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Fire Force Episodes #12 – 13 Anime Review

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Eve of Hostilities in Asakusa and The Trap is Set
© Atsushi Ohkubo / Kodansha

What They Say:
Eve of Hostilities in Asakusa and The Trap is Set

The Review: 
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Leaders like Obi and Benimaru show why they have the admiration of the people around them. They’re both characters who have minor flaws but that doesn’t stop them from being leaders. Benimaru is accepted by everyone around him but constantly second-guessing himself and wonders if he is the right person for the job. It’s refreshing to see a person who has anxiety but still doing what is best for everyone around him. Obi throws himself into the fire despite not having any special abilities.   

Benimaru is built up to be a strong fighter as he is able to beat up most of Company 8’s members. He is stopped from unleashing his final attack and beating Obi by Konro. I hope future episodes touch upon his strength.

There is also another leader, Hibana from Squad 5, who appears in this episode but the reason why so many people admire her is comedic and a little bit unknown. I understand that so many members of Squad 5 have a fetish to be punished and stepped on by Hibana and they severely enjoy it. I don’t feel like this squad is capable of working as a team. This kind of comedy can only work for so long and its already starting to feel dry. 

A villain who can make his followers look like other people is a tactic that is played out perfectly in these two episodes. This tactic manages to put Company 7 against Company 8 and splits the town of Asakusa apart as villagers who were once friendly neighbors are at each other’s throats.  This tactic manages to bring confusing and its amplified as the villains starting turning people to Infernos.  It’s a bit weird how Authur is the only one able to see through the disguises. There no given explanation for why he is able to do this. 

Authur is given a brief moment to shine and then he goes back to being the village idiot as he says “if you use tricky words like left or north, I’m not gonna know what you’re saying, so make sure you point, okay.” I just don’t know how to feel about this character. He isn’t a character I can feel pity for. It’s not hilarious and I feel he needs less screen time.

© Atsushi Ohkubo / Kodansha

Shinra and Authur’s lack of teamwork makes for great comedic moments. They have to face a villain duo who are able to flawlessly work as a team while they struggle. Their lack of teamwork was previously mentioned in the earlier episodes and it’s great to see that it’s finally addressed again. It was also nice to see Shinra get knocked off his high horse when it comes to making fun of Authur and have some humility. One problem I had during these scenes is that Shinra and Authur have some time to plan how they will work together and the villain duo just stands there waiting for them.

Summary:
This episode focus on what makes a leader great and how they are viewed by their members. The one thing that Fire Force lacks in what it considers to be comedic moments. There are some moments that Fire Force tries so hard to have a laugh but just fails so hard. Moments like where Authur’s lack of common sense and Tamaki’s Lucky Lecher ability come into play are just not needed and distracting from the rest of the episode. There are some moments where the comedy parts feel natural and easy to laugh at.  

Grade: A-

Streamed by: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Toonami