Fire Force Episode 1 Review

Synopsis

  • Based off of Atsushi Okubo manga series Fire Force (En’en no Shōbōtai) and Soul Eater (Sōru Ītā).
  • The year 1980 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called “Infernals”. While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a youth who gained the nickname Devil’s Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which composes of other flames users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shira begins to uncover the truth behind a mysterious fire that caused the death of his family twelve years ago.

Opening

  • I love that Fire Force OP pays homage to the Soul Eater OP and it is done beautifully.
  • The OP is beautifully animated with a catchy theme that will probably be one of the best OP of this year.

Character

  • We don’t get to know many of the main characters other than Shinra, but we do understand what the Special Fire Brigade means and how to do things.
  • Shinra’s back story isn’t a dark as Naruto’s but it is familiar in a sense that everyone thinks that he’s the devil and should be left alone but that is the only parallels that I see.

Animation/Art design

  • The art style reminds me a lot of Soul Eater but that does not mean it is a complete rip-off. Fire Force brings its own flavor to the table and is definitely in my top five in the art style department, with memorable character designs, not the best backdrop but it is still beautifully done.
  • The animation is out of this world as well. I just love the overall style of Fire Force. The character movement feels nice and smooth. The editing was just the right amount, the composition was perfect.

Overall Thoughts

  • The first episode of Fire Force is incredible. The Opening is beautifully animated loving the main characters.

Hopes

  • I really hope that we get important themes for Fire Force. Much like what Soul Eater had, which was primarily about fear.
  • Let’s build more into the world building. Which I have zero doubt that the team working on Fire Force will do. Hopefully, they will do it in a way the feels consistent enough. So, that Fire Force can have its own hardcore following. Much like Naruto, Attack on Titan, One Piece, My Hero Academia and many of the big anime’s
  • Seeing everyone’s backstory to build the world building within the story and new characters
  • I want to know why the prayers are so important in the series. I know part of the reason is to give peace for those that died. But, there might be another reason for those prayers. Honestly, I could be reading to much into it.

Score

  • For me, it is 9/10 what are your thoughts? Comment down below or at Geek Vibes Nation, AJ_GeekVibes.

Fire Force OP

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