Ikoma and the Iron Fortress take their fight to the battlegrounds of Unato, joining the alliance to reclaim the region from the kabane horde.
Survival horror has taken all shapes and sizes in manga and anime. One series in particular was Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and it was done by the same studio that did Attack on Titan. It was around the half way point that Tetsuro Araki was making mistakes with the characters, such as making the antagonist into a plot device, turning a powerful female character into a damsel in distress, and rushing development with the protagonist. While parts of the first season were messy, the director was able to at least end it on a decent note. Now, after three years since the release of the first season, we have a continuation to the steampunk survival horror. Was it successful? Personally, after much thinking and reflection, it still fails to have its own separate identity. And that is something I will be explaining. Story- The story takes place half a year after the events of the first season. Ikuma and his group land at Unato, which is fighting to keep its territory from the Kabane. The Kabane have been acting unusual and Ikuma believes someone is controlling them. But that's not really all that different though, seeing the characters having to live in these huge fortresses so that zombies don't come and eat them, which doesn't really come off as something new. As much as I like the zombie genre, I feel like Kabaneri didn't bring anything new to the story. Its just the characters killing zombies, which was established early on in the first season. It doesn't have what Attack on Titan has: great character development, drama, great politcal thriller, mystery. Kabaneri just has what it already has at surface level. Animation- Wit Studio really knows how to use their budget cause the movie looked gorgeous. The transitions to fight scenes, and all the action that comes with it, they really went all out. Sound- Wit Studio handled the sound pretty well. Sawano was involved with the soundtracks so no surprise there. Characters- I would have to say that for the main characters there was nothing really that much better about them compared to the first season. The antagonist of this movie is pretty much an obstacle to the other characters, although I think the writers gave him a bit more compared to Biba of the first season. Ikuma is treated like a monster again, and he has to meet up with the other characters. And of course Mumei has to be saved by Ikuma when she gets overwhelmed by one of the Kabaneri. Kageyuki definitely comes off as a tragic antagonist with his backstory, but that's all he's really known for by the end of the story. Overall- I don't think Kabaneri is going to be getting better as the story goes on. Even more so if it gets another season. I get that it had empathy as a theme for the movie, but Director Araki needs to give the characters a goal in mind. And the characters need to develop more, rather than just be there to kill zombies. Cause if that's the only thing going for it, then its going to get old very quickly.
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