Microaggressions in Fire Force


Hi, y'all.

All you're gonna get today is a short list of the microaggressions I spotted in the anime Fire Force.


Here we go.

  • Break-Dancing: For some reason, the protagonist (Shinra) begins to break-dance in season 2, episode 12. Spectating characters break out into the familiar social commentary on it that I've seen across the anime world. One of them says: "It’s so ridiculous.” My question is: why is it "ridiculous" when he does break-dancing for fun/to express himself? It's not 'ridiculous' when he uses these (dare I say, grafted) moves to kick the villains' asses on everyone's behalf.

  • Charon: A) they make this character a loud, bumbling, out-of the loop kind of guy. Hello black buck stereotype. Then, they emasculate him by always having a slight, white-skinned girl beating him up because he’s so “annoying”. The irony is that the behavior that she calls 'annoying' is him looking out for her since he is her guardian. B) Shinra says a series of odd things that leave you wondering if they were rAcIaLlY mOtIvAtEd. In one scene during season 2, episode 4, he says to Charon: “I’m getting real tired of your hulking frame!” That wouldn't be so bad if he didn't follow it up with a: “I’m still getting started, you damn gorilla!” The protagonist carries on: "You’re second generation aren’t you?! I got confused at first by your muscle-headed appearance." *sigh* My question is: So what if he's strong? Lots of other people are strong too. Why is he the one who gets called a 'gorilla'? Is it his fault that you were confused about why you were getting your ass kicked???

  • Ogun Montgomery: Where do we even start? Should it be with the ghetto-ass, sacrilegious name? Or perhaps, how messed up his anatomy was (as best seen when he takes off his shirt in his fight scene in season 2)? Maybe, instead, we should talk about his alienating eye-color??? How about the nauseating insinuation of “cool points” that Shinra earned for having a Black friend? No. Let's start with the homogenization of Black identities through names and symbols. First, what was with th