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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 17 Review – Quick Summary
In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 17, “Boys, Be Weak,” the battle between Haijima, Special Fire Force Company 8, and the White Clads raged on. In a flashback, we learned that Nataku Son’s mom expected him to succeed perfectly at everything, and for a very good reason — her abusive husband would take it out on her if Nataku didn’t. Driven to madness by those expectations, egged on by the mental ghost of Rekka Hoshimiya, Nataku prepared to unleash an attack that cowed even Ritsu. Shinra, the self-proclaimed undefeatable hero, himself prepared to die. Can anything stop the looming attack? Will Inca finally get a thrill that’s too much for her?
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Favorite Quote from Fire Force Season 2 Ep 17
Well, at least someone is having fun! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I love it when a character is pressed to their absolute limit. Among other things, I want to see how they’ll react. In this episode, we got to see quite a few character stare death right in the face, and oh man, was it a lot of fun!
We know Inca is an adrenaline addict. I’ve known people like that, and I never know just how far they’re willing to go. Do they want something safe? Or are they willing to turn it up to eleven? In this episode, we got a pretty good idea just how serious Inca is about her addiction.
Watching Charon hold back Nataku’s massive destructive force, knowing that if he faltered even for an instant, whatever atoms remained of their bodies would be in the center of a 500 kilometer wide crater, Inca said (06:39), “This is fun, all right!”
And she looked so happy about it!
Best in Show Moment for Fire Force Season 2 Ep 17
Charon versus nuclear death was a fantastic moment. Even better — it was a dad moment! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Meticulous Preparation
Amazing moments don’t just happen. Writers have to craft them. They have to build anticipation and they have to show us the stakes. We have to know just how amazing the feat will be, if the character pulls it off.
This episode could teach a master class on the subject. Oubi tried to get Iris behind a building to protect her from the blast and radiation, but Victor was all like, nah, man, we’re dead no matter where we go. Inca used her predictive powers to look at coming catastrophe and only saw a sun and a crater over 500 kilometers wide (05:10).
Why not just stop the monster that consumed Nataku? Because they couldn’t! We saw that Shinra’s most powerful kick did absolutely nothing. Several characters in the previous episode had tried to bring the beast down, with precisely zero results.
Shinra’s most powerful attack had no effect. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
And did you see the scenery? The red billowing radiation cloud swirling all around them? The scene looked and felt and sounded like Armageddon. When Nataku’s madness drove him to unleash that mammoth fireball, I was absolutely convinced, in that moment, that I was watching the end of the world.
That’s anticipation done right.
Delivery: Charon, Doing the Dad Thing
We’ve seen Charon in action. We know how powerful he was against Shinra. Now, as the fireball streaked towards him, he put out his hands.
He caught it. He caught the nuclear fireball before it could impact and return the surrounding city, including all its inhabitants, to their component atoms.
The way the animators showed his resolve, from his clenched teeth to his face mask beginning to burn away; from the ground buckling beneath his feet to his mental litany listing the pillars he had to protect, was flat out amazing.
Best of all, in the midst of this hell, the writers treat us to a flashback to when Charon was trying (with about as much success as one could reasonably hope) to raise the child Haumea. He was reading a book called “How to Raise Good Children” (07:07). There were bookmarks all over the place. Suddenly, it all make sense.
In one, quick scene, I realized the Charon and I aren’t that different. Well, except for how ridiculously powerful he is. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t hold back a nuclear blast. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Charon has said he wanted to protect the pillars. Why? Because he sees himself a father figure to them. He’s doing the dad thing and protecting them, the best he can. Turns out, his best is pretty darned good, because he took the nuclear fire ball and threw it to the moon. Left a pretty big crater, too.
As a father myself, I approve of this message.
What did you think of the president of Haijima’s decision at the end? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Fire Force Season 2 Episode 17: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Enen no Shouboutai: Ni no Shou – Episode 17 discussion
- DOUBLESAMA: FIRE FORCE SEASON 2 EPISODE 17
- I Drink and Watch Anime: Fire Force 2 Episode 17 – Protectors
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 1 Review: A Fire Soldier’s Fight
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 2 Review: Flames of Madness
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 3 Review: A New Flashpoint
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 4 Review: Groping through the Fire
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 5 Review: Corna (Sign of the Devil) / A Secret Plan
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The Time to Choose
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Road to the Oasis
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Smoldering Malevolence
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 9 Review: The Core
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 10 Review: The Woman in Black
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 11 Review: Dark Hero
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 12 Review: Shadows Cast by Divine Light
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 13 Review: A Pair of One-Eyes
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 14 Review: The Ashen Reaper
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 15 Review: A Three-Way Melee
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 16 Review: Mind Blown
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 17 Review: Boys, Be Weak
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 18 Review: The Holy Woman’s Anguish / The Man, Assault
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 19 Review: The Oze Family
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 20 Review: Weapon of Destruction
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 21 Review: Enemy Contact
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 22 Review: Plot for Extinction
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 23 Review: Firecat
- Fire Force Season 2 Episode 24: Signs of Upheaval
2 thoughts on “Fire Force Season 2 Ep 17 Review – Best In Show”
I think my fave moment of the show was when they showed how the president of Haijima dared to hope almost entirely through the eyes. That was one of the most unexpected moment in recent anime history for me. The dead-eyed beaurocrat thinking “maybe they can really make a reactor that gets by without a person inside?” That’s one of things I love so much about Fire Force; there’s just no factional black-and-white here.
That was a good one.
I think I was still recovering from the Charon event, or I would have put more importance around that moment. Just as you said — someone who’s dead hope reignited, even if for a moment.
That’s actually kinda poetic.