Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11: Maki worries about Iris.
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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11 Review – Best In Show

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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11 Review – Quick Summary

In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11, “Dark Hero,” Shinra felt outraged. Akitaru Oubi took the report saying that there’s a living person inside Amaterasu to the top brass, they ordered him to keep it quiet. Victor Licht was not impressed. His only interested was in the facts. Politics didn’t interest him. However, there was someone else who is even more motivated to get to the facts, and that’s Joker. He convinced an unlikely partner, Benimaru Shinmon, to join him on a visit to the Holy Sol Temple on a fact-finding mission. What they found there was both shocking and completely expected. Except for Benimaru’s reaction.

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11

Licht felt Shinra’s outrage when Oubi said they had to keep secret what Shinra discovered in the previous episode. Calling the Fire Force “imperial dogs” in his mind, Licht thought (13:31), “This calls for a stray dog that isn’t chained up to anything!”

Sometimes an analogy can make things more clear!

Best in Show Moment for Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11: Only one thing interests Victor Licht: Facts.

This might be the closest and anime character has ever come to embracing my view of the world. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Victor’s Search

You know, even though the Sol Temple’s acolyte meant it as an insult, Benimaru really is a Demon King-level character. He does what he wants, when he wants, because he thinks it’s the right thing to do. No one can stop him. Man, it was great seeing him in action!

He’s not in my favorite moment, but I couldn’t let his reappearance go un-noted! Joker’s either. They make such an awesome pair…

My favorite moment in this episode goes to a character who we got to know a lot better this week. By that, I mean we finally learned what makes Victor Licht tick. Turns out he and I were cut from the same cloth.

My hair’s just a bit shorter.

Victor was walking along a downtown street in the rain. You could hear it pelting his umbrella. Brilliantly-lit advertisements cast confusing shadows. He’s thinking about how much he just wants to understand everything. Not talking points. Not tribal alliances. He wants to know and he wants to know facts.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11: Victor Licht takes a walk in the rain.

Victor took a walk to clear his mind. The sound editing in this episode was wildly immersive. It fit the narrative perfectly. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

He walked by a display of Sol Temple scriptures. “The vague scraps presented by God aren’t enough,” he thought (10:35). As someone who has a degree in Theology, that struck me. I’ve had that sense before. Often. Okay, always.

Victor wanted to understand human combustion and why it was happening. That drive defines him. But that drive has many expressions.

Delivery: Victor’s Dedication to Fact

Victor remembered back to when he worked for Haijima Industries. A colleague asked about his research, and Licht could only say he was just trying to find the answers. In fact, he had come to understand that in all the world, the right answer was the only thing he could trust.

I think it was that attitude that convinced Joker to seek him out. “Is that your just cause, Victor Licht?” Joker asked in his enigmatic way (11:53).

“You again?” Victor asked. Then, he said something that might be my life’s creed. “I seek the truth; I have no need for anything as ill-defined as just causes.”

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 11: Joker, too, is interested in facts.

Is Joker a villain? He sought out someone like Victor Licht, who’s sole purpose is to understand the world as it is. Why would a villain support someone like that? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I think that impressed Joker. For my part, I want to say this: I have never seen a more worthy goal in my life. It’s why I don’t see the world in political parties and it’s why I don’t support the idea that certain groups of citizens can be killed with no repercussions. It’s the same reason I cannot understand or support any attempt to abridge any human freedom.

Causes don’t matter. Only the facts matter. And if a cause contradicts a fact, the cause has to go. All it can do is lumber forward can cause devastation. Reality is tough like that. Reality is, after all, made of facts.

And it doesn’t matter if some folks don’t accept that, because the facts will win in the end. Always.

What did you think of Joker reaching out to Benimaru? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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