But I do hope we get to see more of the 7. They were a fun bunch and we got very little development for them.We got pretty pictures and I’ve put way too many of them together in my gallery post as usual! Check it out here.I’m not sure how to take this
What Did Happen
Through this chaos, Benimaru actually managed to meet up with Shinra and Arthur and take over the infernal fight as his sense of duty to his town and his loyalty to Konro allowed for nothing else. Unfortunatly, that fire archer was still looming near by and when the fight became aria, she took the opportunity to try to take Beni out.
Shinra to the rescue, deflecting the arrow and helping Beni get down once everything was over.And the Party! Ok just one shared drink but hey, that’s better than nothing. Turns out Beni is a fun and cheap drunk too. I knew I liked this guy!
all good parties end this way
What About the Characters
At one point you see Benimaru standing above the city with the traditional Japanese style rooftops reflecting the many fires and off in the far distance you can see a modern skyline of glinting skyscrapers. The difference between the two really put everything into context. Asakusa is just different in so many ways but that’s what makes it charming and company 7 is a reflection of the unique personality.
I guess we also got a bit of a feel for that archer. Calm and almost a little doleful, she seemed to be an ideologue. The way she spoke about where Shinra “should” be and her lack of reaction at everything that was happening showed us a soldier on a mission for a greater goal. She isn’t completely uncaring and expressed sadness at the loss of her compatriot but she clearly has something she feels she must do. It’s not personal…
What I Liked
The pacing was just wonderful. I mean the editing was so tight that I was honestly tense during Benimaru’s fight. I knew he would win, that was obvious. Fire Force has been completely unwilling to kill its darlings so far and I have no reason to think this will ever change. Yet as I watched that arrow speed towards the company 7 chief I got so tense I bit through the pen I use to take notes and almost ended up with a mouthful of black ink. That’s impressive in my opinion.I like that even the pyrotechnic abilities of the members of company 7 are inspired by classical Japanese culture.
What I Liked Less
I mention it in my gallery but the character models seem to get a bit wonky in distance shots. Because the visuals in Fire Force are one of the elements I enjoy the most, this is a big deal.
Even though I did truly enjoy the Asukasa arc, I’m beginning to find that this “company” of the week plot structure has gone on for a bit too long. I’m starting to get impatient about going back to the main story line and I’m worried it’s gotten jumbled with too many players introduced.
Once again, they gave Shinra a very cheesy Big Hero Moment. It’s a bit unsubtle for my tastes.
I think one of Fire Force’s biggest weaknesses for me is how inconsistent it is for my tastes. I never know if I will find an episode exhilarating, grating, boring, super fun or just plain bad. Honestly anything goes and it’s hard to predict from one week to the next.
I like this week and that’s all I can say.
Contributed by Irina
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Images from: Fire Force. Dir. Y Yase. David Production. 2019.