Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress was a big hit, rocketing to the top of the 2016 anime releases. The series, produced by Wit Studio, remains immensely popular even five years after its first release.
It’s a unique dark fantasy anime series that isn’t based on a manga. Tetsuro Araki directed the first season of the series, also known as Koutetsujou no Kabaneri. It consisted of 12 episodes. Many animation lovers were drawn to the anime shortly after it was released. The release date of the series’ second season, which had its season finale in June 2016 with the episode “Iron Fortress,” has been disputed for years. So, is the show still going on? What effect will the have? Here’s all we know about Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress season 2.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress season 2 Details
The anime was a huge success, therefore the series was continued in a number of ways. One of these was a manga adaptation, which started in 2016 and was finished in 2018. There were also three theatre films, however the first two were merely summaries of the anime series’ two parts. Nonetheless, the third was an original narrative named Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato, which took place 6 months after the show’s plot concluded. This 2019 film was eventually broadcast as a three-part Netflix series. Wit Studio even created an intro for a mobile game that was launched in 2018.
What does that imply?
Unfortunately, the considerable interval between the debut of the first season and today renders the chance of a second season unlikely. It’s not rare for an anime to get a second season years after the first, but there hasn’t been much of a push for Wit to do so in this case. Because it is the most current chapter in the franchise, Battle of Unato’s Netflix release may be considered a type of second season. Unfortunately, this implies that the Kabaneri franchise is likely gone for the time being, though it may be resurrected in the future, much like the Kabane themselves.
What Does That Mean For The Future of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress season 2?
When we look at the anime’s first season disc sales, we can see that it met its financial objectives by selling 6100 copies on average. Furthermore, the picture, which was released in the summer of 2019 and was licenced by Netflix, was shown on a limited basis across the country.
When we look at the anime’s popularity now, we can observe that it has an average search traffic on Google. However, given that just a small number of animes have been authorised for the current season, this may not be deemed a success. The anime’s official Twitter profile has 77.9k followers. This amount of fans is not small for an anime, but it is not sufficient to ensure a new season.
There does not appear to be an issue with the references because the series does not have a manga. But at the other end, the fact that they are still making money from the released mobile game demonstrates that this franchise is still active and that a new season is possible. While present prominence does not bode well, we are not without hope. We will notify you if there is a disclosure or statement regarding a new season in the future, although our estimations place the likelihood very low. Given the production time, we may see a new season by 2024 if the show is renewed.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Plot
During the Industrial Revolution, a strange virus develops that changes affected individuals into Kabane and swiftly spreads. Kabane are vicious undead monsters who cannot be vanquished unless the shining golden heart, which is protected by an iron coating, is punctured or a vital bodily component is totally cut (such as the head). Unfortunately, most melee weapons and the bushi’s steam-powered guns are ineffective against them.
People on the island nation Hinomoto have erected fortress-like “stations” to protect themselves against these beasts. People use reinforced steam locomotives to reach the stations and transfer goods between them. A hayajiro hijacked by the kabane crashes into Aragane Station one day, and they take over the city.
A young engineer named Ikoma takes advantage of the chance to successfully test his anti-kabane weapon, the “piercing gun,” but becomes infected in the process, though he manages to fight the virus and evolves into a Kabaneri, a human-kabane hybrid. Ikoma and the other survivors of the station board a hayajiro named Ktetsujo, aided by Mumei, another Kabaneri who seems to help them, and travel to seek safety elsewhere, fighting hordes of kabane along the way.
Ikome and Mumei, like other individuals attempting to live, board the armoured train known as the Koutetsujou. The train’s target is Kongokaku, but the voyage will be difficult. When everyone on the train is terrified of Ikoma, food shortages caused by overcrowding, nervous warfare, and, of course, the ever-present menace of Kabane, Koutetsujou and his cargo are in for a long voyage.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Characters
- Ikoma (生駒) Voiced by Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese); Robbie Daymond (English): A young man employed as a steamsmith at Aragane Station. In order to destroy the Kabane, he and his good buddy Takumi created a bolt gun-like weapon known as a piercing gun. He is an extremely bright and skilled craftsman, going so far as to conceive and build a piercing rifle with enough power to breach the metal cage that surrounds a Kabane’s heart.
- Mumei (無名, lit. ’No name’) Voiced by Sayaka Senbongi (Japanese); Janice Kawaye (English): A strange and unidentified girl boards the Hayajiro Kotetsujo and arrives at Aragane Station. She is shown to be a Kabaneri as well as an extremely powerful and nimble combatant capable of easily dispatching hundreds of Kabane. She became a Kabaneri through a medical procedure as a result of Biba’s indoctrination, which convinced her that unless she got stronger, she would end up like her mother.
- Ayame Yomogawa (四方川 菖蒲, Yomogawa Ayame) Voiced by Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Veronica Taylor (English): The Yomogawa family’s eldest daughter, who oversees Aragane Station. She becomes the leader of the Aragane survivors after her father is infected. Despite her aristocratic background, she is rational and understanding, even lending the Kabaneri her blood.
- Kurusu (来栖) Voiced by Toshiki Masuda (Japanese); Jamieson Price (English): A young Bushi who works as Ayame’s personal bodyguard for the Yomogawa family. His prowess with a sword is well-known among Bushi. He is typically solemn and honest, and he preserves his Bushi honour. Despite his initial resentment of Ikoma, he gradually understands the Kabaneri’s utility and begins to admire him.
- Takumi (逞生) Voiced by Yūki Kaji (Japanese); Ben Diskin (English): Ikoma’s best buddy and fellow steam smith who assisted him in the development of his piercing rifle. He is slain by Biba near the conclusion of the series while protecting Ikoma.
- Kajika (鰍) Voiced by Kanae Oki (Japanese); Colleen O’Shaughnessey (English): A buddy and fellow steam smith of Ikoma and Takumi. A kind and caring young lady looks after the youngsters who have lost their family to the Kabane.
- Yukina (侑那) Voiced by Mariya Ise (Japanese); Abby Trott (English): A member of the Kotetsujo’s crew. A stern and reserved young lady who, although just being an apprentice, becomes the Kotetsujo’s engineer and driver out of necessity. She may harbour affections for Sukari, as indicated in the film The Battle of Unato.
- Sukari (巣刈) Voiced by Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese); Tom Gibis (English): Aragane Station’s resident steam smith. Despite his aloof demeanour, he’s a competent technician and warrior. He may harbour romantic affections towards Yukina.
- Kibito (吉備土) Voiced by Kensuke Satou (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English): A Bushi who serves the Yomogawa family. Unlike other Bushis, he’s reasonable and even friendly to the Kabaneri. He and his fellow Bushi are later given reinforced bullets that can penetrate the Kabane more easily. He is also good friends with Kurusu.
- Suzuki (鈴木) Voiced by Maxwell Powers (Japanese); Elijah Ungvary (English): The train’s chief mechanic who has hair like a 17th-century wig and speaks with English phrases. Also serves as the narrator for the series’ episode previews.
- Biba Amatori (天鳥 美馬, Amatori Biba) Voiced by Mamoru Miyano (Japanese); Roger Craig Smith (English): The Leader of the Hunters (狩方衆, Karikatashū) and the eldest son of the shōgun. Charismatic, ruthless and manipulative, he inducted Mumei in his philosophy of strength superiority, where the weak don’t deserve to live and should not even have the will to.
- Horobi (滅火) Voiced by Aya Endō (Japanese); Cissy Jones (English): A Kabaneri member of the Hunters. She is turned into a Black Fog (黒煙, Kuro Keburi) by Biba in order to destroy the Iwato Station, only for the virus to go out of control and mutate her even more. She only stops at the sight of Biba at which point he callously murders her.
- Uryuu (瓜生) Voiced by Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); Chris Niosi (English): The Captain of the Hunters, who serves under Biba Amatori.
- Kageyuki (影雪) Voiced by Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English): The erstwhile Lord of Unato Station. Five years before the Battle of Unato, he shared a close and loving relationship with his daughter, Miyuki. However, when the Station is attacked by the Kabane, he is infected with the virus.
That’s all we know. For future updates about Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress season 2, keep an eye on this space!