Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5: Charon is almost indestructible.
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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5 Review – Best In Show

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Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5 Review – Quick Summary

In Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5, “Corna (Sign of the Devil) / A Secret Plan,” Shinra refused to give up in his fight against Charon. Though in all honestly, his body might have been close to making the decision for him. No matter what he did, he couldn’t scratch his foe. How does Charon do that? Meanwhile, Akitaru Obi’s Eighth Company and representatives from the other Fire Force companies struggled to contain the Infernal Demon, even with Karim Flam’s help. Obi asked for ideas, and Victor Licht had a flash of inspiration. His idea might just work — if it doesn’t kill Maki first! Can they make the plan work before the Infernal Demon destroys the town? And how was Arthur doing against Haumea?

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

Best in Show Moment for Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5: Shinra wasn't the only one who could take a beating. Charon could, too.

Shinra’s Corna move was enough to make the episode title. But it wasn’t enough to finish Charon. Did I mention just how stupidly fast Charon is? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Shinra Nearly Figured Out Charon

Fire Force does a wonderful job with their fight scenes. They’ve always been exciting to watch. At the same time, they’ve been know to play with tropes to make things more interesting. In this episode, the result was my favorite moment.

Shinra was just about beaten. The guy can take a major pounding, but he couldn’t inflict even a little damage on Charon. So, just as he’s done in the past, he tried to analyze the situation. He figured out that Charon wasn’t a Third Generation Pyrokinetic, who could create his own flames. Charon was instead a Second Generation Pyrokinetic. That means he could not create his own flames.

But he could use the flames of a Third Generation flames against them. All throughout their fight, Charon had been doing just that: using Shinra’s own energy against him.

Realizing Charon’s real classification didn’t help, though. Shinra couldn’t figure out how to strike without force. He took a terrible beating as he tried to figure it out. He managed to come up with a plan, but by then, he could barely stand.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5: Shinra almost gave up.

Shinra’s body and courage were just about gone. He still decided to press on. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Recovering from a particularly nasty punch, he staggered towards Charon and his entourage. “I’m not freaking out,” he said, trying to rationalize his situation (09:45). “I’m just making sure of my odds of winning!”

He launched his attack.

Delivery: Shinra’s Not the Only One Who Can Take a Beating

Inspired by the rock-n-roll sign (Corna) that Obi had taught him, Shinra threw everything he had into his charge. It wasn’t just the finger positions. Because Corna could mean Sign of the Devil, he decided to embrace that motif, but only to become “a devil toward evil” (10:09). He had to time his strike perfectly. Shinra had to hit Charon hard enough to make it seem like a legitimate attack that Charon could use to fuel a response, then unleash the fully fury of Corna.

Eyes ablaze, Shinra rocketed toward Charon. The force the collision made even Inca mutter, “Oh, crap…”

Shinra’s strike landed. As expected, Charon retaliated with an enormous fireball. Shinra, screaming (10:26), “Choke on the flames of Hell!”, unleashed his finishing move. Orange and red and purple and black flames formed a fanged skull and engulfed Charon. The force battered Charon and hurled him through the air.

Fire Force Season 2 Ep 5: Shinra's new finishing move, Corna, was impressive.

Shinra’s finishing move was massive. Too bad it wasn’t enough! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Now, far be it from me to diminish Shinra’s achievement. He worked hard for it. But I started to wonder, if Shinra could take such a beating, why couldn’t Charon? Why would one finishing move, no matter how astoundingly cool, finish off a monster like Charon?

Shinra could barely stand, but he told Charon’s goons to let Inca go because he intended to take her into protective custody. But before Inca could even complain, Shinra felt a massive presence behind him. Turns out Charon could, in fact, take a beating. He had rising from the massive impact crater and he was ready for the next round. His blow was so hard Shinra spun vertically. Before he could complete the spin, Charon had kicked him through the air.

I hated seeing Shinra hammered so hard, but I loved how the villain was every bit as touch as our hero. That makes the fight worth watching!

What did you think of Maki’s magnificent contribution? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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

  1. I really enjoyed this one. For me, the best moment was the episode long arc building up how strong second gens are. It was good seeing Maki being so pivotal in the plan at the end too, she really came through in controlling the firestorm.

    1. “For me, the best moment was the episode long arc building up how strong second gens are.”

      That was seriously cool! I liked the idea that a second generation could turn the power of a third generation against themselves.

      “It was good seeing Maki being so pivotal in the plan at the end too”

      I’ll take any excuse to watch Maki in action! Her combination of raw power and demure attitude is a lot of fun to watch!

      Well, demure until some ticks her off!

      1. She’s a joy, isn’t she? Maki is one of the more interesting members of the heroes, I think. They all have some cool facets to them, but she stood out early on and ahsn’t let up for me.

        Absolutely! It’s the fire magic equivalent of using someone’s momentum against them in martial arts.

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