As the world is in the middle of an industrial revolution, a monster appears that cannot be defeated unless its heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. By infecting humans with its bite, the monster can create aggressive and undead creatures known as Kabane. On the island Hinomoto, located in the far east, people have built stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the station, as well as transport wares between them, with the help of a locomotive running on steam, called Hayajiro. Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu in order to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikoma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for.
Should you watch it?
Do you like zombies, gore, post-apocalyptic and steam punk settings? Then probably yes
Do you dislike empowered teenagers, edgy anime and retard adults? Then probably no.
In short: generic story, decent characters and action focused.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a show that can be enjoyed with a lot of suspense of disbelief and accepting things for how they are shown. Its main appeals are the shock value, the visuals and the edgy/dark atmosphere.
There's no greater objective to look forward to that would motivate watching the anime but only a succession of events with minor objectives. The action scenes are nice, the characters are not very interesting and it has many evident plot conveniences that make the story feel unnatural breaking the immersion. Despite the heavy atmosphere and its seriousness the series is more shounen-ish than it would seem.
The setting is common to other post-apocalyptic scenarios but here humans take shelter from the kabane in "stations" and are connected with the other shelters through railways using huge trains. There is no objective that drives the story other than "defeating the kabane" so the story progresses event by event. The "trigger" of the events and many of the events are more or less evident plot conveniences and the characters react to what happens so they are not very pro-active characters. If you value logic and plausibility in a show those plot conveniences will affect negatively the credibility of the story, but if you value more enjoyment than logic then probably there's no issue for you. Plot conveniences can be found in all the shows however a good show justifies them or hides them by giving the feel of a natural flow in the story. Instead in KnK the many plot conveniences are evident and in key points of the story, which should be avoided because it breaks the suspension of disbelief.
Overall the characters are neither bad or good, it mostly depends on the situation taken in consideration with some inclination towards bad.
The adults characters are depicted as retards so that the teenagers main characters seem more intelligent than they actually are and everyone is closed-minded in their opinion or ideals.
Ikoma, that at first sight seems one that uses the head is the same especially when he is overwhelmed by his enthusiasm, others have to accept his opinion because he says so and thanks to the presentation we are inclined to take his side even if at times he is logically wrong. Also his design is quite awful (imo) and created through questionable methods (hair colour changed for "reasons" and he put those metal bars around his shoulder because metal is "trendy"). He is a tragic character whom backstory is unfortunately presented by flashback but it is quite impactful.
Mumei is quite annoying with her arrogant and selfish behaviour like she knows everything when she's actually quite simple minded but she has some cute and badass moments. She also creates avoidable conflicts or problems just because she doesn't want to communicate.
Ayame surprisingly is not the usual "useless cute princess" and actually contributes in some ways to the story. She suddenly finds herself in a position of the leadership without the adequate confidence but at least she tries to do her best.
For me there are too many things to overlook to enjoy the show because I continuously question the plausibility of the what happens unless it is a rule of cool scene like the badass moments that were pretty good. The action is the most enjoyable aspect of the show while the tension moments are sometimes disappointing.
However some action scenes that involve Ikoma against the kabane are a bit awkward because of how static the kabane become in comparison to when fighting someone else like Kurusu or Mumei.
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Coming from the same team behind the megahit of Attack on Titan and the disappointing Guilty Crown, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is packed with tons of potential to become a blockbuster hit among the anime community.
In a world that is undergoing an industrial revolution, creatures called Kabane suddenly appear and begin attacking everyone and everything. With a heart that is protected by a cage of iron, the Kabane confines the remainder of humanity into walled cities with armored trains called the Hayajiro providing transport and supplies between them. As the first four episodes are primarily focused on the immediate need for survival and relieving the tensions between the Kabaneri and human, there is little time given to the major overarching plot beyond a glimpse of Memui’s mission and a few words on their eventual destination of the Shogun’s main stronghold. I will say that the show is well-paced in delivering action and dripping out information about the nature of the Kabane while wrapped up in a tense atmosphere of fear and dread.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a serious show and pandering character tropes are thankfully absent but that doesn’t mean that playful moments don’t exist in the show. Given that there are only four episodes aired thus far, it is much too early to give a final judgment on the characters, both main and supporting. I’m encouraged at what has aired so thus far in seeing Memui balancing the precarious thin line of being a badass without being oversexualization while having Ikoma infused with the classic shounen spirit backed up by his impressive engineering skills forms an intriguing dynamic between the duo. The ojou-sama of Ayame, while timid and indecisive in the beginning, has seen a vast improvement by willing to engage in direct combat and building bridges with the Kaberbai when everyone else wanted to throw them off the train.
Distinguishing itself from modern anime trends with its steampunk/Japanese Edo period aesthetic mashup, Wit Studio combines a very 1990s art style with its well-known ability to produce gorgeous animation in order to create something that is pleasing to look at. Evident by their experience in Attack of Titan’s action sequences involving 3D Maneuver Gear and death-defying gymnastics, they continue that trend of animating some very impressive scenes of swordsmanship and shooting Kabane to death. Even its strikingly unique and memorable characters who are designed by Haruhiko Mikimoto, known for his work on Gunbuster, Macross as well as many other shows in the 1990s, fit well in the warm color palette with their old-school look.
As the musical composer of insanely popular shows like Blue Exorcist, Guilty Crown, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Hiroyuki Sawano complaints the show’s high-octane action with his usual bombastic style of heavy electric guitar, electronica, thumping bass, choirs and his usual stable of singers that he relies on to provide the cheesy insert songs. While there are those who think that his soundtrack lacks diversity and is overused, I think that his OST for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is among his better works for anime shows. Accompanying Sawano’s score are the opening credits with EGOIST, a band created for the Guilty Crown universe, doing a great job in hyping up the viewers with their fast-paced performance. Likewise, the closing credits are performed also performed by EGOIST featuring Aimer (Zankyou no Terror, Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn) is also fantastic in closing off the show with its upbeat but reflective performance.
As this is practically the same people who brought Attack on Titan to life from its manga source material, the comparisons between these two shows are impossible to ignore. While they share the basic premise of mankind being under siege from zombie-like creatures, protagonists with supernatural abilities, awesome-looking fighting gear and hyper-violence, there are some distinct improvement when it comes to the latest iteration of post-apocalypse anime. What Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress lacks in originality is mades up in spades with its tighter pacing, continual shifting locations while maintaining the familiarity of the armored Hayajiro locomotive and an unique revision of besieged human.
As evident by the numbers which indicate that Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is one of the highest rated shows this season in terms of its popularity and score, it has the potential to become a show that the community won’t forget any time soon. I don’t think that it will quite reach the level of insanity that was Attack on Titan but anime fans would be hard pressed to find another show this season that delivers on animation, music, directing and hardcore action that steeped in a world filled with steam-powered technology and zombies with hearts of iron. read more
FINALLY! The highly anticipated anime that we've all been waiting for is here: ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON TWO! Wait...this isn't it? The studio, writers, producers, animators and practically everyone involved in the creation of the insanely popular AOT decided to put that project on hold so they could make an entirely new anime? Wouldn't that irritate a lot of AOT fans? Koutetsujou no Kabaneri would have to be pretty impressive if it wants to stand a chance against the incredible hype of Attack on Titan. (No, I will not be comparing the two anime in this review)
The weakest part of the anime, though its still good. Kabaneri is a classic zombie apocalypse anime, so it's not entirely original. However I've yet to see a zombie show heavily involving trains, so that's new, although it may be a bit silly. I've also noticed a decent amount of plot holes used as an excuse to have the kabane (the name of the zombies) attack. Hopefully the plot will improve as the anime progresses.
Definitely one of the best looking anime of the season. The characters are designed beautifully and there aren't really any inconsistencies with the art. My only problem is that the majority of the scenery is the inside of a train. So you can imagine that it looks rather dull.
The opening theme is done by Egoist and the ending by Aimer, so Kabaneri is obviously going to get high marks in this category. While neither song is the best by either artist, they are still very good and enjoyable to listen to. Also, I really like Ikoma's voice actor. He just makes the audience really feel Ikoma's passion and determination to eradicate the kabane.
The two primary characters, Ikoma and Mumei, are where the anime excels. Ikoma isn't a typical weak or uncertain protagonist. From the beginning he shows signs of badassery. Even when the humans leave him to die, he still saves them. Not because its "the right thing to do." Instead he wants them to feel eternal shame for being saved by the person they discarded. I just find this to be so epic. Mumei is a great mix of badass and adorable. She has her cute moments that bring a smile to my face. She also has her epic moments, like when she singlehandedly eliminates a large group of kabane, and is disappointed that she couldn't do it in under 100 seconds. The side characters so far have been rather annoying, but the leads definitely make up for it.
This is a very entertaining anime. It has a large sum of faced paced action. There's also a good amount of tension that leaves watchers on edge. Plus the main characters are really enjoyable to watch. Also the atmosphere created by the sound and animation make watching Kabaneri an even better experience.
I know that I and probably many others were expecting Attack on Titan season 2 to be out by this time instead of Koutetsujou no Kabaneri. Although its no AOT, Kabaneri is undoubtedly a great anime in its own right. I feel like the two shouldn't be constantly compared with one another and viewers should just enjoy Kabaneri as its own, separate anime. Kabaneri is a very exciting show, and I would recommend it to people who love intense action and gore.read more
With the popularity of Attack on Titan (SnK), this anime often labeled as SnK rip-off. According to urban dictionary, rip-off means stealing ideas. So if both anime made by same studio, of course it can't be rip-off. But YES they have very similiar plot.
Anyway let's get to the point, Kotetsujo no Kabaneri (KnK) is Post-Apocalyptic anime, that's the type of survival story that happen after some sort of accident. This type of story have same plot, survival from certain creatures, whether it's zombies, giants, ghosts, or other mindless human eater. In KnK, this creatures named Kabane.
Story (7) :
KnK story happened around Japanese Revolution Industry Age in a Steam Train named Kotetsujo. The main objective of the story is to survive until Kotetsujo reached it's destination because Kabane is everywhere in the way. Our main characters is half human half Kabane named Kabaneri. Although it's simple, the story can build good tension and cliffhanger between each episode, it can make the watchers keep wants more. But it still have plothole though it wasn't major, it's up to the watchers the plothole could ruin the enjoyment or not.
I have nothing more to say about this. KnK have great animation, the action scene is so exciting that can make me often wowing it.
The opening and ending OST are good to listen. The best part is it playing cool background music when the action scene shows.
I think characters is the weakest point of this anime, neither the main nor the supporting, but the minor characters. The main character, Ikoma is decent character but still weaker compared to Mumei. I personally hate weak male main characters but Ikoma isn't one of them. Mumei is the most interesting character so far in the series with her easygoing attitude.
The supporting characters though have good design but they didn't have enough role, only the princess so far. Maybe in the future episode the story can focus on them.
The problem is the minor characters, they were so annoying and stupid. Normal person can tell Kabaneri is very different with Kabane and Kabaneri is the one who help them fight againts Kabane but they act unnaturally very coward, this is the weakest point of this show.
I would say, I pretty enjoy this anime despise the plothole and unnatural minor characters. Because the action scene and tension is great with some cliffhanger each episodes.
Overall, KnK is universally liked anime, I recommend this anime to my friends this season the most along with Sakamoto. But it's only 4 episodes, it can be good or bad when it finished airing. Let's hope for the best. read more
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Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (aka Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is one of the leading series of the Spring 2016 anime season. However, many critics have said that it shares too many aspects with Attack on Titan to be called a true success. So just how similar are they? Let's compare and contrast!