‘Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress’ Review

Thanks to our friends at Madman we got our hands on the highly anticipated anime release Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress in crystal clear Blu-ray quality.

The series are set in a post-apocalyptic world where mankind has been forced to shelter inside fortresses connected by armoured trains after being overrun by a zombie-like race known as the Kabane.

Train mechanic Ikoma is obsessed with creating a weapon to finish off the Kabane, but is bitten by a Kabane when his train is hijacked. However, to his surprise he’s able to contain the infection and become a Kabaneri, a half-human, half-Kabane with of enhanced fighting skills and healing capabilities.

Thankfully, he enlists the help of Mumei, another Kabaneri whose fighting skills are beyond imagination. Ikoma could become the ultimate weapon to save mankind, but first he needs take his own humanity to the edge to avoid becoming a flesh-eating monster.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is one of those series that reminds us why we love anime; it’s fast-paced, full of action and just damn fun, making all twelve episodes extremely addictive. Just think of the series as ‘Attack on Titan‘ meets ‘Train to Busan’ with some parts of ‘Snowpiercer’… how good is that!?

The animation is modern and colourful and the art is simply perfect. It’s also great to see a struggling hero who’s not a cry-baby and secondary characters who are well-developed and are not there only to decorate every scene.

Action is superb, especially courtesy of Mumei, who delivers a satisfying volume of gore and acrobatic stunts.

Overall, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is an animated triumph and a new instant classic that has to be watched. Get your copy here.