First Impression: Firefighter Daigo: Rescuer in Orange

With Tokyo burning and Edogawa ward being destroyed by fires (and something else too?), fire sergeants and partners Daigo and Shun venture into burning buildings to help those trapped inside. With Daigo pushing himself further than what is deemed safe, the stakes feel higher than usual as they rescue those affected by the smoke, as well as a fallen comrade who is started on oxygen immediately. With lives in the balance, Shun watches as Daigo safely makes his way to the ground with an unconscious child, receives aid, and encourages those who seem to have lost everything. Once the rescue concludes, the episode flashes back to reveal who these heroes were in their rookie days and the brutal training they went through. While Daigo and Shun are partners in the present, it doesn’t seem that has always held true in the past. Just how far have they gone to become the people they are today?

Ever wonder what a day in the life of a firefighter would be like or how hard it is to become a firefighter in Japan? If so, Firefighter Daigo: Rescuer in Orange might just be for you! Shoutout to my friend Dad Needs to Talk, who put this anime on my radar! I have to say it was well worth the watch. I don’t have a particularly strong interest in firefighters, but the first ten minutes of this episode definitely made me reconsider! Seeing them beset by multiple fires and completely devastated is not common in the anime I watch. Cue nervous laughter. I thought this was a good first episode though! While the action tones down a lot after the first quarter and the anime opening left much to be desired, I found it extremely interesting to see the training that firefighters go through in Japan. With 500 people taking the test and only 50 people passing, that was pretty shocking! Granted, the training they go through day-to-day is extremely intense. The episode was also very informative, showing practices such as gathering and dispersing and ladder crane rescue. When it comes to the main characters, Daigo is someone who pushes past his limits to help everyone in need while Shun is a strong partner who looks out for him and can also hold his own. (I really like Shun.) The animation is good, especially when it comes to the fire trucks. Being CGI, I expected them to look cheesy or out of place, but that isn’t the case at all! Overall, this won’t be a new favorite for me and I’m unsure if I’ll continue it, but I nonetheless enjoyed my time with it quite a bit! If you’re looking for what appears to be a family-friendly anime that balances high-stakes drama and demanding training montages, check it out, especially if you like “educational” anime!

Firefighter Daigo: Rescuer in Orange is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

Laura A. Grace

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