Anime Reviews

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Zombie Apocalypse? Close Enough

  • Title: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Kotetsujou no Kabaneri)
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Supernatural, Drama, Fantasy
  • Studios: Wit Studio
  • Episodes: 12 – 22min (Completed)
  • Date: 8 April 2016 — 1 July 2016
  • Source: Original

Summary (MAL)

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 Review

I’m a huge fan of the post-apocalyptic scene, but even more so when the semblances of survivalist themes are well explored. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is one such show. Just from looking at its concept, the world it promises is already filled with terrifying danger and intense thrills.

The visuals were also designed to be beautiful using vivid colours that create an aura of a high quality show. Even the action scenes were spectacularly crafted. How could beautiful fluid animation paired with spectacular action scenes not be great? Not to mention that the scenery were also designed in detail, making every place feel beautifully magical.

Unfortunately, the story and execution leaves more to be desired. Despite the extravagant action and promising plot, the whole story is supported by an underwhelming narrative as the story goes on, with sidetracked motivations and action for the sake of it. After a while, the story even develops to become a petty revenge story instead of the promising intense survival story that it could have been.

Overall, I personally still think that Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a show with many likeable traits. It was a ton of fun for me to watch and I do believe that it is better than what most people make it out to be. Although, it probably wasn’t the type of show that would leave a lasting impression.

Well, maybe the art left an impression

Should I Watch Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress?

Kabaneri is great as an action anime, but falls short in providing a convincing story. Some of the characters at times also felt lacking without proper development or an identity. Problems like these go a long way in affecting the overall flow of the story, and so it might not be an anime for some.

Despite all this, Kabaneri essentially still brings us into an interesting world filled with the undead and an elite fighting force. It doesn’t fail to offer a lot of exciting action scenes and has amazing art and music to complement it. I would say watching Kabaneri would be more entertaining than it is disappointing, and would appeal to a lot more people than it would disappoint.


  1. I felt the same way watching it. Attack on Titan delivered more plot-wise and I felt maybe they should have left our protagonists have humans would have made the story more intense – man against zombies instead of hybrid humans against zombies.

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      1. It wasn’t but I just felt they missed out on the road not taken. There would have been more growth I think in our characters if they were just normal humans. It’s like attack on Titans I do like Eren is a Titan but him as just a human going up against these giant monsters might have been more interesting

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