Fire Force Season 2 Ep 18 Review – Quick Summary
In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 18, “The Holy Woman’s Anguish / The Man, Assault,” gave us two episodes in one. In the first, we’ve known that Iris has had doubt about the Holy Sol Temple since season 2 episode 11, when Shinra and friends returned from China with word that the Evangelist had been instrumental in founding her church. What has that knowledge done to her faith? In the second half, Assault, having just recovered from his defeat way back in Season 1 Episode 19, had thrown himself into training. The defeat had utterly humiliated him. Now, he was ready for revenge against his most powerful adversary, Tamaki Kotatsu. Wait. Tamaki? He sees Tamaki as his most powerful enemy? Yes, and he’s ready to take her on again, after a grueling training regime. Does he have a chance against her awesome might?
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Favorite Quote from Fire Force Season 2 Ep 18
Iris’ bicep impressed Shinra. A lot. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
For a show that, at least for a while, had a reputation of having wildly incongruous fanservice, Fire Force can be surprisingly sweet. I mean that in a good way.
Take this episode, for example. The Eighth had kept Iris so busy that weapons and ammunition had piled up for baptism, and she couldn’t carry it all to church. So, Shinra helped. He was so excited about this “church date with the sister” that he could barely contain himself.
Iris offered to help him carry it, and he protested that it was way too heavy for her. Apparently, her association with Maki had paid dividends, because she’d been working out. Proudly, she pulled up the arm of her habit and showed Shinra her flexed bicep.
Shinra, who was deeply and personally impressed by the sight, tried to rein in his young man impulses.
“This is an off-limits upper arm,” he told himself sternly (04:04).
I really liked the humor in this episode.
Best in Show Moment for Fire Force Season 2 Ep 18
Iris had dedicated her life to helping others. The Evangelist’s role in founding her church called that into question. Shinra was able to show her she was still on the track she’d chosen. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Sister Iris Endures a Crisis of Faith
Ever since the team had come back from China with the news that the Evangelist had been behind the foundation of the Holy Sol Temple, doubts gnawed at Iris’s faith.
This episode played up her growing worry. Shinra could see it, and he wanted to help, being the earnest young hero that he is. As he waited in the courtyard, she knelt in a quiet place within the church, beside the baptismal font. Maybe because the church was so quiet that there was nothing to distract her, even as she mouthed the prayer, she had to wonder, that if the Evangelist had in fact founded her church (05:48), “Who exactly am I offering up my faith to?”
Iris’ doubts seemed louder in the quiet of the church. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Her worry was so obvious that the supervising sister called her out, saying that her “worldly thoughts” were easy to see. That just made her feel worse.
When she had finished, she asked Shinra if he would visit a little shrine. Remember the sisters who had died in the convent fire from Iris’ past? They were buried in this shrine. When she opened its doors, she found a lot of gaudy decorations. I immediately wondered if Hibana had been there, and sure enough, Iris confirmed it! It was funny, but it was also bittersweet. As aloof as Hibana held herself, she still visited the shrine.
There had been a priest and a sister in another part of the cemetery, and the priest spontaneously combusted. Shinra asked Iris to begin her prayers, and he sprang into action. His training and experience have come so far that he was able to easily put the Infernal to rest.
Delivery: Shinra’s Practical Support
The other sister, distraught at seeing the priest dead, remembered that he’d been a pious man who prayed often. She wondered if all of their prayers did any good. “Does god not have any mercy?” she asked.
This seemed like Iris’ final straw. As she and Shinra walked alone, tears filling her eyes, and she asked if the god they worshiped was actually the Evangelist. She asked herself is she were part of a faith whose only purpose was to lead people to their deaths.
Shinra had seen enough. He said, in the way only earnest young heroes can, “That’s not true!” He went on to describe how he had to kill as part of his job, and each death weighed on him. “That’s precisely the reason why we Fire Soldiers need sisters,” he said (14:10). “It’s because you see the Sun — see its light that the rest of us can keep fighting.”
He’s not a great orator. But he was honest and he care about her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
It wasn’t an existential explanation. It’s wasn’t an analysis of the nature of divinity or its effects on mankind. It was a Fire Soldier telling his Sister that he needed her, in the role she had chosen, acting the way she had chosen. In a few moments, he reaffirmed the choice of her life’s work. Honestly and earnestly. Best of all, she felt better when he had spoken.
I wish more discussions about faith and religion used that level of honesty and affection!
What did you think of Assault’s training regime? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Fire Force Season 2 Episode 18: Other Posts
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