If you’ve seen trailers or anything to do with Fire Force, you might think the animation looks a little familiar… Well, you’re right. Fire Force is written by the same author who brought us the very popular Soul Eater series (which is a pretty great anime too), and with this follow up series (which does not take place in the same universe) it packs a punch. Fire Force is about a boy named Shinra who has the special ability of shooting flames through his feet (which he can use to his advantage and fly), don’t worry having fire abilities is common in this series. Anyway, we follow him as he joins a fire force company where they put out the fires from human combustion (along with praying for the people who become the fire and turn into, infernals, as they call them). His company’s main job is researching the cause behind the fires and investigating the other companies because they believe that they could be a part of or helping aid the group behind the rising infernal rate. This is why Shinra wanted to join this department all along, because he wants to find out who caused the fire that killed his mom and baby brother (and in which his powers manifested).
This is another one of those anime that you have to give it a chance to grow on you as you get to know the characters and where the story could go. For myself, I had a slight interest in this series because I had loved the anime adaptation of Soul Eater a lot. This first season is full of a lot of information and you create many theories on who is behind everything, along with which companies you can trust. Shinra himself is just fun to watch, he has this bad habit of smiling whenever he is scared or nervous. This leads him to be perceived as creepy and strange, but with this new group of friends and enemies he faces, it makes for some crazy battles (and astounding animation to watch).
I’m a bit of a sucker for the characters and stories that can take an enemy and turn them into a friend, or something close to it. It might also have something to do with rooting for the underdog and watching them become the hero everyone believes in. This is also a great anime just to chill out and watch, going from serious tense moments to laugh out loud absurdity. Trust me when I say there is not one character you’ll meet in this series you won’t like, even the bad guys. You can watch all 24 episodes of Fire Force on Hulu (in Dub) and on Crunchyroll and VRV (in Sub).
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