An unexplainable phenomenon of people bursting into flames assails humanity. Put your life on the line to extinguish the flames! A great conflagration that will shake up the manga world! A sci-fi firefighting battle!
Enen no Shouboutai has been published in English as Fire Force by Kodansha Comics USA since November 8, 2016, in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint since May 5, 2017, and in Spanish by Norma Editorial since June 23, 2017.
1) If you don't know, the author of this manga is the same of Soul Eater, so expect a similar character design. (I didn't read ou watch Soul Eater so I can't say if they are similar)
Now the Review:
Story - 6
This is the typical bad appellative shounen (in good portuguese: típico shounen ruim apelão). What I mean with this? I mean it is full of all cliches that we are used to read in a shounen:
#Orphan boy - check
#Rivalry between friends since always - check
#Evil brother - check
#Girl that gets naked all the time without explanation - check
#All the hero
piffle, and "friendship is important", and "keep promises", "I want to be a... Hokage/Wizard King/Best Exorcist stuff (in this one is actually hero or knight-king)" - check
But this is my impression of the beginning of the story, after reading almost all chapters out, I can say that it gets better and we are developing a real plot by now. The author didn't explain everything, but it is getting thick.
The story is strange, because "people get burned out of nowhere" and the people who help them, the firefighters, actually use fire to "save them". This resembles Fahrenheit 451 a lot (the firefighters put books on fire).
In the beginning, the fire powers are just normal. But then it start to appear a lot of powers that doesn't make sense, the author manages to put time-travel in relation with fire (so, it is kind of WTF). But you just get it, because just normal fire would get dull eventually (*ironic*).
About the story, you get a lot of fights -> main guy improving/training -> more fights -> a few relax chapters (with fan service probably) -> more fights and getting new allies/friends -> increasing the harem -> a few mysteries -> more fights...
Art - 8
Art is nice, it is strange, but it is good. No complaints. There is a lot of bizarre and creepy faces. When it needs to be detailed, it is.
Character - 7
I already said above we have the typical shounen troupes - people with dark pasts, villains that we don't understand at all (but I hope we will someday). The characters are not really developed, but in a shounen, who cares? If you want to see a lot of fights with a lot of ass-pull, this is for you.
Ok, now serious. We at least get to see the past of all the main ones (the 8th brigade), everybody act consistently. I don't have complaints (they are cliche, but we already expected that)
Enjoyment - 7
This story is good to get some fun, see/read some good fights, and usually fast ones (points to the author for not dragging the fights too much), relax, and even laugh a lot in some hilarious chapters, but don't expect the best manga of your life.
Enen no Shouboutai is a manga that is really capable of engaging the reader just after reading a few chapters. We are following a story where the main character is called a demon... Interesting? Some people would say yes and will be a no for others.
Story-9 Personally I started the manga after reading about its beginning in one of the covers of Fairy Tail and I immediately fell in love with the story, till this day I cannot say I have read something similar and although in some cases I think they handle the story in a quick way, then they end up convincing me
of the opposite.
I never thought to read a story about firefighters, much less one like this ... possibly a little cliche the fact that all humanity is at a crossroads where that will decide if the planet will face it's end or not, but at the same time it gives a serious air to the series.
Art-8 Very good, easy to understand and with a perfect style for a Shonen Manga like this one, personally I think is good enough, other Mangas have become very popular having a worse style.
Characters- 8 You can find original characters, characters with really good background stories, with good sense of humor, intelligents, very bold and also the typical characters of a Shonen anime. They are trying to embrace with their characters each of the possibilities that can exist in a world as the story unfolds.
I will not talk about the enjoyment since I think it's pretty personal, but overall, this Manga is pretty good, will make you have really good time while you're reading it.
So far this series has been a good ride for me. The chapters flow in perfectly and each chapters are very engaging. The story arcs are very good. The characters are badass. When the arc where they introduced the main villains and the big bad things get explosive. The plot thickens and intensifies They way the characters are drawn when using the abilities is so detailed and I like it. The writer of this manga is also the writer of Soul Eater and there are a lot of Soul Eater refernces going on during each scenes of the chapter of the manga.
Well, The story is'nt that bad. In first arc, we get some simple story to start up. Time by time, the story more great with a good improvment by the author, *look at atsushi-sensei. And more problem that comes to MC and MC'S SQUAD.
-Art : 9
I LOVE ATSUSHI OHKUBO ART STYLE. Definitely GREAT.
- Chara : 8
Cliche MC but, had an appeal in it. I like when he want to be a " Heroes " while he called as a DEMON. Strong, but not OP. And then the rival of the MC is my favorite in this
series. He's " silly " but strong af. And many character that lovable make this series are worth to read.
- Enjoyment : 9
- Overall : 9
Good series, with lovable and fun character that memorable will make you enjoy and love this series. And the anime will airing soon, so it's the perfect time to read it before airing.