“She’s 12” Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Review and Recommendations

“Look. Look at me! Watch as the man you cast out spills his blood and dies. Take a nice long look! I will save you all. I want you to live the rest of your lives knowing the man you abandoned saved you. And I will laugh at you from the afterlife. And tell you that it serves your right!”

Once again humanity is pushed to the brink of extinction, this time in the form of “zombies” or Kabane where dead people come back to life to feast on humans. The whole premise is based within feudal Japan, incorporating some steam punk elements with the use of pressurized guns, cannons and of course, samurais and their katanas. The cities are separated by train, where anywhere outside is considered to be Kabane territory. The story focuses around the people living within the Koutetsujou trying to find refuge after their city was destroyed by Kabane.

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The timing of the show, in which it was placed in feudal Japan was an interesting choice, whereby it adds some uniqueness towards the concept of Humans vs Zombies. It is also important to highlight the different political structures and powers (e.g. Shogun) that existed in this time, where there was a darker underlying plot involving politics and power that is slowly fleshed out at a good pace, throughout the season. Living in between species (I guess?) comes as something that has been trickling into the anime industry over different series. With the introduction of Kabaneri (Human + Kabane), through our main protagonists, Ikoma and Mumei it provides the alternate an alternate viewpoint of society, one that is scared that any sought of danger is seen as a threat and should be eliminated and through them we see the story unfold in humanity’s fight back to regain their land and place called “home”.

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Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is choc full of action, whereby each an every episode has its fair share of blood splatter and bodies/limbs flying everywhere. It made it fun to watch (and should be fun to watch by those who enjoy those types of things), it’s fast paced and was quite enthralling to see. This being combined with great animation sequences, and dialogue whether it be discussing their hopes of dreams against a sunset backdrop or the devastated land ravaged by the Kabane, the show holds a great animation production for its viewers.

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Yukina Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP was quite a nice looking one,  with animations being focused on the characters, the action and Japan itself, it really embodied what the whole series was about. The vocals from EGOIST only added towards this making it a really well rounded OP. On the other hand the ED focused more on the possibilities in a world without Kabane, flowing at a slower pace, creating a nice atmosphere to end each episode.

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Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Was it Good?

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri came out as one of the front runners in its initial episodes this season. From then on it developed into a pretty good anime to watch, which should suit many viewers, whether they be casual or hardcore. The main highlight is its action sequences, where it does well in adopting the “shounen” genre, as well as adding some interesting darker political drama in the underlying plot.

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Recommendations: At its heart this is a show that is based on humanity’s possible extinction due to some type of monster. With that being said the action does pretty well for itself and it is pretty easy recommend based on this as their are a number of recent anime which follow the same structure, thus I recommend the following:

  • Shingeki no Kyojin
  • Owari no Seraph
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • God Eater
  • Muv Luv Alternative Eclipse

 

 

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