Somewhere along the way, Fire Force seemed to drastically veer away from one of the aspects of the show that most drew me to it when I first started watching it. During my initial “3 Episode Rule” post, I spoke about Fire force’s more macabre tone and how it dealt with the horrors of people turning into monsters at random and the pain and respect the main characters paid to those they were dispatching, as well as those who were left behind.
I felt that this episode of Fire Force was really its best opportunity to give its characters some time to breathe and grow, but it ends up bundling that in favour of adding a few more convoluted plot contrivances. Fire Force really is becoming a prime example of form over function in a series, with it’s character being the main casualty of this approach.
I am having a number of mixed feelings when it comes to this show. Feelings that are mostly centred on a single thing I can’t help but get hung up on when watching a show like this. I run the risk of having a pretty unpopular opinion here, but I’m just going to come out and say it: I just don’t like fan service in anime.