Is this the next big thing? Produced by Fuji TV and Wit Studio, the company behind the worldwide smash hit anime TV series Shingeki no Kyojin, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (甲鉄城のカバネリ) is a brand new original anime about to air on 7th April 2016. If you are crazy about Attack on Titan and believe you need to see even more than the upcoming second season, you have found your perfect match. Promising to deliver a great visual steampunk experience, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri also impresses with its monsters, so step aside Titans – it’s all about the Kabane!
All in all, if you loved Lavi, Mikasa and Eren, reading Koutetsujou no Kabaneri’s preview can only set your hopes high.
In the Far Eastern Hanamorto Island, mysterious monsters appear. Immortal, unless their iron-clad heart is pierced, they attack and bite people, infecting them with a mysterious illness. Once bitten, a person is falling into a rage to the point of losing their human appearance and turning into an undead bloodthirsty creature. The resulting monstrosity is known as Kabane.
The only hope for humanity are the specially-created building constructions called “stations” – safe places for people to live, gather and travel. Stations have governors and protectors, as well as a team of well-skilled engineers. Transportation is realised via steam locomotives, often conducted by their own creators.
Characters and Cast
seiyuu:Tasuku Hatanaka (Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Zexal’s Yuuma Tsukumo)
Ikoma is an engineer at the Aragane Station, as well as a conductor of a locomotive he calls Hayajiro. He is brave and ambitious, often dreaming to one day defeat all Kabane. His aim to become a hero might often make him the subject to his colleagues’ jokes, but does not stop his uniting efforts with friend technician Takumi in building a unique anti-Kabane weapon called Tsuranukizutsu.
seiyuu: Sayaka Senbongi (Juuou Mujin no Fafnir’s Yuu Mononobe)
One day Mumei appears at Aragane Station seemingly out of nowhere and attracts Ikoma’s interest with the fact that she does not undergo the regular Kabane inspection. Warriors also seem to be acting strangely around the mystery girl, so what is her secret? One night, after Ikoma and Mumei’s paths cross, Hayajiro goes out of control. It is soon revealed that all crew aboard are turned into monsters. What can Mumei do and will she help Ikoma realise his ambition to become humanity’s saviour?
seiyuu: Yuki Kaji (Accel World’s Haruyuki Arita)
Takumi is a colleague of Ikoma’s at the Aragane Station. He not only helps with the design and realisation of Tsuranukizutsu, but is also one of Ikoma’s biggest fans. Even though Takumi is sometimes perplexed by his friend’s explosive bravery, he sincerely admires him for his complete lack of fear.
seiyuu: Kanae Oki (Naruto Shippuuden’s Yukimi)
Kajika also works as a steam locomotive engineer at the Aragane Station and is a friend of Takumi and Ikoma. She regards everyone as a family and is a kind person, with a soft and loving character.
seiyuu: Maaya Uchida (Noragami’s Hiyori Iki)
Ayame is the eldest daughter of the current governor of the Aragane Station and as such, is predestined to one day become the governor herself. Still, she remains seemingly impassive to what’s happening and never voices her opinion on the possible future of the Station and humanity’s war against the Kabane.
seiyuu: Toshiki Masuda (Samurai Flamenco’s Masayoshi Hazama)
Kurusu is Ayame’s personal bodyguard. He is an honourable warrior who, though still young, is known to be very loyal and honest. Kurusu is also the one to have good and unbiased judgement in a tight situation. He is regarded as one of the top swordmaster in the region.
seiyuu: Kensuke Satou (Kuroko no Basket’s Taisuke Ootsubo)
Kibito is another one of the samurai serving at Aragane Station under Ayame’s family. Unlike other soldiers, who often demonstrate haughtiness, he treats all people equally, regardless of their status, age and social position.
seiyuu: Ryota Osaka (Shingeki no Kyojin’s Marco Bott)
Sukari is another indispensable part of the Aragane Station engineering team. Taking residence at the station, he is known as the local cynic. Still, to those who really know him, it is clear that this is only a facade, which is hiding Sukari’s sagacity he tends to demonstrate, when the time is right.
seiyuu: Mariya Ise (Durarara!!’s Mika Harima)
Yukina is like a big sister to everyone at Aragane Station. Being a crew member of the Hayajiro locomotive transporting people and goods all over Hinamoto, she sincerely enjoys her job. Besides being hard-working and skilful at her profession, Yukina is very kind at heart.
Original story, series composition and script: Ichirou Ohkouchi (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)
Original character designs: Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross)
Director: Tetsurou Araki (Death Note)
Character designer and chief animation director: Yasuyuki Ebara (debut)
Music: Hiroyuki Sawano (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Animation production: Wit Studio (Shingeki no Kyojin)
OP: “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress” by EGOIST
ED: “ninelie” by Aimer ft. Chelly from EGOIST
Where to Watch*
Official airtime: 24:55 on Noitamina (Fuji TV) starting Thursday, 7th April 2016. A special early broadcast will air at 24:25 – 30 minutes early.
There will be an Amazon pre-air exclusive overseas stream of Koutetsujou no Kabaneri episode one on 6th April (Wed) at 24:00. Episode two will stream right after the original air time of episode on Noitamina on Thursday.
Here are all other channels where you can see the episodes:
Thursdays, 7th April 2016:
25:00 on EBC
25:20 on AKT
25:35 on SUT TV
25:45 on NST Niigata Smile TV
25:45 on TKU
25:55 on Fukushima TV
25:55 on KTV
25:55 on TNC
26:00 on TSS (Television Shin-Hiroshima System) TV
26:05 on KTS TV
26:10 on OX TV
26:20 on Tokai TV
Friday, 8th April at 24:55 on Saga TV
Sunday, 10th April at 25:15 on UHB (Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting Company)
Tuesday, 19th April at 25:55 on NBS TV
*all times are local; broadcast details are subject of change.
Video and images ©カバネリ製作委員会
Official Koutetsujou no Kabaneri website
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