Fire Punch, Vol. 1

by Tatsuki Fujimoto | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1421597179 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 3/9/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, March 09, 2018
I got this softcover at Barnes and Noble. It's the first volume of a new-to-me series that's... very, very weird. And for a manga series that's saying a lot! The premise is that there's a post-apocalyptic world in which starvation is rampant, and mutant powers exist. A boy and his sister happen to have the power of regeneration; cut off any part of them and they can regrow it. They use this gift in an interesting way: to help their fellow villagers survive in the frozen wasteland where they live, the boy cuts off his own arm and offers the meat to the people... Most accept, but one old man refuses, leaving a heap of mouldering arms in his little hut. When a band of mercenaries turns up searching for mutants - "the blessed," as they call them - they find the severed arms and assume the villagers are cannibals, and torch the lot with mutant-power flames that will persist "until all the fuel is exhausted".

You may be able to guess where this is going. All the villagers perish horribly, except for young Agni, whose regenerative powers battle with the magical fire; as soon as he's consumed he regenerates and burns again. For years.


It takes several years for him to grow used to this enough to even try to think about his situation, and years more to begin to control himself such that he can move around even while on fire. This is a mind-bending situation, appalling and horrifying and... OK, pretty awesome as well, once he gets going. But this isn't something he can shake off for long, and I foresee a very grim ending to this story.

As of this volume, though, he's on a quest to find and destroy the man whose power has made him burn forever. On the way he helps some people, and wins the adoration of a lost little boy with his own "blessed" powers; looks like the tot will find refuge with a helpful girl in a comfortable house, but that goes south very quickly and in horrifying fashion. (This series seems to be very fond of cutting off people's limbs. Just saying.) I wasn't surprised at the way this society tries to use the "blessed" for purposes ranging from tools to sex-toys, but the way poor little Sun was treated... Yeesh!

By the end of this volume, Agni has indeed found his quarry, only to learn that things aren't quite as he'd expected; not sure where things will go from there.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series with some entertaining tidbits.]

Released 1 yr ago (3/18/2018 UTC) at Post Office bookswap shelf (UBCZ), 353 Middlesex Rd. in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts USA


I left this book on the book-swap shelf in the Tyngsboro post office lobby on this cold and blustery afternoon; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in MA here.]

*** Released for the 2018 Four Elements Release Challenge. ***

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