Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4: Inca can take care of herself
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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4 Review – Best In Show

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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4 Review – Quick Summary

In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4, “Groping through the Fire,” Shinra’s battle with Charon showed no sign of slowing down — except, maybe, for the amount of damage that Shinra accumulated. Meanwhile, more and more Infernals popped up. With Akitaru Obi and Sister Iris cut off from Maki Oze, Vulcan, and Takehisa Hinawa, and with Arthur off looking for Haumea, the 8th Special Fire Force Company found it hard to maintain their position, much less push forward. How will they make headway? Will they even be able to hold their own? And just what is Inca up to?

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

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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4: Inca does not want Shinra's help.

Inca certainly knows what she wants — and it’s not help from Shinra! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Inca’s Shocking Independence

Charon has been kicking the daylights out of Shinra for two episodes now. On the other side, Inca’s been kicking him in the rhetorical teeth. At once point, Shinra and Charon argued over who Inca should go with. She loudly declared she would decide her future — not them.

Charon took four loud, heavy, smokey steps towards her and said (06:53), “You possess an Adolla Burst. Your freedom…. is gone.” His hulking sense of menace was so profound that I felt like backing away from the screen. For an instant, Inca looked terrified. Then, remembering just how brutal Charon had been when he casually destroyed her friend, she got this manic grin on her face. It wasn’t fear driving her smile. Before she could respond, Shinra attacked Charon again, saying he would take her someplace safe.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4: Inca appears to be fearless

That does not look like a scared smile. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

She actually chewed him out. There was no way she would live a “safe” life without any thrills. Shinra was utterly taken aback. He couldn’t understand what she was saying. Angrily, she said (07:49), “You’re turning out incompetent scum that can do nothing but wait for you!”

I know what she’s talking about. She might be wrong, butI get it. Years ago, when I was a PC consultant, I wrote an application to make it easier to order and inventory the IBM PS/2s we bought. I knew the models inside and out, but some of the other consultants who used my system couldn’t tell the difference between a PS/2 Model 50-021 and the PS/2 Model 50-061. It was stupid, but I blamed myself for making it possible to order without learning the technical specifications. What Inca said might appear insane, but it made sense to me.

Delivery: Inca’s Radical Self Reliance

I wondered if Inca was simply an adrenaline junkie. Maybe she didn’t really understand the threat that Charon represented? Did she really think that he wouldn’t take her into custody?

Especially seeing to how he demolished a building using Shinra as the battering ram?

I found the answer soon enough. During that aforementioned assault on the building, Shinra (who’s durable as all get out) managed to throw Charon ahead of him. It didn’t hurt him at all. The enormous man landed on his feet and stopped his skid. He looked back and grinned, clearly enjoying the battle. Shinra came to the blasted opening in the building. He saw Charon, but then he saw, a little below them, two of Charon’s forces restraining Inca. She demanded they let her go.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4: Charon enjoys a fight

Charon certainly seems to be enjoying himself. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Shinra said that he was going to save her. She gave him a look that, frankly, I thought could combust concrete.

“Butt out,” she spat (16:12). “I want to live someplace that scares the living daylights out of me!”

This young woman is fearless. She’s not afraid of going with Charon. Instead, she’s annoyed. She doesn’t want Shinra’s help. Instead, she wants him to respect her boundaries. She in no way a conventional character, and I have to say that I really, really like that. I even like the effect she’s having on Shinra.

“What is wrong with you?” he asked, honestly mystified. She’s going to make Shinra redefine what it means to be a hero. I’m looking forward to that, too!

Were you disappointed that Tamaki was up to her old tricks? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Fire Force Season 2 Ep 4 Review – Best In Show

  1. Let me get this out of the way:

    ******Were you disappointed that Tamaki was up to her old tricks? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!*********

    I actually wasn’t. I always exected this facet to return; if anything I’m pleasantly surprised it took until episode 4. That they chose not to bring it up in the introductory episode, when it’s her main gimmick, is something I’m particulary happy about. That’s a blessing this episode can’t take away from me.

    (I still rolled my eyes.)

    I totally appreciate Inca as a character. The things she says when she’s not being either a thrillseeker or pettily selfish actually point in the same direction as my common criticism of My Hero Academia. In MHA, everybody wants to be a “Hero”. In Fire Force it’s basically only Shinra (and Arthur, if allow for the Knight variant, which I do). And it’s treated more as a character kink, the way they express themselves. Because of the nature of Obi’s troupe people just accept that in general, so it’s nice to see someone counter it, if only a little. Being a hero can be intrusive, belittling, and can create complacency. (It’s a little known side-effect of Superman’s appearance, that civil courage has decreased. “Superman will take care of it,” is a common sentiment… Or not. I made that up. But you get what I mean.)

    In a sense, it’s like people voting for the anti-socialist and then complain about rising healthcare costs. What Inca’s been doing isn’t a bad lesson, or wouldn’t be, if she weren’t going overboard with it. In any case, she should make a fun wild-card.

    1. “I actually wasn’t. I always exected this facet to return; if anything I’m pleasantly surprised it took until episode 4.”

      That’s a really good point. It also seemed more abbreviated. Still, you’re right — it’s her gimmick, so there’s no use wishing it away.

      Interesting comparison to MHA. There’s an idea there floating around and I can’t grab articulate it. Something about the difference between a military veteran’s attitude towards fighting and the attitude of someone who wants to dress up like a solider, but not go through the training and develop the discipline…

  2. The Tamaki moment was my one disappointment this time around. The rest of the episode was very good though. Inca is definitely an interesting addition to the cast.

    1. “Inca is definitely an interesting addition to the cast.”

      Not only is Inca interesting just by herself, but I’m really curious to see her impact on the rest of the cast. Shinra didn’t seem like he had any idea how to relate to her!

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