Fire Force Season 2 Episode 9

Fire Force Season 2 Episode 9

The Core

Since I always like to point out when my theories are right, I’d like to start off this review of Fire Force season 2 episode 9 by saying that I correctly predicted that the Benefactor was inside of the Tabernacle and that Amaterasu houses someone as well. And while it sucks to be right about everything sometimes, this was not one of those times.

Despite the fact that I accurately predicted the major development that occurred, it was still done so well that my lack of surprise on that front didn’t hurt my experience. After all, I still was surprised that the series decided to take more of a horror route to reveal the true nature of the Tabernacle and Amaterasu.

But what does this new information mean? Does it really matter all that much?

The Tabernacle's core from the anime series Fire Force season 2
The Tabernacle’s core

The first thing you may have noticed is Viktor’s comment about sacrifices. From what I could tell, he meant two different things by this. Obviously he was referring to those who are trapped within the Tabernacle, Amaterasu, and whatever similar constructs there may be as sacrifices. But he’s also referring to Shinra and the other Pillars.

Remember how Tempe-sama is planning to use the explosive power of the Tabernacle to kill himself? Well, what do you think would happen if the Evangelist collected all eight Pillars and used their power to create an explosion? That’s probably how he plans to bring about another Great Cataclysm.

And I have two final points I want to make regarding this topic. First, Raffles I is probably the one powering Amaterasu. Second, since we know the Benefactor is running out of energy to power the Tabernacle, does that mean Amaterasu is also nearing the end of its life?

Will the series end with Shinra and the other Pillars taking their places?

Ogun’s Flamy Ink

I’ve thought that Ogun is a cool character with a cool design ever since he was introduced. But, I was a bit disappointed by his ability to create flame sword, spears, and knives and shoot them at enemies. Then, seeing him use a flame-powered hoverboard definitely upped his cool-factor.

However, even that doesn’t compare to his Flamy Ink ability (which probably needs a better name). This is the kind of explosive power I wanted to see from Ogun, and it’s finally here.

By using Flamy Ink, Ogun covers his body in tattoo-like flames that boost his physical abilities such as strength and speed. And based on what Tamaki said, when using this ability, Ogun’s power rivals even that of Captain Burns, who I believe was previously stated to be the strongest Fire Soldier.

That doesn’t mean he’s the strongest pyrokinetic, though.

Ogun's Flamy Ink from the anime series Fire Force season 2
Ogun’s Flamy Ink

What’s really interesting about this ability to me is that it shows that Ogun has a high tolerance for using his pyrokinetic ability. Captain Burns and those with Adolla Bursts seem to be exceptions to this, but I think most pyrokinetics wouldn’t last very long using the same power output Ogun does with this ability.

Tamaki was worried that Ogun was going to burn himself out (literally), which shows that this level of firepower isn’t normal. In fact, we’ve already seen pyrokinetics burn up while using less power than Ogun does here.

I wonder if Ogun’s Flamy Ink works like Sakura’s Strength of a Hundred technique from Naruto Shippūden. It physically looks like a similar ability, so does Ogun have to save up excess power over time before he can activate Flamy Ink?

Arthur, Tamaki, and Juggernaut

With all the important stuff out of the way, let’s wrap up this episode review by touching on some of the less important stuff. Starting with Arthur, I was just as surprised as Lieutenant Pan and Viktor that Arthur knew what pi was when he first mentioned it. But, as it turns out, he only knows the number, not what it actually is.

Leave it to Arthur to know the hard part, but not understand the basics. In fact, he also revealed that despite being a knight-king who bases his persona on King Arthur’s legendary round table, he doesn’t even know what the round table is.

I get that this was supposed to be some comedic moment, but that’s not really what I’m looking for in an action series. This could have been another chance for Arthur to show his more serious side. But, unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Tamaki Kotatsu from the anime series Fire Force season 2
Tamaki Kotatsu

I don’t have much to say about Tamaki here other than that I think her Lucky Lecher ability only activated once so far this season. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a good thing. I really want to see her developed into a more serious character — and the fact that her ability didn’t pop off during the fight against Tempe-sama is a good sign.

Finally, we have Juggernaut, who I have never liked. I didn’t like him back when he was introduced in season 1 because he has a stupid design. And I still don’t like him in season 2 because he’s just a cowardly gag character.

It was pretty clear that Juggernaut wasn’t going to die in this episode even after Tempe-sama ripped a hole through his chest. But I still have to say the gag about Juggernaut actually being a really small person wearing a bunch of layers is pretty stupid. They should have just had Tamaki heal him somehow and I would have accepted that.

Conclusion

What do you think of Fire Force season 2 episode 9? Did you predict that the Tabernacle was powered by the Benefactor? Do you think Amaterasu is powered by Raffles I? And what do you think of Ogun’s Flamy Ink ability? Let me know in the comments.

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