Series: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Publisher: Wit Studio
Available Through: Amazon Prime
Reviewed by: The Uncle Sam
So prior to Amazon’s discontinuation of the Anime Strike program and allowing individuals with standard Prime membership to have access to a number of quality anime series, it was easy to find myself browsing countless video titles that held no value at all. One day, I dedicated time to checking out their anime collection for something more than Fullmetal Alchemist, and I stumbled upon Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. It was the artwork style that first caught my eye along with its release date (Early 2017). So out of sheer curiosity I began the series and I was hooked at episode one.
Kabeneri of the Iron Fortress is a post apocalyptic anime thats timeline is set sometime during the industrial revolution in feudal Japan. The entire land has been infected by Kabane (corpses), zombies that seem to have super strength and speed. The only way to kill them seems to be beheading (as one may expect from zombies) or piercing their glowing hearts. In order to protect themselves, powerful feudal Lords and large towns have created massive fortresses in order to keep the armies of the dead from overrunning them. The only way to travel, trade, and communicate between cities is via an elaborate railroad system.
The series follows the series main hero Ikoma, as he manages to escape his hometown on a train after it is overrun by the Kabane, He is joined by the mysterious young Mumei, and an eclectic group of other survivors as they seek to find safety from the Kabane and a new home to settle. Along the way they deal with issues of mistrust, of fear, and of mysteries; one of which involves the origins of the kabane, and of the mysterious young girl Mumei who is apparently a human weapon capable of eliminating an entire fortress worth of zombies. As the team continues their journey, the entire series becomes an amazing roller coaster of horror, emotions, action, and character development. When the final episode was over, I couldn't help but wish for more.
I would definitely recommend not just taking my word for it, but to experience the series for yourself. If you are a fan of steampunk, zombies, or Feudal Japan this series is for you. If not, I feel that the characters of the series would be more than enough to draw you into the series. If you do watch the entire thing and reach the same conclusion as myself I have good news: a new 2018 project has already been announced so we could possibly be seeing more of this series in the future! My final rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars.