As the world is in the middle of an industrial revolution, a monster appears that cannot be defeated unless its heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. By infecting humans with its bite, the monster can create aggressive and undead creatures known as Kabane. On the island Hinomoto, located in the far east, people have built stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the station, as well as transport wares between them, with the help of a locomotive running on steam, called Hayajiro. Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu in order to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikoma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for.
Back in April I made a post about the first episode of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri). Since I’m a binge watcher, I decided to wait until the season, which consisted of 12 episodes, was complete to watch the rest.
The first two or three episodes of Kabaneri are fast paced, and left me curious, but not really wanting more. After they leave the station, the plot slows down dramatically. With a mixture of slow plot + hardly any compelling characters, it started to get a bit boring.
I was seriously considering giving up until the episodes with The Black Smoke/Fused colony. Then shortly after, we’re introduced to Biba. That’s when things finally started getting interesting!
After Biba gets in the picture, the plot speeds up and goes in a crazy direction. I almost felt like it was too much too soon after the previous episodes.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress has beautiful animation and is an interesting story, but I don’t think I will be continuing. My biggest issue is the characters. I don’t see the point in watching a show for only one interesting character… Kurusu. 😉