3 Reasons Why You Should Watch Fire Force
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Today, I’m going to give you my three 3 main reasons why Fire Force is worth watching. So, if you are wondering if Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai) is worth watching, my answer is yes!
But, before we jump into it I just want to give my condolences to KyoAni – Kyoto Animation – Studios. For the ones who don’t know, on the 18th of July 2019, an arson attack took place in Kyoani’s Studio 1. It took the life of 35 people and another 34 were injured. The disaster is being claimed as the deadliest massacre in Japan since World War 2. Because of this, and since Fire Force is, well about fire, it was decided to postpone Episode 3. Moreover, the episode was also censored and it seems that they will continue to do it for a while.
One example of this is the ending. In episode 1 and 2, we can see a frame with many sisters on fire. Well, if you look it up in episode 3, you will see this frame was taken out. Moreover, in this episode, the rookies are doing a drill on a building where they need to catch an infernal. The strange thing is the building is not on fire. I mean, it would make sense to have a scene similar to reality, right? Even if it was just a drill/championship. Even with censorship, the episode was great and I have to give props to the creators taking this into account.
If there is a moment where Anime lovers should come together, this is one of them. Now, I said my piece, so, let’s start on why you should watch Fire Force!
A good story is only delivered if it’s guided by great characters. Let’s face it, even with the best story ever. If we have bland characters we won’t care about what’s happening to them. A good example happening this summer season is Hajime from Arifureta. Although the problem here is more about the buildup than the character itself.
However, I do understand why Animes end up bulking in the most action possible right in the first episodes. Let’s be honest, when it comes to shounen, we all love those action scenes. So, if you get a first episode without much happening, you probably decide that the Anime is not for you and just skip the Anime entirely. That’s why I believe it’s so important to have a balance.
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Fortunately, that’s what happens with Fire Force. Right from the bat, we get an action scene to makes us hooked on the episode. But, then, we are gifted with a nice background story of the main character. This part explains us who is Shinra and where he comes from. Something that makes his goals, personality and wants to seem natural. Of course, this is also important to make him a deep character.
It’s true that, until now, we didn’t have much development in the other characters. Yet, when it comes to sister Iris, we can get a glimpse of her past during the ending song. In this case, we get a happy convent full of happy sisters which went dark real fast due to infernals. The pace of the ending is great and strong, making you love this cute sister even more!
I’m also pretty sure we will get genuine backgrounds for the remain characters. Something that I believe it’s important and completely changes the light of a story.
Exceptional Fight Animation
When it comes to battles, I believe Fire Force has the best animation of 2019. There are indeed some other Anime shows with great animation this year. However, none is able to create movement in such a smooth and flawless way.
This, without using the help of 3D animation which is amazing. As we know, 3D is being more and more used in Anime. This Summer Season we have both Vinland Saga and Arifureta using it. But, it’s not like they are alone on this. Who doesn’t remember the cool matrix scene from Goblin Slayer some months ago?
However, it takes time to create such good animation. And, since Fire Force has to come out on a weekly basis, what is the cost of such good battles? Well, when there is not a battle, most of the animation does not have a lot of movement. We get a lot of still frames, as also some scenes where could get some improvement here and there.
Even so, overall, the animation is pretty solid. The character design is good and the creators know how to give a dark vibe to the scene. Moreover, even when there are no fights, we do get some gorgeous pics.
And, to be honest, I don’t mind the slower pace in movement to have the extremely well-done battles which Fire Force gives us. They are one of a kind and I can’t even remember the last time I watched something so well done.
A Fresh Concept
Every time I finish a season, I always think to myself what are they going to do now. Clearly, all good ideas were already taken and we are only getting recycled ideas from now on. And, every time I’m proven wrong. I don’t know how, but it seems there is always a story set in a distinct setting coming our way.
I would never think about the setting they are using in Fire Force. Who would have thought that someone was going to get inspiration on firefighters and create a Shounen from there? I’m amazed and extremely happy to see that I’m proven wrong and creativity has no boundaries.
It’s nice to see an Anime that doesn’t follow clichés or tries to follow story paths similar to other popular Anime. Of course, we have what you would expect from a shounen. The main character is hated all his childhood and wants to be a hero for example. However, it’s more than that! Again, with such detailed backgrounds, the characters become like people. By becoming like people, they are always different from any other character out there, even with similar traits.
The only thing I would change is the jokes and fanservice. I feel both are way too into your face and not really that amazing. At least, for me, the jokes never work and… When it comes to the fanservice, I just feel they are trying too hard. The rest though is nicely done!
Is Fire Force Worth Watching?
The quick answer is yes! As I said, Fire Force is a pretty decent and solid Anime. It has a good build-up so far and it seems it will have a compelling story. Even if it doesn’t, there is no way you can turn your back to such good animation.
What about you? Have you watched Fire Force? What are your thoughts on it? Tell me everything in the comments down below! 🙂