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

Fire Force Episode 8: Recap and Review

The Demon Infernal appears in Fire Force Episode 8
The Demon Infernal

Protect the Forest

Shinra hears a voice during the Adolla Link that whispers “protect the forest.” Scop tells the story of their “benefactor.” After the Great Cataclysm 250 years ago, Scop meets a human woman. She claims to have come from “beyond the spatial rift,” to recreate the world. She gives them flame, ends their hunger, and extends their lives. Eventually, she repairs the Tabernacle, creating the Oasis. Scop and the others keep the Tabernacle safe, waiting for her to return. Shinra deduces that the voice belongs to her. Suddenly, the encounter an Infernal.

Infernals want to destroy the world

Licht is attacked by them but is rescued by Pan and Shinra. They’re besieged by a group of Infernals and Hellhounds. Ogun and Arthur defeat them without much effort. Shockingly, one of the Infernals begins to speak. Lieutenant Pan asks one of the Infernals to live in “harmony” with the animals. However, the Infernals believe that the Tabernacle was built to “destroy the world.” They plan to blow it up. Confused, Shinra and Arthur suggest that maybe the woman was evil. Scop tells them that this isn’t possible. Elsewhere, a Demon Infernal orders his followers to kill the Fire Force. The group decided to split up. Licht, Arthur, and Pan search inside the Tabernacle, while the other face the Infernals outside.

What’s the meaning of Pi?

While searching the inside they get trapped. Outside Shinra, Ogun, Tamaki, and Juggernaut are surrounded by Infernals and Hellhounds. The Demon Infernal plans on destroying everything so it can go to heaven. Unable to die, the Demon Infernal hopes that the aftershock from the destroyed Tabernacle will kill him. Shinra accepts that they must fight. He’s quickly overwhelmed by the Demon’s power. Shinra and the others are well aware that they can currently produce the power needed to kill the Demon Infernal themselves. Suddenly, Shinra receives another Adolla Link. Meanwhile, Arthur, Pan, and Licht investigate the numbers of sequences on the stone tablets. They’re are shocked to learn that Arthur can read them.

Fire Force Episode 7: Recap and Review

Fire Force Episode 7: Recap and Review

Arriving at the Chinese Peninsula

Fire Force Episode 7 marks the beginning of the Chinese Peninsula arc. The Fire Force hopes to discover more information regarding the Adolla Burst. The Fire Force members, particularly Arthur, Ogun, and Shinra, are excited to be in a new land. In Road to the Oasis, the Fire Force team quickly get to work. Their first goal is to head toward the spatial rift. Neglecting to wear a face mask, most of the crew, are affected by the gas emitted from the land. They appear stoned, laughing, screaming “Hell Yeah,” Tamaki imagines that she’s talking to her mother, and Juggernaut destroys a stone pillar with his missiles. 

After they calm down, they encounter another strange sight. A talking mole being chased by a giant worm. Forced out of the Oasis, the mole must steal to survive. With the worm now chasing the Fire Force crew, Ogun and Shinra are sent to distract it. This turns out to be our big action sequence. It’s particularly interesting because we haven’t seen many of Ogun’s abilities yet. The newest member uses his Yoruba Spears along with a hoverboard to fly. The moment is a cool intro but is mostly just that. We’ll have to wait to see Ogun’s full power. Regardless, they escape. 

The Sea of Infernals

The mole, Scop, explains that Oasis has water and plant life. However, they have been driven away. Suddenly, four crows fly overhead and Scop flags down one named Yata. Also a talking animal, Yata explains that most animals can’t talk, but he doesn’t know why. Meanwhile, Shinra and Ogun notice a sea of orange lights scattered across the ground. Upon further examination, Shinra realizes that they’re all Infernals. Considering exercising the Infernals, Shinra is told by Yata that the ground is unstable and they could fall into the lava underneath. Shinra accepts that they won’t be able to safely put the Infernals at peace.

The following morning they head to the Oasis. Yata shows Shinra the Tabernacle, an Amaterasu like the one found in the Tokyo Empire. Scop shows them more of the Oasis. Lieutenant Pan and Shinra get into a disagreement about how to approach the Evangelists. Pan believes that the Fire Force’s main purpose isn’t to get into conflict because they’re not the military. Up until this point we where lead to believe that the reason that Scop, Yata, and the other animals were forced out of the Oasis was due to the Evangelist. However, it turns out that they pushed out by Infernal dogs called Hell Hounds. Scop warns them that the hell hounds “boss is worst,” as Shinra receives an Adolla Link

Fire Force Episode 6: Recap and Review

Fire Force Episode 6: Recap and Review

The new Fire Force team
The new Fire Force team

Episode 6 of Fire Force brings the search and capture of the fifth pillar to an end. Inca wishing to find greater levels of danger chooses to join the White Evangelists. To symbol her official evil turn, Inca kills her former accomplice, Panda. It’s a brutal moment but marks the episode’s best-animated scene. I thought it was odd that Shinra glossed over Inca’s willingness to join the White Robes, suggesting that she was “taken away” by them. Regardless, Company 8 realizes that they don’t know much about the eight pillars or the motives of the White Evangelists. Viktor Licht aims to find out more about the Adolla Burst.

The other companies plan to assist, although Captain Leonard Burns suggests that the 1st is too religious to helpfully. As a result, Karim has to sneak out and Tamaki joined the 8th under the “pretext of being suspended.” Most of the other companies are handicapped in one way or the other. Regardless, multiple companies are working together on a joint operation to discover more about the pillars. The newly formed team will be heading to the Chinese Peninsula. Having never left Tokyo, Shinra is excited to see the outside world. Joining the team will be Team Leader Ogun Montgomery, Takeru Noto, Arthur Boyle, Shinra, Tamaki, Viktor, and Purt Co Pan. There wasn’t much else to this episode, but it was mostly used to transition to a new arc. 

Fire Force Episode 4 & 5: 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


Fire Force 2, Episode 3: Recap and Review

Inca, the fifth pillar in episode 3 of Fire Force
Inca, the fifth pillar

In episode 3 of Fire Force, the fifth pillar emerges. So far the series has revealed the first pillar, Hitohashira-me, the second pillar, Haumea, the third, Sho, the fourth Shinra. We are now introduced to the fifth. Her name is Inca and she has an odd view of life. Inca can “see” the path of flames that allow her to avoid them and to locate future fires. She uses her ability to “predict” when they will break out, then extorts the victims. Her antics haven’t gone unnoticed. She was known for arriving at scenes before the Fire Soldiers. They correctly deduce that she must be the fifth pillar due to her unique powers. 

After experiencing the Great Fire, Inca decides to value life above all else. However, she appears to love being surrounded by danger. Inca is selfish, greedy, and a bit sociopathic. When she learns that a “sea of flame” will engulf an entire area, she becomes excited. Regardless, both the Evangelists and Fire Force pursue her. Charon and Haumea are the first to locate her. However, Charon is unable to convince her to join. Charon is an interesting character. He can be menacing in one moment and absent-minded in another. 

Charon also seems very comfortable with violence, brutally killing Inca’s friend Sancho. Overall, he’s a rather hulking figure. Shinra eventually encounters Charon in this episode. While being immuned to all of Shinra’s attacks, he’s able to overpower Shinra with powerful kicks. Unfortunately, their fight isn’t completed. Shinra appears outmatched and I don’t like his chances. Regardless, the question is which side will Inca choose. Based on her behavior, I think she’ll join the Charon and the Evangelists. 

Fire Force 2, Episode 2: Recap and Review