Fire Force Episode 23: Recap and Review

Episode 23 – “Firecat”

Fire Force episode 23 opens with Shinra debriefing Captain Obi, Captain Hibana, and Licht on what Dr. Giovanni said to him in episode 22. Shinra tells them about Leiutenent Konro and heads with Captain Hibana to the 7th. Captain Konro isn’t present, he is headed to a storage shed alone. When they arrive they witness Konro being attacked by a White Clad. Shinra is concerned as the White Clad assaults Konro with a series of fire swords. Due to his tephrosis, Leuitenent Konro is vulnerable. However, when he looks defeated, he K.O’s his enemy with a single sword slash. Konro recalls his encounter with the demon that appeared Asakusa. After he defeated the Infernal he was transported to another dimension. 

Later, Shinra and the others return to Company 7th where Captain Shinmon offers to train the Company 8th, Tamaki, Arthur, and Shinra. He sends Hikage and Hinata to “play” with Tamaki. She not at the same level as Shinra and Arthur so I think it was appropriate. I’m hoping that Tamaki becomes more than just a fanservice vehicle for this series, so I’m excited about the possibilities. While Hinata and Hikage chase Tamaki around, Shinmon ties Shinra and Arthur to pits over a flame. Tamaki flashbacks to her childhood, when she discovered her powers and joined the Fire Force. She’s motivated to “show everyone” especially after Juggernaut’s injuries.  

Tamaki’s breakthrough

Fire Force tries to make Tamaki’s “lucky Lecher Lure” more serious than I think it warrants. It’s a silly argument for fanservice, don’t try to make it into an actual complex. Anyway, Tamaki’s fire cloak adds a partial cat face, as she faces off against the fully cloaked Hinata and Hikage. The following case scene was more impressive than I thought it would be. When she reaches 45 sec. Tamaki has another flashback of her and Shinra. In it, he encourages her to have some self-respect. In her final ten minutes, Tamaki stops and charges the twins. The “unite” and turn into “mother fox.” Tamaki breaks through them with her Nekomata Fireball. Captain Shinmon stops the contest after a minute noting that Tamaki was “suppressing her power.” 


Fire Force Episode 21: Recap and Review

In episode 21 of Fire Force, Dr. Giovanni and gets creepy insect mods.
Dr. Giovanni and his creepy insect mods

Episode 21 – “Enemy Contact”

Juggernaut loses his left hand as well as the feeling in his leg. He thanks Tamaki for giving him “courage.” As he passes out, the Infernal surround them. Tamaki prepares to fight them all to get Juggernaut to the surface. Elsewhere, Company 2 begins to panic as the Infernal overtake them. Suddenly, the Knight of the Purple Haze, Iron appears. Iron reminds me of Pyramid Head from Silent Hill crossed with a Ku Klux Klan member. Hinawa shoots him, comparing him to Arthur. Hinawa’s bullets do not affect. Shinra is attacked by Dr. Giovanni. He’s altered his body to have “increased affinity with the Insects.” Dr. Giovanni reveals that he has two green insect legs. When he’s attacked by two Company 2 members he kills one by stabbing him in the jaw. Fire Force episode 21 seems like it will continue the more horrific themes in episode 20. 

Company 2 has been useless so far and are cannon fodder. Shinra plans on drawing Giovanni away from the others. Dr. Giovanni claims that the White Clad are here for “him,” and he should be concerned with himself. Dr. Giovanni altered his body to have “Hair-pencils,” these organs are used by male moths to utilize pheromones. Dr. Giovanni used this ability to “read human emotional and psychological states.” Somehow this allows him to read Shinra’s mind, I don’t get it, but I’ll go with it. Dr. Giovanni then goes on to rant on how insects are aliens. What is interesting is that this is the second time Fire Force has mentioned something as being “not of this world.” The Evangelist was mentioned as being otherworldly a few episodes ago. Regardless, Dr. Giovanni reveals that he has six insect arms.

The White Clad plans to blow up Tokyo

Elsewhere, Arthur takes on an “army” of Infernals. He weirdly abandoned two wounded members of Company 2. They’re attacked by an Infernal while Arthur interferes in Shinra’s and Dr. Giovanni’s fight. Meanwhile, Hinawa and Takigi Oze continue to fight Iron, who Hinawa suspects is a third-generation pyrokinetic that uses his power “within his body.” Iron can harden his body, allowing bullets to bounce off and creates massive strength. Iron heats and cools his body changing his hardness. Takigi and Hinawa spent most of the time bickering over Maki. When Iron attacks again, Takigi nullifies his flame and Hinawa uses his Ricochet Control to hit his joints. Tamaki continues to battle Infernal, suddenly, two more White Clad appear. When it looks like Tamaki might die, Captain Obi and Gustav Honda, and Vulcan appear. One of the White Clad, Sasori, challenges the “nonpowered” Obi who knocks out Sasori with one blow. Honda does the same to the other White Clad. After they regroup, the crew learns from Licht that the White Clad are planning on blowing up the research facility. 


Fire Force Season 2, Episode 18: Recap and Review

Episode 18 – “The Holy Woman’s Anguish” 

Religion has been at the center of the Fire Force series. The Holy Sol Temple is one of the major institutions in the series along with the Fire Force Companies and Haijima Industries. However, with the revelations on the possible corruption of the Chruch, the faith in the Holy Sol Temple has been shaken. No one’s faith has been altered more than Sister Iris. She has been largely been a minor character at this point. Iris has always had a strong religious faith and performs the prayers needed to allow Infernals to pass on. Iris has had a hard life, surviving a fire that burned down the convent. Despite this, she maintains a happy exterior and is hopeful. Fire Force episode 18 focuses on her. 

His faith is not shaken

Early in the episode, Sister Iris delivers the rights for the wife of a man that became an Infernal. He is visibly shaken but glad that his wife has been given “salvation.” This man’s emotional state is put at ease by his faith in the Holy Sol religion. Shinra accompanies Sister Iris to the Church to baptize the equipment. While there Shinra meets Lieutenant Huo Yan. They discuss how the recent revelations regarding the Holy Sol Temple and the Evangelist. Yan explains that some units have stopped coming to baptisms, even people like Karim. Huo Yan says that he was shocked that the Evangelist was at the head of Holy Sol Temple, but his faith is not shaken. For Yan, he reveres the Sun and fire, “not the Evangelist.” 

We need something to believe in

“People need faith” as what Yan claims. He highlights the importance of “believing” and how you can’t lose with it. Sister Iris and Shinra go to the National Holy Sol Cemetery to pray for her fallen Sister’s Clematis and Sakura. Suddenly, a priest turns into an Infernal while praying. Sister Iris begins the prayer, as Shinra sends the priest to the afterlife. The tragedy shakes one of the nuns. as the father prayed daily. She asks Iris, “Does God have any mercy?” The question is never directly answered but I think Fire Force is showing us the challenge that comes with believing in the Holy Sol religion. The Evangelists is an otherworldly figure, but unlike most God’s she doesn’t want the best for her worshipers. What does this say about her followers? 

That why Fire Force soldiers need Sisters

Shinra tells her that Obi believes that the worst thing about the job is getting used to it. Without Sisters, they would forget that the Infernals were people. He relays the argument that Lieutenant Huo Yan made to him, belief in the Sun, and fire doesn’t require believing in the Evangelists. Sister Iris seems inspired by Yan’s view. She and Shinra return home. Fire Force tackles some serious topics like Religion, faith, and corruption. However, it wastes time on the silly fanservice. This episode is full of it. Shinra objectifies Iris, but White Clad Assault takes the cake. Having been defeated by Tamaki’s “Lucky Lechery,” Assault has prepared himself to defeat her. This part of the episode is unnecessary and silly, but most fanservice is. That said, I did find parts of it to be kinda funny. 

Fire Force Season 2 Episode 17: Recap and Review

Nataku Son fires a powerful blasts in  Fire Force Season 2 Episode 17.
Nataku Son fires a powerful blasts

Episode 17 – ‘Boys, Be Weak’

Fire Force Season 2 Episode 17 shows that Shinra is ineffective against Nataku. The radiation continues to rise as Nataku continues to panic. Nataku reveals that he’s always been under oppressive pressure to succeed. His parent pressured him to be perfect in school, hoping he can become a doctor. However, when he failed to continue to be flawless (he got 87% on one test), his parent didn’t respond well. His mother handed him over to Haijima, expecting him to do well there as well. Nataku believes he has to continue to improve. He then releases a massive amount of radioactive energy, shooting a powerful blast towards the earth. 

Charon the Reflector

Charon has a second-generation ability to absorb kinetic energy and turning it into thermal energy. He’s able to use this ability to reflect that power from Nataku’s attack. The attack is so powerful that it leaves a crater in the moon. Annoyed that Nataku almost killed all the weak people, Korono destroys the Giant Infernal. He tells Nataku not to “get stronger.” This triggers a surprising response from Nataku. He feels free from the pressure to get stronger because Korono doesn’t want him to be stronger. Seeing that Korono is willing to “protect” Nataku, Charon is put at ease. Charon is a complicated character. He sees all the pillars as important and only wants their safety. He’s neutral in this regard. Of course, he’s willing to die for any of them.

You can’t survive with Haijima as your foe

After the devastating events of the Haijima, Licht, Shinra, and Obi met with the President of Haijima. He makes it clear upfront that he would like to form a “united front” to counter the Evangelists. In exchange, he will reconsider the hit he put on Licht. If Shinra is willing to participate in the experiments, Haijima will change the experiments they practice on the children. At one point, the President tells Shinra not to get “too emotional.” This seems to be the central belief of Haijima. To the Haijima Corporation money is the most important. When questioned by Licht on the Amaterasu, Gureo admits that an Adolla Burst user was sacrificed. He argues that the sacrifice of one person is acceptable if it helps 15 million. 

He asks if Amaterasu is shut down what will “become of the people who live in this country?” This does suggest that if the Amaterasu is shut down the first pillar might survive, but it wasn’t confirmed. Suddenly, Vulcan barges in claiming that he can create a new power generator better than the Amaterasu. Gureo Haijima becomes almost childlike (he’s playing a Gameboy like device the whole time) in the hope that Vulcan is right. If he’s right then Haijima will back the 8th. So Haijima will support the 8th as long as they can recoup their profits. While the 8th remains the most “good” of all the organizations, Fire Force continues to introduce complicated moral characters like President Haijima, Charon, and Licht. 

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Fire Force Episode 14: Recap and Review

Episode 14: “The Ashen Reaper”

Kurono using his Right Hand Eclipse in episode 14 of Fire Force
Kurono using his Right Hand Eclipse

I, Victor Licht am a Haijima spy

Fire Force episode 14 opens with Licht reveals that he’s a spy. Obi was already aware. Regardless, Licht spied on Shinra for Haijima. Shinra was taken in by the researches to study him. However, the researchers failed to identify Shinra’s flame as being an Adolla Burst. As a result, the research facility has become more extreme with their experiments. He reveals that the facility ordered him to bring Shinra back, but he hopes to use this opportunity to investigate them. Shinra is winning to help. Obi asks the most pressing question. Which side is Licht supporting, the 8th or Haijima? He responds, both. 

From his viewpoint, he can research the “truth” with Haijima, however, the 8th seems closer to the truth, so he also supports the company. Captain Obi points out that this means he’s with neither. Obi decides that Shinra can’t go alone to Haijima. The next mission for Company 8 will be to investigate Haijima Industries. Elsewhere, at Haijima Industries, we watch as Nataku and Kurono (Reaper) begin to conduct combat tests. 

The Maddest pyrokinetic

Nataku asks “Uncle Reaper,” “when can he go home?” Kurono coldly responds, “when he’s dead.” The threat is supposed to scare Nataku into using his “true power.” Nataku is panicking, breathing heavily while sweating. He begins to imagine Rekka, who encourages him to fight. Nataku recklessly charges at Kurono despite becoming more unstable, the researchers don’t care if he dies. Furthermore, the researches note that Kurono deliberately works for them “just so he can pick on children.” More concerning is that Kurono rivals the power of Benimaru. 

Later he reveals himself to be a coward. He claims that he enjoys harming those weaker than him because he “doesn’t have to worry about getting hurt.” Kurono can’t wait to face Shinra, since he’s “weaker.” Kurono doesn’t know that Shinra has an Adolla Burst. His first encounter with Shinra should shock him. Licht explains that Kurono is the “Maddest” pyrokinetic.  

Entering the Haijima Facility

As Shinra and Licht enter the Haijima facility they notice that they’re being watched. It seems implausible that they would be able to leave of their own accord and they know it. Licht knows that he’s supposed to die after he brings Shinra in. Licht is amoral. His goal is to get the “truth,” and he’s willing to use anyone to get it. The only person he seems to care about at all is Joker. While inside, Shinra receives an Adolla Link from Nataku. Shinra and Kurono prepare to engage in combat. Kurono uses his tephrosis to spread black smoke. He activates his Right-Hand Eclipse attack which causes Shinra to bleed. 

The black smoke can damage him somehow. Shinra uses his speed but Kurono can block his attack. Kurono explains that the black smoke connects to his sense, allowing him to respond to “minute fluctuations.” Shinra attacks in rapid succession, increasing his firepower with each hit. However, none of the hits work. Suddenly, Kurono turns the black smoke into solid weapons. Kurono is enjoying “weakening” Shinra and disregards the researcher’s request to stop. The most interesting aspect of this show continues to be characters like Shinra and Licht. The researchers and Kurono are easy to root against but their flat characters. Regardless, I still would like to see how or if Shinra can win. I predict that Kurono escapes. 

Fire Force Episode 13: Recap and Review

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

Fire Force Episode 12: Recap and Review

Benimaru prepares to battle the Shadows in episode 12 of Fire Force
Benimaru prepares to battle the Shadows

Episode 12 – Shadows Cast by Divine Light

The animation in Fire Force is always top tier from the first scene. You could instantly tell that this episode was a step up in quality. Benimaru gets up and quickly knocks his assailant out. He and Joker begin to advance. Benimaru destroys the monks. Joker reveals some information on the operations of the Holy Sol. Suddenly, the masked Holy Sol Shadows surround them. The group is the secret assassin arm of the Holy Sol Temple. The Shadows wear harlequins uniforms and white mouthless masks. It’s a striking look that’s also creepy. Joker used to be a member of this group. In a flashback, we see the abuse Joker suffers at the hands of the Commander. Joker craves strength in a world that he doesn’t understand. He’s obsessed with why the world “sucks” the way it does. 

Joker verses the Commander

In the present, Joker faces off against his old Commander. He leaves the rest of the Shadows for Benimaru to handle. The fight is impressive as Benimaru dominates the Shadows. However, they continue to get up and fight. Meanwhile, Joker uses his cards against the Commander’s “zigzag” sword. According to Joker, the sword creates “disruptions in air currents caused by its erratic blade movements.” This causes the flame to become difficult to read. The Commander is lulled into a false sense of security. However, Joker is using the smoke from his cigarettes to induce a hallucination. This episode does depict some stunning visuals. The camera angles become more dramatic, as bright colors dance across the screen. This effect does the Shadows but not Benimaru.

Taking advantage of the moment, Joker severs the hand of the Commander. The blood begins to squirt out of his arm. It’s a dramatic scene as the blood falls like rain. Joker then cuts the Commander into little pieces, leaving him in a pile. Having enacted revenge on his former tormenter, Joker prepares to face a stronger opponent, Captain Burns. 

Fire Force Episode 11: 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


Fire Force Episode 10: Recap and Review

The pillars in episode 10 of Fire Force
The pillars

Episode 10 – The Woman in Black

Shinra is given the second of grace from the Dark Clad Women. However, before he attacks, we learn that the Evangelists want to destroy the world with fire. Blessed with grace, Shinra explodes with speed as his body is broken down to the particle level. At this moment, Shirna goes back in time to witness Tempe’s past. He was a victim of the Great Cataclysm. Having lost his family, status, and wealth, he travels to the spatial rift. There he encounters the Evangelists. He begs her for “a return to joy,” she releases an insect that pierces his chest and transforms him into the demon. Shinra destroys him with the remaining grace. 

Shinra and the woman have another conversation via Adolla Link. She tells him that she was once human. However, she was “enkindled with an Adolla Burst” by an Evangelist’s insect. She repaired the Tabernacle however, it had existed for 250 years at that point. The women in black believes that the Evangelists have been manipulating mankind for centuries, resulting in numerous religions. She thanks Shinra for saving the forest. The Fire Force regroups as Licht, Pan, and Shinra discuss how the first pillar came to be and what the Holy Sol Temple and Haijima could be hiding. 

The Holy Sol Temple’s deception

The Fire Force says farewell to Scop as they complete their mission. As Shinra thinks about the girl in Amaterasu, Licht notes that if she is inside then a “contradiction is created in the dogma and scripture of the Holy Sol Temple.” This means that the Prologue of the Great Cataclysm is false. Shinra and the rest of the team return to their respective forces. This exposes a lot of new conflicts. First, the narrative that the Holy Sol Temple is now in question and they may have killed the first pillar. I’m also more curious about her life story. Fire Force Company 8 has always been presented as a possible problem for the establishment. I wonder how the Holy Sol Temple will respond. 

Fire Force Episode 9: Recap and Review

Fire Force Episode 9: Recap and Review

The Great Cataclysm

Episode 9 of Fire Force opens with a retelling of the events of the Great Cataclysm starting with the prologue. After the world is engulfed in flames it becomes covered in ash. One man appears Raffles I. He searches with his disciples for light. They discover the “unsullied flame.” In chapter 2, Raffles uses this flame to create Amaterasu. Suddenly, we are back in the Tabernacle. It turns out that despite his stupidity, Arthur memorizes Pi. He’s able to read the tables but they’re unsure what they mean. Meanwhile, Ogun, Shinra, and Tamaki put the Infernals to death. The Demon Infernal becomes enraged and attacks Tamaki.

Juggernaut intervenes and the Demon punches a hole through his chests. Or at least we’re lead to believe that. It seems that Juggernaut’s uses “layers” to build his size. I thought like many people probably did that he had died. However, after watching it a second time I realize there wasn’t any blood. Regardless, it’s a surprisingly funny moment. Recognizing how tough the Fire Force is, the Demon creates a scythe, blocking Shinra’s attack. Shinra receives another adolla Link from the devilish woman. Inside the Tabernacle, Licht is terrorized by the energy he feels from inside. They notice a “white feather arrow” key stuck in a keyhole. 

The meaning of sacrifice

Arthur sees seven more lined up next them. Pan and Licht realized that together that makes eight arrows and that the white arrow represents “sacrifice.” Licht concludes that the source of Amaterasu’s power is a person that possesses the Adolla Burst. They assume that the Woman in Black is the sacrifice inside the Tabernacle. Outside Shinra realizes the same thing. Shinra begs Ogun to “buy him some time.” Ogun takes off his uniform and uses his Flamy Ink. Tamaki explains that with this power he’s able to rival the power of Captain Burns. His speed and firepower are dramatically increased. While he dominates the Demon he doesn’t seem to do much damage. 

It’s an impressive action sequence. Shinra comes into contact with the woman in black and learns that she only has enough power to give him “one second of grace.” Shinra believes it’s more than enough time. This was a very good episode. It expanded the universe, explained the source of a Tabernacle’s power, and showed us some of Ogun’s strength. Considering how long “anime time” can be I expect one second’s worth of power will be enough. I’m interested to see what Shinra does with it. 

Fire Force Episode 8: Recap and Review