Fire Force (En’en no Shōbōtai) is a 2019 television anime series based on Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga series of the same name. The anime’s second season was produced by studio David Productions with director Tatsumi Minakawa, writer Tatsuma Minamikawa and music composed by Kenichiro Suehiro. The second season first aired in Japan on July 2020.
“Shinra and Company 8 have figured out the Evangelist’s goal. After learning about his past, our hero is now more motivated to discover the truth about his mother and save Sho. But a mysterious girl reveals the Evangelist’s plan—another Great Cataclysm.”Plot Synopsis via Funimation UK, November 2021.
It’s been a while since I last watched Fire Force, primarily its first season. While I was initially put off due to the overhype and comparisons with PROMARE, the show actually got me really invested with its story and cast but I decided to hold off on watching the second season due to other stuff going on. Both seasons covered a fair amount of the original source material, but now that the manga has wrapped up there is a third season in the works which is neat to hear.
Despite the flack the show had gotten, it didn’t stop Funimation (now rebranded as Crunchyroll) from releasing a limited edition for the second season to fit with the first season. I own the limited edition for the first season and it’s a pretty nice package with a neat booklet to go with it. The consistency is kept with this set as well.
Just like the first season, Funimation licensed Fire Force quite early on and given the simuldub treatment followed by a home video release. The UK was distributed by Funimation UK (also now rebranded as Crunchyroll UK) but they didn’t provide a limited edition for either the first or second season due to poor sales.
Limited Edition Contents:
Similar to my unboxing for Fire Force Season 1, this post combines the UK standard only release of Part 1, now a combo pack rather than Blu-ray only, with the US limited edition release of Part 2. And just like before, this section will focus mostly on the Part 2’s limited edition package which has a nice batch of content from Funimation.
The limited edition box set features a rigid box that houses Part 2’s Amaray case and a nice glossy slipcase as well as a booklet and a spare cardboard box that includes art cards and mini items. While limited editions from Funimation sometimes have exclusive artwork, this is just the same as the regular edition. The booklet offers character designs, production artwork on the background and visuals.
The artwork is free of any information or BBFC content and the info sheet covers the information and specification like previous Funimation limited edition releases. The regular edition will still have the specification and info on the back cover for both the Amaray and slipcase.
The SRP for the limited edition set was $84.98 and the standard edition was £29.99. The North American Funimation limited editions don’t have an exact unit count, but it’s still in print if you are after one at the time of this write-up. I acquired the limited edition release from Rightstuf during their Birthday sale line-up, though I ordered other items to balance the shipping costs but the sale price was $43.55.
Physical Contents (Part 2 Limited Edition):
- Rigid Box with slipcase, Amaray packaging and clean artwork
- Info sheet for specification
- 40-page Art Book
- 4 Art Cards
- 14 month Calendar
Distributor: Funimation (Part 1: UK, Part 2: US)
Released: 15th November 2021 (Part 1: UK), 2nd November 2021 (Part 2: US)
The UK standard only release for Fire Force Season 2 Part 1 contains episodes 1-12 across two Blu-ray discs and two DVD discs, with the encode and authoring done by Funimation’s US branch.
Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles and the Funimation English dub. The white subtitles are locked during playback and the discs are playable on A & B for Blu-ray, and 1 & 2 for DVD in NTSC format.
The US limited edition release for Fire Force Season 2 Part 2 contains episodes 13-24 across two Blu-ray discs and two DVD discs, with the encode and authoring done by Funimation.
Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles and the Funimation English dub. The white subtitles are locked during playback and the disc regions are playable on A & B for Blu-ray, and 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 for DVD in NTSC format.
Blu-ray Specs (Parts 1 & 2):
|Audio||English Dolby TrueHD 5.1|
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
|Discs||Part 1: 2 BD-50s|
Part 2: 2 BD-50s
DVD Specs (Parts 1 & 2):
|Audio||English Dolby Digital 5.1|
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0
|Video||Standard Definition in NTSC format|
16:9 aspect ratio
|Region||Part 1: 1 2|
Part 2: 1 2 3 4 5
|Discs||Part 1: 2|
Part 2: 2
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Funimationcon 2020: Fire Force Panel
- Textless Opening Song “SPARK-AGAIN”
- Textless Closing Song “ID”
- Fire Force Voice Actors Answer Your Questions
- Textless Opening Song “Torch of Liberty”
- Textless Closing Song “Desire”
DVD On-Disc Extra Features:
No extras across all discs
Fire Force Season 2 is available to order through multiple retailers across the United Kingdom and United States. For the Part 2 limited edition Blu-ray & DVD release, it is available to order on Amazon UK via AmazonGlobal, Rightstuf and United Publications.
(Disclaimer: Amazon links are also included when available. They are affiliated so if you decide to order them, I’ll earn a small percentage if they ship which will help me with any hauls or small bills.)