Fire Force Anime review and The Upcoming Censorship?

Fire Force, like most anime, this anime began as a manga which performed spectacularly well in the manga sector. Atsushi Ōkubo, the mangaka is known for being focused into the drawing part of the artform.

Splended Animation and Artstyle influence by the Mangaka

Fire Force takes hues of its concepts from the Avatar franchise. The anime is set in whats called the Solar year 198 where the world has people who break into abrupt flames and cause arson. The protagonist has been drawn as a lanky kid who is classified as a third-generation pyrotechnic, can create fires from thin air while the second generations can only manipulate the existing flames.

Dynamic and no budget cuts method of animation

The first episode of the anime was received with delight across the globe and it started out as a hit since its inception. And….so did the second episode.

And now we come to the third episode. Tragedy struck the Japanese city of Kyoto as a 40-something-year-old arsonist poured petrol inside Kyoto Animation Studio and ignited it after breaking into the place. The 33 casualties have been the greatest loss to Japan in a very long time in a country that has almost mostly seen a very low crime rate. 36 people have been admitted to the hospital with severe burns and injuries due to the explosion that preceded the fire according to a few eyewitnesses.

Source: AFP

You can get the full story here.

This incident in KyoAni was clearly an arson and as such, releasing an anime about arson in such a short span of time since the incident would be of poor taste. Hence David Production, in view of these incidents have decided to tweak the animation of the anime, such as changing the colour of the fire and a few more minor tweaks to try and pay respect to the feelings of the ones injured and/or lost because of the incident.

hint: he isnt smiling because he is happy

Coming back to the anime; the anime fares well in character selection, animation and pace of the plot but somewhat fails to invoke any form of strong emotion towards the protagonist’s tragic past. This emotion often plays an important role in major shounen anime, however I would like to see how the anime plays out in general.

Final Verdict

The anime fares splendidly well for an anime that has released a mere 2 episodes. And the sensitivity shown by the production studio has to be admired.

myanimelist gave it an 8.2/10 with 22541 votes!

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14 Responses

  1. returned from a short hiatus last week to debut a new episode. The anime was delayed a week after Kyoto Animation, one of Japan’s premiere production studios, was attacked by an arsonist. More than 30 employees at the revered studio died in the fire, and Fire Force chose to delay its next episode out of respect. However, the anime returned this week with some censorship in tow.

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