Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21: Arthur protects two survivors
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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21 Review – Best In Show

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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21 Review – Quick Summary

In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21, “Enemy Contact,” Tamaki stayed by Takeru Noto/Juggernaut’s side until his eyes closed. Was he dead? Just unconscious? Tamaki had no time to find out, because Infernals closed in on all sides. Will she retreat? Or hold her ground in the hopes someone rescues them? In another Nether location, Takehisa Hinawa and Takigi Oze waged a battle on their own. But it wasn’t clear if it was against the White Clads or each other. Shinra is in an even more dire situation, though he doesn’t know it yet. He was about to meet his worst enemy yet — an enemy who delivered the news about the true nature of this operation in the Nether. Can Shinra stand the truth? Will he be able to do anything about it? Because if he can’t, more than his life — or the life of the remaining Fire Force soldiers — will be lost.

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Favorite Quote from Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21: Shinra was not convinced that Arthur understood the concept of rear-guard.

Engaging the enemy on the front line probably doesn’t quality as a rear-guard action. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’ve always admired writers who pen natural and witty dialogue. It’s a real gift. This episode was like literary Christmas in that regard. There are so many gifts I’d like to share with you that I had a hard time choosing. So, I’ll go with a product of Shinra and Arthur’s friendship, such as it is.

Shinra had just met Dr. Giovanni again. The show managed to make a dangerous, creepy character even more dangerous and creepy. The effect was so effective that I think I’ll not mention what it is — it’s really worth seeing.

Shinra was in trouble. Dr. Giovanni’s abilities had been upgraded, and though Shinra had practiced with Benimaru Shinmon, he was completely on the defensive. That’s when Arthur showed up.

Shinra, through grateful, was astonished that Arthur would leave his squad, so he asked where they were. Arthur announced proudly that the Knight King had decided to bring up their rear so they could escape.

Shinra, incredulous, asked (10:59), “Are you sure the ‘rear’ is supposed to come way up here?”

Arthur has the best intentions. He struggles, through, when it comes to execution.

Best in Show Moment for Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21: Akitaru Oubi, force of nature

This man is a force of nature. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Tamaki’s Turn to Set for Akitaru Oubi

If I may borrow a volleyball metaphor (and now I want to watch Harukana Receive again), it was Tamaki’s turn to set the ball so Oubi could spike it. Now, you may reasonably ask how she did that, since she was in tears at what she perceived as her failures. But I have three thoughts about that.

First, she was wrong. She actually done good. More on that in a second.

Second, yes, I’m tired of her overcoat being the only one that gets blown off during a flame attack. Perhaps they should just make her overcoat out the same material as her bra and hose — they seemed to hold up better. Yes, that was sarcasm. About using the same material. I really do wonder why her coat’s the only one to get blown away.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21: Tamaki held off numerous Infernals and two White Clads until help arrived

Tamaki deserves credit: She held off the Infernals and two White Clads until help arrived. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Third (and I’m mentioning this twice for emphasis!), she done good. She held back the Infernals and kept the White Clad busy long enough for reinforcements to arrive. She didn’t do quite as good as Arthur’s “slash a chorus line of Infernals in one move” good, but if Juggernaut lives, it’ll be because of her efforts.

The net effect was that we watched a Third Gen Third Generation Pyrokinetic expend enormous effort to combat many Infernals and the two White Clads. Despite her having been able to take out some number of Infernals, the White Clads overwhelmed her.

That prepared the scene for Oubi.

Delivery: Oubi Decisively Spikes the Ball

After Oubi arrived with Gustav Honda, Iris, and Vulcan, he told Tamaki that she’d done a good job — which she had. Now, it was his turn.

Keep in mind that Oubi has no special abilities. He’s just a strong-willed dude who’s on a mission. As soon as the White Clads realized who they were up against, one of them taunted Oubi, asking what “an unpowered like you” could hope to do against them. Even Gustav warned Oubi to stay back.

Oubi just snapped his faceplate shut and charged.

The White Clad unleashed an enormous fireball. It filled the corridor and engulfed Oubi. The White Clad stood and surveyed the inferno he’d created. He was absolutely confident that no “unpowered” man could survive.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 21: Nameless White Clad seconds before his attitude adjustment

The White Clad seconds before he learned a valuable lesson about life. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That’s why I’m sure he was completely shocked when Oubi not only emerged at full speed, but planed a shockingly solid punch square in the middle of the White Clad’s face. He was unconscious before he hit the ground a tenth of a second later.

Flipping his face plate up, Oubi screamed at him, “I train for this!”

Glad to see Oubi never skips arm day in the gym. That was one seriously impressive punch.

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