Welcome, one and all, to my continued weekly episodic review series for season two of Fire Force aka En’en no Shōbōtai. This week’s episode was called Road to the Oasis. This was a step up from the second half of last week’s episode for me. Let’s see what happened.
The team – Pan, Shinra, Arthur, Tamaki, Licht, Ogun and Juggernaut – made it China safely. They had a brief meeting with Juggernaut’s Mum and learned that someone has been digging up his family’s vegetables. There was no time to investigate though as the mission was afoot.
After getting a warning that there’s a strange gas up ahead, they pushed on in a truck and Licht was the only one smart enough to wear a gas mask. The result was that the air-born stimulant made the others a little hyperactive.
It wasn’t long until trouble found them, with a mole named Scop pleading for help while a giant worm attacked. Shinra and Ogun took care of it, and Juggernaut realized that Scop had been stealing his family’s produce. It turned out he came from an Oasis – the only place around with water and plant life – and this story was corroborated by a crow named Yata. They had been chased out by a mysterious group. Before bedding down, Shinra and Ogun spotted a ton of Infernals. Some of them had apparently been wandering since the Great Cataclysm 250 years ago. There were too many to fight, so they left them alone.
Scop and Yata took them to a large rock that they could climb to see the Oasis. When they did so, they found not only plant life, but the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle looked almost identical to Amaterasu, but smaller. That, as Licht said, throws into question whether that or Amaterasu came first, which would mean the history of Vulcan’s ancestors creating it was now in doubt.
Scop wanted them to fight to get the Oasis back for him, but Pan was of the opinion that peaceful negotiation should come first. That wasn’t an immediate option as it happened, as they were attacked by a pack of Hell Hounds. Tamaki said a prayer and Arthur cut them down, laying the Infernal dogs to rest. Scop then revealed that there are no humans there.
The episode ended with Shinra getting an Adolla Link, and hearing a voice telling him to protect the forest.
This was pretty entertaining. The madcap moments, like the boys eating soil and Tamaki fantasizing while under the influence of the gas will either be your cup of tea or not. It was all fairly harmless though and didn’t feel too out of place with this group. The battle with the worm was short but fun. I liked seeing Ogun’s fire hoverboard in action, and it was nice seeing them scare the worm away rather than kill it as it seemed to just part of the wildlife.
The journey with the talking animals was interesting. Seeing so many lost souls wandering without a way to lay them to rest was creepy, as was seeing Infernal animals. I like the questions raised by there being another power generator too, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Shinra’s latest Adolla Link message leads them.
As a bonus, Tamaki managed to get in on the action – both comedy and battle – and not accidentally strip. So, yay for Tamaki not being the butt of a bad joke. On top of that, the shot of her eating marshmallows by the campfire was adorable.
From a technical standpoint, I thought the colour work was phenomenal again too. Fire Force does an excellent job with different times of the day in that regard, the animation when it comes to flickering flames is wonderful.
That’s short, I know, but there isn’t much else to say. The episode flew by, and we got some nice little snippets of information to start building up the arc here. Really, that’s all I can ask for.
But those are just my thoughts. What did you all think of the episode? Let me know in the comments below.
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