Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress or Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri, according to the premise, this anime is quite similar to Attack on Titan. The fact that it is created by the same studio gives it a vibe of a clone to the latter series. The ratings and reviews are something which have not been impressive for this anime as everyone who has given a review blames this series to be nothing extraordinary, but I personally think that this anime falls in the underrated category and needs to be watched by many anime lovers. The anime definitely deserves more attention. As I already mentioned that this 12-episode anime series has received mixed reviews from the audience but in my opinion, it is truly a masterpiece. Surely, there is no denying the fact that Attack on Titan is a gem but trust me when I say Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is nothing less and it will definitely blow your mind with its amazing computer graphics.
There are a series of questions which you might have before watching this anime as I know being an anime lover myself, it is very important for us to watch something qualitative. Let’s get started…
WHAT IS ‘KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS’ ABOUT?
Zombie apocalypse, steampunk setting, samurai in Japan and a crazy train… This is what I can say this 2016 anime is all about. The weird combination of these set pieces is what makes this series masterful. In this alternate history of Japan, the entire country has been overrun by infected mindless beasts known as Kabane or ‘Corpses’. Most of the survivors are luckily able to keep them at bay by living in heavily walled cities, connected by a massive railroad system. The trains are seen to be used in carrying supplies from stronghold to stronghold, armored trains travel constantly throughout the country and as such are under constant threat of attack from the Kabane and the humans deal with them like they are expected to do: Hold the Kabane off as best as you can and if anyone gets bit, they must sacrifice themselves for the good of everybody else. So, it can be concluded that the onset is good. The paranoia that anyone can become Kabane is brought into play really early and while the series never dips into horror per say, it never needed to.
STORYLINE OF ‘KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS’
During the Industrial Revolution in Japan, a mysterious virus appears from somewhere which is transforming the infected humans of the virus into Kabane. The virus is spreading rapidly and the undead creatures which are very aggressive and are something which can’t be killed easily. These creatures can only be killed when they are shot at heart by a special gun as the golden glowing heart of a Kabane is protected by a layer of iron which is pretty hard to be pierced, the second way they can be killed is if any part of their body is severely cut down.
The people of the Hinomoto island country have built stations like fortresses to protect themselves from these Kabane. People use steam locomotives for their supplies and one day this locomotive is hijacked by the Kabanes and they crash into Aragane station. A young engineer named Ikoma is there at the station and wants to test his new invention. Ikoma has made an anti-Kabane gun which has the ability to pierce through the heart of a Kabane. He is successful at taking down Kabane but he himself gets infected but due to some strange powers he resists the change and instead becomes a Kabaneri. A Kabaneri is a hybrid of Human and Kabane. But he is not the only Kabaneri, he is assisted by Mūmei who is the other Kabaneri appears beside him to fight off these Kabane and save the human race.
HOW IS THE PLOT OF THE SERIES?
Without any plot deviation, the story and the plot of the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress runs decently and throughout the whole run you won’t be getting away from your screens. The pace at which the story proceeds is something worth mentioning. Many times, it is seen that the story keeps on revolving around useless conversations which only makes the audience skip the series, kudos to the makers of this anime because this series doesn’t have any of those aspects and it makes the whole setting spectacular. I’ll not completely deny the fact that the basic ground is very much similar to the Attack of Titans, but I must say that it has its own caliber and in some instances it even pales the Titan’s series. It has been observed that the post-apocalyptic stories somehow fail to deliver the exact content which the viewers need but Kabaneri will definitely prove to be an exception. Thus, the plot is something which will keep you thrilled throughout the runtime.
ABOUT THE TWO KABANERI: IKOMA AND MŪMEI
Ikoma is an intrepid young engineer, as mentioned before. He makes his living as a steamsmith at Aragane station. He is the main character of the series and a very intelligent one I must say as he and his friend Takumi have come up with a piercing gun to quickly dispatch the Kabane, and this piercing gun has enough strength to pierce through the metal protected heart of the undead creatures. The character of Ikoma is powerful as we can see that he wraps himself with iron bands to stop the spread of the virus to the brain and trust me this is not something which you get to see in an anime. He is successful at resisting the change and becomes a Kabaneri who is much more powerful in strength. He is now able to endure bullets and bites by Kabane multiple times.
Ikoma’s character is voiced by Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese); Robbie Daymond (English).
Mūmei is a Japanese name for ‘nameless’ that was given to her by her adopted brother, Biba to signify that she is no longer the person she was. Mūmei now fights knowing that only the strong survive and the weak deserve to die. She is a very strong fighter with a huge amount of strength. She didn’t become Kabaneri like Ikoma, instead she went through a surgical operation and somehow became a Kabaneri during her brainwashing which was being done by Biba. As she and Ikoma are now half Kabane, they need blood to resist the urge to stack people. Her birth name is revealed to be Hozumi. Over the course of the series, it is seen that she develops feelings for Ikoma. She is seen to be fighting gracefully beside Ikoma and they create a great duo.
Mūmei character is voiced by Sayaka Senbongi (Japanese); Janice Kawaye (English).
WILL THERE BE A SECOND SEASON OF THE SERIES?
A second season of the series has not been confirmed yet, although the series does have a movie which continues the series after 1 and half year later. The 81-minute, 3-episode film published on Netflix on May 10, 2019, continues the story. The series, titled “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato.” In this film, the Kabaneris join the people of the fort to take back their region and defeat these dreadful creatures called Kabane.
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OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE SERIES
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress falls in the dark-fantasy genre. The series is directed by Tetsurō Araki. It is produced by Kōji Yamamoto, George Wada, Yuka Okayasu and Yōhei Shintaku. The series is written by Ichirō Ōkouchi. The background score is done by Hiroyuki Sawano. The series is created by Wit Studio. The first episode of the series premiered on April 8, 2016 – and the last episode came out on June 30, 2016.
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