Koutetsujou no Kabaneri: Your solution to the SNK wait

Are you a fan of Shingeki no Kyojin? Do you like steampunk? Are zombies something that interest you? Well, Wit Studio has the anime for you this spring. After watching two episodes of this show, I have faith that this is a recommendation that I won’t regret moving forward (don’t disappoint Wit Studio!). Also, I have a sneaking suspicion that Wit Studio is trying to keep its fanbase entertained until that elusive Season 2 of Shingeki no Kyojin comes around. And I’m not complaining one bit!

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So what’s it about?

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is set in a world which has a steampunk vibe to it. In this world, people live in cordoned off cities with high walls because of these zombie-like creatures called Kabane (which is actually the word for ‘corpse’ in Japanese). The Kabane can’t be killed easily because their hearts are surrounded by a metal cage. Humans in this society are so antagonised by the Kabane that anything remotely different is treated with a great deal of hostility. Under these circumstances, meet Ikoma and Mumei, two citizens of this world who are… certainly… quite… different.

To binge or not to binge?

Well, I actually can’t say at the moment, we’re only two episodes into the season. However, there is certainly binge potential. I’ll update this section when the season is over.

Is it a gateway anime?

It could be, it has a number of similarities to Shingeki no Kyojin which makes it a good place to start watching anime. In fact, watching this BEFORE Shingeki no Kyojin might be a good idea so that you appreciate it more.

Dub or sub?

There is no dubbed version. It certainly might get one. Funimation is quite into doing broadcast dubs now. I will update this if there is any news about a dub in the works. However, personally, I suggest sticking to Japanese here. The anime has a very distinct Japanese feel to it and I think that is best complemented by maintaining the original voice acting.

What’s to like?

I can understand if people hate it because it is so similar to Shingeki no Kyojin, however, I see it having character of its own. The show has some anime stalwarts working on it, and I don’t think Wit Studio is spending time and money on a carbon copy. The animation is beautiful, as expected by Wit. Also, true to form, I have to highlight that I love Mumei and Yukina, two potential kick-ass female characters in this anime.

The bottom line is, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri fills the Shingeki no Kyojin void in your heart (admit it, you have one too!).

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