Fire Force Season 2 Episode 21, “Enemy Contact,” featured two strong-willed men bickering over a woman. But it’s nothing romantic. The woman in question was Maki Oze, one of the most powerful members of the 8th Special Fire Force Company. Or at least, she had been until recently. That’s the cause of the argument.
Her brother, Takigi Oze, had recently encountered White Clads in the Nether — which is to say, very powerful and evil folks in an underground complex. He had known Maki’s job in Fire Force was dangerous. After that confrontation, he now knew just how dangerous. He and his father strongly opposed her remaining in Fire Force. Her father, in fact, had her transferred to something safer — namely, the army’s secretarial pool.
You know, neither Takigi nor Hinawa really asked the most important question: What did Maki want to do? Because she doesn’t exactly look happy about her new job. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Her team mate in the 8th Special Fire Force Company, Takehisa Hinawa, held Maki in high esteem. He knew how powerful she was, and he knew that of the entire Company, she was among the strongest. He had complete confidence in her strength and her ability to survive. However, as a man of few words, he could not convey this to Takigi.
Maki Knew The Score
Takigi, in fact, kept blaming Hinawa for lying to Maki and tricking her into joining Fire Force. He saw his sister as this delicate flower who was obviously lured by Hinawa’s lies. His animosity was so strong, in fact, that it completely overwhelmed common sense. As the two men fought back to back against waves of attackers, Takigi kept up his verbal attack against Hinawa.
“Maki was fighting people as dangerous as this?” Takigi said (04:30). “I assume you had Maki safely supporting the rest of you from the rear?”
Keep in mind that Hinawa thought very, very highly of Maki. But he’d had enough of Takigi’s carping. His social skills are also about even with mine (on a good day — for me). His reply was an outstanding example of biting sarcasm.
He said (04:37), “We had her on the front line as a meat shield, naturally.”
Maki as a meat shield? It’s so ludicrous that it’s hard to believe Takigi believed it. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Maki was never a shield. She was always on offense. But there was no way Hinawa could get that across to Takigi, so I don’t blame him for getting sarcastic. Though to be honest, I don’t think this helped his position!
What do you think of the series? What was your Caw-Out moment so far? Let me know in the comments!