Im sure all of you have heard of Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin, it was action packed and unique to its post apocalyptic standpoint. Now after 7 years since the release of AoT comes a anime that reminded me very much of it.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is a post apocalyptic zombie anime that follows the adventure of Ikoma, a simple steam worker, who wants to rid the world of the zombies (sounds familiar?) and with the help of Mumei and many other characters.
Personally this anime really hit it off with me, it has quite a slow start but is all in good measures as it progresses steadily and becomes quite an action packed anime with the aerial fighting of Mumei and the close quarters of Ikoma.
Its inevitable to compare AoT with Kabaneri as they are very similar, as talked previously both are action packed anime but Kabaneri falls off in the action scenes as AoT excels. This does not make it any worse, in fact i personally prefer Kabaneri from AoT because of its great character development and constant mystery happening in the background as the characters progress through the story.
While some plot twists are obvious it doesn’t make the anime fall short as you keep wanting to know more about the world and people that live in this universe, a universe that seems so well written from the way they fight to the progression the people have made after the zombies started attacking. Something that made me wonder about AoT is how the world was so far behind even though they are able to build such complex fighting machinery, in this case Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress perfectly portrays what the progress of the world would be if steam power/air pressure was still the main power source.
Something that can really set the mood in an anime is the soundtrack, while there was some not needed repeats the music was outstanding specially in the fight scenes and directly after the fight ends. The music in the other scenes was good but it did not portray the their feelings as well it did for the fight or fight conclusion music, overall the music did make this anime feel more epic.
Now to conclude, i personally really enjoy both AoT and Kabaneri, but Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress really hit off a really good chemistry in the way it did a post apocalyptic zombie story line, from the slow start to a heart felt ending. I would really enjoy to see a season 2 of this as i believe the manga is in progress, i definitely recommend this anime for people who enjoy series such as Aot, Tokyo Ghoul, Guilty crown as it offers the same style of story line but they have really made unique the way the characters progress and the world itself changes through the anime.
STORY LINE: 7.5/10
CHARACTER PROGRESSION: 8.5/10
PERSONAL ENJOYMENT: 8.5/10
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