My on of off ride on the anime train continues as I hop on again to check out Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress or Koutetsujou no Kabaneri. Right out the gate the Attack on Titan similarities jump out at you. Humans living in fear of strange creatures is nothing new but if given a chance the viewer soon realises that Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress has literally blast off to great start and has enough originality to be just as popular as some anime it is being compared to.
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.
No handholding and very little explanation (so far)
Two episode in and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress has already given me so many “OMG WTF” moments that it’s literally hard to stay calm. It throws the viewer in head first with very little handholding and explanation. I love that about this anime so far and I look forward to having the story told to me over however many episodes in the coming weeks. I’m already a fan of the main protagonist who is paired with a strong female lead as well; two ingredients that I look forward to in anime.
The hype is real
I’ll be following this one closely; if you are a fan of mature action anime fused with steampunk and zombies check out Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and leave a comment below or tweet me @Jamaipanese with your thoughts.
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