Fire Force

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:46 pm
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From the creator of Soul Eater.

The first chapter is available to read in its entirety for free on Kodansha's website, but here's a look at most of it here if you can't look at their reader.

Also, warning for violence.



We begin with this narration:
People die for all kinds of reasons. Old age, suicide, illness. In our world today, the number one most terrifying cause of death... is death by fire.

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We then meet this kid who, whenever nervous or uncomfortable, smiles rather creepily. He's on his way to work or school, taking the train to wherever he wants to get to, thinking he could use his power to get where he needs to be quicker. However, an alarm blares...

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A piece of debris starts to falling towards the sister, but the kid watching quickly rescues her, boosting up to her with fire-powered feet. Once everyone notices him, he formally introduces himself as Shinra Kusakabe, the kid with the Devil's Footprints and the newest member of Special Fire Force Company 8, their team.

Cut to the Special Fire Cathedral 8, which acts as their base. It's rundown despite the company being pretty new, but anyhow. Time to meet and greet the team!

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Shinra explains he joined the force to be a hero, but Takehisa dismisses him as just a punk kid with a bad rap, who just joined to force to earn some points. Shinra doesn't respond, just thinking he doesn't care what he said, just that he wants to be a hero. Now onto the female members!

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Now the captain gives the speech from the beginning of the chapter, before going into more detail about why death by fire now is the most terrifying thing in the world.

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That day... I saw a black shadow... there was a black shadow there... and it wasn't me.

Suddenly, the alarm blares and Maki Oze comes to get Shinra, telling him an infernal has been spotted and he change in the "Matchbox".

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And so ends Chapter 0. While not apparent yet, what I ultimately appreciate about Fire Force is that it wastes no times. In the first volume alone, it introduces the main cast, the rival figure, shows our main character in action, builds up some of the cast, shows their bigger world out there with more companies with their own unique firefighters, and even introduces a big villain. So many series take their time to varying degrees of quality, but it is refreshing to just get so much done quickly.

The first chapter is perfectly fine at getting things started, but the real fun and where it gets good is in the coming chapters. I may do another post on this eventually, but until then, what did you think?

Date: 2017-03-26 07:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
This is the mos anime thing I've seen in a while and I LOVE it.

Date: 2017-03-26 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
I've seen this in bookstores and have been unsure what to make of it's concept.

Date: 2017-03-26 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
I would have gone with "Is there a reason to NOT smile when somene is taking a picture?" but that works too, i guess...

Date: 2017-03-26 10:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
There's smiles, and there's *big grins*. I don't see many of the latter on ID photos!

Date: 2017-03-26 11:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Well. On the one hand, I'm not exactly impressed by what I'm seeing here. On the other hand, Soul Eater was very good, so I'm inclined to trust the author.

Date: 2017-03-28 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mizerous
Yeah it seems an awful lot like Soul Eater in this first chapter.

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