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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
파이어 펀치
ファイアパンチ
炎拳

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Latest Release(s)
c.83 (end) by Fallen Angels over 2 years ago
c.82 by Fallen Angels over 2 years ago
c.80-81 by Fallen Angels over 2 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (297 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.23 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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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)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #483 increased(+31)
Monthly Pos #695 increased(+100)
3 Month Pos #959 increased(+184)
6 Month Pos #1053 increased(+243)
Year Pos #1209 decreased(-65)

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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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Not an action series  
by Elithrion
September 12th, 2017, 12:53am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Reading a lot of the other reviews, I get the impression that people come to this manga with the wrong expectations. Yes, there's a lot of violence, but at its heart, it's not an action series. If you expect fights with feel-good payoff, you're going to be disappointed.

Rather, it's a very character-focused story. I would look at this series as an exploration of one core question: "When there's no hope left, what do you live for?" The protagonist's quest for revenge is one answer. Other characters each find their own as well (including, yes, finding hope). It's then the clash of different aspirations, and the protagonist's search for purpose that makes the story interesting (as incredibly cliché as that analysis sounds).

This is a 9 instead of a 10 for me because the plot does drag a bit at some points, and the (very weird) explanation for some of the big mysteries was not well foreshadowed. The reason these issues don't have a bigger impact on the score for me, on the other hand, is that they are not the focus of the work.

(Finished reading chapter 68.)

... Last updated on September 15th, 2017, 8:18pm
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Mixed feelings  
by hellheavenangel
September 7th, 2017, 9:52am
Rating: N/A
First off, I have a lot of issues in describing and expressing my thoughts about this series. It might feel like there really isn't a plot to this at first, but I would say...it's actually progressive (slowly). I mean there were some moments where I felt like dropping this but in the end I just couldn't but now, I don't have to, because it's pretty decent.

It just loops quite a bit with our MC, Agni/Fire Punch who's always struggling with his identity though. But the actions and the dark ambience is pretty sweet. Now, I kind of look forward to MC's and his thoughts of what actions to take because it's always conflicting and sometimes, it can even flip everything over. Also, all his actions basically also bring up some consequences regardless of what he chose to do so it's fascinating because I feel like this is where the story kicks in.

His relationships with his sister from the introduction is basically his core foundation for the entire series so far even up to where the current chapter is (ch.67) and not something to be underestimated (I guess). I'm still actually looking forward to this series despite the slow progress and I was surprised to hear Viz picking this up but then again after the latest chapters, I feel like it's actually reasonable.

Now tldr: this series is a hit or miss, even if it's a hit, it won't exactly be like an instant, but it'll slowly reel you in. One thing though, you REALLY need a good patience for this series either way. Or you can feel like this is just a cheap mess of action and dark ambience instead.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2017, 9:54am
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Strangely interesting  
by megane
March 27th, 2017, 10:26pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Reading up to ch46, the series is definitely non-typical. As others say, the setting impactfully smacks you right into the dystopian world. There are a lot of thought-provoking ethical elements; definitely makes you wonder what you'd do in the MC's shoes.

It's actually quite refreshing, with a meandering plot that is quite unpredictable with interesting developments coming out of nowhere. It's definitely a nice change from your usual shounen straight-laced good-guy vs bad-guy plot. Simply put, the main character himself is still trying to figure out what's going on. It was nice when he finally decided to take action and kick ass; even more so I greatly appreciated how the author tackled the fact that MC killed tons of innocents in the process. Or how there is no actual 'bad guy' because everyone has reasons for doing what they do.

After some plot wandering, the story and its characters are starting to take shape. Keen to see how they fare!
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Stupid  
by Zamzummin
March 18th, 2017, 2:49pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
After 44 chapters read, I had to drop this dumb series. It is seriously a waste of time. The characters are dumb and the plot is dumb. Every character's motivations in this post-apocalyptic world seem to revolve around 'movies' or 'Star Wars'. What?? Is the mangaka a cinephile or something?. In a recent chapter there is an entire page of two characters calling each other 'dumbass' over 50 times. Characters call each other 'penises' as an insult. It's just stupid. I can never tell apart two of the female characters frame to frame. They both have shoulder-length black hair and both look nearly the exact same. That's just poor character design. The only thing this series has going for it is decent action sequences, but it doesn't make up for the stupidity sprinkled throughout and there are other series that do violence and action sequences better.

Luckily I read most of it on a plane flight so it helped quell my boredom at that time. I would never read it if I had anything better to do.

... Last updated on March 18th, 2017, 2:58pm
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What did I even read...  
by flowerfrost
January 23rd, 2017, 10:25am
Rating: N/A
I literally have no idea what was going on the entire time. But I was captivated...by the erraticism of the story, the capriciousness of the characters and the emotions...so I kept on reading with a huge scowl.
The story is dark. Very much. Depressing...controversial themes...wonderful art.
If you plan on reading it, do so but don't think. Just flip through the pages with a shut-off brain.
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Boring, bland, ans stupid.  
by thesshadowbow5678
October 20th, 2016, 6:56am
Rating: N/A
Fuck it, I read 12 to 13 chapters. It's repetitive, boring, bland, and oh yeah Fucking stupid! It's prolouge was pretty good, but after that it feel hard. This would have been a nice little 1 or 2 volume series, but it seems the author wants to extend this into a longer series maybe 10 volumes?

The reason I found that the prolouge was great is it established everything in a way that get the point across quickly and effectively. We know who the MC is and what his reasons are. Now let's watch him kick some Ass, right?! Wrong! The first six chapters go off decently, but then this weird girl gets introduced who wants to make film out of the Mc, and right after that is when it goes down hill. Fast. I mean fast.

This character is so useless and only unlessly extends the story. She seems to be a Deadpool rip off or at least in the sane vein of character. She's one of the things that ruined the story. The introduction showed us a brutal revenge story, but now it's turning into a gore comedy. Nothing wrong with that type of comedy, but bot what I wanted from a story that's originally presented itself in a serious manner. And you can transition genre tone, but you have to do it well and not make it so unnatural and ill fit for the story.

Don't waste your time and read this trash there are many things to waste your time with, and this is not one of them.
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