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The 13 Best Anime Like 'Fire Force'  

Anna Lindwasser
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Fire Force is - pardon the pun - one of the hottest anime of the Summer 2019 anime season. It follows Shinra Kusakabe, a member of the 8th Special Fire Brigade. The Brigade's job is to neutralize Infernals, people who mysteriously burst into flames and wreak havoc among the populace. Shinra is a third-generation ability user, which means that he has the power to control and produce fire. While this makes it easier for him to take on Infernals, it also connects to a painful personal history - one that might stop him from being the hero he longs to be. 

Are there other anime like Fire Force out there? You bet there are! One of the most obvious examples is Promare, a Studio Trigger movie that features a nearly identical concept. If you like organized fighting squads dedicated to dealing with a specific supernatural problem, you can check out Blood Blockade Battlefront, Attack on Titan, or Fullmetal Alchemist. If you're looking for something a little more sentimental which echoes some of Fire Forces' more emotional themes, Plastic Memories might be more your speed. And if you just want to check out sexy firefighters? Try Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujou: Osananajimi wa Shouboushi.

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like 'Fire Force'
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More than anything in the world, Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero, just like the man he looks up to, All Might. To accomplish this, he'll do just about anything - even if it means putting himself in danger. Shinra Kusakabe also desperately wants to be a hero, which is what ties these two shows together. That being said, Shinra's obsession with heroism doesn't stem from admiration of others so much as it stems from wanting to prove that he isn't a monster after an incident that wiped out his family. 

Besides both protagonists having a burning desire to show off their heroic sides, both series depict a world in which the so-called heroes aren't exactly what they seem. Sure, most of them are probably good, but there are some serious questions to be asked about the structure that upholds them.

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Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like 'Fire Force'
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Blue Exorcist follows Rin Okumura, the son of Satan. You would think that the son of Satan would be dedicated to upholding the forces of evil, but that's not true for Rin. Instead, he wants to help exorcise demons and protect humanity from harm at their hands. Because of his origins, he isn't always trusted to do what's right.

This is actually quite similar to what Shinra goes through. While the exact nature of Shinra's backstory has yet to be revealed, many people perceive him as demonic and believe that being a hero is impossible for him. 

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like 'Fire Force'
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Both Attack on Titan and Fire Force center around organizations that are dedicated to protecting the community from hostile, supernatural forces. While Infernals are the main threat facing the cast of Fire Force, the characters in Attack on Titan have to deal with giant humanoid monsters called Titans who eat human beings. 

In both cases, these beings were once human beings. While Fire Force reveals this right away, Attack on Titan takes its time. Also, both of the organizations dedicated to dealing with these beings are deeply corrupt in ways that aren't evident at the beginning of the series but are revealed over time. 

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like 'Fire Force'
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba follows Tanjiro Kamado, a boy whose sister Nezuko was transformed into a demon after being bitten in an attack that took out the rest of their family. Tanjiro isn't looking for revenge - instead, he just wants to find a way to change his sister back.

Just like in Fire Force, Demon Slayer features a world in which ordinary people can suddenly become bloodthirsty monsters. In most cases, the goal is to simply eliminate them - but if that person shows self-awareness, or is someone's beloved family member, it's a different story.

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