What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Fire Force “Corna (Sign of the Devil)”! Never a dull day in the lives of these fire soldiers. Not since the Evangelist’s forces started making their move, and taking a town in the process. Things are going to get bad, but you do hold out hope for how these fire soldiers can turn things around. They couldn’t have made all of these new allies only to still face hardship.
This episode was great for the change of pace they took. There was one concern in what I had with this battle initially, and that was that maybe they were trying to do too much at the same time. You had the town engulfed in flames, people turning into Infernals left and right, then you also had the main even which was Company 8 versus the Evangelist’s people. It wasn’t hard to look at all of these things unfolding and think maybe they bit off more than they could chew here. At the end of the day, it made you question if they could execute this and bring it to a satisfying conclusion. By the end of this episode I was certainly feeling the satisfaction with what we have gotten out of this battle so far. Especially because they did not waste the opportunity to really focus in on what it looks like when these fire soldiers are just being damn good at their jobs.
As I said last week, this is a monumental moment for the fire soldiers. It was one thing to see that a majority of them were not willing to join the cause in stopping the Evangelist, yet another thing entirely to see those who answered the call to action when asked for support directly. This teamwork right here was the light at the end of the tunnel which Company 8 has been working towards. Their core mission will always be to police and investigate their own, and the best outcome you could ask for is fire soldiers who know why they do what they do.
The best takeaway from this half of the job was them also giving us a reason to better appreciate the second generation fire soldiers. Honestly, this was something I never felt I needed to have emphasized to me. From the start, I saw what made them in many ways cooler than the third generations. When you look at the difference in ability, it’s easy to say that third generations are better simply because they can generate their own fire. Though where they lose in appeal is the uniqueness to their abilities. Second generations always surprise you for the way that they manipulate fire. Blocking fire, redirecting fire, applying fire to skills you wouldn’t naturally mix with this element. Together and understanding their capabilities, there are things they can accomplish which some only wish could.
Now with that said, I was a bit disappointed with the fact that Shinra and Charon’s fight is still dragging on the way it has, but I can still give credit where it is due for the growth which Shinra has been experiencing at the same time. As the title suggests, this is about the ‘Corna’ which Shinra has been preparing himself to use in battle. Though being able to use such a technique came down to Shinra being able to use his head. To see that there was obviously much more to what Charon does than simply overpowering him in firepower. If there is one thing which usually made Shinra the hardest to invest in, it was how basic his abilities are in contrast to most others. So I’m glad that they took the time to allow Shinra the room to do more with what he has. I’ll also given them credit that the visual work put into the way he channeled this power was pretty cool. Particularly when it came to the color work. They do not shy away from a distinctive use of silhouettes.
Overall the attention mostly shifted to what everyone else was doing, and I did not mind it one bit for the turnout. What happened here actually left me wondering why we don’t get more episodes where they are simply just fighting fires. Only without something grander going on in the background. Aside from that, “Corna (Sign of the Devil)” did not let us down for what kind of power Shinra can pack with this hand sign.