Fire Force was one of the hottest anime of summer 2020—literally and figuratively. It is written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo, the creator of Soul Eater, one of the most popular anime of its time. With its compelling plot and beautifully animated fights, this anime gathered fans to become a big hit in the new wave of shounen anime in this new decade.
The plot follows Shinra Kusakabe, a boy with the nickname “Devil’s Footprints,” who joins Special Fire Force Company Eight to fight Infernals as well as investigate the other Companies. While you await the second season, here are nine anime to watch in the meantime if you love Fire Force.
9 Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter x Hunter (2011) is a remake of the original Hunter x Hunter based on the manga written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It follows a boy named Gon Freecss, who learns that his father is a legendary Hunter and his search for him. Gon decides to follow in his footsteps as well and become an excellent Hunter, leaving his hometown and meeting various people along the way on his journey as well as making new friends.
8 Blood BlocakdeBattlefront
Blood Blockade Battlefront is a shounen manga written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow, the manga author who made famous works Trigun and Gungrave.
The story revolves around Leonardo Watch, a photographer who gained the All-Seeing Eyes of the Gods at the cost of his sister’s eyesight. He then joins the Libra Organization to protect the streets from bad guys as well as to provide for his sister.
7 Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer is a dark fantasy manga written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. The story focuses on Tanjiro Kamado, a boy whose family was massacred by demons. After his younger sister becomes a demon, he joins the Demon Slayer Corps so he can find a way to change his only family left, Nezuko Kamado, back into a human.
6 Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan is a dark fantasy manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. In a post-apocalyptic world where humans live in territories surrounded by giant walls, giant humanoids called Titans attack them. To protect themselves and fight against the man-eating atrocities, the Military Police Brigade is formed to protect humans.
Naruto is a manga written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. This story is a classic shounen that any anime fan has heard of and about. It follows a young boy named Naruto who lives in the Village Hidden in the Leaves. He has a Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside of him and is shunned out of fear and disgust, but he doesn’t let this stop him from his dream as he strives to become a Hokage.
4 Soul Eater
Soul Eater is a dark fantasy manga written by Atsushi Ohkubo. It surrounds three teams who attend the Death Weapon Meister Academy, who must make their weapon a Death Scythe for the headmaster.
However, they must also collect the soul of ninety-nine humans and a witch, or else they will have to begin from the beginning. As opposed to Fire Force, there is a female protagonist named Maka Albarn. If you enjoyed Fire Force, going back to watch the author’s first popular manga would be a perfect choice.
3 Blue Exorcist
Blue Exorcist is a dark fantasy manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato. It follows two twin brothers, Rin and Yukio Okumura, who discover they are the sons of Satan born from a human woman.
After Rin and Yukio’s guardian is murdered by Satan, Rin enrolls in True Cross Academy so he can defeat him. However, Rin also needs to learn how to control his blue flames and deal with the hatred from his fellow schoolmates as the son of Satan.
2 My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is a fantasy manga written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi. It draws multiple inspirations from American superhero comics, such as Marvel and DC comics.
The story follows a young boy named Izuku Midoriya, someone born without superpowers, who wishes to become a hero despite this. After he is scouted by All Might and discovers he has the same superpower as him, he is enrolled in a high school for new heroes. As Shinra from Fire Force’s wish is to become a hero, you cannot go wrong with My Hero Academia.
Promare is an original film co-produced by Trigger and XFLAG. When a new race of mutants appeared thirty years, they destroyed a lot that humanity had built. Although they have gone back to normal under the leadership of Kray Foresight and are protected by a team of firefighters named the Burning Rescue, a new terrorist group threatens the peace. Galo Thymos, the newest member of Burning Rescue, sets off to discover the truth of the mutants, this world, as well as the terrorist group’s leader, Lio Fotia. This one is a movie, so you can watch it multiple times if you wish.
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