「焰の蟲」 (Homura no Mushi)
It’s been five days since Shinra and Arthur have infiltrate the 1st Brigade to investigate the surge of Infernals appearing in their district. Everything is happening pretty quickly. They’ve narrowed down the suspects, found the ‘bug‘ that triggers the combustion in people, and caught the culprit in the span of an episode. However, that doesn’t mean the investigation is complete. There’s still a question of who was behind the whole thing and why.
We know the culprit is working with the Evangelist, a new entity we’ve only just heard of. Could they have moles in both the Fire Force and Haijima industries. Where do they stand in the grand scheme of things? Obviously they want to create pyrokinetic users, but for what purpose?
There are a lot of subplots in this series and it’s getting bloated. Shinra wants to be a hero and is so preoccupied by it he seems to have forgotten about the possibility his baby brother is still alive. He’s not exactly the most believable character. I understand wanting to save the world but if I’d heard my sibling was still alive after so many years, I’d do everything in my power to find them.
That said, how do the Joker and Viktor fit into all this? They dropped a bomb on Shinra’s lap but he hasn’t had the time or thought to act on it. Were they hoping he would? Do they think of him as the key to discovering what is really happening in their world?
With the introduction of this insect, could it be that combustions across the world have never really been ‘spontaneous’? Maybe these bugs are released in designated spaces and their creators are hoping they do their job. Perhaps all the pyrokinetic users in this world were created by humans rather than Sol. Infernals are the ‘ones gone bad.’ Just theorizing.
That would mean that a swarm of bugs would have made their way into Iris and Hibana’s home convent, turning all the children and sisters into Infernals. If my theory is wrong, then this bug is a new tool created by the Evangelists and one they are willing to test out on children. That’s downright cruel. Watching those kids whimper in fear and Tamaki take a beating was the harshest scene of the season. And kudos to Yuuki Aoi for putting such a swell of emotion into it. With the animation, this makes up such a well-done damsel in distress moment. I knew she had more in her than the forced fan service.
Many strings are hanging loose but hopefully some answers will come soon.