Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16: Maki held her own
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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16 Review – Best In Show

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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16 Review – Quick Summary

In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16, “Mind Blown,” the three-way battle between Fire Force, Haijima, and the White Clads continued unabated. Maki held her own against Arrow, at least until Haumea stepped in. Meanwhile, Ritsu entered the fray. Using a spell called Necro Pyro, she put Shinra, Oubi, and even Kurono on their heels. And that was before Haumea injected her own brand of insanity into Ritsu’s attack. Does Shinra have any chance of retrieving Nataku Son? Is it even likely he’ll survive long enough to try? Can Vulcan find Arthur and get him to the main battle, since he’s the only one who’s effective against Haumea? And just what is the Puppeteer up to?

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

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Favorite Quote from Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16: Charon was as freaked out as Shinra

Shinra and Charon had pretty much the same reaction to Ritsu’s power. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

In this battle, the White Clads had sent Charon to retrieve Son. You remember Charon — the man who might as well have been a mountain for all the good Shinra’s attacks did back in season 2 episode 5? He’s an enemy, but he’s not particularly evil. When he fought Shinra, he used no deceit or under-handed means. He powered forward and took Shinra’s attacks head on. In other words, he almost seemed more like Shinra than a White Clad.

That came out in this episode when Ritsu used her power. Of Ritsu, I just have two things to say. First, did Franken Stein from Soul Eater design her outfit? Second, why is she — and all of the women in the White Clads — so insanely beautiful? Or should I say, insane and beautiful?

My favorite quote is from Charon. When Ritsu’s power forged a giant Infernal from multiple charred corpses a security guard she’d turned into an Infernal, Charon stopped fighting, stood right beside Shinra, looked at the monster that Ritsu had created, and said (07:56), “That is one nasty power.”

He can say that again.

Best in Show Moment for Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16: Ritsu is fearless

Ritsu didn’t hesitate. She listened to Inca and moved — thereby saving her life. It was another crazy moment in a crazy episode — in a good way! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Haumea Can’t Leave Bad Enough Alone

Thanks, Fire Force. Now I want to rescue Arrow and nurse her back to health. Because she looked pretty distraught at Haumea’s handling. You know. I’m just concerned.

To behonest, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for Arrow since I saw her determination in the tank battle back in season 1 episode 20. Now I think I understand why the White Clads usually paired Haumea with Charon. He’s indestructible enough to deal with her. Arrow didn’t have a chance.

I’m off track, aren’t I?

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16: Arrow had a rough episode

It seems Haumea hasn’t learned to respect personal space — like, at all. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Picking one moment in this episode was really tough. There were a ton of little moments, some critical, some throw-away, that made the episode feel like it was one long raucous celebration of combat. Despite that, there was one moment that stood out to me, and that was just after Ritsu had embedded Nataku Son in her enormous Infernal. Her plan had been going well until Haumea used her power to drive little Son insane — so insane that he started firing radioactive lasers at everyone.

And so insane that a little Rekka appeared in his mouth. That was… disturbing.

Delivery: Awww… Inca Cares!

Inca, who Ritsu was guarding in the same way as Arrow had been guarding Haumea, asked what had happened. An insane Son wasn’t according to plan at all.

Ritsu’s no fool. She knew Haumea was behind the incident, and she told Inca as much. As Ritsu tried to tell Inca she should get herself to safety, Inca calmly interrupted her. In a voice that might have been describing the latest grocery coupons, she said (14:44), “Oh, you’ll die if you stand there.”

Inca’s predictive power had seen that one of the giant’s radioactive lasers would intersect with where Ritsu was standing.

How badass is Ritsu? Badass enough not to panic.

“Huh? Really?” she said, shuffling aside to stand by Inca. The beam sliced through where she’d just been standing.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 16: Inca doesn't seem to be getting any saner

Ritsu was utterly unaffected by her near death. Meanwhile, Inca was all atwitter over Haumea’s interference. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Unperturbed, she continued discussing how they were going to retrieve Son. In an action-packed episode, the idea of someone who could use Necro Pyro casually stepping aside to avoid a death beam because her prescient pillar told her to, just seemed crazy enough to stand out.

What did you think of little Rekka? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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