Fire Force

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Fire Force
Fire Force, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Fire Force, featuring Shinra Kusakabe
炎炎ノ消防隊
(En'en no Shōbōtai)
GenreAdventure,[1] dark fantasy,[2] science fiction[3]
Manga
Written byAtsushi Ōkubo
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runSeptember 23, 2015 – present
Volumes20 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byYuki Yase
Written byYamato Haijima
Music byKenichiro Suehiro
StudioDavid Production
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS)
English network
Original run July 5, 2019 – present
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
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Fire Force (Japanese: 炎炎ノ消防隊, Hepburn: En'en no Shōbōtai, literally "Blazing Firefighting Corps") is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It is published by Kodansha and has been serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine since September 23, 2015, with the chapters collected into twenty tankōbon volumes as of October 2019. An anime television series adaptation by David Production premiered on July 5, 2019 on the Super Animeism block.

Synopsis[edit]

Setting[edit]

The Great Disaster (大災害, Daisaigai) is an event that happened two hundred and fifty years before Year 198. The incident involved flames exploding around the world, devastating it and leaving most parts of the planet uninhabitable. Continents were torn apart and some nations were utterly obliterated. As a result, survivors fled to the Tokyo Empire, which remained mostly stable during the period. Japan is now much smaller with people gathered within the small Tokyo Empire where the Holy Sol Temple and Haijima Industries have developed the Amaterasu, a perpetual thermal energy plant. In the year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades called the Fire Force fight increasing incidents of spontaneous human combustion where human beings are turned into living infernos called "Infernals" (焰ビト, Homura Bito). While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess pyrokinesis while retaining human form. The Fire Force was formed by combining people with these powers from the Holy Sol Temple, The Tokyo Armed Forces and the Fire Defense Agency, and is composed by eight independent companies.

Plot[edit]

Shinra Kusakabe is a third generation pyrokinetic youth who gained the nickname "Devil's Footprints" for his ability to ignite his feet at will. He joins the Special Fire Force Company 8, which features other flames users who have the task of both working to extinguish any Infernals they encounter, and investigate companies 1 through 7. As a faction that creates Infernals appears, Shinra begins to learn about the cause of the mysterious fire that killed his family 12 years ago.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Fire Force is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It began its serialization in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine on September 23, 2015.[3] Its individual chapters have been collected into twenty tankōbon volumes by Kodansha as of October 2019,[4] the first released on February 17, 2016.[5] In a July 2019 interview, the creator stated that he expected the manga's ending to be "probably Volume 30. It could change. But no more than 50".[6] The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by Kodansha USA, which has published the first volume on November 8, 2016.[7][8]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by studio David Production was announced on November 14, 2018.[9] The series is directed by Yuki Yase, with Yamato Haijima handling the series' scripts, Hideyuki Morioka designing the characters and Kenichiro Suehiro composing the music.[10] The series premiered on July 5, 2019 on Japan News Network stations MBS and TBS as part of the Super Animeism block.[11][12] It will run for 24 episodes.[13] Funimation has licensed the series for streaming on FunimationNow.[14] The opening theme is "Inferno" (インフェルノ) by Mrs. Green Apple and the ending theme is "veil" by Keina Suda.[15][16] The second opening theme is "MAYDAY feat. Ryo from Crystal Lake" by Coldrain and the second ending is "Nо̄nai" by Lenny code fiction.[17][18] Due to the Kyoto Animation arson attack on July 18, 2019, Episode 3, which was originally scheduled to air on July 19, 2019, was postponed to July 26, 2019.[19][20]

On July 19, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block on July 27, 2019.[21]

Reception[edit]

As of January, 2018, the manga had 1.8 million copies in print. As of November, 2018, the manga had 2.4 million copies[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fire Force Vol. 1". ComiXology. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Chapman, Paul (June 15, 2019). "Funimation Heats Up Their Summer 2019 Season with Fire Force & More". Crunchyroll. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 7, 2015). "Soul Eater's Atsushi Ohkubo Starts En En no Shōbōtai Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  4. ^ 炎炎ノ消防隊(20) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  5. ^ 炎炎ノ消防隊(1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Frye, Patrick (July 15, 2019). "Interview: Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai) manga's ending, Shinra's character design, and anime discussed by series creator Atsushi Okubo at Anime Expo 2019". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 2, 2016). "Kodansha USA Adds Ichi-F, Fire Force Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Fire Force 1". Random House. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (November 13, 2018). "Fire Force Manga by Soul Eater's Atsushi Ohkubo Gets TV Anime by David Production". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Loo, Egan (December 25, 2018). "Fire Force TV Anime Reveals Main Staff". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Mateo, Alex (January 8, 2019). "Fire Force Anime Slated for This Year". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Loo, Egan (March 17, 2019). "Fire Force TV Anime's 2nd Teaser Reveals July 5 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  13. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 7, 2019). "Fire Force Anime to Have 24 Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Ressler, Karen (February 26, 2019). "Funimation to Stream Fire Force Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (June 18, 2019). "Fire Force Anime's Video Previews Opening Theme Song, Battle Scene". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  16. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 28, 2019). "Keina Suda Performs Fire Force Anime's Ending Theme Songs". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Mateo, Alex (August 26, 2019). "coldrain Perform Fire Force Anime's New Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Mateo, Alex (October 11, 2019). "Lenny code fiction Perform Fire Force Anime's New Ending Theme Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  19. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 19, 2019). "Fire Force Anime Halts Friday's Planned Airing, Streaming of 3rd Episode". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  20. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 25, 2019). "Fire Force Anime Resumes Broadcast With 3rd Episode on Friday". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  21. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 19, 2019). "Fire Force TV Anime Debuts on Toonami on July 27". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  22. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (January 18, 2018). "Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force Manga Has 1.8 Million Copies in Print". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 8, 2019.

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