OK, I knew this Fire Force was going to be some hot stuff, but my goodness was it insane. How are you going to start the first episode with some fiery ass animations like that?
We got a good introduction to Shinra, a third generation pyrokinetic who wants to be a hero. At first I thought that him wanting to be a hero was just your average shonen trope (which it was), but as the episode went on, you start to understand that him becoming a hero was more about vengeance and atoning for a sin he did not commit, but felt that it was his fault nonetheless. Added to the fact that he’s being called a “devil” all his life, you begin to see and understand his motive very easily early on.
We also got a brief rundown of the backlore for Fire Force and the sudden crisis of humans suddenly combust into flames in this episode. While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. So I assuming that as the years go down, having fire abilities will become the norm.
On his first day with Special Fire Force Company 8, Shinra meets up with his fellow company members and begins to fulfill his wish of becoming a hero. Each character introduced all had those typical quirky personality we’ve come to expect in shonen anime. Not that it’s a bad thing as I really liked their personality already and those funny moments really helped establish them.
Anyways, I gotta talk about the animation in this anime because that shit was top tier! I was in awe by how the flames where animated and how drop dead gorgeous the visuals were in Fire Force. And the opening was pure….flames! Yes, that’s the only way I can describe that opening. This anime started out very strong in my opinion.
Overall, I’m thoroughly impressed with Fire Force and I can’t wait to see more.