Fire Force (Episode 47) – Firecat
Shinra and Princess Hibana visit Konro in the Seventh to investigate his links to Adolla. Satisfied that Konro is on their side they head home, although Benimaru offers to train Shinra and Arthur, and Tamaki tags along!
Fire Force (Episode 47) – Firecat
After Giovanni revealed his delight at experiencing an Adolla link, Shinra realised that the only other person he’d linked to that didn’t have an Adolla burst was Konro at the Seventh. For safety, and because he’s too much of a nice guy, Princess Hibana decided to accompany Shinra. When they arrived at the headquarters of the Seventh, Konro had gone out to a shed on the outskirts of the district… alone… Very suspicious.
It was even more damning when they arrived and found Konro talking with a White Clad. Shinra wanted to rush to his aid, but Hibana decided they could catch him in the act. However, Konro found himself fighting the White Clad and quickly cut him down without even using his powers. After discussing the situation with Konro, they learnt that he had seen the nightmarish landscape of Adolla.
Once back at the Seventh’s headquarters, Benimaru decided that he would teach Shinra a powerful move that would give him the edge against foes that could nullify his speed – Hysterical Strength. However, he was only going to teach it once so he told Shinra to return in the morning with the other young Fire Soldier from the Eighth.
Shinra returned with Arthur, and Tamaki who wanted to get stronger after everything she’d been through. Benimaru told her to occupy Hikage and Hinata. They were playing tag, although it was also a test to see how strong she was. As Tamaki ran from Hikage and Hinata she thought about her life to this point and how she’d held back. How she’d suffered from peer pressure. No more, however. She was taking control!
What did you think?
So, the latest Nether arc never really got going after the Juggernaut fight, which was a bit of a disappointment for me. I came into these last two episodes not really sure what to expect. I’m not sure if that helped me to set my expectations, but I really enjoyed this one. For too long, Tamaki has been the butt of jokes and condemnation by fan service haters so I was glad to see that she was given a chance to show us more.
Yomu, I know you would have been glad to see Hibana back so that’ll be front and centre in your mind, but what were your thoughts on the Tamaki awakening? Not to mention, Shinra and Arthur’s training routine!
I was happy to see Hibana, but it also felt like we were being shown characters we haven’t seen in a while as the season is coming to a close. Still, I also can’t complain about what we got. It was a fun episode, even if there aren’t really any stakes like there were in the Nether. I also question the effectiveness of Shinra and Arthur’s training…
Before we get to Tamaki, I wanted to ask for your thoughts on the idea that scars are somehow allowing seemingly regular people to form adolla links. Any thoughts on that?
I thought they were getting the scars as a result of being shown Adolla. The times that we are aware of was when Burns and Joker fought a demon class Infernal and both lost an eye and Konro was also fighting a demon class Infernal and used his power so much he ended up burning himself out. I feel like the pyrokinetic abilities must have a link to Adolla to begin with since that seems like the likely source of such a thing, so that could have something to do with it.
It makes me wonder if the demon class Infernal has something to do with it too, especially as Shinra and Sho’s mother was turned into one when Sho was taken. Maybe, that’s what gave Shinra his Adolla flame. Unfortunately, this is more questions that I don’t think we’ll get any answers to this season. It’s going to be amazing to see how they eventually answer everything.
Yeah, there has to be some underlying logic for everything, from Adolla and the Evangelist to pyrokinetic abilities and things like Amaterasu. Certainly we’ll get no answers just yet. Looking forward to learning more in future seasons.
And also looking forward to maybe seeing Tamaki’s new abilities in action. Great to see her level up, even if I have a feeling that she’ll quickly be overshadowed by others like Shinra and Arthur. At least she should be able to handle basic infernals and weak enemies…
Absolutely. One thing I did notice was how Benimaru told them that Obi was the poster boy for this new technique – Hysterical Strength as that gives us an idea of how much of a power up they’ll get if they master it, seeing as he’s a normal guy who can fight with the best of them. The training was fairly typical stuff from Benimaru though which made me laugh.
I did really enjoy the Tamaki side of things though and it felt like it wasn’t a forced power up, just something that she hadn’t been able to realise on her own.
The most surprising thing about Tamaki to me is just how she fell into the category of a weak / helpless character, because I remember when we were first introduced to her last season she gave off an impression of being strong. I thought she was going to be a fighting type character, but instead she somehow ended up falling down to Iris’ level in terms of strength (and role). Which is a shame, and in some cases, takes away from Iris, who before Tamaki became a sister, was THE sister for Fire Force 8.
Agreed. She first showed up in the Fire Fighter games and was full of life and fight, but quicky fell away from that persona. As you say, it’s better that Iris is THE sister and the others fight around her. Anyhow, any thoughts on what we’ll get from the last episode?
I don’t expect much. Shinra and Arthur will likely wrap up their training, and then we the audience will probably get some cliffhanger involving Sho or Giovanni.
At this point I’m not expecting to see the First Pillar again.
Yeah, that sounds about right. Guess we have to wait until next season for more!
Let’s just see where this next episode goes. Will there be a big cliffhanger?
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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