Fire Force

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Fire Force
Fire Force, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of the manga featuring Shinra.
炎炎ノ消防隊
(En'en no Shōbōtai)
GenreAdventure,[1] dark fantasy,[2] science fiction[3]
Manga
Written byAtsushi Ōkubo
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runSeptember 23, 2015 – present
Volumes16 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byYuki Yase
Written byYamato Haishima
Music byKenichiro Suehiro
StudioDavid Production
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS)
Original run July 5, 2019 – present
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
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Fire Force (Japanese: 炎炎ノ消防隊, Hepburn: En'en no Shōbōtai, literally "Blazing Firefighting Corps") is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It is published by Kodansha and has been serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine since September 23, 2015, with the chapters collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes as of April 2019. An anime television series adaptation by David Production premiered on July 5, 2019 on the Super Animeism block.

Plot[edit]

Year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called "Infernals" (焰ビト, Homura Bito). While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a third generation pyrotechnic youth who gained the nickname Devil's Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which is composed of other flames users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shinra begins to find out the cause of a mysterious fire that killed his family 12 years earlier.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Fire Force is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It began its serialization in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine on September 23, 2015.[3] Its individual chapters have been collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes by Kodansha as of April 2019,[4] the first released on February 17, 2016.[5] The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Kodansha USA, which has published the first volume on November 8, 2016.[6][7]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by studio David Production was announced on November 14, 2018.[8] The series will be directed by Yuki Yase, with Yamato Haishima handling the series' scripts, Hideyuki Morioka designing the characters and Kenichiro Suehiro composing the music.[9] The series premiered on July 5, 2019 on Japan News Network stations MBS and TBS as part of the Super Animeism block.[10][11] It will run for 24 episodes.[12] Funimation has licensed the series for streaming on FunimationNow.[13] The opening theme is "Inferno" (インフェルノ) by Mrs. Green Apple and the ending theme is "veil" by Keina Suda.[14][15]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Shinra Kusakabe Enlists"
Transcription: "Shinra Kusakabe, Nyūtai" (Japanese: 森羅 日下部、入隊)
Yuki YaseYamato HaishimaJuly 5, 2019 (2019-07-05)
Shinra Kusakabe, a youth dubbed "Devil's Footprints" due to his power to ignite his feet at will, joins Special Fire Force Company 8, a specialised fire brigade of pyrokinetics which destroys Infernals, sympathetically described as putting their human souls to rest. Shinra is quickly dispatched on his first mission to save the wife of a factory owner that has become an Infernal. In the midst of the emergency, he recalls accidentally burning down his house and killing his family with his powers as a child, causing him to be feared and neglected, as well as leaving him with the desire to become a hero and save people. Shinra successfully destroys the Infernal and the factory owner thanks Shinra profusely for laying his wife to rest.
2"The Heart of a Fire Soldier"
Transcription: "Shōbōkan no Kokoro" (Japanese: 消防官の心)
Shuntarō TozawaYoriko Tomita
Yamato Haishima
July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Shinra is told about the upcoming Rookie Fire Soldier Games and how he and the new recruit, Arthur Boyle, will represent Special Fire Force Company 8. Leiutenant Hinawa orders Maki to test their abilities before the games, and she easily defeats them because of their overconfidence as third generation pyrokinetics. Suddenly, the company receives an emergency call of an Infernal in a detached house in the Iriya District. When they arrive, Arthur and Shinra both draw their weapons in public against the Captain orders, an act he says can distress the next of kin. The team enter the house and Arthur easily dispatches the Infernal, but it is a trap, and a mysterious character causes the house to burst into flames and collapse. The Captain consoles Mikako, the young girl whose parents have both become Infernals, causing Arthur and Shinra learn more about the responsibilities of being in the Special Fire Force.
3"The Rookie Fire Soldier Games"
Transcription: "Shōbōkan Shinjin Taikai" (Japanese: 消防官新人大会)
TBATBAJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)

Reception[edit]

As of January, 2018, the manga had 1.8 million copies in print.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fire Force Vol. 1". ComiXology. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "大久保篤『炎炎ノ消防隊』がTVアニメ化 人体自然発火現象と"特殊消防隊"を描く灼熱のダークファンタジー". ほんのひきだし (in Japanese). NIPPAN. November 15, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 7, 2015). "Soul Eater's Atsushi Ohkubo Starts En En no Shōbōtai Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  4. ^ 炎炎ノ消防隊(16) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  5. ^ 炎炎ノ消防隊(1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 2, 2016). "Kodansha USA Adds Ichi-F, Fire Force Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Fire Force 1". Random House. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (November 13, 2018). "Fire Force Manga by Soul Eater's Atsushi Ohkubo Gets TV Anime by David Production". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Loo, Egan (December 25, 2018). "Fire Force TV Anime Reveals Main Staff". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Mateo, Alex (January 8, 2019). "Fire Force Anime Slated for This Year". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Loo, Egan (March 17, 2019). "Fire Force TV Anime's 2nd Teaser Reveals July 5 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 7, 2019). "Fire Force Anime to Have 24 Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Ressler, Karen (February 26, 2019). "Funimation to Stream Fire Force Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  14. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (June 18, 2019). "Fire Force Anime's Video Previews Opening Theme Song, Battle Scene". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  15. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 28, 2019). "Keina Suda Performs Fire Force Anime's Ending Theme Songs". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  16. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (January 18, 2018). "Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force Manga Has 1.8 Million Copies in Print". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.

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