Ikoma and Mumei were locked up in the last car of the train, which meant the fighting power of the Iron Fortress was debilitating.
At that point, Kabane started attacking them.
On top of that, one of the attackers was a Wazatori, a skilled Kabane with fighting experiences.
We found out that some Kabane are skilled at combat; Wazatori, a skilled Kabane fighter who handles two swords masterfully at once. He is nimble and murders humans one after another. Even Mumei called him “formidable”, and their armored train gets tensed up with the crisis in this episode.
The highlight of this episode is the battle scene.
They fight on the roof of the running train. The train moves in a horizontal direction, while the battle uses the depth and vertical space of the screen. The fighters jump around, stepping on Kabane, and attack from the air.
The battle inside the train too has perspective representations to attract us. A big hole made by a suicide bag explosion gives a depth to the sword fighting scene in the train, giving a tension of fears of falling off the train.
As Ikoma jumped down inside the car through the hole of the roof, the vertical space was added to the battle scene. The three dimensional illustration of the battle is very prominent, and prevents the battle to go monotonous but generates tension and presence amazingly well.
This show also attracts us with its human drama.
People are scared of infection and even try to segregate the Kabaneri. Among them, Takumi gives Ikoma, who tries to save people, a supportive push. It describes the beautiful friendship where a friend becomes non-human and gets segregated, yet he continues to believe in him. Takumi tried to save Ikoma somehow in the second episode too. It is telling us the importance of trusting power.
People had continued to segregate and tried to drive away the Kabaneri. But now that they finally defeated Wazatori thanks to the Kabaneri, the people learned that they could not get their peace back without them. It makes sense to us that humans who had previously oppressed the Kabaneri finally accept them now.
Their countermeasure against the Kabane from now on will involve Ikoma and Mumei playing the major part. We may get to see the piercing gun Ikoma invented being mass produced in the future development.
The characters’ psychological portrait and relationships, the battle scenes. All of these were spectacular.
They showed us the amicable settlement between humans and Kabaneri in this episode. I wonder what kind of story they are giving us next.