Ikoma, who barely survived, headed for Koutetsujou (Iron Fortress), the last Hayajiro (armored steam train) at Aragane station.
Meanwhile a young girl, Mumei, arrives in front of Ayame and the other survivors, and she clears the way to Koutetsujou for them to escape into, with her transcendent combat ability.
It is now clear what Kabaneri means; a human-Kabane hybrid. Ikoma, who got bitten by a Kabane, prevented the virus from reaching his brain by strangling his own neck. It seems that Ikoma and Takumi had been studying Kabane to come to the conclusion that it’s a virus that’s infecting humans to turn into Kabane completely. If their brains are safe from the virus infection, they can maintain their own self and conscience while gaining the astounding physical ability of the Kabane, to become Kabaneri.
One of the fascinating parts of this show is that Kabaneri with their amazing physical power slaughter Kabane. The way Mumei swept a group of Kabane is amazing. Her movement is sleek, and her posture is graceful as if she were dancing. The drawings have clear highlights with shades and shadows that the show gives us a picturesque impression rather than that of an anime. The atmosphere of good-old cell animation, instead of the latest digitalized animation, matches perfectly with the world view of the show, and it takes us deeper into this parallel universe.
The quaintness of the show looks rather fresh by its dynamic development and intense heat within. How can someone actually create a work of art like this? I see the director and the staff holding a strong conviction about their production.
The show does contain violent scenes with gore and splatter, but it has a certain warmth coming from the old-school drawings and does not make it as gross or disgusting as it could be. I find it impressive that they manage to keep this fine balance.
This show just grabs me. The pacing is speedy and never bores me, and I can’t look away from the screen. It thrills me and keeps me tensed, and the story leads me to an unexpected direction.
Ikoma is now feared by others as a Kabaneri. He indeed saved them risking his own life, but his presence as a Kabaneri alienate them. Meanwhile, Mumei is also a Kabaneri and slaughtered a large number of Kabane. Would the future development be that the people come to understand Kabaneri are not the human enemies?
The ability of Ikoma and Mumei must be the key to the story for sure.
Which direction does this story go with such an intense heat in the future? Can’t take my eyes off the show.
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