Firefighter! (Action Edition) Vol. #10 (Mania.com)

By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2005



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Soda Masahito
Translated by:Joe Yamazaki
Adapted by:

What They Say
Rookie firefighter Daigo Asahina will go to extraordinary lengths to save lives, but his latest unauthorized rescue method may get him fired! Insisting to his superiors he did the right thing, Daigo resigns himself to his fate and hangs up his firefighting gear.

Then, on a dinner date with his former high school teacher (and object of his affections), a blackout traps them in a glass elevator high above the city. Just outside, a window-cleaner dangles unconscious from a platform that's about to fall! Until now, Daigo could always count on Company M to back him up, but this time he's on his own!

The Review
If there is one thing about Daigo that no one can deny it is his honesty. He is a man who for his whole life always completely open with his feelings. Whether it was with his fists or with his actions on the job, he never once held things back. Now that might work in some professions but when you are a public servant working as a fireman, sometimes a little restraint is needed.

But Daigo's never going to learn. At an interview for hires into the regional Rescue Squad, he unleashes the truth of what happened at the local community center. He confesses he drove a fire truck through a concrete wall to save the lives of his fellow firemen. He admitted he was wreckless but he also felt he did nothing wrong. But is coming clean going to get him the job? Is it going to cost him his job? And even if his next act of heroism brings praise from the press and public will the truth be worth putting his entire department in danger?

With every new volume Firefighter continues to ramp up the drama. Right now it is at 5 alarms. There is no doubt Daigo is a hero. No doubt he saves lives and his attitude under pressure is the driving force for this title. But now Soda-sensei shows the real consequences. We can see Daigo truly crack as his job, his dream and his friends begin to doubt whether he is a hero or a madman playing with fire. Soda has had Daigo in several serious situations, but what I got her has been the most dramatic and it was in the office and in the interview process. That is how magnificent this title is - the fire never stops burning, so whether it is the high tension action, the office politics or Soda's detailed visuals (which capture every intense moment perfectly) the heat is always on. I really wish this was a signature title because this is as good as it gets.



Mania Grade: A+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.95
Pages: 200
ISBN: 1-59116-635-7
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left