Key points for Manga Recommendation – Fire Punch:
- Fire Punch offers a cold and desolate world where the persecuted “blessed” with supernatural abilities face the consequences. The revenge-driven plot evolves beyond its initial setup, providing a unique and engaging narrative.
- Protagonist Agni’s emotional journey, fueled by the loss of his sister Luna, adds depth to the story. The supporting cast, including characters like Togata, Judah, Sun, and Doma, contributes to the overall richness of character development.
- With a quirkiness and edginess distinct from Chainsaw Man, Fire Punch stands out. While not as refined, it captivates with its unconventional elements, making it a compelling read for those who appreciate Tatsuki Fujimoto’s storytelling style.
Alright, so prepare to get a little traumatized from this one. I think most people have heard about a certain famous manga called Chainsaw Man, right? Well, Fire Punch is the lesser-known older sibling of Chainsaw Man. So yes, it is also written by Tatsuki Fujimoto. I think this is probably the manga that put Fujimoto on a lot of people’s maps before Chainsaw Man propelled his popularity into the stratosphere.
So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series. This week we are taking a look at Fire Punch. The manga that came out just before Chainsaw Man and a lot of familiar “Fujimoto tropes” started from this manga. It is still wild just how different this is from Chainsaw Man even after all those typical Fujimoto things. Either way, lots to talk about so let’s get started!
As mentioned earlier, Fire Punch is written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. Fujimoto is of course famous for writing Chainsaw Man and more recently, Sayonara Eri. It was serialized online on Shonen Jump+ from April 2016 to January 2018. It is rather short, coming in at just 83 chapters compiled in 8 volumes. No anime adaptation or anything like that to speak of, which is a shame but hey, can’t really do anything about it.
The world of this manga is cold and desolate. The cold has almost driven people crazy as they have formed different cults and they immediately persecute the “blessed” i.e. people with supernatural abilities. Agni and Luna are two blessed siblings having regenerative abilities. One day, a commander named Doma incinerates the village they are staying in and Luna dies in this event. Doma’s flame cannot be extinguished till they burn their target completely but Agni’s regenerative abilities stop him from dying. And he now seeks revenge for his sister’s death.
Chainsaw Man is plenty weird in itself but this manga is definitely weirder. This is not as refined as Chainsaw Man was if that makes sense. But I like its quirkiness. It is pretty edgy and that edge might not be for everyone but, again, I like it. I still do think that the plot is great. I know it sounds like a plain old revenge story on the surface but it grows into so much more by the end.
Agni’s character is great. In a world where his kind is persecuted without a second thought, only his sister was there for him. She got taken away from him, so it is not hard to imagine the rage he feels. Togata is another great character but I can’t talk about him without spoiling much so yeah. And then there’s the awesome supporting cast of characters like Judah, Sun, Doma himself, etc. Fujimoto’s character work is always great.
Fujimoto’s art style hasn’t changed that much between this and Chainsaw Man. Fire Punch still goes for that realistic art style and yeah, sure enough, it fits well with the tone of its plot. Some panels and especially the action sequences look amazing. If you are reading a Fujimoto manga, you know what quality of art you can expect. I will say one thing though, Fire Punch character designs are nowhere as good or memorable as Chainsaw Man.
Here’s why you should read Fire Punch:
- Rather short
- Great plot
- Amazing characters
- Lots of awesome twists
That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!
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