Fire Force Season 2 Episode 10

Fire Force Season 2 Episode 10

The Being Who Created Your God

Fire Force season 2 episode 10 was yet another episode that delivered on the lore I wanted so badly. Sure, I’d also like the whole power system in this series to be a little more developed, but I can settle with the lore we’ve been getting from the past couple of episodes for now.

Let’s start off this review with a question: Is this the first confirmation we’ve gotten that the Evangelist is a she and not a he? I’m fairly certain we’ve seen the Evangelist before, but I don’t believe their gender was identified previously. I only bring this up because I’ve been thinking the Evangelist was male this whole time.

There’s just something about being the leader of a doomsday cult that screams male to me, I guess. But, since it turns out that the Evangelist is female, that means my comparison to Kaguya from Naruto: Shippūden back in the review of episode 8 was is more applicable than I thought.

The only problem is that I was under the impression that the Benefactor was the original at the time, so I was comparing Kaguya to her, not the Evangelist. And that reversal of their roles is something I’ll discuss in more detail in the next section.

The Evangelist exiting the Spacial Rift next to Tempe from the anime series Fire Force season 2
The Evangelist exiting the Spacial Rift next to Tempe

So what else did we learn from this Evangelist lore? Well, according to the Benefactor, the Evangelist may very well be the one who has been manipulating human history through religion for thousands of years. The Great Cataclysm was only the most recent of her meddling.

And, of course, I need to mention Tempe. When he was introduced I mentioned that he’s wearing an outfit similar to those of the Evangelist’s followers. We now know the reason for this is because he was her first follower when she appeared from beyond the rift 250 years ago.

The Woman in Black

While I say that Tempe was the Evangelist’s first follower from 250 years ago, that doesn’t mean he was her first follower ever. We don’t know how long the Evangelist has actually been around, but we do know that she was active even before the Great Cataclysm. The reason we know this is because the Benefactor was her follower before then.

There are a few interesting things that the Benefactor says when she’s talking about her own past. First, she claims that she was once human, but has become more like the Evangelist after having lived within the flames of Adolla in the Tabernacle for hundreds of years. That’s pretty interesting on its own, but there’s more.

She also claims that the Evangelist brought her from beyond the Spacial Rift. That’s the part that’s extremely important as far as I’m concerned. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the Benefactor wasn’t a human originally. But what’s a human doing beyond the Spacial Rift?

The Benefactor from the anime series Fire Force season 2
The Benefactor

Initially, it seemed fairly clear cut that beyond the Spacial Rift lay Adolla. But if the Benefactor was originally a human and only became similar to the Evangelist after being engulfed in the flames of Adolla within the Tabernacle, then Adolla can’t be what’s beyond the Spacial Rift.

This also brings up the question of whether or not the Evangelist was once a human as well who has simply spent too much time in Adolla. I think that could go either way right now. On one hand, she’s very different from even the Benefactor — she has horns, can hover, and has a literal universe inside of her mouth.

But, on the other hand, perhaps the Evangelist is just that different because she’s spent so much more time consumed by the flames of Adolla. Maybe the Benefactor could have gotten to that point as well if enough time had passed.

Amaterasu, the First Pillar

The final big development in this episode is the introduction of the idea that the first pillar has already been sacrificed. We’ve never physically seen her in the flesh, which does lend slight credibility to this theory. But, that’s not the only bit of circumstantial evidence there is.

At this point, it’s pretty clear that the pillars are sacrifices. But, I think we’re going to learn that there isn’t just one faction that wants to sacrifice them — there are two. On one side you have the Evangelist and her followers and on the other side you have the Holy Temple of Sol founded by Raffles I.

The Evangelist’s motive is fairly clear to us at this point. She wants to use the power of the Adolla Bursts housed within the pillars to create another Great Cataclysm. But I don’t think the church has this same goal. Instead, the goal of the church is to preserve humanity, but the way they do that it by sacrificing those with Adolla Bursts to power Amaterasu.

The flame of Amaterasu from the anime series Fire Force season 2
The flame of Amaterasu

Raffles I is said to have found the flame that’s housed inside Amaterasu and then used it to power human civilization. But who’s to say that “flame” he found wasn’t a human with an Adolla Burst? Ever since we learned about the Benefactor, it’s been pretty obvious that a human powers Amaterasu. But what I hadn’t expected was that the human was forced to do that against their will by Raffles I.

However, I’m not saying that the first pillar is the original Amaterasu. If that were the case, she would be almost burnt out just like the Benefactor is. I think that Amaterasu burns through Adolla Burst users more quickly than the Tabernacle does. And this is the secret the church is hiding that Viktor speculated about.

If the goal of the church is to preserve human civilization and they know what powers Amaterasu, they’ve probably been sacrificing Addola Burst users in secret for centuries.

Also, isn’t the First Company strongly tied to the church? Captain Burns is the Captain of that company. He was also the one on the scene of Shinra’s house fire. Could Burns have shown up to capture Sho after his Adolla Burst awakened as a baby, but the Evangelist’s followers got there first?

Conclusion

What do you think about Fire Force season 2 episode 10? Are you enjoying all the lore we’ve been getting? Do you think the Evangelist was once a human? What do you think is beyond the Spacial Rift? And, has the church been sacrificing humans with Adolla Bursts for centuries to fuel civilization? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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