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Fire Force Season 2, Episode 24: Recap and Review

Captain Hague meets his end of Fire Force episode 24.
Captain Hague meets his end

Episode 24 – “Signs of Upheaval”

Fire Force season 2 episode 24 is the last episode of the second season. Benimaru runs Shinra and Arthur to the point of exhaustion. The demand to know “what the point of this training is.” Benimaru tells them he doesn’t know. Enraged, they attack him. It pleases Benimaru that they have finally used their anger. Despite their assault, Benimaru can still dominate them. He warns them not to “let their guards down.” Having taught them the “Breath of Life” Benimaru intends to teach them the “Pressure of Death.” The three spar for five hours, leaving Arthur and Shinra exhausted. However, Benimaru tells them that the “Superfire training” is just starting. After reaching his limit, Shinra loses consciousness, and he surrounds himself with Acala flames.

Within the flames, Shinra sees his Demon Infernal mother carrying his brother Sho. He then realises that he only has one life and can die. He doesn’t want to lose again and vows to get stronger. Arthur and Shinra both awaken new powers appearing to develop blue flames. Meanwhile, Kayoko points out that Konro’s flames aren’t special and it’s likely that there’s a connection is between Great Cataclysm’s that occurred in Asakusa and Soichiro. The “scarred” are now targets for the White-Clad this includes Joker, Leonard Burns, Soichiro Hague, and Konro Sagamiya. Soichiro Hague fights against the White-Clads “butcher.” The White-Clad member Gold has a gold arm and the ability to make her arm magnetic. She uses this to levitate objects and assassinates Hague.

He’s found by his subordinates hanging from the ceiling with metal nails protruding from his body. Shinra receives an Adolla Link where he learns of Hague’s death. He collapses, along with Arthur. They put captain Hague to rest, but they cover his death up as a suicide. Back in Asakusa, Captain Benimaru warns Konro that the White-Clad will return. He accepts that the empire must come together, even if it’s only for the sake of Asakusa and the 8th. The Stigma arc centers on those that have scars from Adolla Links. Fire Force often alludes to religion images, and Stigma is the latest one. In religion, stigma is a “mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” So far, the White-Clad has killed one of the two targets. This latest arc is just getting started, but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.


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Fire Force Episode 22: Recap and Review

Shinra looking demonic after Dr. Giovanni mentions Sho in episode 22 of Fire Force.
Shinra looking demonic after Dr. Giovanni mentions Sho

Episode 22 – “Plot for Extinction”

Fire Force episode 22 opens with Arthur and Shinra fighting the creepy Dr. Giovanni. Shinra strikes him with firey kicks, and Arthur uses Violet Flash. However, Dr. Giovanni avoids it by reading Arthur’s pheromones. He counters with Bombardier Beetle, spraying hot gas at the pair. Giovanni goes on to reveal the Evangelist’s plan. He claims that the Toyko Empire, Holy Sol Temple, and the Amaterasu were created for her plan. Dr. Giovanni triggers Shinra’s wrath when he tells him that Sho is waiting to be a sacrifice for the Great Cataclysm.

Shinra goes off, striking the doctor at high speeds. However, each hit doesn’t appear to have any effect. When Shinra tells him that he “sensed” Dr. Giovanni’s bloodlust, Giovanni becomes excited. This proves that they connected and he managed to use the Adolla. Shinra isn’t concerned that Dr. Giovanni can use Adolla, he is confused as it means that Lieutenant Konro has experience Adolla. 

Maki Oze absorbing the flames

Konro didn’t tell Shinra that he experienced an Adolla Burst. The question for the rest of the season is why. Regardless, Dr. Giovanni informs them that the Evangelist resides in the Adolla. He questions how they could stop her if she’s in another world. Elsewhere, Ritsu prepares to destroy Tokyo. Licht explains that she plans on using the Munroe-Neumann effect. It requires a cone-shaped explosion that results in a powerful jet that can blow a hole into anything.

To stop the explosion, the direction of the jet must change. A second generation pyrokinetic is necessary, specifically Maki. She arrives much to the disappointment of her brother. He reveals that his apprehension isn’t just rooted in concern for his sister, but due to casual sexism. He simply doesn’t think women should be in danger. Maki isn’t having any of it. She steps up to risk her life because that’s what her job is as a fire force member. 

Dr. Giovanni after Arthur cuts him in half

Maki proves her worth

Despite Maki’s help, the other fire force members must stop the flames that are produced. Otherwise, they will all get burned to death. Licht says that if both Oze siblings are “in sync” they could redirect the flames. As the Infernals blow up, Maki collects the surrounding flames. Along with her brother, they re-direct them into the Earth. Through Geometric dissipation, the flames are cooled. Elsewhere, Shinra and Arthur realize that the rest of the fire force has successfully avoided tragedy.

Arthur goes into some kind of mindless trance called “Non-self,” and he cuts Dr. Giovanni in half. This doesn’t kill Giovanni and he escapes after releasing a swarm of bugs. Juggernaut will survive but has lost his right hand, left leg, and has burns and cuts. Maki rejoins the 8th as her family learns to accept her decision. Finally, the military decides that it must join the Fire Force to combat the White Clad. After the last two arcs, the Fire Force has established alliances with the Haijima Industries and the Military. It seems like they will need all the help they can get. 

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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. 


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Fire Force Episode 19 and 20: Recap and Review

The Nether Zone

Fire Force episode 19 begins a new arc focusing on the Nether. Maki takes center stage. Her father, General Danro Oze, receives a report from the Special Fire Force. He’s an intimidating figure. The Oze family get together for the first time in years. They mock Maki’s appearance for being too buff. Regardless, the dynamic of the Oze family is typical. Her brother heads down into the Nether to investigate the strange smells coming from the area. Along with his colleague, they investigate the strange smells coming from the equipment room. Inside they find Infernal insects and realize that it was a White Clad lab. Suddenly, a White Clad suicide bomber appears and kills himself. The lab is destroyed but Maki’s brother survived. General Oze upon hearing this, demands that the Military be involved in investigating the White Clad.

The 8th is asked to join a joint mission into the Nether. Maki receives orders from the military to return. She doesn’t want to go but when Hinawa tells her to go back she relents. After introductions, Special Fire Force Company 2 and Company 8 explore the Nether together. Fire Force episode 20 focuses on this exploration. This episode was strange. It felt like it had a horror element to it and it felt like it was more bloody than the series is generally. The companies encounter Infernals. The second company open fires and are quickly overwhelmed. I was shocked that they were so quickly defeat considering that they’re military and Maki is so skilled. The episode makes a weird decision. Several of the company 2 members get short flashbacks, one with his fiance, another with his pregnant wife, and the last one with his sneaker. 

Juggernaut verses Orochi

They all are killed by Infernals and reanimated by Ritsu. The scene may have been intended to be funny but it was awkwardly executed. Platoon Leader Hajiki is given more introduction than his company 2 comrades but he’s then decapitated by a White Clad, Orochi. Enraged, Juggernaut overcomes his cowardice and attacks Orochi. At first, he creates a machine gun, but its countered by Orochi’s Medusa Whip. She then begins to strike at Juggernaut’s inflated body, drawing blood. Juggernaut’s ability to regenerate his uniform is never explained but borders on the ridiculous. Regardless, he’s able to use this ability effectively. Juggernaut can hit Orochi with a massive bomb resulting in the obliteration of Orochi. It’s not clear that what happened to Juggernaut, but it appears that he may not survive. 


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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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