Shinra’s fight is interrupted when Nataku’s Adolla burst awakens. Licht gives the signal and the Eighth bursts into the complex. However, Kurono isn’t willing to give up Nataku. That’s when the White Clad arrive!
Fire Force (Episode 39) – A Three-Way Melee
There’s a commotion in the lab besides the fight between Kurono and Shinra and it’s coming from Nataku. It would appear that Shinra’s presence has caused his Adolla burst to awaken, making him the Sixth Pillar. Licht alerts Obi who instantly crashes through the gates in the Matchbox. They’re in a hurry to find Shinra and Licht, but then a tiny toy puppet flips the Matchbox, forcing Vulcan and Maki to fight the Puppeteer while the others look for Shinra and Licht.
Shinra is unable to get to Nataku before Kurono who has taken him hostage. Captain Obi and the others arrive, but that just gives Kurono other weaklings to go after. He attempts to attack Iris, but Obi blocks the way. Unfortunately for everyone, things are about to get a lot more complex. Inca has arrived with the White Clad and her protector Maid. She also has Charon with her since he annoyed Haumea. Anyhow, the Sixth Pillar is up for grabs and everyone wants him.
What did you think?
Well, well, well! Yomu, it would appear that things are about to get very interesting. And by interesting, I’m expecting some insane fights. I love the three-way dynamic here, especially as I don’t see any natural team-ups happening. This one was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see it go further. I do have one question to start things off – what are your thoughts on the Poot-poot Cannon?
I’m not much of a fan of fart jokes myself. But on the topic of those little robots, I did think that their strength was a little too much. I know we’re not working with a power level system here, but the idea that a single one of those could hold up Maki, flip their entire vehicle, etc. seemed unbelievable. Sure they were stopped by White Clad whats-her-name but if she weren’t there the show basically showed us a force so powerful that nothing could overcome it.
For sure. Their strength should have been based on their numbers. Beating one should have been hard, but not impossible and then realizing there were loads more would have been much more effective.
People complain about Tamaki’s fan service, but I’d argue tiny robots attacking with what looked like farts is far more distracting. I’m actually looking forward to the White Clads going nuts on Haijima, Charon versus Kurono is going to be good. Also, glad to see Arrow back. She was always my favourite of the White Clad and pairing her with Haumea seems like a great idea.
You always did like that Arrow, haha. and I agree on loving this three-way dynamic. It’s always exciting when there are more than one faction, and when the “bad” factions end up fighting between themselves. Personally, I don’t see Haijima coming out on top in any scenario here.
Unfortunately, I can see the White Clad winning this one too. They are strong and aren’t held back by any of the ideologies that the Fire Force adheres to. Plus, they can just start making Infernals if they want. I’m wondering if the Puppeteer’s giant Dominion is going to end up being a bit of an anticlimax. I can see it getting smashed to pieces. That said, I can see this splitting into a number of fights that last several episodes, similar to what happened in the first season in the Nether.
That’s a good point. It’s possible that what we’ll end up with here is a bit of chaos, and that could end with a scenario where nobody wins. The boy certainly doesn’t seem crazy like Inca, whom we both knew would align with the White Clad based on her personality. But then the boy does have that crazy guy stuck in his head, always encouraging him to get fired up, so who knows?
One thing I’m sure we’re both hoping to see is Kurono getting what he deserves. And if Charon is the one to do it, that’s certainly fine with me.
Yeah, Charon is certainly the nicer of the two… Hopefully, the Fire Force, or at least Shinra will find a way to fight them on their terms. Maybe, he’ll get a blessing from the First Pillar at some point. She could become his personal Evangelist. She seemed to like him and probably still hopes she can make him unleash his powers. Something needs to happen that tips the balance.
The First Pillar was either angry at being trapped, or she had gone insane. Either way, she wanted destruction out of him. But if she still has her sanity and really was just trying to get him to bust her out by going on a rampage, then maybe she can be reasoned with. I’m excited to see what’ll happen the next time he forms a link with her – maybe he’ll be able to better communicate.
And the balance doesn’t seem in the Fire Force’s favour for sure, so it does feel like they need a little help.
Yeah, I feel like the next time she links with him, he’ll actually have something to say to her and may even promise to free her. It’ll be a very different scenario from the last time. She will be monitoring, especially as she tipped him off about the last pillar’s awakening.
Anyhow, let’s get on with the fights!
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Shinra Kusakabe Enlists
- Episode 2 – The Heart of a Fire Soldier
- Episode 3 – The Rookie Fire Soldier Games
- Episode 4 – The Hero and the Princess
- Episode 5 – The Battle Begins
- Episode 6 – The Spark of Promise
- Episode 7 – The Investigation of the 1st Commences
- Episode 8 – Infernal Insects
- Episode 9 – The Spreading Malice
- Episode 10 – The Promise
- Episode 11 – Formation of Special Fire Force Company 8 – The Mightiest Hikeshi
- Episode 12 – Eve of Hostilities in Asakusa
- Episode 13 – The Trap Is Set
- Episode 14 – For Whom the Flames Burn
- Episode 15 – The Blacksmith’s Dream
- Episode 16 – We Are Family
- Episode 17 – Black and White and Gray
- Episode 18 – The Secrets of Pyrokinesis
- Episode 19 – Into the Nether
- Episode 20 – Wearing His Pride
- Episode 21 – Those Connected
- Episode 22 – A Brother’s Determination
- Episode 23 – Smile
- Episode 24 – The Burning Past
- Season Two
- Episode 25 – A Fire Soldier’s Fight
- Episode 26 – Flames of Madness
- Episode 27 – A New Flashpoint
- Episode 28 – Groping Through the Fire
- Episode 29 – Corna (Sign of the Devil) / A Secret Plan
- Episode 30 – The Time to Choose
- Episode 31 – Road to the Oasis
- Episode 32 – Smoldering Malevolence
- Episode 33 – The Core
- Episode 34 – The Woman in Black
- Episode 35 – Dark Hero
- Episode 36 – Shadows Cast by Divine Light
- Episode 37 – A Pair of One-Eyes
- Episode 38 – The Ashen Reaper
- Episode 39 – A Three-Way Melee
- Episode 40 – Mind Blown
- Episode 41 – Boys, Be Weak
- Episode 42 – The Holy Woman’s Anguish / The Man, Assault
- Episode 43 – The Oze Family
- Episode 44 – Weapon of Destruction
- Episode 45 – Enemy Contact
- Episode 46 – Plot for Extinction
- Episode 47 – Firecat
- Episode 48 – Signs of Upheaval
- Bonus Posts
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