Fire Force is a shonen manga that is set to receive an anime adaptation by David Production. It is by the same person behind Soul Eater, which should provide interested individuals with a good idea of what they can expect from it. In Japanese, the series is called En’en no Shobotai, which has been translated to something along the lines of “Blazing Firefighting Corps.” Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Fire Force:
1. Focused on Spontaneous Human Combustion
The series is centered on a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion. In short, this refers to supposed incidents of people undergoing combustion without an external source of ignition, which have received a fair amount of investigation. Example explanations have included the natural, the supernatural, and the pseudoscientific.
2. Not the “Real” Phenomenon of Spontaneous Human Combustion
With that said, the spontaneous human combustion used in Fire Force isn’t the “real” phenomenon, whatever it might be. Instead, it sees the victims turning into burning monsters called Infernals, which is a very serious problem in the setting for a couple of reasons. One, the victims are in constant pain throughout this process. Two, the victims will continue to rampage until they have been put down, which seems to be indefinite because the process makes them incapable of aging.
3. Some Infernals Can Retain Some of Themselves
Generally speaking, Infernals lose themselves because of their transformations. However, there are some rare exceptions that manage to retain something of themselves through either enormous willpower or a strong attachment to something. Even then, the resulting Infernal’s exact level of consciousness can see significant variation from case to case.
4. Some People Get Superpowers Out of Spontaneous Human Combustion
There are some people who manage to adapt to spontaneous human combustion with the result that they pick up superpowers. Generally speaking, there are members of the second generation who can control existing fire as well as members of the third generation who can generate fire by using either an object or a part of their own body. Meanwhile, the first generation would be the Infernals.
5. There Is a Concept Called the Fourth Generation
Speaking of which, there is a concept called the fourth generation, which refers to people who have managed to pick up even more remarkable abilities via a link with a mysterious being called the Evangelist. With that said, there is a very limited number of such characters, so much so that the number remains in the single digits.
It can be said that Fire Force is a post-post-apocalyptic setting in the sense that it came into existence because of the Great Disaster that happened more than two centuries ago within it. Said incident saw fire ravaging much of the world, so much so that much of the planet has become uninhabitable. With that said, humans have managed to rebuild, thus the label of post-post-apocalyptic rather than post-apocalyptic.
7. There Are Special Forces Meant to Deal with the Infernals
Unsurprisingly, there are special forces that exist for the purpose of dealing with the Infernals, which are staffed by both members of the third generation and members of the fourth generation. This makes sense because said individuals are much more capable of handling fire than normal humans.
8. The Protagonist Starts Out with a Bad Reputation
The series’s protagonist is Shinra Kusakabe, who starts out with a pretty bad reputation. In part, this is because he was blamed for the death of his family in a fire. However, it doesn’t help that he starts smiling like a madman when he is either nervous or otherwise anxious. Something that has been responsible for some people misinterpreting his character.
9. The Protagonist Goes Barefoot a Lot
One of Shinra’s quirks is that he goes about barefoot a lot, though there is a perfectly sensible explanation for this within the setting. In short, he generates fire through his feet, meaning that there isn’t a point to him wearing shoes because he would just lose them whenever he started using his special abilities.
10. The Protagonist Works In Internal Affairs
Shinra is a member of the special forces that are responsible for dealing with the Infernals. However, his particular unit can be considered internal affairs in the sense that they investigate their own along with other groups operating in their society. Suffice to say that the issues with the special forces start with corruption and can become much more sinister in certain places.