Much has been said about the Dark Trio of shounen anime. While it doesn't officially have an adaptation lined up, Tatsuki Fujimoto's Fire Punch is along the same vein and there are talks about an anime adaptation for it. So, when will Fire Punch get an anime, and will MAPPA adapt it?
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Fire Punch's Dark Apocalyptic World
Fire Punch is a dark fantasy and dystopian manga written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto, the infamous creator of Chainsaw Man.
In Fire Punch's apocalyptic world, the earth is barren and frozen over.
This devastation, which was allegedly caused by an individual known as the Ice Witch, has left cults, cannibalism, and all sorts of violence in its wake, along with the persecution of those with magical powers, known as the Blessed.
Agni and Luna, two Blessed siblings with regenerative abilities, have found refuge in a village, and their strong bond is the only thing that makes their uninhabitable surroundings more bearable.
When army commander Doma arrives and incinerates the village, he destroys everything and everyone in it.
Due to his strong regeneration abilities, Agni remains the sole survivor.
Years later, Agni, who lives in constant agony from Doma's unquenchable flame, sets out on a quest to avenge his sister and make Doma pay.
Given the recent developments with Nayuta in Chainsaw Man -- and the one-shot where she first appears -- it seems that brother-sister relationships play a key role in Fujimoto's manga works, alongside sad plots and characters' suffering.
With its dark fantasy setting, many think that Fire Punch would make a fine MAPPA anime. Here's what we know so far.
When Will Fire Punch Get an Anime Adaptation?
As of writing, Fire Punch hasn't been officially lined up for an adaptation, but we wouldn't be surprised if we heard good news within a year or so.
Given the popularity of Chainsaw Man -- even before the anime came out -- it would only make sense to animate another well-loved dark fantasy manga by Fujimoto.
In an interview, MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka expressed an interest in adapting Fire Punch and other Fujimoto works after they were finished with Chainsaw Man.
Of course, this isn't an official confirmation. But some fans on Reddit and other online spaces report that a Fire Punch anime might already be in development.
However, many of these sources are over two years old, so until a reputable anime studio confirms that they are making a Fire Punch anime, we would take the rumors with a grain of salt.
How Will Fire Punch Be Adapted?
Since the Fire Punch anime adaptation has not yet been officially greenlit, we don't know the specifics of how it will be produced, but it's more than likely that it will be made by MAPPA too.
While MAPPA has a diverse range of anime genres, they've recently focused on dark fantasy shounen anime.
Among their most acclaimed or highly anticipated projects is the Dark Trio of shounen, an unofficial group of transgressive shounen works that includes Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and the upcoming Hell's Paradise.
Fire Punch isn't a part of the trio, but it's still similar enough for us to think that if you enjoyed the titles above, you are likely to love it too.
Given that MAPPA has already expressed an interest in Fire Punch, it would only make sense for them to adapt it too, as it's right up their alley.
Of course, if an official announcement comes out, we will update this space with all the latest news.
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