The world is in the midst of the industrial revolution when horrific creatures emerge from a mysterious virus, ripping through the flesh of humans to sate their never-ending appetite. The only way to kill these beings, known as “Kabane,” is by destroying their steel-coated hearts. However, if bitten by one of these monsters, the victim is doomed to a fate worse than death, as the fallen rise once more to join the ranks of their fellow undead.
Only the most fortified of civilizations have survived this turmoil, as is the case with the island of Hinomoto, where mankind has created a massive wall to protect themselves from the endless hordes of Kabane. The only way into these giant fortresses is via heavily-armored trains, which are serviced and built by young men such as Ikoma. Having created a deadly weapon that he believes will easily pierce through the hearts of Kabane, Ikoma eagerly awaits the day when he will be able to fight using his new invention. Little does he know, however, that his chance will come much sooner than he expected… – My Anime List
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So was Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress a trainwreck after all? No, I’d say it was more like a train-flip, not just because Ikoma literally flips a train in the most stupidly amazing part of the finale, (and then it EXPLODES! Hooray!) but also because Kabaneri’s greatest weaknesses came not from derailing completely, but changing junctions too fast and too often for the limited length of track it had ahead. Araki and Okouchi just wanted to tell a much bigger story than they ever had time for, and Biba’s half-formed saga would have been better saved for a second season all its own. Reckless ambition is an admirable flaw even when it’s a crippling one, and I really enjoyed my time with Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress even in its worst moments. It’s still the kind of anime you can show just about anyone with no caveats (except an aversion to gore) and have a good time, even if it’s too flawed to really be anyone’s favorite. Here’s to season two of Attack on Ti—I mean Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress! I’d be pretty happy with either one, but I can’t imagine Wit having the resources for both.
Kabaneri was everything we expected. It had a diverse cast of characters and the perfect balance of story and action. It is a series that never left us feel bored.
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Overall, if you haven’t checked this one out, you need to! Hopefully, the wait for the second season won’t be long because I want to see where the story goes from here.
It still has work to do to build its characters and story, but thus far Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is an entertaining series with an excellent visual treatment.
To conclude everything that has been said, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is, most definitely, a companion piece to its older brother of Attack On Titan. While it can’t be understated that Tetsuro Araki implemented rather intersting ideas to Kabaneri, with intersting contextual dystopian story-motifs, animation which is still vivid and abstract and music that complements the events that we see on the drawn screen, it has to be said that there are many similarities to Araki’s previous workings which makes the story outcome rather predictable. With overblown supernatural elements unnecessarily added into this gritty concept, Kabaneri, overall, is a fun watch that could have done so much more. It will be intersting indeed, to see what comes of this series. For myself, I hope we do see more of Kabaneri’s world in the near future…
As for me, I enjoyed the beginning of AOT more than this one. I felt greater depth, better character development, better plot, more dramatic intensity and I liked the soundtrack better. How about you ? Watch and find out.
Unfortunately, the story and character development didn’t live up to the hype and I left with a show that was one half utterly amazing and one half Guilty Crown. I would love to see more Koutetsujou no Kabaneri in the future but there is no doubt that this is the disappointment of the season for me.
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Kabanaeri is the malignant tumor slowly eating away at the anime community’s set standards of what constitutes as a “good” title. Each new layer is like a slow descent into madness; deciphering your way through the muddled maze of abysmal writing and “so bad it’s good” narrative decisions that even experienced viewers would be baffled by. Very few shows left me dumbfounded with its stupidity in the way Kabaneri did. I suffered many convulsions trying to process the sheer level of absurdity that each new episode brought, and just as I thought it was done with its surprises, it manages to pull another rabbit out of its (ass)hat. Unintelligible, uninspired and gasping for air, this anime is on the verge of being comatose. Pulling the plug is the only humane solution left. It reached the apex of nonsensical writing, and there’s no cure potent enough to save it from dying of stupidity. This is truly the representation of “schlock” in its unadulterated form.
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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a very dumb anime, but manages to save itself by being stylish and fun enough to merit a watch from those seeking violent escapism.
And while the anime tropes are strong with this one, the compassion is ripe. The hope and durability of the characters uplift and stay with us. The monsters don’t have to scare more and the plot doesn’t have to drive harder for this show to sweep us up and charm us all the same. I score Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 7/10 for its expertly crafted world and fiery effects.
If you like Attack on Titan, then by all means give Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress a shot. The two shows share some similarities, but they end up becoming vastly different towards the end of the run. Whilst Kabaneri’s quality does drop off sharply towards the end, the first half of the series is still excellent in almost every way. Whilst there is some potential for a second season, I do hope that any continuation of the story will go back to basics.
Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this series and would definitely recommend others to check out. Even if the ending felt rushed, they still did a good job overall.
In conclusion I did find the anime interesting in the beginning, however both the main villain and the ending where a little disappointing to me. I would only recommend to watch this anime is you have some free time and nothing else to watch, or if you liked the shows above than this anime might be pleasing to you! I wouldn’t call the anime bad… but it wasn’t good either.
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It has a lot of potential, but also some significant problems. If you like the idea of a steam punk world with a zombie infestation, consider trying it. Just brace yourself for a disappointing conclusion.
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From a rushed story to average character development, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a show that makes you wish it had 25 episodes to flesh everything out. I felt the story itself was fine, but it could have been AMAZING had it been given more time to develop.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress started fairly strong due to how it portrayed both desperation and courage among the survivors, but it then went flat as it gained momentum. Its thematic and aesthetic strength wasn’t enough to hide all of its narrative and characterization weaknesses. It’s fine that most of the archetypes are taken from predecessors since all that’s needed is flawless execution, but the characters and story are far from airtight.
If you like lots of action scenes and little story, this is for you.
This is a great anime to watch for some hot blooded action. It is also one of the more visually impressive anime in recent memories as well. However, don’t put too much hope in this anime to deliver a strong narrative.
With Kabaneri as the latest addition to his portfolio, it’s becoming easy to spot an Araki series from afar. With a few exceptions, his fondness for aesthetics over good story and character development establishes him as the Michael Bay of anime. His work will appeal to audience who are in it for mindless action, but it can’t be helped if discerning viewers begin to approach every new series from him with a bit of reservation.
Wit Studio is at it again with their THIRD ANIME THAT IS THE EXACT SAME STORYLINE AS ATTACK ON TITAN. Humanity is dying and has been confined because some more powerful species showed up and is serving human butt on a silver platter. Thus, an angry edgy teen tries to change everything despite having NOTHING special about him, BUT SUDDENLY HE HAS CRAZY SUPER POWERS.