Spicy Specials: Fire in His Fingertips Manga Volume One Review [NSFW]

I feel like smut often gets overlooked when we talk about romance, or people wind up feeling uncomfortable admitting that they like it. For a long time, women would hide the fact they would read explicit romance novels. But I think with the publication of Fifty Shades of Gray, women have felt more comfortable reading smut in public or admitting that they do read it. Manga and anime has always been a place where smut, hentai, and explicit content has thrived, but we still don’t always associate women readers with ecchi or hentai. I think more often they get associated with yaoi and boys love series, but while yaoi and even yuri romance manga have seen a ton of growth over the years, heterosexual romance is still a great place to find some entertaining smut for those looking for it. This brings us to our Spicey Special this week: Fire in His Fingertips, a manga sure to titillate any reader into firemen, tough guys, or exciting shower scenes. 

Story doesn’t always have to be important when you’re reading smut, but I always find having some kind of narrative makes everything just a little better. It all depends on what you want to get out of it, why you’re seeking it out, and what you enjoy. With Fire in His Fingertips, mangaka Kawano Tanishi has written a story surrounding the relationship with hot fireman Souma and office worker and friend Ryo. When Ryo tries to set up Souma with a friend from her office, things don’t go as planned and Souma reveals he actually has feelings for her. And when a fire breaks out at her apartment complex, it’s Souma who comes to rescue her, leading to some steamy moments. 

NOTE: This manga contains explicit content and the images below may be NSFW.

How much does art matter to you in smut? Because it matters to me quite a bit. I’m almost always riding a line between thinking some smut is just silly and really digging where the artist is going. Fire in His Fingertips balances on this line for me, sometimes going one way and sometimes going another. I think some of the problems come from the very basic or traditional ways artists set up scenes to both show the most and be the most exciting visually. This means some scenes where you feel bad for the woman because her body is contorting in ways that seem a bit uncomfortable or close-ups that bring you face-to-face with her orgasm face or vagina. I’m also not a huge fan of the excessive use of sound effects during sex. I feel like Tanishi uses them a little too much, and it winds up crowding the panels with text and distracting from the actual moment. Overall it’s a little annoying and silly. 

However, I do enjoy Tanishi’s art and his character designs. I’m always in favor of a jacked up love-interest showing off his muscles, and I do generally like a size/height difference between two lovers especially when looking at sex scenes. For those who like the feeling of a bit of a power difference, I think this manga would be right for you. Souma’s highly sculpted fireman-trained body is shown off at every opportunity and played against Ryo’s smaller body as a power/strength difference to be exploited during sex. Not to say that he is necessarily forcing himself on her, but that we see him taking advantage of his strength during their relationship to both protect Ryo and be a strong partner in their sex life. 

Power differences in relationships can be handled well or not so well. Fire in His Fingertips plays off the concept of a well-trained fireman seeking a relationship with an office woman. This then leads to moments where he acts as the savior character: saving her from a fire, putting her up in his own place until she can find a new apartment, saving her from a strange guy on the street, and generally caring about her well-being. I think all of these things reinforce his strength and role of protector in their relationship, but it isn’t necessarily overbearing. He does get moments outside of the smut and the saving to just be a regular guy and build his relationship with Ryo in regular ways. These regular-life moments create a balance between the smut and the knight-in-shining-armor plots that creates a certain amount of depth to Souma’s character and their relationship as a whole. 

Everyone looks for something different to take out of romance and smut, and I’m the kind of person who enjoys a balance between sex and actual relationship growth. It was nice to see these calmer moments between Ryo and Souma where we get to see another side to him that isn’t just a horny fire-fighter. I especially liked the chapter where they both went to a fireworks festival together and Ryo forced Souma to dress up in a yukata. It was nice seeing a moment where he was embarrassed, even if the chapter ended with them making out behind a tree. There was also his willingness to put her up in his apartment, help her take care of the paperwork to find a new place, and buy her the essentials she needed after she lost a lot of it in the fire. Even though we see him super horny for a good portion of the manga, I think we also get a chance to Souma in a calmer and more supportive light. 

Whatever your reasons for wanting to read some smut, I found myself both enjoying and giggling at the chapters in Fire in His Fingertips. Fans of buff guys, firefighters, and steamy shower scenes will find this manga enjoyable. Just make sure to keep it away from young children. Fan or not, let me know what you thought in the comments below, and I hope to have more spicy manga to review in the future. 

~~Thanks for Reading!~~


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