I don’t have all that much to say about the new episode of Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, to be honest. Why? Because if I did, it would probably have to include quite a bit of nitpicking all the nonsensical and just plain dumb things that go on in this series every week. If you’re not going to talk about that, in truth we’re not looking at a whole lot of analysis here. Just sit back and bask in the glorious stupidity, because it’s quite a fun ride.
I’ve mentioned it before, but the reason this is tolerable is that there’s no pretentiousness with Koutetsujou. It doesn’t seem interested in justifying any of the stuff that makes no sense – there are no explanations for why the guy who speaks English has a Japanese name (or why he speaks English at all), or why a pack of hungry kabane dutifully leave Ikoma more or less intact rather than rip him to pieces.
Of course, some of this flannel is pretty major – like a bunch of kabane somehow having the ability to turn into a gestalt monster built around a single one. No, it makes no sense – but it makes for a good show and that seems to be all Araki and Okouchi are concerned about. I especially loved the shot of the individual kabane being blasted into the air by the “48 cannon” what’s-his-name (in this show, it’s hard to remember the names of anybody apart from Ikoma and Mumei) and landing in a spray pattern. I mean yeah, there’s a lot here that’s just… (I mean, why does the “Fused Colony” lay back long enough to let the humans hatch a plan in the first place?), but it makes for a good spectacle. And rally – isn’t that why most of us are watching?