills the Gadoll it will “affect the storyline.” In a stunning show of skill, Kaburagi kills the alpha. As the fog lifts, the nest is revealed. 

The death of Kaburagi

However, a massive Gadoll appears. Kaburagi had made the situation worse by breaking the rules and now must be punished by the system. Meanwhile, the Gadoll displays its powerful pressure beam. Kaburagi notices that the Gadoll is “unfinished.” He charges in and attacks, distracting the Gadoll in the process. The Deca-dence Cannon lands the finishing blow. Just when we expect a peaceful ending, several massive Gadoll arrives. Natsume collapses at the impossible situation they find themselves in. Natsume and Kaburagi switch worldviews, with the former feeling helpless while the later hopes for the future. Finally, Kaburagi meets with Hugin who demands Kaburagi repeat the words “There is no place for bugs in this world.” Instead, Kaburagi says “Bugs are needed.” 

Hugin appears to kill Kaburagi with a laser beam. Deca-dence continues to surprise. Kaburagi’s change of heart was predictable, but his apparent demise wasn’t. However, is it real? His Cyborg body wasn’t destroyed. I predict that he hasn’t officially been killed yet. This episode does highlight the differences between the Gears and Tankers. It would seem reasonable that there would be a sense of comradery among them. However, the Gears seem to look down on them so much so that they don’t even value their lives. This dynamic could become toxic. Finally, Natsume has changed her perspective and has become more negative. I doubt this change will be permanent but what will it cost her short term?

 Deca-Dence Episode 3: Recap and Review

Fire Force Episode 4 & 5: Recap and Review

Inca refuses Shinra's help in episode 4 and 5 of Fire Force.
Inca wants to be thrilled

Company 8 battle a horde of Infernals

Episode 4 and 5 of Fire Force are no stop action. Obi suspects that Haumea is releasing Infernal Bugs, creating a massive number of Infernals. Company 8 struggles to contain the outbreak, with Infernal appearing at random, it becomes difficult to get the sisters in place to pray. Meanwhile, Maki locates Haumea and sends Arthur to distract her. At the same time, Shinra and Charon continue their battle over Inca. When Shinra tells her that she will be safe with him, she rejects his offer of safety. Inca hopes for a life of thrills. Shinra is confused. 

Vulcan detects a demon Infernal. A rare type of Infernal, demons are horned sentient Infernal’s, with high strength and durability. The only two demons in the series were defeated by members of Company 7. When the Infernals overwhelm Vulcan and Hinawa they’re rescued by Lieutenant Karim. Elsewhere, Shinra is rescued by Toru Kishiri from the 5th and Juggernaut from the 2nd. Their interference allows Shinra to escape. However, Charon grabs him as he reaches a captured Inca. Company 2 and Company 5 arrives with reinforcements easing the burden on Company 8. Meanwhile, Arthur finally reaches Haumea, and she’s not pleased to see him. 

Shinra tries to use Corna (Sign of the Devil)

Finally, Shinra and Charon battle again. However, Shinra’s heat does not affect Charon, he prepares to use “Corna.” As the Companies get a handle on the Infernals, the demon remains. Episode 5, Corna (Sign of the Devil), centers on the defeat of the demon. Fire Force highlights the fact that the Second Generations are not inherently weaker than the Third Generation. The second generation can only manipulate already existing flames, while, the third generation can create and manipulate them. Logic would dictate that successive generations would be more powerful, however, I think Fire Force balances the power levels in this series well. 

Lieutenant Hinawa explains that one strategy of the second generation when facing the third is to use their flames to fight them. By concealing the generation to which they belong, they can catch the third generation “off guard.” Shinra releases this as he fights Charon. However, he still has the same problem, his flames don’t work. Inspired by his conversation with Obi, Shinra uses Corna, becoming the first person to harm Charon. Maki and the other faceoff against the demon. Licht creates a strategy to “kill two birds with one stone.” Using the second generation from the 2nd and 5th platoons to gather flames at the center of town. He believes that using the wind and air currents can create flame hot enough to destroy the demon

Licht plans for a firestorm

Maki standing in the center creates a vortex, Licht calls a “firestorm.” As Hinawa lures the demon to the firestorm, Vulcan arrives with the Matchbox. Using the cannon on top, Vulcan and Obi knock the demon into the vortex. Trapped, Hinawa can use the flames from the firestorm to accelerate the velocity to the missile he’s controlling. As the demon reaches the top of the firestorm, its core is pierced by the missile and it explodes. Lieutenant Karim freezes the remaining firestorm leaving a pillar of ice. All that remains the Evangelists. 

These two episodes focus on what the Fire Force does best, high octane action. Each episode successfully balances the many fights that are occurring simultaneously. However, I think it took too long for Shinra to figure out the problem with facing a second generation. That said, I liked the fact that Fire Force reminded us that even with all the new powerful characters, the second-gen. can match them. I still believe that Inca is going to join the Evangelist, especially with Shinra offering her safety. Finally, the humor in Fire Force is flat. Tamaki’s clumsy fanservice and Obi’s inability to aim were ridiculous and distracting. The next episode will likely focus on Arthur more and the conclusion of Charon verses Shinra. However, I don’t think that either fight will result in a conclusion. 

Fire Force 2, Episode 3: Recap and Review