Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is an original dark fantasy anime series that is not based on a manga. The first season of the series, also known as Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, consisted of 12 episodes in total and was directed by Tetsuro Araki. The anime, licensed by Crunchyroll and Funimation, originally met viewers on Fuji TV. Created by Japanese animation studio Wit Studio, Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress was first released on April 8, 2016. Wit Studio, a renowned studio, is also the creative studio for very popular anime such as Seraph of the End and The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Shortly after the anime was released, it attracted the attention of many animation fans. The second season release date of the series, which made the season finale in June 2016 with the episode “Iron Fortress”, has been discussed for years. So is the show going on now? How will the story be completed? Here is what we have compiled for you. Let’s first take a look at the story details of the anime written by Ichiro Okouchi.
What is the plot of Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress?
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri takes us to the Japan of the Industrial Revolution. More precisely, Hinomoto, an island country with its name at that time. Although we go back an average of 250 years, that period has already entered the post-apocalyptic period because the walking dead, whose origin and origin are unknown, have already surrounded the world. These zombie-like walking dead are called “Kabane” and they are faster and more agile than stereotypical zombies. Their hearts shine and they are hard to kill because they are woven with thin iron. The rifles and swords of the period can also provide some benefit against the Kabanes. In addition, they are extremely sensitive to the smell of blood, can move in a flock.
Surviving people built high-walled cities to protect themselves from the Kabenes, which invaded the whole world, especially Japan. It is possible to travel between these cities called stations by armored trains. The protagonist of the series, Ikoma, also lives in Aragane Station, which is a middle-class station. Ikoma, who works in the maintenance of the trains, wants to fight them instead of hiding from Kabaneler because of a regret he has experienced in his past. For this, he is working on a weapon of his own design, and its purpose is to pierce the hearts of Kabanes easily with this weapon.
Like all people trying to survive, Ikome and Mumei take the armored train called Koutetsujou. The destination of the train is Kongokaku, but the journey will not be easy. When everyone on the train is afraid of Ikoma, food shortages brought about by the overpopulation, nervous warfare and of course the constant threat of Kabane, Koutetsujou and his contents are waiting for a long journey.
What about the Manga of Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress?
The series does not actually follow a Manga and the script is prepared directly for the animation. The first season of the series had made a suitable final for Season 2.
Will there be a second season of the anime?
A second season of the anime has not been confirmed. But the good news for fans is not absent. The 81-minute, 3-episode film published on Netflix on May 10, 2019, continues the story. The series, titled “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato“, is not as popular as the main series, but it partially meets the audience’s expectations. Ikoma and Iron Fort join the alliance to take back the region from Kabane forced by taking their fight to the Unato’s battlefields.
A new season in the future?
Animes are revenue-generating products, so disc sales are important. For an anime to be confirmed for a new season, it is expected to sell at least 4,000 copies on average. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress sold 7,778 units in the first week of the first season. It managed to stay above the targets with 6,100 copies in terms of sales.
Released in the summer of 2019 and licensed by Netflix, the film screened on a small scale nationwide, limited to 2 weeks, and the estimated box office revenue is about 70 million to 100 million YEN. The smartphone game released in 2018 means additional revenue. Considering all these factors, we see no reason why the anime should not have a new season. Since it is not based on a manga, the anime script team can prepare a new script for a new season. After all this evaluation, we look positively for a new season, but it is not possible to give a date. We will be following official news and rumors for you.
Trailer of Season 2:
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