About a month ago, CrunchyRoll held their first anime movie night event featuring the two Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) compilation films. While I personally was not able to attend the event due to the unfortunate timing (it was ~4 hours run time on a Wednesday night), I figured it might be a good time to review the original TV series, which ran back in Spring 2016.
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri takes place during an industrial revolution era where the world is overrun by zombie-like creatures with steel-coated hearts, known as the “Kabane.” The Kabane feed on human flesh, spreading the virus of the Kabane and increasing their numbers, with the only way to defeat one is to pierce their steel-coated hearts. As such, humanity built civilization behind fortress walls to keep the Kabane at bay and traverse from city to city via heavily armored trains. The TV series ran as part of the NoitaminA anime block in Japan between April and June 2016. It was later followed by two compilation films, presumably mostly recapping the series scene for scene given its length, and a sequel series is expected in 2018. Note: This review does contain spoilers of the series