Usually when I want to talk about an anime, I tend to wait until I’m decently far or have actually finished. I don’t think I’ve ever written about an anime when I was only five episodes in.. until now. Just in case you guys aren’t already aware, Fire Force is an anime written by the creators of Soul Eater.
If you’ve been on my blog before, I’ve spoken a lot about Soul Eater, on both good and bad. It’s a good anime, and sure, I’ve ranted a lot about the ending and things like that, but all in all it’s decent.
To begin, Fire Force is about a special force of firefighters who fight creatures called Infernals, who are created when people spontaneously combust. Not only that, but normal humans started to gain fire powers, and use those to fight them as well.
All in all, it is a good idea, and frankly, I would’ve never suspected that someone would create an anime about fire fighters. Honestly? I was very intrigued by the idea, and wanted to know more about it. The art style was pretty good in my opinion, and I was intensely interested in how the whole show was going to play out. Who wouldn’t be?
So that’s when I settled down on my couch, ready to take mental notes on everything so I could share it with you all. Frankly though?..
…it was okay. It wasn’t the best show in the world, and so far there’s points they hit really well on, and others that weren’t so good. Part of me really wanted to love the show, but I couldn’t really.
Maybe that seems confusing, but that’s how I felt going into it. I like some of the characters, and the idea in itself is super fascinating! For me, it just seemed to go too fast, and try too hard to catch the viewers attention. I’m sure people like me, that were curious about the idea, sell on that. The first episode felt like they shoved too much action in, and too much of the characters backstory. I feel like you should focus on selling your idea, rather than trying to hit all the points of interesting plot devices at once.
If it were me, I probably would’ve alluded to the main characters past, rather than sharing the whole thing. It’s not always a good thing that the viewer knows the whole past of the character episode one. It would’ve been more interesting to show a single flashback that was shady. That catches my attention more.
Now I hear some people in my head. “but theanimegeek, you’re focusing on the first episode, most anime do struggle with flowing storyline, they tend to get better later”. I agree, and yeah some anime that are realy good and a sorta “eh” start to it. Knowing there were only five episodes on Crunchyroll, I kept going my loyal readers.
It did get better, and honestly it did a little bit of a better job. The villains? Pretty good, and I enjoy seeing villains in anime that aren’t stereotypical. I like that they don’t immediately show their motives and plans, I do. I like when main characters are interesting but not vital to them. That I did enjoy, and I’m more than fascinated and want to keep going to see what they want.
But, at the same time, I love a few of the main characters, and their personalities really do match what they’re there for in the show. I am a little disappointed that the team lacks in foresight. They tend to be a little too impulsive, which I can see kicking them later on when things go very, very much awry.
So all in all? It’s decent, but not one of my favorite anime out there. I like the concept, even though they barely talk about some of the more important things for the viewer. I won’t stop watching it, but it’s also not an anime I’m prioritizing to watch. I’ll probably start up Hunter x Hunter or finish watching Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?. Heck, I should probably go back to The Time I was Reincarnated as a Slime as well.
This is probably not the last time I’ll write about this, but unless something more interesting comes up I may write about it soon. I’m in a bit of a slump right now with anime, so we’ll see how this all goes. You may hear from me about Haikyuu, as I’m almost done (a season left to go).
Please remember, these are my opinions and I wouldn’t let my slight disappointment stop you from watching it. There are good points to it, and I’d like to see some of you watching it as well. It’s really not terrible, just a few things I wish they did differently is all.
I’ll be sure to write soon- I’m sure there’s something I’m missing out on that is very interesting or important, but don’t worry! I’ll start watching more iconic ones soon! But for now, this is theanimegeek signing off once again!