Genres: Action, Horror, Fantasy, Drama
In a world overrun with a curse that turns humans into powerful zombie-like creatures called Kabane, humans live within steel fortresses to protect themselves. Ikoma is a steam smith and inventor, and he one day hopes to destroy the Kabane with his powerful new invention. And that begins the day he meets Mumei, a girl excused of the mandatory Kabane-virus inspection.
I really enjoyed this anime, and I ended up finishing it all in a single day. I think this anime was almost like a mix of Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul, both anime that I really enjoyed. I don’t think Kabaneri was quite as good as Attack on Titan, but I enjoyed it just as much, and in a different way.
I thought the story was exciting enough to keep my full attention on it for a full span of four hours (as I said, I watched it all in a day), even if it did have a few flaws. I felt that the story wasn’t as tense as Attack on Titan’s, and also a bit more focused on drama than Attack on Titan was. The story was full of action, which kept everything exciting and the action was also very well done. I truly enjoyed this anime very much, even though there were some plot-holes.
I mostly liked the main characters. Ikoma was a brave and bold character, and he had a big heart for humanity (I know this sounds cliche but I honestly felt his character was a bit different from cliches, but I don’t know how to explain it). He could be a bit rambunctious and ambitious at times, but I felt an immediate liking for him as soon as I started watching. I also liked Mumei, the other main character, for most of the anime. There were times when I wasn’t very happy with her, but I don’t find any of her actions particularly unreasonable, and I enjoyed her personality as well. She was very laid-back and indifferent, yet still playful. And also overpowered. I think they call these kinds of people “Mary Sue”s or something, not sure.
When I judge an anime’s art, I don’t think I’m the best at doing so, but I thought this anime’s art was fine. It wasn’t particularly amazing, but it was still pretty decent, and the action was drawn pretty well too. Plus, I liked how the characters looked (Ikoma looks pretty bad-ass). One of the things I was a bit annoyed by though were that some of the scenes in the anime were actually still-shots, which I thought was bad.
The OP, “KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS” wasn’t bad, but what I truly loved was the beautiful ED sung by Aimer and chelly (The singer from EGOIST), “Ninelie”. “Ninelie” is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard, it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It is just pure awesomeness. Also the ED played for episode 11, “Through My Blood” also sung by Aimer, is really awesome as well. In addition, the soundtrack was also really awesome, a job well done by Sawano, who composed most of the music in the anime. So good.
I thought this was a really cool anime, and the music is freaking amazing. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Attack on Titan or Seraph of the End.
Overall Rating: 7/10
Length: 22 min/ep, 12 eps
Rating: R – 17+ (violence and profanity)
Studio: Wit Studio
(Info from My Anime List)
Season 2 of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is coming out this year, so I think I’ll either make another review, update this one, or just not review it. We’ll see.
I don’t own Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – it belongs to it’s rightful owners!