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Fire Punch Volume 1 Manga Review

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“Fire Punch” is one messed up manga series.

Written and drawn by Tatsuki Fujimoto, “Fire Punch” is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic story in which The Ice Witch has covered the world in snow. As a result of this, people are dying and starving and even resorting to cannibalism. The story begins by introducing readers to village dwelling siblings Luna and Agni who both have regenerative powers. After being visited by people from Behemdorg city, one member (Doma) winds up ordering the slaughter of the villagers thinking they are inhuman because of their cannibalism. Everyone perishes aside from Agni who is reborn into a flaming man living in a constant state of pain. He decides to seek revenge against Doma but his journey is disrupted by a kid with powers (Sun) and captors. There’s also a subplot involving a filmmaker (Togata) who decides to make a documentary on Agni.

The cover of the first volume manga has a “parental advisory: explicit content” warning and it should certainly not be taken lightly. This is by no means a series for children. From the first few pages, it becomes quite clear that this is a disturbing manga series that contains content involving cannibalism, slavery, rape, incest, and more. Even though I’ve seen and reviewed tons of brutal horror films and dramas over my lifetime, I was still a bit taken aback by some of the events in this series. After all, it’s not everyday you see a story with siblings (who can regenerate body parts) eating their own body parts they chopped off out of starvation. And that’s just 1 of the hellish things in this dystopian nightmare too! Suffice it to say, this is a very bleak and ugly series and I can’t say I actually enjoyed it. As bold and atmospheric as it may be, it frequently felt like Tatsuki Fujimoto was going for shock value here mixed with a bit of “One Punch Man” (which it feels like it was partially influenced by to a degree).

One thing the series does deserve credit for is the unique art style. It looks and feels different from the usual manga and manages to convey a real sense of tone and place. The character designs are also drawn differently here as they have a bit of a more realistic look to them.

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May 22, 2018 - Posted by | Book review | , ,

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