Fire Force Season 2 Episode 7

Fire Force Season 2 Episode 7

Road to the Oasis

With Fire Force season 2 episode 7, we enter the Chinese Peninsula arc(s). Shinra, Arthur, Viktor, Tamaki, Ogun, Juggernaut, and Pan were selected to investigate the Chinese mainland in search of clues regarding the Great Cataclysm, Adolla Bursts, and the Evangelist.

That’s some important stuff, but I don’t really care about any of that right now, because I’d rather talk about just how different the Chinese Peninsula is from the Tokyo Empire. For starters, with the exception of the Oasis I’ll get to later on, the entire peninsula appears to be a wasteland. There’s rock and dirt as far as the eye can see, and the only people who live here are potato farmers along the coast.

It really makes you think why people would be living here at all. The people here seem to be on good terms with the Tokyo Empire, so why don’t they emigrate there? Or, why doesn’t the Tokyo Empire help them develop the peninsula?

Ogun using "Yoruba Forge" from the anime series Fire Force season 2
Ogun using “Yoruba Forge”

What’s more interesting than the people who live on the Chinese mainland, though, are the creatures that live there. And, while not necessarily “creatures,” let’s start off by discussing the Infernals that are found here. In Japan, Infernals are killed (put to rest). But throughout the rest of the world, this isn’t what happens.

The Tokyo Empire was previously stated to be the last beacon of modern human civilization in the world. So while there are people who live elsewhere, they don’t live in a near-utopia like in Japan. And what that means is they don’t have fire soldiers to take down Infernals, so instead they’re left to wander for eternity.

Aside from Infernals, there are also normal animals, talking animals, and giant, golem-like snake creatures. We know nothing about the latter, except that they exist and seem to have existed for a very long time — their skeletons are strewn across the landscape.

Scop and Yata

Focusing on the talking animals now, there are two we meet in this episode: Scop and Yata. Scop is a mole with a flaming tail who was stealing potatoes from Juggernaut’s family’s farm. Scop is a crow who was first spotted leading a small group of other, non-talking, crows.

While Scop’s tail is clear evidence that an Adolla Burst is at work, Yata doesn’t have any visible flames on his body. However, I’m going to assume that the fact these two can speak human language is connected to the Adolla Burst located somewhere within the region (the Oasis).

And speaking of the Oasis, that’s where Scop and Yata used to live. The Oasis is the only place on the mainland that we know of where there’s fresh water and plant-life (other than potatoes).

Scop the mole from the anime series Fire Force season 2
Scop the mole

The reason Scop, Yata, and the rest of their friends had to flee from the Oasis is because a pack of hellhounds — basically Infernal dogs — showed up and overran the region. They fought back, of course, but in the end, they were driven away after suffering heavy losses. And so, the hellhounds still rule the Oasis.

There seems to be some sort of connection between the talking animals like Scop and Yata and the hellhounds. As I mentioned, Scop has a flaming tail. And in the next episode preview, one of his eyes has a flame within it as well.

I think that while the hellhounds are dog versions of Infernals, the talking animals are just animal versions of pyrokinetic humans. Perhaps Yata is an animal version of a second-generation and Scop is an animal version of a third-generation.

The Tabernacle

In the center of the Oasis lies a large structure Scop and Yata refer to as the Tabernacle. If you’re not familiar with the word, a tabernacle is basically a place of worship. And surrounding the Tabernacle are six, massive pillars rising out of the ground (I have no idea what the pillars are for).

But what’s so special about the Tabernacle? It’s just a giant place of worship, right? Wrong. As I mentioned in either last week’s review or in the comments of that review, the Tabernacle looks exactly like the Amaterasu structure in the Tokyo Empire.

As we’re reminded in this episode, Vulcan’s ancestors were the ones who supposedly constructed Amaterasu in the Tokyo Empire. So why is there an identical, albeit a slightly smaller, version of the same structure on the Chinese mainland? Could it have been a copy of Amaterasu? Or is the Tabernacle the original?

The Tabernacle surrounded by pillars in the Oasis from the anime series Fire Force season 2
The Tabernacle surrounded by pillars in the Oasis

At this point, I think it could go either way, but I’m leaning towards the Tabernacle being the prototype for Amaterasu. The fact that it’s smaller and creates a smaller habitable zone leads me to believe it’s the older of the two. Although, it’s possible that someone built it in an attempt to replicate Amaterasu.

However, I think if the Tabernacle was a replica of Amaterasu, there would still be humans living nearby. The fact that Scop and Yata mentioned that there are no humans around seems to imply that whoever made it moved on. If someone made it after seeing Amaterasu, why would they have left?

It seems more likely that the Tabernacle was made first, on the ruins of China. Then, after it proved successful, that technology was taken to a more defensible location: Japan. And, to further back this theory up, we already know the founder of the Tokyo Empire came from a foreign land — perhaps China.

Conclusion

What did you think of Fire Force season 2 episode 7? Do you think there are people still living elsewhere in the world? Why do you think Scop and Yata are able to speak human language? And which do you think came first, Amaterasu or the Tabernacle? Let me know in the comments.

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