Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is one of the best anime of the year so far, as it brings steampunk and zombie themes together in a gloriously violent combination.
But alas, all good things must come to an end, and sadly, there is about to be no more Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress for you to watch… at least for now.
So how are you going to fill the void? You’re going to have to find something new to watch one this is over, but what if you didn’t feel like you got enough? No problem. We’ve got more than a few recommendations for similar stuff to watch if you want more like this, starting with one really, really obvious one.
Attack on Titan
This is the obvious one. First off, the staff of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is almost identical to the staff of Attack on Titan, from the ground up. The same studio, director, producer, animators, all carried over from Attack on Titan.
And not just that, we have similar themes and ideas here, as well. Both series feature a world that has basically gone into near human extinction – thanks to a natural predator that eats humans. Both series feature a main character who, fed up with the status quo, vows to wipe all of the human-eating creatures out of existence. Both series have a steampunk style – heavily featuring high-tech gear built with Old World engineering.
The similaraties go on and on and on. But perhaps the best similarity to point out is that both of these series are very good, and are ultimately about humanity fighting for the right to survival. Attack on Titan is twice as long, and thus has some pacing problems later in the season, but it’s still a must-watch.
Seraph of the End
Much like Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, humanity is trapped under a cruel reign by supernatural creatures that eclipse them in strength.
In this case, it’s vampires, who use a virus that kills everybody older than age 13 as an excuse to rule humanity with a protection scheme. Humans must submit to having their blood taken regularly by said vampires, or die.
This creates a psuedo-slavery system in which the vampires brutal rule goes unchecked. That is, until one boy rises up to take vengeance against the creatures that slaughtered his family.
Theming is a little different in Parasyte. The world setting is mostly a normal one, not an apocalyptic one. At least not entirely – the world is in the midst of an alien invasion.
These aliens infiltrate and take over the brains of their hosts, and can morph their human hosts into all sorts of monstrosities to feed on other humans. The main character of the show somehow has the parasitic power, but has not allowed it to take over his brain, so now he is trying to fight fire with fire.
In Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, the assault on humanity is as open and overt as it could possibly be. In Tokyo Ghoul, it’s a bit more subtle.
It still involves human-like creatures who need to feast on human flesh, but unlike Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, these creatures actually maintain a mostly human-like disposition and appearance, allowing them to infiltrate normal society.
So the battle for humanity in this case is an undercover one. It’s still a battle for humanity.
Yet another series from the same group of people that made Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and Attack on Titan, you won’t be shocked to hear this has a lot of the same features as well.
Post-apocalyptic setting, organization that rules with an iron fist to fill the power void, main character with a special power and an unbreakable will to fight back. It’s all there.
Guilty Crown is probably the weakest series of the three from this team, but it’s still well above average. If you watched Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and Attack on Titan and still want more, this is as close as you’ll probably get until Attack on Titan season 2.
Again, the same situation. Humanity lives in a heavily-fortified area, trying to survive against an overpowered enemy force that wants to eat them to death.
Only a few people, called God Eaters, can combat the mysterious Aragami that now threaten to wipe humanity off the map.
Gratuitous action sequences highlight this series, though you’ll probably note the tone is a little bit more shonen action-friendly than the darker Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
So a parasitic virus threatens to wipe out humanity by warping them into monsters that attack other humans. Humanity responds by cordoning itself off in huge walled cities.
Sounding familiar yet?
It gets better. Humanity has decided that the best way to fight back against this new threat is to use the power of the virus against it. Children born with the virus, called “cursed children,” can keep control of their bodies and use them to fight back against the Gastrea, the force that threatens to wipe them out.
High School of the Dead
Okay, it’s not a one-to-one comparison. But maybe your thing is just that you want to watch cool people fight zombies.
If that’s what you got out of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, then this is a fine parallel for you. Just replace the steampunk weaponry with swords, the iron-hearted Kabane with regular zombies, and dial the boob fanservice up to 17 out of a possible 5, and bam, that’s High School of the Dead.
If you wanted something a little more serious, look to one of the other seven above.