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Fire Punch  
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Description
The world was turned by the "Ice Witch" into that of snow, starvation and madness. Freezing people naturally seeked flame. The "blessing" that was bestowed upon Agni, is it a hope or maybe a curse?

Nominee for the 2017 Manga Taisho Award.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Огненный удар
ファイアパンチ
炎拳
파이어 펀치

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Latest Release(s)
c.83 (end) by Fallen Angels over 3 years ago
c.82 by Fallen Angels over 3 years ago
c.80-81 by Fallen Angels over 3 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (426 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.43 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 5th 2021, 1:44am PST


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Year
2016

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Jump + (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (8 Vols - Complete; print & digital)

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Year Pos #1094 decreased(-326)

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The absolute torture one man can go through.  
by Shellshock
October 16th, 2021, 5:14am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
The manga is set in a post apocalyptic world where the world has been turned into an ice age. In this world there are people who have quir- Special powers and are called Blessed. One blessed created the ice age that they all live in. The male lead alongside his little sister is also blessed. They can regenerate any part of there body. So when the brother and sister where dying to the intense cold, a small village found them and decided to use whatever precious resource they have to save the kids. Agni (male lead) and Luna (little sister) decide to repay the village as well as live there by cutting off parts of there own body and using that to feed the villages. When a government guy shows up and realizes this is a cannibal village he decides to burn it using his quirk. However it will keep burning until the fuel it uses is completely burned up. So Agni crawls to his sister whilst regenerating and burning up only to find her taking her last breath. Unlike Agni his little sister powers are much weaker and cannot keep up with the eternal fire that has engulfed her. Unable to handle the Pain Agni finds solace in dying with her sister. However her sister tells him to live with her final breath. Slowly but surely Agni gets up. With 1 thought in his mind. To seek vengeance.

The manga was a lot more gruesome than I expected. Not just in grotesque detail but rather the entire depressing journey of Agni. This guy goes through too much shit... Like it was genuinely exhausting to read about this guy. His entire journey is just pain and more pain. If its not physical, its psychological. It's always one or the other and most of the times its both. It's like the author read Berserk and thought that Miura didn't try hard enough to break Guts' spirit. The amount of torture Agni goes throughout the series actually hurts me.

The constant back and forth of his mental health is exciting and fun to see. His growth of his character is incredible. Him understanding his role in life, giving up, getting back up again. His inconsistencies and pure indestructible will gives me shivers every time.

I think the side characters were alright. Like they existed to push up the main character. None of them really stole the show (besides maybe one....) but regardless they were in the background most of the time. Even when they had more of a presence I wasn't really into them all that much. Agni being a monster on fire really just kinda stole the show.

The action and hype and this series is great. The author makes sure you never forget this is a man constantly on fire. His entrances are always legendary. Where it just takes your breath away. The action in itself was great most of the time. The art is a bit rough around the edges and it especially shows during the fight scenes making it kinda hard to understand whats going on. But overall I think it does a solid job. There is another issue in which we don't see the fight at all. Because the author decides to do it off screen. This is quite disappointing as it happens twice. It definitely looked like big shit went down so why didn't we get to see any of it.

The ending to Fire punch was also quite alright. I won't say it was foreshadowed or it makes perfect sense. But there is solace in it and I was happy with it. After everything that went down this may not be the perfect ending but it was a satisfying one.

The strongest part about this series is probably the Heart. The fact that Agni desperately tries to clutch to his humanity. The fist bump, The heart of this series is extraordinary. I almost got quite emotional.

TLDR: Arguably one of the best series I've read this year. 8/10

... Last updated on October 16th, 2021, 5:16am
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Weirdest shit I've ever read  
by dibidabua
October 13th, 2021, 2:18pm
Rating: N/A
At times I felt like anything weird/gruesome in this manga was there just for shock value. The story itself is weird because there is no real plot line, it just flows until everything eventually ends(quite literally), it's good but not the best and not for everyone too.
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Requires IQ  
by multiedge
April 14th, 2021, 11:54am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
For some people it will be confusing because there's a lot of implicit details that is not found in the dialogue.
It's not perfect by any stretch.

... Last updated on April 14th, 2021, 12:15pm
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Something new, atleast for me.  
by ShinX17035
March 2nd, 2021, 8:26am
Rating: N/A
I saw this and noticed it had the same humor and art style as "Chainsaw man" so i searched it up and surprisingly it was from the same mangaka. So i decided to Continue it.

As for now, this is different from what i usually read and i really need these kinds of mind boggling manga that is Good and satisfying to read but at the same time trashy.

I recommend giving it a try because it can make you chuckle and brain fuck you at the same time.
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Strange  
by falconmaster3000
September 15th, 2020, 7:42am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I enjoyed the story, but I thought it was very odd and felt kind of rushed in general. Especially the middle part of the story and the very very
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oddly happy??
end. It's especially hard to understand as the main character is perpetually 15 years old in terms of mental and emotional development. However, it's short enough to read and it kind of feels exactly like chainsaw man. It's not the best, but there's a lot worse out there
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An excellent exploration of role and identity.  
by apsyda
August 31st, 2020, 3:45pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Fire Punch is a hard work to grasp as first or by considering everything directly as it is given.
However, this manga comes into its own for the reader when they focus on how the writer explores the interaction between the role people adopt in outer society and their inner identity.
In this way the writer shows that they put a great amount of thought into the work and how these systems of identity work with and against each other.

Beyond this, there is some really good artwork showcased here and the individual characters can be very fun.
There are some stumbling blocks in this, with for example certain characters getting killed off well before the readers can grow to care about them, despite their impact on the protagonist.
But in the whole its a great read that hits the reader hard and quickly with some genuinely breathtaking moments.
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??????  
by Cryvern
July 5th, 2020, 4:56pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
What is going on? Nobody knows but it's awesome
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wtf  
by MatNeba
December 8th, 2019, 4:49pm
Rating: 2.5 / 10.0
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what the fuck i actually read? Fire Punch is one of weirdest manga i ever read. I think the promise of the story, about a man that can regenerate himself who has been put on fire and became a fire man surrounded by pain and searching for his revenge is a good thing to start a edgy shounen story, that all the teenagers like to read nowadays and think that is a seinen.

But that it is, Fire Punch it's just a shounen with violence that have shocking scenes to put the reader in a state of ecstasy, with no story at all. The fact that there is not a story or a objective, it not bad, I think the major point on Fire Punch is the characters, mainly, Agni and Togata, that creates a film and show us how good liar Agni is and how he confronts himself and don't know nothing about his life or anything about why he is alive. But after Togata death? The story complicates itself, the development of Agni actually made sense, but the rest? Not at all.

I don't love Fire Punch, but i don't dislike it either. It was a fun journey through all the chapters and free violence that Tatsuki loves to give us. Myself from 6,7 years ago would have loved this shit, because of the extreme edgy content that comes from here. But it's a fun manga, have several fails and a story not making sense 70% of the time, that's all, i starting to make reviews now, so i lack a lot in my writing in general, so, i ask comprehension thanks.
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A great read  
by Top_RunnerDes
June 30th, 2018, 4:54am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
At the risk of sounding pretentious I'll try to break down what I loved about the series. Note: Heavy spoilers ahead.

I get the impression that people go into this expecting it to be the next "great" battle manga when they really should look at it for what it is: a black comedy. Fire Punch (FP) consistently undermines its central conceit but its never above itself to relish in it. You've got a post-apocalyptic dystopian world where superpowers exist and there is a clear divide between human's and non-human's among people. You've got your main character (named Agni) who's main power is almost instantaneous regeneration who is subsequently condemned to burn with a never-ending flame by a guy that slaughters his village and sister. You've got the main ingredients to make a killer revenge story and yet FP never truly follows up on that premise instead opting a more comical route to explore a rather more interesting idea: how we view others, how others view ourselves, and how we view ourselves. (Or how we use narratives to view ourselves and others.)

The major complaint I read is that there's no real "plot" but the lack of it doesn't mean there's a lack of a story. It's true that a lot of the development never leads to any narrative goal(s) but FP early on excludes this from ever being otherwise
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(Togata's reference that there's no Ice Witch and humanity's days are numbered in early chapters makes this clear that there's no way in hell this story is ending with anything else than everyone dying)
and to assume that it does is setting yourself up for disappointment. I mean get this:
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the target of your revenge, the man that slaughtered your village, sister, and condemned you to live a life of agony turns out to be a withered and remorseful man who pleads you to forgive him.
With a single character re-introduction, the premise is thrown out. What then?

Now here is where FP really gets going. It starts referencing films and dramatic theory as a way of understanding the protagonist. It starts introducing irrelevant side characters for the sole purpose of taking the main "baddie's" position as the target of revenge. And then it fails. It falls flat on its face because
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it turns out the protagonist isn't just some avenger. No, he's also been trying to not give into the conditions that put him in this position. But the narrative is already in motion and so he kills some people (either intentionally or by accident) and those who view the battle end up either revering him as a god or fearing him as a devil. So now our protagonist is the leader of a cult; that is those who he saved and thus finds himself beginning to act like a savior/god as well.


People latch onto the protagonist because he's so absurd and because he's so absurd people create narratives about him to try to understand him. Narratives like him being a god, a film lead, an avenger, a lover, a brother, etc. Yet the protagonist consistently undermines all of them. He's not an avenger. He's not a savior, a god, a messiah, he is not an actor, he is an actor, he is not a brother but he kind of is. At points you feel as confused as Agni because he himself has no clue who he truly is; you think he's mad and so does he. He's forced to play so many roles that they all seem real and true but therein lies FP's main idea. All those roles are him. If people are defined by their actions then Agni is all of the things he did. He is a murder, an avenger, a god, a savior. As Judah says, "Anyone can be anything for anyone" and nowhere is this more true in Agni, Doma's and Judah's case.
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Doma becomes a teacher for children. Judah becomes the target of Angi's affection and a substitute for his sister. Agni becomes Fire Punch and finally San, a man who worshipped Agni as a god.


As a side note there's a great visual cue that lends to this idea of building narratives to understand others and yourself. In the second half of the story when
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Agni lacks his never-ending fire, he damages his face (either by fire, machete, or otherwise) as if he was putting on a mask before slaughtering his opponents almost as if he was putting on a performance.
There's another scene where
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Togata discuss his gender dysphoria and his crisis of identity that is immediately juxtaposed with the Agni's new role as god of Agnism.
The idea that we're somehow acting out for others based on our appearances is referenced in passing yet is crucial to understand Togata's character and his infatuation with films as well as Agni's own actions and introspection.

I'm really leaving a lot out
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(like Doma's death, the ending, the jarring jumps to showcase battle aftermath as if they're teasing the reader they won't get what they want ("epic" fights), the sheer fun of it all, etc.)
but this sums up my first reading of FP. Overall I really enjoyed the series and thought it great fun. Don't go into it expecting it to be "epic" fights instead of a black comedy and you'll find yourself enjoying it.

... Last updated on June 30th, 2018, 5:34pm
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Insane and erratic.  
by MondSemmel
January 8th, 2018, 9:31am
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
In the first 30 or so chapters, the story jumped through lots of genres; it felt like an original, albeit erratic, take on subverting tropes. But eventually, it felt like the story was erratic just because, and by the end of it I didn't care anymore, at all. It felt like nothing mattered throughout, that each new plot development was discarded within the next ten chapters, that it was all pointless.

Ultimately, I may have misunderstood what the story was about (if it was about anything in the first place), but in any case, in retrospect I stopped enjoying it even before the halfway point.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2018, 9:33am
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