Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Season 1 Review: Fighting For Each Other

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Summary

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Season 1 is a great addition to Netflix’s anime catalogue, with an emotionally-fuelled story.

Netflix Anime Series Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Season 1 is impressive. It resides in the Industrial Revolution, where a virus has wiped out most of the population and made them into walking corpses called the Kabane, who can only be killed by piercing them in the heart.

Netflix’s Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato has a way of motivating your attention with the soundtrack. During the impressively drawn-out fight scenes, you feel the energy between each aggressive action. The first few scenes present choppy exposition, but once you move past it, and are immediately introduced to two engageable characters, Ikoma (voiced by Tasuku Hatanaka) and Mumei (voiced by Sayaka Senbongi), you are put on a rollercoaster of military operations and fighting talk. The need to take back land from the Kabane simmers through the screen, over-dramatising the moments with rhetorical dialogue. The Netflix series is emotionally charged.

Ikoma and Mumei are a hybrid of Kabane and human, making them Kabaneri. The opening Episode in the 3-Chapter Part 1 sees Ikoma promising Mumei he will make her human again. Their entire objectives form around each other, and as the fights become more aggressive, their relationship becomes more desperate.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato forcefully shows a demarcation line between humans and Kabeneri; despite the fact that the Kabeneri help the humans out with their super-strength and incredible marksmanship, it’s clear that the Netflix anime series has a hesitant mistrust between both parties. The threat of the undead monsters has intensified the paranoia, and the series emphasises it very well.

But going full circle on my original point, while the animation and the character development is impressive, it’s the makeup of the fight scenes and music that make Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato what it is. Netflix have acquired a little gem, that only takes over an hour to watch.

Netflix have labelled plenty of Anime on their platform in recent years, and more often than not, I repeatedly keep finding a new favourite. Well, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Season 1 is a new favourite. It’s fantastic.

Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

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