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Fire Force

Fire Force
Fire Force, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Fire Force, featuring Shinra Kusakabe

(En'en no Sh?b?tai)
Genre
Manga
Written byAtsushi ?kubo
Published byKodansha
English publisher
ImprintSh?nen Magazine Comics
MagazineWeekly Sh?nen Magazine
DemographicSh?nen
Original run - present
Volumes29 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
Written by
  • Yamato Haijima (S1)
  • Tatsuma Minamikawa (S2)
Music byKenichiro Suehiro
StudioDavid Production
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS)
English network
Original run -
Episodes48 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Fire Force[Jp. 1] is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi ?kubo. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Sh?nen Magazine since September 2015, and collected into 29 tank?bon volumes as of June 2021. In North America, the manga has been licensed for English language release by Kodansha USA.

An anime television series adaptation by David Production aired from July to December 2019 on the MBS's Super Animeism block. A second season aired from July to December 2020. The anime television series has been licensed by Funimation.

Synopsis

Setting

The Great Cataclysm[Jp. 2] is an event that happened two hundred and fifty years ago, 50 years before the Solar year 0. During it, the world was set on fire, and many nations were wiped out with only few inhabitable areas left in the aftermath. The survivors took refuge in the Tokyo Empire, which remained mostly stable during the period despite losing some of its landmass. The Tokyo Emperor Raffles I establishes the faith of the Holy Sol Temple as it and Haijima Industries developed the perpetual thermal energy plant Amaterasu to power the country.

In Year 198 of Tokyo's Solar Era, special fire brigades called the Fire Force fight increasing incidents of spontaneous human combustion where human beings are turned into living infernos called "Infernals".[Jp. 3] While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, with more powerful horned variations known as Demons, later generations possess pyrokinesis while retaining human form. The Fire Force was formed by combining people with these powers from the Holy Sol Temple, The Tokyo Armed Forces, and the Fire Defense Agency, and is composed of eight independent companies.

Plot

Shinra Kusakabe is a third generation pyrokinetic youth who gained the nickname "Devil's Footprints" for his ability to ignite his feet at will, and was ostracized as a child for the fire that killed his mother and younger brother Sho 12 years ago. He joins Special Fire Force Company 8, which features other pyrokinetics who dedicated themselves to ending the Infernal attacks for good while investigating Companies 1 through 7 for potential corruption in their ranks. Shinra begins to learn that the fire that killed his mother was a cover for Sho to be taken by the White Clad, a doomsday cult behind the Infernal attacks with agents within the facets of the Tokyo Empire. Company 8 and their allies oppose the White Clad while learning of their goal to gather eight individuals like Shinra and Sho to repeat the Great Cataclysm for an ancient being who manipulated humanity for that very purpose.

Media

Manga

Fire Force is written and illustrated by Atsushi ?kubo. It began its serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Sh?nen Magazine on September 23, 2015.[3][4] In May 2020, ?kubo announced that Fire Force is in its final stage and that it would be his final manga.[5] Kodansha has collected its chapters into individual tank?bon volumes. The first volume was released on February 17, 2016.[6] As of June 17, 2021, twenty-nine volumes have been released.[7]

The series is licensed for English release in North America by Kodansha USA, which published the first volume on November 8, 2016.[8][9]

Anime

An anime television series adaptation by studio David Production was announced on November 14, 2018.[10] The series was directed by Yuki Yase, with Yamato Haijima handling the series' scripts, Hideyuki Morioka designing the characters and Kenichiro Suehiro composing the music.[11] The series aired from July 6 to December 28, 2019 on MBS and TBS as part of the Super Animeism block.[12][13] It ran for 24 episodes.[14] Due to the Kyoto Animation arson attack on July 18, 2019, Episode 3, which was originally scheduled to air on July 19, 2019, was postponed to July 26, 2019.[15][16] The first opening theme is "Inferno"[Jp. 4] by Mrs. Green Apple and the first ending theme is "veil" by Keina Suda.[17][18] The second opening theme is "MAYDAY" by Coldrain feat. Ryo from Crystal Lake from their album The Side Effects and the second ending is "Nnai" by Lenny code fiction.[19][20]

A second season was announced in December 2019,[21] and it aired from July 4 to December 12, 2020.[22] In May 2020, a promotional video for the second season was released. The second season was directed by Tatsuma Minamikawa (replacing Yuki Yase from the previous season). The second season ran for 24 episodes.[23] The first opening theme is "SPARK-AGAIN", performed by Aimer,[24] while the first ending theme is "ID", performed by Cider Girl.[25] The second opening theme is "Torch of Liberty", performed by Kana-Boon, while the second ending theme is "Desire", performed by Pelican Fanclub.[26][27]

Funimation has licensed the series for streaming on FunimationNow.[28] The series was simulcast in Southeast Asia on Aniplus Asia. On July 19, 2019, it was announced that Funimation's English dub of the series would premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block on July 28, 2019.[29] The second season premiered on Toonami on November 8, 2020, two weeks later than its original scheduled date.[30][31]

Stage play

In 2020, A stage-play adaptation of the series ran from July 31 to August 2 at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka and from August 7 to August 9 at KT Zepp Yokohama in Kanagawa. The play is directed by Sho Kubota, the scriptwriter is Yusei Naruse, and music composer is Masaki Miyoshi. The protagonist Shinra Kusakabe was played by Hikaru Makishima.[32]

Reception

As of January 2018, the manga had 1.8 million copies in circulation.[33] As of June 2020, the manga had 7.3 million copies in circulation.[34] As of July 2020, the manga had over 10 million copies in circulation.[35] As of October 2020, the manga had over 12 million copies in circulation.[36] As of April 2021, the manga had over 15 million copies in circulation.[37] As of June 2021, the manga had over 16 million copies in circulation.[38]

The series ranked #13 on the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2017" poll by Honya Club online bookstore.[39] Gadget Ts?shin listed "Látom" in their 2019 anime buzzwords list.[40] On TV Asahi's Manga S?senkyo 2021 poll, in which 150.000 people voted for their top 100 manga series, Fire Force ranked #84.[41] The manga was nominated for the 45th Kodansha Manga Award in the sh?nen category in 2021.[42]

Notes

  1. ^ Japanese: , Hepburn: En'en no Sh?b?tai, lit. "Blazing Fire Brigade"
  2. ^ , Daisaigai
  3. ^ , Homura Bito
  4. ^

References

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  38. ^ @FireForce_PR (June 16, 2021). ?29? 6?17?(?)?!!1600 ...! !&?!? # (Tweet). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.
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