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Fighting Fire with Fire.

"Causes of death are many and varied. Old age, illness, suicide. Out of that long morbid list, there's one end that people fear above all others: Death by fire."
Captain Akitaru Ōbi
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The year is Solar Calendar 198. The risk of death runs high, but among the usual deadly fare, one grisly method of demise stands out the most: Death by fire.

Known as the "Spontaneous Human Combustion", many people now face the risk of turning into "Infernals", rampaging beasts with no control over themselves and in a state of burning pain. It's a completely random and extremely fatal process, with nearly no way to stop it. To combat this, the world established "Special Fire Forces" - groups with members who can control flames enough to extinguish the Infernals and put the rampaging souls to rest. Some officers can control fire, while others can create fire in unique ways.

Shinra Kusakabe is one such person. Armed with the power of Devil's footprints and a fiendish smile, he aims to become a hero and uncover the secret of the Infernals to better the world as a member of Special Fire Force Company 8. However, Company 8 exists as Internal Affairs to investigate the secrets and lies of many groups across The Empire. Meaning Shinra and his allies will have to journey across the nation and battle criminals, cults and other officers to uncover the truth about the Infernals. Especially as Shinra is also investigating the fire that killed his family 12 years ago...

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Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai, lit. "Fire Brigade of Flames") is a manga started in 2015 by Atsushi Ohkubo of Soul Eater fame, which was brought over to English audiences by Kodansha in 2016. An anime adaptation by David Production was announced in November 2018, with Funimation to stream the show abroad and serve as co-producers. The series began airing July 5, 2019 on Tokyo Broadcasting System, and began airing on United States television via Toonami on July 27th.

In May 2020, Ohkubo announced that Fire Force will be his last official work before his retirement.


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Fire Force provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Area: In a variation of an Abandoned Mine, the Tokyo subway system has been abandoned and sealed off and renamed the Netherworld. It remains a highly dangerous, incredibly vast underground system that was destroyed by the cataclysm that wrecked the planet. This results in the state religion viewing it as the literal entrance to Hell because the sun's light cannot reach into it. This was probably done to discourage people like Vulcan from exploring. As a result most believers are very worried about going into it. Being religiously forbidden and just plain terrifying to the average person made it the perfect place for the cultists to hide out (there's also the irony of a bunch of sun cultists hiding in a place where the sun don't shine), though they're probably going to abandon it after they fight with the 8th fire brigade.
    • Not as abandoned as it first appears, there was a regiment of assassins living in the Netherworld to sever the state.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Benimaru, leader of Company 7 has one. To the point that he tells his crew to reinforce his (the "admirer's") house, so he won't have to stay at HQ like the rest of the citizens after the brigade's usual tactics.
  • Action Girl:
    • A pre-requisite for women in the Fire Force, unless they are nuns. Even the nuns put up a fight when they have to.
    • The mysterious Knights of Ashen Flame organization the Fire Force battles have high-ranking and powerful female members who can fight as well.
  • After-Action Healing Drama: Following one of the most intense battles with the White Hooded criminals, Shinra suffers from terrible wounds that require hospital treatment to save his life.
  • After the End: The series is set 250 years after The Great Disaster caused a world to be engulfed in flame. The Tokyo Empire survived, but most of the world was ruined.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • One of the Infernals Shinra & Co. have to put down is a widower with a teenage daughter who calmly waits for his death. Shinra feels awful about killing him but has no choice.
    • Infernals in general get this treatment as they are in constant pain and unable to control themselves. Except for Setsuo, who receives no such sympathy.
  • And I Must Scream: Infernals are fully aware of what is happening to them and once the transformation ends, they exist in constant pain and burn until they are killed. Also, Infernals don't age, so they have to be killed for the pain to stop. Some of them have survived since the cataclysm. They have been burning to death for 250 years.
  • Alternate Universe: One where the entire planet was wrecked by flames and Japan was one of, if not the only, place that survived the disaster and was conquered by another country/ideology, to the annoyance of the traditionalists/barbarians in the Seventh Brigade. Also, people developed flame powers.
  • Almighty Janitor: Company 8 are understaffed and looked down on by the rest of the organization. They also drive the entire plot forward. Also, Shinra and Arthur are recruits fresh from the academy but still fight opponents with years more experience than they do.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Vulcan to Lisa ("Why do you looks so insecure?") when she declares she's only the cult's tool and she doesn't care what happens to her or Vulcan (this is after a lot of signs she's uncomfortable with her role).
  • Art Shift: Ohkubo is able to radically shift his style for the sake of a good scare.
    • Giovanni the Plague Doctor gets two in Chapter 70: First he gets very "sketchy" when creepily feeling up Feeler AKA Lisa and reminding her of her place. Then he gets "bold and sharp" when he gloats about everything he has been taught, and that the Fire Force will gain nothing (Ōbi's response: "Then he must've been a bad teacher").
  • Badass Bystander: The Infernal widower. When a person ignites, the agonizing pain is beyond all comprehension and forces them to go berserk. Instead of attacking others or destroying things, the man had a strong enough will to retain a level of sanity. He calmly waited for the Force to put him down, while avoiding damaging anything around him and never once harming his daughter, while being on fire. Akitaru believes that his actions prove he was strong enough to beat his condition.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: What Princess Hibana believes. She used to use her power and knowledge of chemistry to create beautiful displays with her Fire Flowers for other young nuns. When they were all (excepting herself and Iris) burned alive in a fire, she was driven mad. Believing such a destructive force couldn't possibly be good, this lead to her obsession with money and experimenting on Infernals.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Second and Third Generation Flame Users are this, able to control and use fire against the berserk Infernals.
  • Balancing Death's Books: One Serial Killer's excuse for why he's a killer: as a fire-fighter he saved loads of people so it's only fair he balances things out by killing loads of people. This was before he got superpowers...
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played with. After Rekka beats up Tamaki at the end of episode 8, her face is bruised and bloody for the last scene of that episode and beginning of the next one. Then, after the opening credits of episode 9, she is back to normal. And then gets much more fanservicey.
  • Blow You Away: Stream of the Butchers uses fire to control the air around them.
  • Body Double: Two cultists perfectly imitate the Hinawa and Akitaru in order to turn Benimaru of Company 7 against them, causing a distraction while they release the Fire Bugs. Yona of the Cult is able to change the appearance of anyone. Including himself.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: One theory behind what Human Combustion is that the Sun God is punishing the wicked. Although it strikes the innocent just as often as it hits the guilty.
  • Bowdlerise: In light of the arson of Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building that took place on July 18, 2019, Mainichi Broadcasting System in Japan made the decision to change the color of the flames in episode 3 of the anime adaptation, making note to make further changes for similar situations in future episodes.
  • Casting Gag: Captain Burns and Juggernaut were both Convoy/Optimus Primes in the Unicron Trilogy and both had something regarding firetrucks for each of them.
  • Character Tics:
    • Shinra has a habit of grinning like a madman when he's nervous or anxious, frightening or unnerving others, and leading to a lot of embarrassing and misunderstood situations. In particular, this was used against him as a child when he "smiled" at his mother's dead body, earning him the malicious nickname "Demon" because people thought he was smiling because he enjoyed what was happening. Though on the beneficial side, it tends to do the same to his opponents in combat. His brother does it too, though it's unclear if he's also nervous or excited.
    • Ōbi is always training; this is how he, the lone Muggle, ensures he can keep up with a squad of fire-users.
    • Princess Hibana calls everyone gravel. The only exception is Shinra, only after defeating Hibana.
    • Karim repeatedly repeats redundant words over and over. To the point that the translator had to clarify that that's really how he talks. Has to do with the nature of his weapon, which takes air and repeatedly cycles it until fire becomes ice.
    • "Joker" doesn't just Say It with Hearts, he uses clubs, spades, and diamonds too.
    • The two creepy twins of the Seventh Brigade use two different fonts when talking, apparently to make them seem cutesy yet erratic.
  • Combat Tentacles: Lucy/Feeler's flame powers take the form of octopus tentacles. When they really get going they appear half-human, half-octopus.
  • The Chosen Many: There are said to be eight people with the Adolla Burst which grants each of them unique and dangerous powers. The Knights of the Ashen Flame want to gather all of them.
  • Church Militant: Company 1 is extremely religious and backed by the Church. They are extremely well organized when it comes to fighting Infernals and many of its high-ranking members are priests.
  • The Conspiracy: Quite a few, mostly hinging on the truth about the Infernals:
    • Company 8's real purpose is to figure out the truth about Infernals, as well as investigate the other companies.
    • Company 5 is apparently involved in some, and is doing unethical experiments on Infernals. They also don't seem to care about sharing any of this data. Even though evidence suggests that the disease is being spread deliberately.
    • Captain Burns is keeping something secret, among them the truth about the death of Shinra's family
    • Joker has something to do with flame-powers and also claims to know the truth about Shinra's family. He also flat-out tells Shinra that the white-hooded cultists have his brother.
    • Company 3's leader is working with the cultists. When he is discovered, a large number of officers disappear as well. Implying that many of them where also part of the cult.
  • Cool Car: The Special Armoured Fire Engines (nicknamed "Matchboxes") are armored fire trucks used by the Special Fire Brigades.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Played With. Average humans avert this by being vulnerable to heat and fire, while Second and Third Gen fighters have a heightened resistance to heat and fire. Although this resistance can be overcome by objects and attacks that are too hot.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Adolla Burst. A mysterious flame that burns endlessly and doesn't need fuel. It powers the entire Tokyo Empire and is strangely found inside Shinra's body, which makes him a target of The Big Bad. Turns out it allows him to detect powerful emotions and sense other people with the Adolla. There are meant to be eight people with the Adolla and they are needed for the schemes of the Knights of the Ashen Flame.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The dominant religion is clearly modeled after Catholicism, but they worship the Great Sun God.
  • Cult: One that wants to turn the earth into a sun. Also they have Shinra's brother Shō.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Lucy/Feeler when she amps up her Combat Tentacles.
  • Dark Chick: The White Hood's Arrow is cold, indifferent to emotion and a long range fighter.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: To an almost ludicrous level when 8th brigade defeats the 5th. They hold a barbecue together, barely an hour later. Hibana also starts regularly hanging out with 8th.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Part of the Mêlée à Trois between three factions involves four different women beating each other up or working together to beat the other side.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Burns appears in Chapter 2, during Shinra's flashback, before appearing in Chapter 5.
    • Arthur appears on the title page of Chapter 0 before joining the main cast in Chapter 2.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In the beginning, the Fire Company helmets read 'fire soldier'. After the series was branded 'Fire Force' internationally, the helmets changed to read 'Fire Force'. Word of God claims this helped to highlight the organized nature of the group and looked cool.
  • Ecchi: Downplayed. There are several instances of (near) female nudity and clothing damage, not to mention Tamaki's Lucky Lecher Lure, but it's very easy to forget about it amidst the action, tension, and humor.
  • Eldritch Location: The Adolla World is a place where fire burns infinitely and without fuel or emissions. It also changes depending on who is viewing it. Shinra and Shō see a blank white void with burning bones scattered around and other oddities. Burns and '52' see the dimension as a dark cosmic void featuring twisted architecture and grotesque things that leave them screaming on the floor.
  • Elemental Baggage: Played Straight and averted; second generation Pyrokinetics like Maki cannot start their own fires but can control existing fires and have to rely on flints and other starters when none is available. Third generations like Shinra or Arthur, however, are able to create their own fires from nothing, though usually in a specific focused way as opposed to full flames.
  • The Empire: Tokyo is not the name of the capital city anymore. It is the name of the empire the cast lives within. Also doubles as a The Theocracy. It's not all that bad as it allowed human civilization to reform and allowed refugees passage upon the Great Disaster.
  • Empire with a Dark Secret: As more is revealed this seems more and more likely. It appears that the power source for the entire empire is fuelled by Human Sacrifice. Also, the Church is hiding the truth behind its foundation.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: A huge part of the series.
    • Princess Hibana has four-petaled flowers/rounded crosses in her eyes. They turn into hearts for a single panel, implying she has fallen for Shinra's heroic nature and ideals.
    • Hoshimiya Rekka, a company commander and priest in Squad 1, has stars in his eyes, which may mean Wingding Eyes are a possible side effect of having flame powers.
    • The commander of Company 7 an X in only one eye, this shows he's a hybrid between 2nd and 3rd generation fire powers.
    • The cultists' archer has a downward-pointing arrow in her eyes.
    • Another cultist has a capital 'A' in his eyes to indicate that he is an Artist.
    • Hina and Hika have vertical rectangular pupils, to go with their kitsune motif.
    • Tamaki's cat-like "highlights" might count.
  • Eye Scream: You don't get a cool eyepatch without one. Captain Burns' hidden eye is not a pretty sight and it seems to burn when he fights. Joker's isn't much better. Both Joker and Burns lost an eye gazing upon the Evangelist and 'hell'. Despite their strength, both are brought to their knees out of terror and pain.
  • Fantasy Keepsake: Joker managed to grab a burning piece of earth when in the Adolla realm. This proves that he wasn't hallucinating.
  • Fanservice:
    • The first time we see Iris and Maki after the prologue fight is during a Shower Scene with Toplessness from the Back and Sideboob from both girls as Censor Steam covers their lower bodies. Soon after Maki also shows her Absolute Cleavage while introducing herself to Shinra.
    • Tamaki Kotatsu is known to get into fanservicey situations due to her clumsiness usually having a Naked Freak-Out over it, to the point its a Running Gag.
    • One Breather Episode chapter showcases that the Fire Force men are ordered every year to strip down and take photos to make a sexy calendar. Fans get an eyeful of several of the male characters shirtless and looking good with characters like the members of Squad 1 using basically just a rag.
  • Flaming Sword: Arthur wields one. Fittingly, he's named it Excalibur. Shinra's brother also has one.
  • Flechette Storm: Princess Hibana uses the fire equivalent of Senbonzakura.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Vulcan loves animals and his goal is to make robot versions of all the animals that went extinct in the cataclysm before the story began (and there's a lot of them: Iris recognizes the model whale and elephant in Vulcan's house because she saw them in a book) and his most prized possession that he's willing to give to Shinra as a show of trust and turns out to be the hiding place of the Amaterasu power plant's key is a holoprojector of ocean animals.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Vulcan, the inventor the 8th Brigade wants to recruit as their engineer, is universally recognized as the best engineer in the Tokyo Empire. After they ultimately recruit him, he upgrades all of their equipment and creates new tools for them to use in short order.
  • Genius Ditz: When he and Shinra have to sneak into a locked room he uses a "mini-Excalibur", a one-time use hilt made of plastic, to cut the locks. Shinra is horrified as this makes it very obvious who went into the room, but Arthur doesn't care and points out that if the people in charge had dealt with the various Infernal conspiracies they wouldn't have needed to do this in the first place.
    • He's also the one of the first people to notice Asakusa has been infiltrated by lookalike cultists intending to cause confusion when he (somehow) realizes at once that one of the creepy twins is actually a "manlet" with an altered face ("her" sister being the only other person to see this).
  • Good Old Ways: Company 7 and their community in Asakusa are apparently the only "traditional" Japanese left in the country. They neither wear western clothes, worship in cathedrals, use nuns in their missions nor do they regard the emperor as their leader. They also prefer the Japanese way of ordering their names, last name first. As opposed to the rest of the Tokyo Empire, which has adopted the western doctrine of ordering names, first name first. They are seen as "barbarians" by wider society.
  • Grotesque Cute: The Fire Force has three mascots which were originally cute animals until the third one was changed into an old man. Shinra and Arthur think it's disturbing while others find it adorable.
  • Hero Academy: The Fire Department trains new officers for the Fire Force. Shinra, Arthur and Ogun all attended and it is run by members of Company 4.
  • Heroic Fantasy: While definitely an Urban Fantasy, it uses the motifs of heroic fantasy. There's Arthur, who thinks himself a knight, Shinra, who's known as a devil that wants to be a hero and Maki is explicitly referred to as a witch after she creates familiars out of fire (then, of course, there's her cute witch's hat). When they fight flaming humanoids called Infernals with a nun praying for the infernals' peaceful rest, they appear as crusaders fighting The Legions of Hell (which Akitaru says other companies think they really are).
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Shinra genuinely wants to be a hero but being a pyrokinetic with a demonic grin combined with the fiery deaths of his mother and baby brother isn't helping.
  • Hellfire: It is hinted the Adolla Burst might be this, as the dimension it comes from, Adolla, is referred to be probably Hell or maybe Heaven.
    • Shinra also channels the Power of Rock to create a dark explosion. No prizes for figuring out what he calls it.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Joker. He's a fire-starting dirtbag who's unlikely to truly align with the Fire Force but he's not obviously on the side of the cultists either. He even fends them off so Shinra's team can escape them, although nobody sees him.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Lucy goes (returns) to Vulcan's side when she's had enough of Giovanni's manipulative ways.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: After spending 12 years trying to puzzle out the truth behind his family's tragedy, Shinra finally discovers what actually happened: His mother transformed into an Infernal and caused the fire in the first place. Eventually, she escaped without a trace. This revelation once again leaves Shinra continuing to search for the truth and that monster with no idea where to start, but with very different motives.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Giovanni, the Plague Doctor mask-wearing leader of the 3rd Brigade: he's got a trick hand that acts as a grappling hook and claims he's harassed generations of Vulcan's family over the key that controls the Amaterasu power plant, though that might just be Vulcan and his father and grandfather. Later on it's revealed he might be a Frankenstein's Monster who's Multiarmed And Dangerous.
  • Hope Crusher: Hibana tries to be this, belittling Iris' kindness and Shinra's heroic dreams. Shinra took it as a sign to try harder.
  • Horned Humanoid: A horned Infernal appeared in Shinra's home 12 years ago. Another one attacked Asakusa two years ago. These Demon Infernals are too durable to be destroyed normally. It demands an explosion strong enough to level a city to defeat them. Also, nobody knows how they are created. When a White Hood eats a "firebug" and becomes a demon, his partner is shocked.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Before the Eighth was formed some Fire Soldiers racked up "points" for killing Infernals, the more dangerous the better. It's not known if this is done either officially or "casually" at present.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Played with. During a fight Arthur wonders why he can't do anything ~ until he notices he is using his sword in his left hand although he is right-handed.
  • An Ice Person: Karim can convert heat into cold by using sound, hence his carrying a bell and saxophone. He claims it's not actually an ice power but an inventive use of his fire abilities.
  • Identical Grandson: The captain of Company 4 has the exact same hair color, eyebrows and glasses as his granddaughter in Company 6. Shinra is pretty shocked when he notices.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Nataku generates radiation as part of his abilities as the Sixth Pillar.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Each Fire Force Company is in charge of certain areas and they really don't like the other groups interfering with their work. Meaning, Company 8 often needs an excuse to get involved without risking a fight.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The cultists have simple names based on their fire powers: Flail uses an Epic Flail; Arrow is an Archer Archetype, Mirage has illusion powers, etc. Lisa and Arrow claim they're only tools for the cult and its "preacher", which their adversaries find rather sad.
  • It's Personal: Beni steps into Shinra and Arthur's fight with the "demonized" cultist because A) he's stronger than the two kids and B) a similar "demon" injured his second-in-command.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Averted, Shinra tells his whole brigade everything he knows about Joker, the cultists, and that his own brother might be their enemy.
  • Kill the God: Shinra promises to do this, if the Evangelist is what people claim it is and if its plans are as evil as they seem.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: Arthur seems to genuinely believe he's from King Arthur's Camelot. Shō has been brought up like this by the cult as well.
  • Last-Name Basis: Apparently this world uses western naming conventions except for the 7th Brigade, a group of traditionalists/nationalists who flout authority by dressing in traditional Japanese clothes and going by their last names first.
  • Light Is Not Good: The cultists' white outfits have a Shinto purification theme crossed with Knight Templar. Interestingly the cult's crosses are black while the Fire Force, their religion's, and Arthur's is white (or at least uncolored).
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Joker is a violent criminal who will endanger people's lives for the sake of his goals. But he opposes the cult and their goals to the point of aiding the Fire Force against them.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: The mysterious eternal flame known as the Adolla Burst is found inside certain people. Either because they can Save the World or become an Apocalypse Maiden, they are pursued by both the Fire Force and the White-Clad.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: One of the cultists uses heat to sculpt people's faces, though he occasionally winds up melting and burning them to death instead. Another member chides him for wasting loyal "materials".
  • Magnetic Hero: Shinra, has a habit of drawing in allies. So far he's won over power-worshiping sadists, a "barbarian", an antisocial engineer and some of their followers. His power is called Adore-a Burst, after all.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Gold of the Butchers can heat up a golden gauntlet to magnetize it and manipulate metallic objects.
  • The Man Behind the Man: All the Fire Force companies suffer from this. The organization is meant to be a collaboration between three different groups to Save the World, but the individual companies have strong loyalties to one of the founding or supporting groups. Company 7 avoids this as they are just a group of ruffians too powerful for the government to ignore.
    • Company 1 and 6 are controlled by The Church.
    • Company 2 is run by the military.
    • Company 3 and 5 are influenced by the Mega-Corp.
    • Company 4 falls under the Fire Department.
  • Mega-Corp.: Haijima Industries have a tremendous amount of power because they manufacture all of the Fire Force's equipment. This means that they have control over Company 5.
  • The Mole
    • Licht is secretly working with Joker.
    • Giovanni is part of the White-Clad.
    • Lisa is actually a member of the cult and has been living with Vulcan so she can find the key to the Amaterasu power plant. She seems to have a Heel Face turn but decides at the last second not to go with Vulcan when they're rescued by Licht
  • Nay-Theist: With the Evangelist being treated like a divine being, a lot of the Fire Force count. Burns and Five-Two are explicitly acknowledged her as God and then spend the rest of their lives working against it.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation - Haijima Industries hasn't done much in the story, but they are distrusted by most people within the Fire Force and the majority of their employees are Mad Scientists.
  • Not So Different: Shinra and Princess Hibana, after he learns she and Iris were also the only survivors of a devastating fire.
    • Shinra and Rekka: they're both "optimistic idiots" who will do anything to "rid the world of fear of flames" though Rekka's method of turning at children into flame people in search of a "pure flame" and manipulating his subordinates isn't something Shinra approves of.
  • Nice Guy: Shinra is so unflinchingly nice to everyone he meets. The only person in his life who doesn't consider him a friend is Arthur, and that's because he sees him as The Rival instead.
  • Nuns Are Mikos: The Fire Soldiers use nuns from the Holy Sol Temple to confirm last rites onto a flame-person to purify it when it's destroyed. While the nuns' outfits resemble Catholic nun's habits, the purification rites they perform are taken straight from Shinto. Ironically, the Japanese "traditionalists" of the Seventh brigade employ neither nuns nor miko.
  • Obliviously Evil: The Serial Killer within Company 1 seems detached from reality to the point he doesn't understand why his victims are terrified of him. After he's finished with one victim, he simply and cheerfully tells his next that they have to be strong and brave if they want to succeed.
  • Perspective Flip: The fire 12 years ago is initially shown from Shinra's perspective, with later details being highlighted through Burns' view on the event. Joker's flashback shows yet another perspective on things as the fire is a backdrop to a major turning point in his life. Things are also show from the view of Shinra's mother.
  • Plague Doctor: One of the Company Captains, Giovanni, wears a plague doctor mask.
  • Playing with Fire: People with Ignition abilities are classified in three categories.
    • There is the First Generation, people with no control over their ability and who are little more than mindless monsters when it randomly activates.
    • Then there is the Second Generation, people who have the ability to control pre-existing flames, be it turning the fire into shapes, moving it, or even nullifying it.
    • Finally there is the Third Generation, people who are given strange abilities with fire. Unlike the Second Generation they can create their own fire.
  • Playing with Syringes: Somebody is creating Infernals artificially using bugs. It's actually a member of Company 1 and the cult they serve. These bugs are theorized to come from an alien world.
  • Power Glows: Pyrokinetics' eyes glow when using their powers.
  • Power Incontinence: First Generation pyrokinetics can't control their flames, leading to spontaneous combustion and subsequently, their transformation into an Infernal. Second and Third Generations have a strong resistance to heat and burning as Required Secondary Powers.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Subverted. Arthur manages to screw his up before beginning a battle, instead of settling for a mere, "humph."
  • Production Throwback: There are a lot of references to Soul Eater hidden through the series, which as Ohkubo's previous manga.
    • Akitaru's mask is similar to Eibon.
    • Maki's little flares look like souls from Soul Eater.
    • One shot at the very end of the anime's opening is very similar to a silhouetted shot of the Soul Eater main characters.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure - The Chief of the Fire Department. Despite all the crazy schemes Ōbi pulls and feathers he rustles, his old Chief stands by him and supports him as much as possible. In a world of shadowy figures and questionable organizations, he seems to be the lone exception.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Karim Flam can safely freeze someone in ice with the goal to unfreeze them for interrogation. He doesn’t realize that his ice also keeps targets medically stable despite apparent mortal wounds.
  • Refusal of the Call: Benimaru, Captain of Company 7, constantly defers to his second-in-command, Konro. This is because he feels Konro's experienced and responsible approach makes him more qualified. While everyone else sees Benimaru as a leader, he struggles to see himself as such or to trust his own judgement.
    • Vulcan refused to join the Fire Force or the company that supplies them though he does reluctantly have business with the 3rd brigade captain, who's most closely aligned with aforementioned company
  • Regional Redecoration: The Great Disaster consumed the entire world in flames 250 years ago. It shattered entire landmasses, obliterated nations, and left most of the world uninhabitable. A world map in episode 3 shows the continents broken up into hundreds of islands and large parts of them underwater. Tokyo, now left on a small chunk of what used to be Honshu, was a safe haven during the event and may be the only bastion of civilization left.
  • Religious Horror: While present early in the story, later arcs really push this element of the series using Catholic imagery and by looking at the corruption and darkness within the church. The main villains being cultists and some thing beyond humanity promotes this aspect.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Ogun Montgomery from Company 4 is Shinra and Arthur's perviously unmentioned best friend from their school days.
  • Rule of Three: Princess Hibana has three identical hench-wenches there's actually at least a dozen of them who attack in groups of three.
    "WAY TOO MANY NUMBERS!"
  • Shipper on Deck: Iris reveals herself to be this for Shinra x Tamaki and Obi x Hibana.
  • Shock and Awe: Haumea has electrical abilities. Not only does she have the ability to generate electrical shocks but she can also use it to directly influence peoples nervous systems. It won't work if she tries using it against plasma though.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The nun of Company 8, Iris, is petite, pale, shy, sweet, and wears plain nun clothes. Her step-sister, Fifth Brigade's Princess Hibana is tall, tanned, atheistic, arrogant, sadistic, and dresses in low-cut dresses with splits all the way to her hips.
    • Shinra and Shō: Shinra has short black hair and the Face of a Thug, dark clothes, grins like a demon, wants to save people, and was initially just another recruit; Shō has white clothes, is basically expressionless, belongs to a cult that wants to turn the world into a second sun, and if his throne is any indication he's rather important. When the two finally meet Shinra's first response is to greet his brother; Shō's is to try and slice him in two.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Flail is mostly just a brute commanded by the Knights of the Ashen Flame. He was also the Company 3 officer that Hinawa and Akitaru clashed with in the past. That disagreement lead the pair to found Company 8 and everything that came as a result of that choice. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!.
  • Sniper Duel: Between the 8th's Hinawa and the cult's Arrow, although they're so powerful Arrow's allies liken it to watching a pair of tanks.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": With a cast containing Japanese, Chinese and European names, this is to be expected. Many of the titles and ranks are also changed depending on the translation:
    • Leonardo or Leonard?
    • Sōichirō Arg or Sōichirō Hague.
    • Foien Li or Huo Yan Li?
    • Is Karim's surname 'Fulham' or 'Flam'?
    • Some translations say that Lisa's name is 'Lucy'
    • Jonah's name in the official translation is 'Yona'.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Ogun from Company 4 can create weapons using his flames.
  • Standard Bleeding Spots: Shinra basically suffers from all of these as the series goes along.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Every single mission by the Seventh Brigade involves blowing up buildings to flush out the Infernals. The citizens don't mind as "things can be replaced, lives can't".
  • Super-Power Meltdown: Overusing a Third Gen power causes the body to 'overheat', which means their flames stop using oxygen to burn and instead use their body. Hasn't actually happened yet, but the Seventh Brigade's second-in-command is starting to char after he used too much of his powers at once.
    • Later on we are introduced to Kurono Yūichirō who works for Haijima. His entire right arm has charred from overuse, though curiously it doesn't seem to affect his abilities at all and he just keeps on using them anyway.
  • Super Smoke: Kurono can create and shape smoke as he wishes, though it's unclear if it's a unique trait or some manner of creative use of his fire powers.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Shinra is typically the narrator of the story, Viktor serves this role frequently.
  • Theme Naming: Many members of the Fire Force have names that have something to do with fire, heat or light.
  • There Is Another:
    • Joker hints that Shinra's brother is alive.
    • There are several people with the Adolla Burst and all of them are targeted by the Knights of Ashen Flame.
  • Torture Technician: Princess Hibana got a psychotic Infernal begging for mercy.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Shinra and presumably the rest of the country believes the Fire Soldiers are true heroes; various conspiracies, dark hints like the captain of the Firsthiding the fact that Shinra's brother might be alive, the killing of an Infernal who wasn't an uncontrollable monster, and the torture/experimentation of a captured Infernal, and good old-fashioned corruption say otherwise. On the other hand those who witnessed their loved ones being "released" from being an Infernal are usually upset.
    • It's revealed that the callousness of the firemen is what led to an empowered official and a muggle "ordinary" firefighter to form Company 8.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: In order to stop the lookalike cultists from spreading chaos and distrust, Beni finally accepts his position as The Leader and orders everyone to fight each other. Amazingly it works: United in defense of their community, the civilians gleefully pummel each other and the lookalikes in a "fight festival" while Company 7 handles the fires.
  • The Virus: The Infernal conduction is conduction that turns people into fire monsters.
  • Visual Pun: Played with the Force's mascots, Wan Wan Nyine. Due to in-universe Executive Meddling, one of the dogs is an old man that looks like a dog.
  • The War on Straw:
    • Princess Hibana is a collection of bad habits. Her claims that Belief Makes You Stupid and her use of fur are examples of this, as are her Straw Nihilist and Straw Atheist tendencies. She's basically a nun-in-title-only, seeing as she's a money-hungry sadistic "scientist" in revealing clothes. She was "less than enthusiastic" about prayer to begin with and eventually rips off her cross and burns it; while she disregards God and salvation, she also thinks she's "special" because she (and Iris) were spared from the fire, despite her not being terribly devout before.
    • The Cultist in Company 1 is the total opposite of Hibana. Rekka also serves to show that Belief Makes You Stupid, as he kills at least 7 seven children, turning them into Infernals because he sincerely believes it'll help his "master" and give the children the power to overcome the flames (if it doesn't kill them).
  • We Can Rule Together - Joker offers Shinra a chance to join him and learn the truth without the law getting in their way. Shinra refuses, but Joker lets him know the offer still stands.
  • Wham Episode - As a series with many mysteries, Fire Force is full of these as answers to major questions.
    • Chapter 34 reveals what happened to Shō Kusakabe's bones.
    • Chapter 61 features a clash between the mysterious Joker and the Knights' leader.
    • The demon that killed Shinra's mother and brother is explained in Chapter 89.
  • Wham Shot - The end of Chapter 51. Joker's main ally has worked his way into Company 8.
    • A flashback shows Shinra's mother as her eye starts to burn. Proving that there was indeed an Infernal that night.
    • Charon's violent murder of a civilian character brings a new layer of darkness to events.
    • The end of chapter 114. Shinra is shown the Oasis by Yata and we find that the "god" Schop and Yata worship is a building that looks exactly like Amaterasu.
  • What Does This Button Do?: Iris cannot resist pressing all the buttons in Vulcan's lab causing all of his inventions to attack Shinra and Arthur. Comes in handy when they come under attack by the Knights of the Ashen Flame.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Most Infernals just go berserk, a few of them keep retain their sanity... while going berserk because of the pain.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Shinra literally attempts to beat some sense into Princess Hibana. Amazingly it works. He doesn't hold back against any of his female opponents and doing so would probably get him killed.
    • Rekka kicks the shit out of Tamaki when he realizes she won't take the fall like a good subordinate
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Vulcan has no problem throwing cans at Arthur and Shinra's heads but hesitates and then decides not to hit Iris. The tea-thrower turns out to be a machine modeled after "the woman who lives with Vulcan" both of whom continue to pummel Arthur and Shinra while Vulcan himself has no time to mess with intruders.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Serial Killer hidden within Company 1. In addition to kicking Tamaki while she's down, Rekka's responsible for turning at least 7 children into Infernals and Shinra fears he may have been responsible for the fire that burned Hibana and Iris' convent.
  • Wreathed in Flames:
    • Hina and Hika of the 7th Brigade's powers: Their flames manifest as clothes and a "mask" that resembles a Kitsune.
    • Burns appears briefly in this state, burning with heat. Even his word balloons appear to be on fire.

Alternative Title(s): Fire Brigade Of Flames, Enen No Shoubotai

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