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Fire Force TV Anime Casts Kazuya Nakai as Akitaru Ōbi

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Character promo also streamed for captain of Shinra's team

The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga announced on Tuesday that Kazuya Nakai will play Akitaru Ōbi, the captain of the protagonist Shinra Kusakabe's team. A former regular firefighter, he uses his well-trained body as a weapon despite his lack of special powers. He looks after his team members like a big brother. He is obsessed with weight training.

The website also began streaming a character promotional video for Ōbi:


Yuki Yase (Mekaku City Actors, Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb) is directing at David Production (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cells at Work!). Yamato Haishima is in charge of the series scripts, and Hideyuki Morioka (Kizumonogatari, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei) is designing the characters.

The anime stars:

Gakuto Kajiwara (Black Clover's Asta) as the protagonist Shinra Kusakabe

Yūsuke Kobayashi as Arthur Boyle, a new recruit in Shinra's team. Arthur has not gotten along with Shinra ever since their time together in training school, and he calls himself the "Knight King."

M.A.O as Iris, a nun assigned to Shinra's team to pray and offer requiems.

Saeko Kamijō as Maki Oze, her first regular role in a television anime. First Class Fire Soldier Maki Oze is a second generation power user and a military veteran skilled at close combat. She may look cool and aloof but she is a romantic at heart.

Kenichi Suzumura as Takehisa Hinawa, the company commander of Shinra's team. Hinawa is a second generation power user and a steely, serious military veteran. He can manipulate flames, mainly by controlling the explosive power of firearms. His strict training is feared by rookies. He established the team with Ōbi.

Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:

Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment's notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous "devil's footprints" (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?

Ohkubo (Soul Eater) launched the series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in September 2015. Kodansha published the manga's 15th volume on November 16. Kodansha Comics shipped the 13th volume in English on December 25.

Sources: Fire Force anime's website, Comic Natalie


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