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Whatever disaster happen in this world. Absolutely, we can’t predicted about that. That’s why we must make preparations and brainstorm our mind to address this problem. You’d better prepare your transportation, shelter and food for emergency. Sometimes, natural disaster occurs in the several country and there’s a lot of cost to recover all this things. In fact, this is just information of the catastrophe. Henceforth, our discussion is about the theme of post-apocalyptic & you know? “weapon & suit & tank is the paramount things in the battle against zombie, right?” In the year 2016, the WIT Studio launched their new Anime project & it’s not an adaptation of manga or novel. Now, I’m proud to present the most popular Anime as we know it. “Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)”
“Haters gonna Hate and ain’t-ers gonna ain’t”. Basically, we can see there was a lot of criticism of the Koutetsujou no Kabaneri in the myanimelist review, previously. I know everyone of you have a different opinion about the story. In fact, some people think it's one of the greatest and they gave a compliment for the series. Meanwhile, haters are being a bit too harsh on it because they say this series is a blatant stole from Shingeki no Kyojin. Besides, I bet all of you comparing Koutetsujou no Kabaneri with that Shingeki no Kyojin, when you write a review about the series “AM I RIGHT”. Actually, I was a bit reluctant to watch this Anime for the first time. However, I’m just ignored my scepticism. Basically, I tried to evaluate a situation of the story. In my considered opinion, this series have a lot of the struggle to retain humanity in front of impossible conditions and their characters always have strategies to solve the problem. One question “Before you are waiting for Shingeki no Kyojin 2nd season - would you like Koutetsujou no Kabaneri instead”, Yes or No.
Wait a minute!!! You want to know a secret formula of Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, it’s :
[World War Z film + The Walking Dead series + Highschool of the Dead + Shingeki no Kyojin + Unstoppable film = Koutetsujou no Kabaneri]
Just trivia, Tetsurō Araki who was the director organizes the actual making of the Koutetsujou no Kabaneri series. He is best known as the director of the Death Note, Highschool of the Dead, Guilty Crown and Attack on Titan anime adaptations and I never thought Okouchi Ichiro (Script, Series Composition) is scriptwriters for the Koutetsujou no Kabaneri series. I believe everyone know, he’s also original creator of Code Geass (In my considered opinion, Code Geass is a masterpiece). “Forget about it” let’s focus our discussion. According to the story, a monsters it’s called Kabane. If humans got bite by the monster & they become Kabane creatures. That’s why people have built stations to shelter themselves from these Kabane. Hayajiro or locomotive running on steam, its transport wares between people & they can access the station.
One night, one of the locomotive running on steam or Hayajiro, called Fusang Fortress is coming. However, the train hijack was organized by a group Kabane and the train is really fast and there is little probability of the train crashed into a Aragane station. When they realized about this situation. A few people at the station, attempt to seal the railway station. “TIME IS RUNNING OUT” they can’t make it in time. The accident happened and this is the beginning of Kabane to assault on a people at the island country Hinomoto.
***NOTE : Another words is “Kabaneri” it means half human and half Kabane
However, I have my doubts about the story & crucially, “I’M CURIOUS” ok firstly, this story explain the infection transforming humans into Kabane and rapidly spreads. However, it never explained to any degree where this Kabane comes from???? Because I want to know the history a mysterious virus appears during the industrial revolution. Do you remember?? What did Eru Chitanda says, when she's has a curious about something and she's always says “WATASHI KIRINARIMASU”.
Now, we move on to another topic. You know what? Sometimes Koutetsujou no Kabaneri reminds me of the Twilight film & Strike the Blood series. The both of story is about vampire creatures. In fact, Ikoma & Mumei both of them have the same personality with Vampire (I guess!!). Besides, if there has been a decrease of the blood in their body. All they need is blood from human being. Sometimes, they couldn’t control themselves, if they have craving for blood. Fundamentally, they took the human blood to preventative measures to stop their body become Kabane form. Guess what, who’s the volunteers to help them and they become blood donors for them, “OF COURSE” the Princess Ayame, Kurusu, Kajika, Kibito, Takumi and Yukina (watch episode 4). Crucially, I never thought this might be happen in the story. At the beginning, I can’t make any sense of what the purpose of the motive. However, I realized blood is circulates round the body going from the heart and lungs along arteries and returns to the heart through the veins (especially human). Which means Kabaneri has a heart failure and that’s why they always need some blood. By the way, I can deduce for this case “HALF KABANE + HALF HUMAN + VAMPIRE = KABANERI”.
I found the series was reaching its climax when “OUR HEROES IS BACK” Ikoma is reunited with his team-mate to save Mumei. Next, Ikoma had to battle against Biba (the villain, who’s unleashed the chaos) and finally, he did it to defeat Biba. However, Biba awoke and tried to kill Ikoma (Ikoma's collapsed at the moment). Out of the blue, Biba was stabbed in the chest by Mumei and Biba died. Of course “HAPPY ENDING”. Actually, the most ridiculous part is Ikoma has return after he was killed by Mumei. Seriously, I thought he’s die at the moment, however he’s still alive. “WHAT THE F**K”. It’s really strange. OK just remember one thing, I assume the protagonist of the story is “IMMORTAL”. Nobody can kill him.
I thought, could it be possible Shingeki no Kyojin & World War Z film inspired WIT Studio to made Koutetsujou no Kabaneri series??? Well, this series is an exact “copy & paste”, yet is not much different with SNK & World War Z film. I mean look at the performance of the character in the story & don’t forget about the plot of the story, seriously it’s quite similar. Truthfully, WIT Studio imitates its competitors by making very similar story. In fact, the final score in the myanimelist was score 7.94/10 (scored by 47,219 users) & it’s really different based on IMDb score (627 IMDb users have given a weighted average vote of 8.30/10). By the way, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri deserve the appellation of “Plagiarism”.
Furthermore, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri mainly focus on the drama, emotion, and the action. The best slogan for Koutetsujou no Kabaneri utilizes is "One For All & All For One" and also “The Strong Survive While The Weak Perish”. I realized there’s a few of a butterflies comes out in the series and it was one of the shock scenes I have ever seen. Crucially, it’s really same scenario with the STEINS;GATE and Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED).
Firstly, I really appreciate the “seiyuu” have contributed to the Koutetsujou no Kabaneri project “WELL DONE” and they are very talented as voice actress. Based on my opinion, all of them are “seiyuu” prodigy & they are having unique voice for casting of the character in the series.
From my observation about the protagonist, Ikoma’s very brave & knowledgeable about the weapon & he’s always make a new strategies to solve a problem. In fact, he’s engineer too and he creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu or Piercing Cannon. I saw Ikoma was in trauma after her younger sister was attacked by a Kabane. However, the pain was more than he could endure. Next, the heroine is Mumei, “seriously” she’s really “BADASS” and she’s has 3 personality same with the characters of Shingeki no Kyojin, for example Mikasa & Levi & Annie. In fact, she’s has same personality with Mikasa (as you know Mikasa has outstanding ability in the battle against Titan and this is same thing happen, she’s (Mumei) has outstanding ability in the battle against Kabane) & Levi (she’s reminds me about Levi kicked Eren face and that’s what she did to Ikoma. She has no doubt to “KICK HIS ASS”, watch episode 3) & also Annie (we know that Annie has good fighting with her opponent and it’s similar with Mumie, she’s has oriental fighting techniques, when she’s against someone). Now about the princess Ayame. Fundamentally, she’s is leader of Aragane station. Since her father die, she’s going instead of him. Besides, she has a kindness personality. Next, the characters is Kurusu. He’s appearance like a samurai warrior. Besides, he always make sure that all his soldiers know exactly what they must do in the battle against Kabane. Besides, he’s always care about the people. The next supporter characters is Yukina. She piloted the train (Ironclad Fortress) into another country and she’s working with 3 crewmen who can operate an express fortress, they are Takumi & Sukari & Suzuki. Besides, they are an expert engineers.
Arts : 10
It was great work done by Haruhiko Mikimoto because his contribution for original character designs. Next, I want to compliment the arts it’s really accurate, superb and this series has really high quality art and animation. I really loved how they did all of the facial expressions in the series. I like the character expression in the animation, sometime it have wrath expressions, fear expression and it has grief-stricken expressions. Based on my opinion, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri animation is quite similar with Shingeki no Kyojin. Furthermore, the utopia of the story is really unique and the construction of the fort, city, train and the railway is the magnificent construction, I have seen.
In fact, I really love their opening theme "KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS" by EGOIST and the Opening song video featured the characters in the battle against corpse and present about their struggle to save humanity and it’s really impressive. Next, I’m not forget about the ending sequence "ninelie" by Aimer with chelly (EGOIST) is really beautiful song. I’m glad to see Aimer featuring chelly (EGOIST) to sing this song & previously I heard Aimer song for opening theme Fate/Stay Night : UBW 2nd season. Based on my opinion, EGOIST is a professional singer & I like the latest song in the year 2014, it’s “EGOIST – Fallen” for PSYCHO-PASS 2 Ending song. Now, I will talk about theme song composition, music. It’s really great because the soundtrack created by Sawano Hiroyuki. In fact, he’s the creator of soundtrack for Shingeki no Kyojin too. Besides, the soundtrack has a catchy tune and f**king awesome.
So far, I love the action, adventure, and drama of the story. However, I would not said the story, “it was most enjoyable” because there’s a few of flaw in the plot of the story. Next, there is only another unique of the story. Its show the apocalyptic scenes of destruction caused by the zombie in the Edo era and I think is really impressive. The soundtrack of the story it’s really magnificent, “Thanks Sawano Hiroyuki and you are the brilliant person & the BEST composer”.
Overall : 3
Essentially, this story taught me about brave and struggle to gain something, such as happiness, freedom, peace and save humanity from this doom. I want to compliment about the teamwork. For example, their warrior tried to ensure the safety of the people. I think its good things they did. So far, my expectation for this story will surpassed Shingeki no Kyojin (I hope so!!!).To be honest, the narrative part of the story it’s really disappointing and for the whole of the story Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is POOR. Guess what rating would I give that story, it is 3.00/10. I wouldn't say that the story in Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is particularly notable or masterpiece. However, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is something that I could call a straightforward and cliché.
I hope that this review makes you consider what the pros and cons in the story
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