My personal break from blogging seemed to come to a pretty well timed end with Fire Force coming after its own break. And I don’t know if it’s just the weird mood I’m in right now, but upon watching this episode, I’m kind of struggling to remember why I was enjoying this show so much in the begging. Maybe it’s a lack of Demon Slayer to just fill me with good will towards all anime.
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.