Another great series has come to an end. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress aired it’s last episode today. It’s a bit disappointing that this show only had 12 episodes. I believe the show could have definitely been extended to 24 or 26 episodes. This review is completely spoiler free, and should give you a good idea whether or not you should give this series a try.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is set in a post apocalyptic world where monsters called Kabane threaten human beings. Think of them as zombies, whose bite is infectious that will turn normal humans into one of them. The only way to kill them is to pierce their iron fortified heart. Huge walls surround cities to prevent the Kabane from getting inside. In addition to humans and Kabane, another class of species exist called Kabaneri. They are half human and half Kabane. They have increased agility and strength, and are fully conscious of themselves, unlike the Kabane. Ikoma, the protagonist of the story takes a liking to Mumei, a female Kabaneri. The two of them, along with others set out on a journey to find a save place to live.
Unlike some other series, this anime didn’t take me a couple episodes to get into the show. I was completely hooked from the first episode on. The plot of story seemed really interesting right off the bat and I was curious how the story would unfold. If I could compare it to any other series, it would come close to Shingeki no Kyojin, or Attack on Titan in English. Both series are set in a world where humans fear monsters and are protected from them by huge walls. Attack on Titan was a big hit, and many people like myself can’t wait for the next season to come out. If you enjoyed Attack on Titan, then definitely give this series a try.
My only disappointed with the show was that it was only 12 episodes long. Some anime series that don’t have a lot of material can pull off 12 episodes perfectly. However, shows like Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress that have a lot going on need more than 12 episodes to feel complete. This anime series had a good pace in the beginning, but the last two episodes of the show felt completely rushed. This of course ruined the ending of what was a good show.
Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this series and would definitely recommend others to check out. Even if the ending felt rushed, they still did a good job overall. Out of five stars, I would give this show 3.5!