Disclaimer: Includes spoilers for Fire Force
We’ve had our fair share of heroes in anime.
Most notably, the bored hero who is too overpowered and the hero who thought he could never become one due to his lack of ability. Perhaps you’d want to include the hero that’s overly cautious?
Anyways, Fire Force is centered around a self-proclaimed hero who is called a devil by those around him. As much as he has had a desire to be hero since young like Deku (hair eater), due to a tragic incident which robbed him of his mother and brother, he ended up getting called a devil.
Cause he smiles “creepily” when nervous and gave others the impression that he wasn’t sad that his mother and brother died. His smile alone gave them the impression that he was the one behind the tragic incident.
Of course, a main character isn’t a main character without a tragic backstory unless it’s Yuru Camp or Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou or Asobi Asobase or Wasteful Days of Highschool Girls or… well you get what I mean.
Shinra, the main character of Fire Force, constantly tries hard to fight to protect others with the power of the flame which he despises (since the flames took everything from him). A true show about fighting fire with fire. Despite what others may have said to him in the past, he proves his worth by doing good work as part of the 8th company. Soon after enlisting, he is shown gratitude by those who he helped.
The 8th company is shown to exhibit more compassion than other companies as their first priority is always to support those left behind by those who combusted and turned to infernals.
A perfect company for a “hero” to be in don’t you think?
As a character, Shinra doesn’t show much growth (perhaps I’m blind idk). It’s more of an anime where the main character is good enough as he is and should remain the straightforward hero who focuses on helping those he cares about. He did grow in terms of power as he gradually learnt to harness his potential that had supposedly been there from the start.
But what I’m talking about is his mentality. Not much changed throughout the series as he was always working with a singular goal in mind. (please don’t kill me if I’m wrong, I think I made a mistake watching this anime in bits and pieces between a ton of other anime)
If there is something I want to mention that I feel we should learn from Shinra, it would be that one statement he made when trying to learn to condense his flame.
“Thinking about something that I haven’t done is a waste of time. I just need to keep trying.”
Many of us often end up worrying about a lot of things leaving us little time to actually do anything about the problems in front of us. While it is sometimes good to think things through before acting, it won’t help to think too much when you won’t be able to come up with an answer no matter how hard you think. Sometimes, trial and error is the only way to go.
Licht also supported what Shinra said by saying, “Just about all problems can be solved by saying, ‘whatever, just do it,’ or ‘well, time to give up.’ “
After all, “You first have to stand at the starting line before you even realise what the problem you should be thinking about is. Not knowing what the problem is before trying it is what makes it hard.” (also what Licht said)
In other words, in your trial and error, you may come across something that does something to help your situation (vague I know). However, after finding that something, you can then try to think of how to achieve the same thing but more efficiently. Since you have a starting point, you know what to think about. Sometimes when we are worrying about something, our thoughts are just all over the place and there is no clear goal. That’s why it’s important to just try a bunch of stuff first to find the starting point.
No? Well I just liked the quote and wanted to try talking about it. You can tell me what you think of it in the comments below.
Anyways, moving on… you probably noticed I skipped a huge part in the middle where a ton of messy and sad things happened. Well, that’s cause I don’t like talking about sad things and there’s not much for me to say about the bugs and betrayal and stuff.
Yeah, I could talk about how I liked how Vulcan was trying to create his own “family” with unbreakable bonds. Kind of reminded me of Whitebeard from One Piece. Sad that just like everything else, bonds are far more fragile than we’d like them to be though…
Ah! I’m straying from the title topic which is talking about a hero – Shinra…
Honestly, I just couldn’t think of a better name for my post and I don’t want to call this a review cause… well it’s not quite a review in my opinion.
The animation was beautiful to watch but only some of the fight scenes felt truly epic. It’s been awhile since I’ve watched an action anime with beautifully flashy fight scenes.
Okay, seeing how I’ve started talking about the animation instead of characters and plot, I think it’s about time to wrap up this post.
Overall, Fire Force was relatively fun to watch with great animation but I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourite anime. The ending was at least better than Babylon or Oresuki though. So I’m at least grateful for that.
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