Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15: Even the Puppeteer could be surprised
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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15 Review – Quick Summary

In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15, “A Three-Way Melee,” Shinra battled against Kurono in an attempt to give Victor Licht time to find Nataku Son. As the fight wore on, Victor got his confirmation and called in the 8th Special Fire Force Company to extract them. However, the 8th ran into problems almost immediately: The Puppeteer easily flipped their match box. While Vulcan and Maki dealt with her, the others went in search of Shinra and Victor. Their situation quickly went from bad to worse when yet another faction showed up — a faction Shinra was not at all happy to see.

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Favorite Quote from Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15: Victor can throw a punch!

I’m not sure Victor thought he had it in him! He seemed pretty proud of himself. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Buoyed by the realization that he really felt like part of the 8th (see my Best in Show Moment, below), Victor brushed the Haijima scientist aside. Slapping his palm on the button to cancel Shinra’s exercise with Kurono, Victor announced that it was time for them to leave.

The scientist, outraged at what he correctly interpreted as Victor’s betrayal of Haijima, tried to attack him. Victor, apparently having picked up a trick or two by watching his friends at the 8th, easily landed a savage punch that put the Haijima scientist on the group.

“I won’t be outdone in a nerd fight!” Victor said (04:18).

This seems to be Victor’s season!

Best in Show Moment for Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15: Victor was proud of the 8th

Victor visibly brightened when he realized what kind of people he was now associated with. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Choose Your Friends Carefully

Victor established himself as a man who searches only for facts. He came out and said as much back in Season 2 episode 11. I respect that. A lot. It means facts contribute the most to Victor’s decisions. But it’s not the only input, as this episode showed.

Victor was watching the situation unfold from the control room. He couldn’t see into the testing room anymore where Shinra and Kurono were fighting. Kurono’s smoke was too thick. However, he could hear the scientists reacting to various alarms that were going off. One of those alarms confirmed that Nataku Son was in the building despite what Haijima staff had told him.

Victor called for backup from the 8th using a device that looked suspiciously like a bat radio. But now he had to make a choice: Should he keep his role hidden from Haijima or fight openly on behalf of the people in the 8th? We have never seen him stick his neck out for something before. As he considered, he heard even more alarms go off. Akitaru Oubi and his crew were already in the compound!

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15: Vulcan and Oubi were all fired up

Vulcan and Oubi were all fired up to go rescue Shinra and Victor. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Victor remembered how Shinra had said he’d protect Victor, even if Victor was a Haijima spy, because Victor had saved his life, too.

“They don’t hesitate to risk their lives for their friends. So this is what the 8th is,” Victor thought (03:41).

Delivery: Influence is Part of Being Human

Victor Found Himself in a Better Place

These had to be strange thoughts for Victor. He didn’t seem to feel any loyalty before. Still unmoving, out of the way of the other staffers, Victor realized, “Maybe I’ve been there too long, but they seem to be rubbing off on me. I’ll go along with this” (03:48). That’s when he shoved aside one of the scientists and released Shinra from the test.

It was an important moment for Victor. By his own thoughts and actions, he joined something bigger than himself. He threw his resources behind Oubi and the 8th Special Fire Force Company. The reason is very, very important: It’s because they rubbed off on him, so to speak. They gave him an example of what it meant to belong to the 8th. Loyalty, self-sacrifice, and trust were the traits they treasured.

In effect, they were traits of their tribe.

In the United States, However…

Why is it that in the United States, it seems our leadership is less like Oubi and more like Inca?

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 15: Inca is no more sane than before

On a scale of Inca to Oubi, the current US Presidency is clearly Inca. Though not nearly as cute. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

This idea of influence is foundational to what it is to be human. It’s precisely and exactly why the character and words of national leaders are so important. In the United States, supposedly a developed and stable democracy, a terrorist group just got caught plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan. According to some analysis, they felt emboldened by the words, actions, and attitude of the current US President.

Let that sink in. Worse, this US President, even when confronted with the accusations against these terrorists, still spoke out against the Michigan governor. Those words affirmed the terrorists’ choice — and in doing so, increased the odds that this kind of thing would happen again.

The US President. Advocating for the overthrow of an elected governor in a US State. Maybe it’s a sign of how far the US has fallen; maybe it’s a sign of how bad 2020 has gotten. But I feel compelled to say something, even if it’s only for the sake of posterity in the hopes some digital archeologists will find this and realized not everyone had lost their minds.

Kidnaping is bad. Overthrow of a legally elected governor is terrorism.

We should avoid doing both.

I think we in the US need more Oubis in out lives.

What did you think of the Puppeteer’s introduction? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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