I really thought this was going to be different from your typical small deal shonen series. The first two episodes were fun as heck. Supernatural firefighters fought against flames with axes and machine guns while nuns tried to tame them with "holy water". Exactly the type of nonsense I am into, easy to enjoy, I thought.
But then the show showed its true colors. Incredibly unfitting and unnecessary ecchi fanservice and boob fondling. Soulless comedic reliefs. Dialogue is constantly masked as story-telling/backstory narrative in a manner so pathetic that it seems like a parody, whilst lessening the genuity of the characters. Illogical story events are there
pushing the narrative in preferred direction. Teleporting villains. Asspulled mystery elements that seem to exist just so that the series won't entirely fall under monster of the week formula, and to give the audience at least one reason to watch the next episode -- yet entirely failing to stop the series from feeling repetitive. Build up and world building are greatly missing, making the series very flat and its content insignificant.
Then we have the directing which deserves its own paragraph, or two (more specifically three), because it's seriously goddamn weird.
Scenes are missing entire animation sequences, and scenes play out so randomly, so quickly and so illogically that it almost seems like there is no continuity. This because the directing is all over the place. We're jumping from scene to another either at ludicrous tempo or alternatively waiting for one unnecessary long to reach its end, because it can go on forever. So incredibly many events occur in every episode, they are filled with content, but afterwards, it feels like you didn't really watch anything. It's entirely mixed back and lacking vision to an extent that it makes the entire story board seem way worse than it's on script.
The creativity and overall style is a bonus, but when obviously half-assedly created scenes (such as the entire mid section of episode 3) exist in the meantime, things become super inconsistent, and, more than anything, the high points appear as try-hard attempts to create style-over-substance content. This is how the style stops being a bonus and becomes the only good thing to look forward to, but, unfortunately, very often it's not even worth the wait. In case you have no idea what I am referring to, let me explain what I've spotted:
There are even scenes which come with insanely detailed and fluid animation that are followed by a mid scene still wallpaper (with absolutely no artistic relevance to the scene itself) and then continued with legit animation one second later, but with production values that seem to be from totally different anime. They skip up to 30-second-long scenes by implementing in-between stills in this manner. It's lame and so painfully obvious. You could take 50 screenshots from episode 4, and have people guessing which anime they are from and no one would guess they all lead back to one single series. The artistic approach changes between One Punch Man Season 01 and 02 from scene to another. I can't recall seeing anything this extreme before and I surely don't see this as a good thing. In fact, it made me feel dizzy. I don't think I could marathon this show without legit needing to vomit. It's simply too much to take. And needless to say, with all of these, things like tension and atmosphere are returning 404. Show me the man who planned this disaster and I will kindly, yet firmly, ask them to stop. This is not how you do anime, Jesus Christ.
I could list down more issues and I could forgive some of these to certain extent, after all, it's not like modern anime doesn't come with their own problems, but the point is; there are no strong pros here. Only wide variety of beginner-level mistakes, some experimental directing which is totally gross and very little anything to counter these problems with. What we have at hand is yet another serial production shonen that shows no heart or passion. Perhaps Bones should have been in charge of this because they currently produce the most consistent art work in the industry and Fire Force would really need some. To be more accurate, there are no problems with the audio. SFX, BGM and seiyuu work are all decent (tho, I wouldn't have picked this voice for the nun), and especially the sound mixing stands out for positive reasons, because in action series, the balance of music and SFX is highly important, and it's nailed here. But that's a mild solace.
The characters never had potential personalities, but in the beginning they seemed to be quite a fun bunch of folks due to their insane firefighting techniques. I was hyped for the entertainment value of this partially mindless action and thought it could carry the series. Now we have neko-eared fanservice girl, religious waifubait (with everlasting, ever-so-subtle blush on her face), and firefighter teenager with jedi-sword. Boooo-ring. Personally, I care very little about any of them. Solid reasons to care have not been offered, and I haven't found alternatives myself. The dialogue is really not helping either. Most of the potentially interesting side characters are becoming invisible and their potentially entertaining sides being pushed away.
Then we have the real mc who doesn't have much going on. Devil but actually a good guy who wants to be "a hero". Basically copy-paste of Ao no Exorcist. The lack of factors that make you care about him, make him relatable or worth of caring about further makes the series feel more distant and less significant. MC is the type of character whose persona is cut down to naivete due to his moral compass, but even that side of him can only be found deep under his skin, because this dude's presence is almost nonexistent. Even if the massive room for character development gets realized, you just won't see anything new. After these few episodes, I can say this with utmost certainty, because when so many basic things are wrong, seeing improvement that leads all the way to the other end of the scale is lottery. The cast is not impressive, and the delivery even less. The "villains" have also reached a point where they can be completely dull and unconvincing. At worst, they feel filler-ish. "I came here to be beaten by one of the main characters, so you folks can do his character introduction."
I expected much more from the man who created Soul Eater, because I enjoyed that show enough to watch it twice. And I really hoped this would be the first David Production show -that is not Jojo- which I could approve of. It momentarily fooled me into thinking that this was going to be the case, but it changed my mind fast and looks like it will not be doing that again. Not even slowly. I conclude that everything that was worth of my time in this series has already been shown because it just keeps getting worse. It's a real shame because the backdrops, original design, and color pallet really had some fantastic things to offer at times. + the ED is my personal favorite from this season, but what can you do.
I was looking forward to watching Fire Force with all the PV teasers and with David Productions listed under. I made it something I shouldn't miss.
Boy, was I wrong.
I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. Not much detail necessary to get the message through why this adaptation is shit.
Pacing, pacing, pacing. I'm pretty sure the director doesn't know the meaning of pacing. It's like I'm watching a generic Hollywood action movie that wanted to get on the hype train just because. Either the show is cutting shots literally every fucking second or it holds a still way too long making everything feel
awkward. There is no direction in the scenes, it could go from the character sexually assaulting another character to a full blown fire fight with a main villain without a moment passing.
The story barely fucking exists cause, well the pacing so weird I can't tell what's happening half the time. So much happens in the episode but nothing happens at all. Can't tell it's suppose to be plot, fanservice or a fight scene.
While the animation itself looks good especially in the fights, it just makes it that much worst imaging how good the adaptation if better care was given.
There is nothing really much more I can say before this review turns into a full on rant. I even gave it 6 episodes just for this review since my earlier review was removed and it is still one of slowest experiences I've had watching any type of shows. Coming from viewer who's spent significant time on Slice of Lifes, I don't see how anyone could watch this show for a "fast paced action Shonen".
There are a lot of things that can be said about Fire Force, most of which will be said over and over during its run. We're only 6 episodes in, but with every discussion thread comes a new wave of comments praising the animation quality or questioning the inclusion of a character who's primary role is to provide fan service. Rather than restate everything that's been said about this show, I will go with a simple statement:
Fire Force is entertaining as hell.
I came late to the Soul Eater train by about 8 years, but I blazed through the anime and finished the manga twice as
fast. I loved every second of it, despite its flaws. I only started reading Fire Force when the anime was announced, and I was pretty much immediately hooked from the first chapter. When I learned that David Productions (plus a lot of Shaft talent) would be doing this show instead of a studio like Bones, I can't say I wasn't disappointed.
However, DavidPro straight up punched me in the mouth with both the previews and the gorgeous first episode, and I found myself once again sucked into the world I had grown to love over the past few months. There's something about Atsushi Ohkubo that allows him to create a world and a power system for that world that evokes pure, intense hype. The way the action flows, the silly nature of each character contrasted with hard-hitting serious moments; I think his works have such strong cores that anything he builds around that can shine, and Fire Force is no exception.
Despite the relatively static non-action shots, the world feels alive, and in a completely different way from Soul Eater. Whether it's the settings or the situations, the first 4 episodes have managed to create an interesting and frankly unsettling world that needs serious intervention from our heroes. Adding the Shaft influence onto that base (mostly in the shot direction) only makes it feel that much more mysterious and begging to be explored. Every minute both satisfies my hunger and leaves me wanting more. I can only hope that the rest of the episodes are as impressive as these 4.
That being said, Fire Force definitely has its share of problems. If you're more a fan of Soul Eater's "bouncy" nature, especially in the non-action segments, you'll probably be disappointed with the lack of movement in Fire Force outside of the fights. The story tends to feel like a means to an end rather than a coherent, well-paced plot. Along with that, many of the characters are either fairly generic or not particularly interesting at this point. There's a ton of room for growth, of course, but the base matters a ton. Although I don't think the characters are anything special, I do find them entertaining, and I think the overall group chemistry is fun.
Right now, there is no seasonal show on my watch list that entertains me as much as Fire Force, and I have a feeling that will continue throughout its run.
Ive posted this review for the last 2 weeks updating it as each episode came out. Now that this can officially stay up here this will be my finalized review of Fire Force with the 6th episode. The next time I will update this will be when the anime finishes (If I don't drop it by then).
New era anime really took a dive in almost everything except animation. Can't recall any anime from 2016-Present that would be a front runner in a Top 25 anime list. The only anime from 2016 to current day that has the ability to be on that list is Mob
Psycho, My Hero Academia and Your Name (Maybe Erased). The best anime from these past years have been sequels (or prequels) to pre 2016 anime and that is embarrassing. Fire Force has added to this train of bad anime that couldn't live up to the hype. All action and no backbone. Fire Force is an anime I recall as "meat head action anime". The two front runners of this season of anime are Fire Force and Dr. Stone. Both so far are disappointing but Fire Force has only gotten worse. Dr. Stone has already laid down the hardware of what the anime's end goal is. Fire Force is still confused on what direction they want to take. I understand there has only been 6 episodes so I'll give it time but as for the current 6, this is a major flop.
From what they have given us so far the story is cool but has a lot of generic elements. Fire fighters fighting humans that burst into flames. There are multiple squadrons and of course some of them are more sinister than the others. It seems the 8th squadron is the most kept out in terms of knowledge of the Infernals (What are the odds) and want to discover the secrets the other squadrons are keeping such from them. Cool concept, awful delivery so far. (Episode 6 update) Now they are using such cliche ways to keep people motivated and watching. They pull out the psychological card which just makes me cringe on how hard they are trying to pull together the story. Spoiler, it doesn't work. It's misplaced and just fails. The story is losing its originality and becoming more of a cliche shounen.
Best part about Fire Force is the animation and art. I will admit it is impressive but that is to be expected because of technology advancements. The more years go by the better animation should get and this is an example of good animation. the art is colorful at times and the setting is unique. I will be expected just as good animation in the following episodes.
Sound and Art go hand in hand when it comes to making an anime and the sound doesn't disappoint either. Nothing to complain about.
Cliche fan service girl that probably had a dark past and pretends to be all nice and friendly to hide their grief? Check. Cliche always serious badass (Can't forget the tinted glasses)? Check. Cliche meat head jock? Check. Cliche happy go lucky mc that runs into a fight without a plan? Check. Cliche childhood rival only used to make the mc irritated? Check. Cliche cutesy priestess? Check. Don't even get me started on the cliche, "My mom died and i'm here to avenge her death" back story of the mc. The anime jumped straight into the first mission without giving hardly any information on the team. All they gave was names and in the first 5 minutes of the first god damn episode their already on a mission... Slow down and let us settle in on the setting and get some character development. Many of you would argue of course that the lack of episodes explains this. And to that I say... Isn't that what the first few episodes are suppose to be about? The first few episodes introduce the characters and give background info and lets the watcher settle in on the surroundings and characters THEN you can jump into the missions. They just now introduced the evil 5th squadron and if I didn't think the characters were bad, I f*%^ing hate these guys. Cliche villains with a smart mouth but no back bone. Typical ally/enemy type deal. By this point I could care less if the entire squad got wiped out. I wouldn't even bat and eyelash. Sorry about going on a tangent but this was my biggest gripe of this anime.
Theres no drive to what they do. They just throw in characters and just force us to accept their there and move on with it. Shinra and the captain are the only characters that have a motive to fight. And they JUST now implement the reason for the priestess becoming a fire fighter? The others are just there cause why not. Can't enjoy a fight or emotional talk if there is no emotion at all. Like I said, "meat head action". And if any of the characters do have a motive they should have explained so earlier in the anime. Should not be explaining why the character is there 6+ episodes into the anime. That is bad delivery. Another annoying concept they do is the quick jump between scenes. They want to create the illusion that the anime is fast paced and action packed but just leaves the audience confused on why and what the characters are doing. They jump from scene to scene and that does A) take away emotion from each respected scene and B) Makes everyone forget or confused on whats going on and for some reason people think this is a way to get people on the edge the whole time. Confusing and rushed, bleh. I can't believe people are actually saying this anime will take over and be the best new gen anime. That is mind boggling people actually say that with a straight face.
Nothing needs to be said that hasn't already been. Very mediocre anime that failed to the hype. Lets hope they make a miracle of a comeback cause i'm ready to drop it.
Story: 7 For an easy comparison, this is a lot like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba where its a good shounen with some fun twists added to the theming, in this case we are looking at super powered fire fighters vs demon fires. They do sadly cut out some lines that I feel gave the story more emotion (one being the father being on fire saying welcome home) but other then that they seem to be taking their time following the manga to a T. Also I feel the comedy is hit or miss but for the most part is executed well, at least from
4 onwards, ep 1-3 being a little weak.
Art:10 David productions is goddamn at it again with their beyond beautiful to watch animation, a particular favorite of mine is when they explain the back story to the fires and goddamn are those few sec panels a goddamn joy to just pause and stare at. The action is dynamic and smooth as heel(the MC breakdances this opponents) and this anime is filled to the brim with beautiful explosions and flames in general, also something interesting will be if the anime reaches the point where the powers get very theoretical, so it will be fun to see how DP handles that.
Sound: 9 The crackling of all the fire is enjoyable to listen to. In general there are a surprising amount of silent pauses in the show which also lets you appreciate all the ambient noises they decided to put in, cigar mans smoke is great. Music is nothing special but fits all the moments in the right ways.
Character: 8 This is a shounen but they make sure to put interesting twists on characters though I sorta find how they are handling glasses lieutenant a bit strangely. The show makes sure all the characters have interesting characteristics and have rules to their powers which is always nice as it makes the whole world feel more tangible. But in terms of tropes well there are a lot of them though they seem to be done well. Also man they make sure to emphasize the MC worried smile face which produces some great goddamn art.
Enjoyment: 8 The show is a blast to watch if you love shounens with bombastic action which stills has a over arcing plotline. Plus the show makes sure to have enough uniqueness to stand out from other shounen. I find the pacing to be a little off sometimes, usually during the exposition moments so who cares.
Overall: 8 This is a fantastic adaptation of an already interesting, fun to read manga and I would highly recommend this for anybody looking for an interesting shounen with great animation.
So this is a typical Shounen with the dead parents, dead sister/brother, dead everything setting (feels like a disney movie lol)
Like why do we need this? Fire Force is just as a generic shounen as Kenja no Mago is a generic isekai. These motivations, the rivalry between the two young boys everything is just generic. When I watched the anime I felt like "Why would i watch this? I have already seen Ao no Exorcist." and yeah the two is literally the same thing. At the beginning the protagonists family gets killed by a "Demon" and this becomes his motivation to become an exorci... fire
fighter, he has a "rival" just as edgy as him and life goes on.
The characters are a joke. There is the good hearted squad captian, the strict lieutenant, the fanservice 1, the blonde and always blushing priestess, the edgy rival and later in episode 3 fanservice 2 gets introduced.
Why is so many fanservice in this show? I dont hate fanservice when its spaced normally, but in Fire Force the female charcters are just for every type of fetish and for fanservice. You like Onee-sans with abs? We got Maki! Do you like always blushing shy girls? We got Iris! Maybe some cat girls? Tamaki is just for you!
And this guy, I mean Shinra, his hands are magical, because they slip through every type of female clothing. Its just ridiculous.
The story is generic as ever, like I have earlier said there isnt a single original idea what we havent seen somewhere before. In a nutshell, in this world there is a phenomenon called "Spontaneous Human Combustion" when humans randomly catch fire and they turn in to "Infernals" fire zombies or something like that. And the job of the fire fighters/exorcists to put these people to rest. Some people have the ability to control the flames in different ways like the MC Shinra and these people are classified into "Generations" of course with every generation the powers become stronger. Of course Shinra is in the latest generation, the third one.
The story is promising at first, but it became generic later.
The art is pretty weird, it goes from really good to pretty messy in just 2 cuts. Some of the fights scenes are fluid and the animation can be amazing, but sometimes I just couldnt follow whats going on. David Productions knows whats the deal when it comes to animation, but many times its really bad, some of the standing frames are just too long and they become awkward and the style of the animation changes a lot and while there are many good looking fight scenes, many of them have some really big animation issues too.
The sound and music is pretty decent and I love both the OP and ED. The voice acting is pretty nice too, for some reason Maki's voice is just nice to listen to and Shinra's voice actor maybe calmed down after voice acting Asta in Black Clover and screaming that many so he is pretty good too hehe.
I cant really enjoy this show because its just so dumb and generic, you better watch Ao no Exorcist, because its like the same story and far more enjoyable.
And one personal problem, when they exorcise, the priestess says at the end of the prayer the word "Látom" its something like amen I think, the problem is that Im from Hungary and the word Látom means in hungarian something like "I see" or "I see it" or "I can see it" (yeah its a complicated language). So everytime they say it I become a little bit annoyed.
Fire Force is a great anime, though many would disagree, first of all the animation is great, most people jump to conclusions, saying that the fanservice is tasteless simply because it was implemented poorly just once, and I'll try to keep the review short:
The story is nice but definitely has some flaws, most villains are more or less generic but they are interesting, though this is my own opinion. you may find the MC to be less than original, which I agree with, but he definitely is an interesting character at least for me.
now then time for the flaws: the first two episodes were fine
but after that it got a bit all over the place, there was barely any proper continuity and some parts felt a bit out of place, though I assure you I have read the manga and such issues will soon be fixed, the first major arc was a bit too fastpaced for it to make much sense, and other than that the show is genuinely fun to watch.
I usually only write reviews for the less popular anime, but seeing some of the low score reviews on this anime inspired me to write my own review. I honestly do not understand how objectively one could give this anime a low score. This show can stand toe-to-toe with Dr. Stone for anime of the season.
Story: The story is definitely a breath a fresh air with all the isekai and typical shounen anime being pumped out every season. MC lost his family at a young age due to a fire, everyone treats him like a demon (similar to Naruto in the original Naruto anime), and
he has joined the 8th Fire Force Squad in order to become a hero and protect innocent people from "infernals." Infernals are citizens who turn into essentially fire zombies that cause destruction. There is definitely a mystery going on with the infernals that keeps the overarching plot interesting.
Art: Absolutely amazing for a shounen type anime, this rivals One Punch Man Season 1. The characters look great, the scenery looks amazing, and the battle scenes are fricking gorgeous. This is not a subjective take, this anime objectively looks great. David Production could earn a name right next to MadHouse if they keep this up.
Sound: Voices fit the character, battle scenes real make you feel the power and raw intensity of the battle ,and the OP and Ending are pretty solid. Something many will go look up on youtube and just listen to. Good season overall for OPs.
Characters: The MC is portrayed to be someone like Naruto (literally seen as a demon), but they gave this guy power that Naruto did not have (at the beginning). MC has some typical quirky moments, but he is largely very well-rounded to be a very solid character. Some of the side characters are cliche, but the great part is that they know they are cliche and play around with it. I really do care about these characters and interested in the characters we know little about.
Overall: Almost 2/3rds of the way through the season, I would definitely classify this as my Anime of the Season and put it in the category for Anime of the Year. I highly recommend this anime to pretty much every type of anime fan out there.
I see a pattern in this show that I'll be extremely surprised for it to not follow for the rest of the season: while it's really nice to look at and listen too (the OP and ED sequences are just awesome) and the initial episodes were intriguing with their dark climate, the actual story is a mess full of over-the-top characters and weird plot developments that takes you out of the experience. The more we learn about the Fire Force's actual world and its main intrigue, the less sense it all makes and the more trashy it becomes. The latest arc with Special Fire Force
Squad 5 is kind of an "everything wrong with anime" compilation: exaggerated in an obnoxious fashion, rushed and lacking in real tension. I also have a creeping suspicion that it's not the team behind the anime not knowing what they're doing, but rather the inherent flaws of the original manga – it's not among the highest-rated series to say the least.
So, is it all bad? Definitely no. I really like the main set of characters, that is the Squad 8 members. They're somewhat cliched, but fun and likeable, even the protagonist with his hero complex and his complete-idiot friend/rival from the Fire Force academy. The presence of those two feels weird at the beginning, as they're both loose cannons in their own ways, but it's not as unreasonable as it seems at first – they possess great power in what is essentially a dying world, struggling to keep the last semblances of stability in the face of spontaneous human combustion, so they're needed in the Fire Force despite their flaws.
The main idea itself, with people transforming, apparently at random, into fiery monsters, is also very good: the infernals are the enemy of humanity, but also symbolise a loss of human life not only through those they kill, but also the people they spawned from. The strong religious component of the Special Fire Force is really cool and feels like something that could happen if humanity was put against such phenomena. The details of the world, like the antagonists within the Fire Force or the cryptic villains delivering long sections of Obvious Exposition Talk are less fortunate, but the base idea and cool visual designs connected to it still make it all pretty watchable.
Then there's the general production quality, which is really good. The animation is wonderfully smooth. The fight scenes quite interesting and involving unusual, fire-based powers (most of those are really a joy to look at). It's simply shounen visual spectacle at its finest. I've already mentioned the OP and ED sequences, with some really nicely-chosed J-rock tracks and generally, I have no complaints about the VA or sound design of it all.
And in the end, I think Fire Force is still worth watching. Its main problem is that the opening episodes set people's expectations really high, while I think it will only prove to be disposable entertainment. And if you treat is just as a flashy, but ultimately very average shounen series with a dark and unusual setting, you'll enjoy your time with it just fine.
Seems like this has become the popular manga to criticize this season. Why might you ask? Because hardcore gown-up anime fans love to make anime out to be some masterful artistic expression that's supposed to have perfect story, characters, pacing, etc. Yet no matter how hard they love to rail on these mainstream shows, they almost all of the time have some crappy anime rated a perfect score because they think that's acceptable. Oh "Here is my cool unique anime that I found to be a perfect interpretation of what I think anime should be. Nobody else has this anime rated a 10."
The truth is this anime is highly entertaining. Exceedingly so. Yes it has funny fan service. Every "great" anime with a comedic element has a way of communicating it's brand of humor. This show does it with it's pacing and fan service. I love the pacing. I love the shots that linger with elevator music playing in the background. It's like nobody else understands this shows brand of humor. I hope the directors don't turn their back on this because of the score of negativity coming from snobby fans. Not all anime is the same. This one had it's own very unique presentation, combined with beautiful art and music. Overall a very highly entertaining show if you don't take yourself too serious.
Okay normally i do not write reviews, but after checking the review of this show im a bit disgusted with the state of reviews. That aside im gonna write a true review.
Story: The pace of the show is fast but thats not wrong in this kinda show i myself love to get some juicy info every episode or two and yes as its an shounen you ofcourse have ecchi within the show wich is not overly fanservicey and doesnt get forced all the time.
Art/Animation: This is one of the best parts about this show the artstyle feels like soul eater but still has its own
feeling to it the animation on the other hand is superb the fight scenes are beautifully animated and even outside of the fight scenes it has a verry detailed world.
Sound: The op is really good one of my favorites this season the OST is also decent the ed is not my taste but it still is decent the voice actors for this show have done an awesome job
Character: i cant talk to much about it but the show has some good character development even tho its quick it's still some information that most shounen anime nowadays don't give you.
Enjoyment: For me this show is verry entertaining it has good animation it has a good and decently paced story the OP, OST and ED are good so in my opinion its a good show
Summary: Oke for the people that came this far i will tell you that this show is one of my favorites this season it has good animation not too fast not too slow paced story and the audio is also really good
Hope you enjoy the show after reading this and have a nice day
Fire Force is gorgeous to look at. The animation is the highlight of this series, I mean seriously, if you are a battle scene junkie like me you will love every episode of this because goddamn is it nice to look at. I've never skipped the opening to the show not just because INFERNO is a banger, but because that opening scene where all the characters are kicking giant Fire Monster ass is so satisfying to watch and it syncs perfectly with the song playing in the background.
The art also has that classic Atsushi Okubo "Soul Eater" style I loved so much in middle
school, I appreciate the level of character design in this show. My favorite part is just the way the Fire Force coats blue rings look against dark back drops, and how that serves to create a really pretty scene fit for a wall paper.
Speaking of that Soul Eater style, the architecture is bomb, its not quite as exaggerated and cartoony as Soul Eater was, but it has this Solar/SteamPunk aesthetic that I dig about all the buildings.
The characters are wonderful, and as the story has gone on we've slowly gotten to know them a bit more. I feel some people are way too impatient with character development and don't realize that sometimes things just happen at a gradual pace, and I'm fine with that. I like that we're slowly starting to get used to the 8th Precinct, and I also like the main character himself. The MC wants to be a hero and I think he's doing that really well. Shinra kind of reminds me of a kid who says they want to be a police officer when they grow up so they can protect people, except in his case he actually ends up doing just that.
His motivations seem admirable, and it adds the right amount of "shounen protag" to his character that it doesn't overwhelm his entire personality. He seems nervous for most of the show, which is very relatable, and I think the little smile tick of his just adds on to that in regards to his interactions with other characters. He seems really cool, but also like someone whose still learning the ropes about saving people.
It's a fun watch, the soundtrack is topnotch, the character design is great, the powers that each character has is fun and inventive, and the story itself really gets going at the third episode and just draws you in for the future, but slowly. If you want fast paced action with slow intervals of nice and funny character interactions in between, then give Fire Force a watch.
I, however, wouldn't watch Fire Force if you're the type of person who just want something extremely deep and profound right off the bat. This show is slow, that's true, but thats what makes it work so well. There's lots of shounen out there right now that's just struggling with Pacing, but Fire Force is taking the middle ground and giving us everything one at a time instead of all at once.
My only complaint is that it's a shounen title that doesn't really challenge some of those shounen tropes that are prevalent, but I can't really say if it'll always be that way because we are only a few episodes in as I write this.
[Note: I got bored a few minutes into episode 7, haven't watched since then] The idea was interesting at first, wondering what was causing people to turn into (had to look up what they were even called here) Infernals. Then it just barely touched that plot point before I got bored with it. You shouldn't ignore your main plot point that attracted most people to your anime in the first place, people will get bored waiting for you to actually further the plot.
My next issue with this anime is with the characters, more specifically their personalities. I don't know about everyone else, but usually
there are one or two characters that I can relate to on some personal level, and those characters become a reason that you stick around for the rest of it. This anime doesn't have that anywhere. I thought that character was going to be Arthur, I was starting to like his character. I started waiting for some good character development for anyone, or something that would show that they have a personality behind their stereotype, but nothing. If the characters do receive character development I would be more than happy to write more positively about this anime.
My last complaint before I actually get to the positives is the cringeworthy amounts of fanservice. I know, I know, that's the only reason that some people watch anime and they need to keep those people happy with girls being grabbed for no reason with little to no resistance. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind fanservice when it is done tastefully, or spread out enough that it's not one of the reasons you stop watching. It's just really cringey trying to watch it and it's just a dude grabbing a girl's breast for like 5 minutes instead of the anime doing something actually interesting.
Now the positives:
The animation is very well done. Not on the level of anime like Kimetsu no Yaiba, made by ufotable, but the animation is very well done. I did feel pretty excited during fight scenes. Keep it up in this section, you're doing very well.
The music, especially the op and ed are also very good. The opening makes the listener excited for the episode. The ED, even though it is full of spoilers, is very nice as well. My only complaint about it is that because they animated spoilers to use for their ed long before that plot point even happened, nobody that was paying attention was even surprised by that.
This anime isn't inherently bad, it just needs to come back to what made it interesting in the first place, which was the plot of finding out what was causing people to turn into Infernals. Tone it back on the "fanservice" a bit and a lot of the viewers who were turned off by that might come back. If the characters had more relatable or likable personalities that would help it out too. Really, I just want personalities deeper than "I want to be a hero" "I'm a knight" "I'm a cat girl" "I'm a nun" etc. Give the side characters (you know which ones) personalities too while you're at it. That will make this anime almost perfect.
Basically a mix between your typical shonen anime and the Five Star Movement (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Star_Movement). The sound and art are good, but that's the merit of DP, not the anime itself.The characters are plain,boring and obnoxious, you can switch them with rocks, you won't find any difference. The story it's the genrical hook for weaboos anti-leadership, basically the Mc humble and honest team fight an evil and corrupted government dressed like firefighters. The dialogue are cringy, you can easily turn off the audio and sub and you'll probably going to understand the plot anyway. Don't worry my shonen fan, the fanservice is rampant like a disease
in Africa and harems are prosperous
Watch only if you're an horny teenage boy or if you really like good animation
If you seek good stuff then skip.
I am going to keep this simple and write a better review after the show has finished airing.
Fire Force is unfortunately badly timed, another anime beat them to being the first big fire fighting anime and with the recent events in Japan at Kyoto Animation Studio. This put it off for some people. It does contain some of the stereotypical shounen anime features that most anime have. However, if you are able to look past all of that it is one of the best anime that is airing this summer season considering half of it is isekai based anime. I recently caught up with the
manga and the story is just going to get better.
Soul Eater was an anime I enjoyed so seeing a similar art style in another anime is great. It was one of the main things that drew me into watching this anime. It may not contain that beautiful artwork that you see in animes like Demon slayer, yet is still gives use some nice art pieces.
I would recommend that you give it more than the usual 3 episodes as the anime itself takes more time for you to get used to the fast-paced nature of the show. The show currently contains zero filler episodes with means all of the anime is canon based off of the manga.
From what I’ve seen so far I think that this anime has great potential. The characters are interesting and each have their own background story. The art style fits the genres very well, this isn’t a anime that should have a delicate art style. The sound was good, I didn’t notice anything that doesn’t fit with the mood of the scene. The story might be a little bit cliche with the whole boy with tragic background story wanting to become a hero but I didn't mind that at all. There is a tiny bit of fan service here and there but not in scenes where
it would be inappropriate.
At the moment I am willing to rate this a 9, might change depending on how the story continues
Spontaneous Human Combustion: a chaotic phenomenon that has plagued humanity for years, randomly transforming ordinary people into flaming, violent creatures known as Infernals. While Infernals make up the first-generation accounts of Human Combustion, the second and third generations became known as pyrokinetics—people gifted with the ability to manipulate and control their flames while remaining human. To combat the Infernal threat and discover the cause, the Tokyo Armed Forces, Fire Defense Agency, and Holy Church of Sol produced their answer: the Special Fire Force.
Young and eager third-generation pyrokinetic Shinra Kusakabe, nicknamed Devil's Footprints for his explosive ability to ignite his feet at will, becomes a member
of the lively Special Fire Force Company 8. Upholding the brigade's duty to extinguish the blazing Infernals and lay their souls to rest, Shinra is determined to become a hero who will save the lives of those threatened by the flame terror.
However, this is not the hero's game Shinra imagined. The Fire Force is a fractured mess of feuding brigades, abnormal Infernal sightings are increasing all over Tokyo, and a shadowy group is claiming to have answers to the strange fire that caused the death of Shinra's family 12 years ago. Faced with many obstacles within and outside the Fire Force, Shinra fights to uncover the truth behind the burning mysteries that have kept him in the dark.
Simply put, Fire Force is about fire fighters.
But not just any type of fire fighters... Fire fighter magus that have superpowers and extinguish not just any type of fire... But fire beings known as Infernals that look like the Ghost Rider or a less cooler Ifrit.
These fire fighters are known as fire soldiers and the term ‘soldier’ is used to differentiate between a regular fireman and a magus fireman.
The whole concept of the anime is extremely cool and very original, loved the whole idea immediately after watching the first episode.
I was hooked! These fire soldiers had cool abilities and special equipment that serve as weapons to fight against the infernals! Special fire axes that shoot bullets, guns... yes this firemen carry fuckin’ guns! A cool ass ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER that acts as their freaking firetruck! YES, they ride in fucking APCs!!! That’s not all, these fire soldiers all possess different abilities and handle equipment best optimised for these abilities.
What’s contradicting yet bloody awesome is how all of their abilities pertain to fire! And they compete in abilities or strengths through how much firepower one can deliver. They use this fire to fight the infernals. It’s contradicting since the infernals are literally flaming beings and these fire soldiers use their own flames to extinguish/kill the flame beings... But seriously how cool is that!!!
Fight fire with fire they always say. Well, literally that’s what’s happening in this anime
So our main character Shinra is a rookie fire fighter that possesses a potent ability, the Devil’s feet. Basically he can produce massive amounts of firepower from his feet and use his feet as freaking jet-pack nitro boosters. Kinda like Lida Tenya from ‘Baku No Hero Academia’!
He aspires to be a hero due to a promise he made in his tragic past, a very typical MC in terms of setting and history I must say...
MC seeks to find out about the cause of tragedy in his past and aims to fulfil the promise made to the loved one that passed/got hurt badly in that tragedy.
Nothing too original on this note and as the story continues, more is revealed about the MCs past and more mysteries arise along with certain setbacks as well as major/minor plot twists.
The anime however, gives off what I like to call Naruto vibes. Don’t get me wrong, many anime is similar to Naruto, MC has a very vague goal to fulfil in this case it’s having to become a hero.
MC changes a person by forcing their ideals on others or by showing that they understand each other.
MC rescues someone from some near death situation and ‘develops’ towards their goal
This anime is all that. But like many other anime, it has its differences, completely ripping off the Naruto thing would make an anime be considered mainstream and not much of a deal so it does have its differences but the main concept of our MC in Fire Force is literally the Naruto concept.
Nothing wrong with being mainstream or generic... I always say that in my reviews. There’s really nothing wrong! It’s not easy to come up with a completely original character development so most anime keep originality to concept, art or approach.
In this case, it’s concept.
In Fire Force however, as the anime progressed our MC proves himself to be a nice person and begins to build his harem. Yes. I didn’t expect it but Fire Force is starting to feel like it’s heading towards the harem side. We have lewd scenes here and there, we have imouto-like girls, oppai ne-san, tsundere neko, cute girl-next-door girl, loli priestess and the works!
And I’m kind of a fan of harem so bonus points! And even more for having so many waifus to choose from.
To not spoil further, I’ve gave a rough overview on my thoughts of the story
Shinra: Our main character, I pretty much said what I wanted to say in my Story area so nothing much.
Iris: I love Iris, she’s cute and amazing! She’s the little sister (non-biological) you always dreamed of having! Her soft angelic tone with her petite personality and body as well. Looking at her smile makes you smile too! She’s kind, warm-hearted, selfless and innocent. The kind of girl you want to protect with the entirety of your being! She’s also the priestess of the group! A truly fitting role! We have obnoxious or hot-blooded priests and priestess at other Fire Force battalions that makes you wonder, why aren’t all priests like Iris!
Maki: That cute beautiful senpai you’d always dreamed of having! Strict yet playful and clumsy at times, sometimes even a tad bit of a tease or a tad childish. Maki has a very easy going personality, she’s serious where it counts and strict when need be. When it isn’t required of her, she’s caring of her kouhais and fun to be with! I love how Shinra and Arthur love to tease her, also how the lieutenant seems to be especially harsh toward her. She possesses the ability to make cute ‘living’ balls of fire sort of like wisps which are extremely cute yet can be tremendously dangerous. The lieutenant tends to extinguish her ‘wisps’ and punish her a lot haha! She’s a very cute girl that spells waifu right at your face!
Tamaki: With a Maki, we have a Tamaki. Tamaki possesses an extremely cool ability which I haven’t really seen in action before but hell does it look cool aesthetically! She has the ability to produce neko ears made of fire and a dope flaming tail that’s said to be very powerful. However, they look so cute on her. Tamaki is shown to be a tsundere of the group and damn do I love tsunderes! She’s very cute. Tamaki tends to be quite proud of herself but she’s extremely clumsy which sometimes makes a fool of herself making her even cuter! Also... she has the famous... what the anime calls ‘lucky lecher’ which for some reason, her clumsiness always ends with her getting into ‘awkward’ situations and positions if you get what I mean. But she’s hot and a tsundere, waifu material? Easily!
Hibana: The captain of the Special Fire Force Company 5. She’s domineering, proud, powerful, smart, elegant and also an older sister. She literally spells Ara Ara everywhere.
In every harem anime you need your oppai ne-san right? Well look no further. It’s girls like Hibana, the proud rich and powerful girls that count because when you break through that pride and hit their soft spot they are very different. Hard on the outside but soft on the inside. Their tsundere may starts kicking in, they will be biased toward you and you will most definitely enjoy some nice benefits ;)
Oh and did I mention Hibana is a tsundere? Yea she’s a tsundere. There’s that.
Waifu material for sure.
Arthur: HAHA he’s extremely hilarious.
First impressions: MC’s rival, big threat to harem, playboy, smart, well-mannered, proud but highly capable, powerful
Later impressions: Joke of the day, handsome but a dumb blonde, beautiful blue eyes that can’t help with directions, powerful and proud, eight-grader syndrome, EXCALIBURRRRR
I hate to say it though but the ability to turn his self-made handle into a freaking plasma sword that looks like a light saber is pretty cool.
Obi: Captain of the SFF Company 8, Shinra’s captain. Muscle-bound and always working out. He’s powerful in terms of brute strength, he’s smart and has seen quite a lot. Obi is a very nice person, he’s kind and prioritises saving lives over anything else. He is highly respectable and a fair person. A great leader that respects his fellow crew as equals.
Hinawa: Me-ga-ne. You know how some anime has that ‘go-by-the-books’ dude that is extremely harsh on others and possesses a sort of domineering nature? Normally has glasses on? Well, that’s Hinawa. Hinawa sounds like a girl’s name too but this dude can be a beast. He’s loyal to the captain and can be strict on his subordinates but we all know he means well, he’s that kind of guy.
The art style was brilliant, kudos to David Productions for producing such an amazing animation quality!
The fight scenes were superb and the art style really brings out the intensity of the battles.
I love the character designs as well, that would be an understatement, I absolutely adore the character designs and concepts.
Shinra has an awesome ‘sinister’ look. It’s sad how Shinra’s story turns out to be, he smiles when he tenses up which I feel brings forth a sense of originality and I love it. Shinra has this big smile every time something undesirable or awkward is happening and it looks especially cool when he’s fighting because he’s always smiling and people smile in battle when they have confidence, it’s Super cool! I love his sharp teeth and red eyes! The art style however, manages to bring forth certain emotions within his smile which was amazing, we could tell whether Shinra’s smile was legit, whether he was tense and sometimes his crooked smile when he’s flustered looks especially hilarious! It’s sort of cute at times but can be extremely badass, I love the parts where the anime would show a shadow of Shinra smiling with his flames from his feet which makes him look badass like a devil!
Iris, she is very cute, I love her priestess outfit that looks lewd except that it’s completely covered, her blue innocence eyes and small mouth. Her petite build really lewds her abit but I mean, it’s all part of fan service right?
I must say, I do love how the fire soldiers suits and armour look like.
Arthur looks freaking cool in action, I love how his blue eyes are the same colour as his blue plasma sword and how they’d shine bright light blue like some mystic eyes of sorts. Arthur is handsome too
Princess Hibana has a very nice design, she has nice eyes with the pink Special Fire Force symbol on it which looks like the Christ cross. She has nice tanned skin and beautiful pink hair. Not to mention a very nice lewd figure. Her smug dominant expression are also well captured so kudos for that, you can see the sadism in her eyes and I love that particular part where Hibana’s pink cross in her eyes turned into pink hearts when she fell for Shinra haha that was a nice touch!
Tamaki: Tamaki is very very very cute. She has an extremely nice figure and her ability tops everything off. Her neko ears and cat tail are adorable. She reminds me of Wazabi Izumi from Boruto but just that Tamaki is 10x cuter. She’s also the first to be lewded... I mean seriously, not to spoil but the scene where she so perfectly activated her ability with her neko appearance and just nice was making a cat purring pose with a distraught look on her face really takes the cup.
Tamaki has nice black hair that are tied into a nice pair of pigtails with golden ember eyes that makes her a very pretty young girl. Tamaki is easily on the road to best girl
Maki is a beautiful young lady with black hair and beautiful purple eyes I absolutely love it. She has her cute expressions whenever she does something wrong and her strict expressions as well. Maki makes for an excellent waifu. Her wisps are Super cute and it’s hilarious to see how she’d be so jovial every time but when her wisps are extinguished, she’d tear up!! KAWAII
Unknown Villain: The dude’s design is sick, his hat and ‘mask’ as well as the way he dresses. Mysterious yet sinister at the same time, a triple threat combo.
I really love the voice actors in the anime. This review is already stretching wayyy too Long so I won’t mention Seiyuu names but you know who they are.
Kudos to the VAs, I thought they were extremely well chosen and well suited for their individual roles. The villains for example, I loved how one of them had to change personalities and their voice tone changed to a very different, psychotic tone, very well done. The unknown villain also had this very creepy and dark sinister tone which suited the mysterious sinister character well. I actually recognise a few of the VAs of the female characters for example Aoi Yuki voicing Tamaki, as expected they were amazing! The male VAs also did a fantastic job and the VA of Karim? The blue haired lieutenant of Special Fire Force Company 1? AMAZING!
I felt his lines were the most difficult to be honest.
No one talks like that in real life, I’m being seriously serious right now. (Saw what I did there ;))
Kudos to all the Seiyuus for producing such a fantastic portrayal of your character and a huge thanks for making the anime more hilarious and enjoyable as well as entertaining and emotion filled!
I’d recommend it to you if you enjoy some well animated debatably action filled harem style anime with a bloody cool concept
Or if you enjoy Oppai ne-san, neko tsundere, kawaii senpai, imouto loli (similar.. in a sense)
Watched 9 episodes so far and am enjoying it thus far!
I was actually intrigued when I watched the first episode. The introduction of the Infernal train scene and Shinra rushing in to help was quite epic, I have to admit. That raised my hopes a little that we might just get a good anime. But that hope was short lived. Episode 2 had a different vibe all together. I was stuck on episode two - not quite wanting to continue to episode 3 - despite there having been 5 episodes released at that time. I wondered why I couldn't keep watching? Now that I have finished 7 episodes, the answer became
clear. It was because I knew I wouldn't enjoy this anime.
Let's get started on this review because there are key factors why I couldn't enjoy this anime.
Story - Intriguing idea for an anime. I like it. But execution. It's all in the execution, the flow, the direction, the story telling. You can't plop an idea down and expect it to take off. There needs to be care and dedication. I felt like this anime didn't have that flow. Fight scenes are bland, characters are bland, the fire in Fire Force is dim. I also didn't care for the link between religion and the Infernals. I've watched plenty of anime that utilize religion as part of the plot but it wasn't as extreme as this. Human Combustion sounds more like a scientific discovery rather than a religious liberator.
Character - Shinra introduces himself as a Hero outright in the beginning. Look, that title is earned, not claimed. Repeat after me, the title is earned, not claimed. Shinra is a strong person but you can't call yourself a Hero. It's so cringy. This "Hero" thing is the theme of the anime so I can't give it too much crap. The boy wants to be a Hero because he has lived his entire life known as the Devil. Speakng of the nickname Devil, that too is cringy. Seriously? There are people who can create fire in that generation, people who can even control fire, you can't be telling me just because the kid was grinning wickedly while his entire house burned down that that was the exact moment everyone dubbed him the Devil. Come on, seriously. It's really pushing it to the point I find myself scoffing every time they call him the Devil. Another thing I find an odd factor to the anime is Shinra's Devil grin face. They explain that he shows that face when he's uncomfortable, anxious, embarassed, etc. I don't understand why that face would be a good idea. I think viewers can connect to the characters better through the expressions they show on their faces. We humans are like that, we communicate like that. But here we have Shinra, just grinning away at the most serious moments. It ruins the moment, the flow, the seriousness of the scene. Why they thought that face was a good idea is baffling.
Sound - Holy shi - the sound quality in this anime is bad. The background music is alright, I dig it. But the fighting sounds, the sound of Shinra's feet fire, all those sounds sound so weirdly produced. I don't get it. Something is off about the sound quality, that's it and it ruins the fight scenes even more for me.
Art - The art is alright for me. It's fair, watchable. I do like how the fire is drawn and animated in this.
Overall, not very enjoyable. The fanservice doesn't bother me that much, but for some off reason, this anime gives off the harem vibe and I'm not into that either. We already have 3 female characters introduced with sexy bodies, even the church girl had a moment, and they all seem to be drawn to Shinra on a sprirtual level. Not my thing. I've put this on-hold for now but I don't even know if I will come back to it in the future. Dis da end, bye.
Whose ready for a Hot Take!?! Get it? Hot take?....And the shows about fire fighters? Get it? Oh god im so funny...
I, like most people doing these reviews, was very interested in fire force when I first saw the trailers for it. The concept seemed familiar but still unique, the world seemed like it had some potential, and the creator of Soul Eater was on board so hey, why not?
And then I saw it. And boy oh boy, was I dissapointed.... Well, thats probably a bit of hyperbole on my part, as the parts that intrigued me, still did (and do) at this point
in the show (just finished episode 8). The animation is insanely good compared to some other shounen this year (lookin at OPM S2), with some absolutely gorgeous frames that are beyond screensaver worthy. And all of the fire powers in the show are each unique while telling us a little bit about the character (for the most part). And while all of the characters are largely cliches, deep characters arent exactly what I look for in most of my shounen, if they do happen its usually just a fun little addition to my overall enjoyment.
All that being said this show does have some serious problems and they all begin and end with the story. We are introduced to the main plot of the story at around the end of episode 4, with the reveal that not only is the protag squadron a new squad led by one of the few people in the fire force with no fire powers, but its also been put together to serve as a bit of internal affairs for the entire fire brigade. But in secret. Now, on paper this sounds pretty awesome, but when it comes to the actual execution it leaves a lot to be desired. We are then introduced to the first corrupt squad that needs to be taken down by fire force. You would then expect the first major arc of the story to be about investigating said squad, trying to catch them doing something corrupt or whatever, but no. Immediately the bad squad kidnaps a member of the good squad and now we're fighting. Like in the same episode we're introduced to this bad squad..... Then when its all over, nobody is arrested, there isnt some big scandal in the papers or any fallout to deal with. It was just "Hey, stop being so obscenely evil all the time... okay? Bye!!!!" And thats it. With the only fallout in the story being that the bad squad captain now works with the good squad to solve the greater mystery of human combustion. Also she wants the protag's peen. Thats it. Thats the only consequence to the story.
Basically robbing the entire show of any dramatic weight if the only punishment for villains is "You've gotta be a good guy now mmmkay?" It's all very frustrating and maybe it will be addressed in future episode of the show, but for now its just frustrating as a viewer when I feel like nothing that the protagonists do really effects the world of the show that much. At least in a shounen.
Also I know that I said earlier that the cliche characters dont bother me that much, but what does bother me is when the show tries to have its female empowerment cake and eat it too. Mostly because its a crappy cake. What I mean by that is,they'll add in female characters that are supposed to be strong, and powerful, but are always undone by their emotions. This is a cliche that has always and will always bother me. Especially given in the 8th episode where the female character that we have been led to believe this entire series that she is the strongest female member of fire force (so far), and then is victimized by the guy she likes and cant defend herself whatsoever for no reason other than "Her emotions wouldn't let her". It was extremely offensive to me to watch. Especially since the entire sequence was obviously going to end up being (and it did end up being) just another way to make the protag yet another "hero" moment.
I'm not going to lie and say that I am an expert on the mindset of a person who has been emotionally manipulated like that character was, but when everything else in the show has shown me how strong a character is, and to decide to betray that all for the sake of some cheap mustache twirling villainy and a hero shot for our male lead, it really pisses me off. Just gets me into full-on, run-on sentences, pissed.
Given my emotions on this show are very fresh as I JUST finished the latest episode that made me madder than any other episode thus far, I still think this show is very very rough from a story standpoint. I would suggest to anyone reading this to wait until the entire series is done and just do a 48 hour binge session over a weekend with your body pillow of choice instead of watch this one week to week. Maybe seeing the whole picture at once will make the annoying parts more tolerable.