Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress #01 — Autoerotic Lifesaving Asphyxiation

April 7th, 2016


I don't think that's how it works. I don't think that's how any of this works.


Oh thank god. An episode that isn't another perfunctory introduction with no aspirations other than establishing that some characters exist and what the gimmicks of the setting are. Not that it was handled deftly, mind you, what with people explaining to each other how things always happens and how we all know why they all happen and how common they are, but let's explain them in depth to each other anyway in case there's an invisible audience member who doesn't. And then there's the manic pixie girl, who fits into the show about as well as an elephant does into a teacup.

It's Guilty Crown/Geass's writer, so a little nonsense is to be expected, but I think this probably abused that a bit too much. I have my questions about how humanity has survived this long when apparently the trains are attacked constantly, and their security is so bad that when one is lost, the entire fortress is screwed. I'm also not really sure how strangling yourself makes the magic virus disappear. Oh, and little girls possess the strength to behead them, killing them instantly, but otherwise, you need to shoot them in the heart where they're strongest. Mostly, it's kind of just what you'd expect if you made a show from a Madlibesque combination of feudal Japanese steampunk zombie apocalypse. I don't think you should dig too deeply into anything it does. Lord knows the show doesn't, which helps things keep moving forward. And if I'm focusing on the nonsense of what it did and what it showed, it's because it did and showed things in ways that were not boring or obnoxious, and none of these were demands for it to try to explain them because that would just make things worse.

I would like to see more action though, and a bit less obtrusive about how the manic pixie girl is totally special and totally great, guys. You just don't know yet. But it avoided the cardinal sins by not being boring, irritating, filled with stills/speedlines, or acting like it was funny when no jokes had been made. What lofty aspirations we strive for indeed.

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14 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Javi says:

    I would write an essay on why horror films or monster movies do not need to be accurate depictions of science, nor remotely subtle about anything, but you wouldn’t read it. :(

  • Jack says:

    Meh… and the legal stream for this is Amazon Prime. Give me a break. I’m not signing up to a dozen different services to support your stupid industry, Japan.

  • Dave Baranyi says:

    Enjoy the ride – you’ll regret it later… (hahahahahahahaha…)

  • kenuran says:

    Even though this episode seems to have those writing issues that let you know that this show might become a trainwreak in more ways than one. This episode did do a decent enough job being eventful, showing off its setting and not bogging me down with exposition.

    Still though, this show is by the same writer and director of Guilty Crown. Which is probably good enough to get people to enjoy how it becomes completely off the rails stupid eventually. I’m hoping you hop on board for this one Aroduc.

  • Chipp says:

    >It’s Guilty Crown/Geass’s writer
    More like Valverave/Geass’s writer since he only helped with Guilty Crown.

  • Sanjuro says:

    No Sawano. No. Stop making music. Bad Sawano.

  • A.Nagy says:

    Wow this episode had like, characters, motivation, showing the world instead of exposition exposition exposition…it’s like actually kind of good O_o.

  • algorithm says:

    That was much, much better than that titan turd. That last part was pure comedy gold.

  • Tiresias says:

    First instance: Draw bridge closed when train arrived, train had to stop first

    Second instance: Draw bridge opened even though train’s not stopping yet

    LOL anime consistency

  • The Phantom says:

    No the stone was implied to stop the curse not the asphyxia. Not that it makes it more believable anyway.

  • Anonymous says:

    after hearing the endless hype I finally saw the first ep. Im wondering what self delusions they used.The guy is a total idiot/idealist and while the governors side was trigger happy they had very valid points(hell he even broke containment and was taking infected body parts to his shop).I would buy the hail marry of sopping blood from going to the head if he had cut of his arm of something but instead he chokes himself to save himself?He claims to have done research yet does not seem to understand that brain needs blood and blood does not get purified but I was ok with that, what I found stupid is that he slit his wrist to bait one of the monsters.The train thing was beyond stupid, hell Im surprised the whole examination is not done outside the city or their is no sidetrack you can reset the train to if you don’t want to accept the train because its infected or because of political/trade reasons.
    I would not call her a manic pixie girl, there is nothing about her that fits that description.