Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Episode 8

The strong shall survive, while the weak shall die. One of nature’s law for evolution. This, in itself, is not entirely wrong. Death has, and will always be, part of the cycle of life. Needless to say, everyone of us will experience this plane of existence at a later age. Then does the prospect of death make us weak? No, not really. Strength is multiplied by numbers. A lone person cannot survive just by believing in his own abilities nor fate. No man is an island, after all, and this led us to thrive and evolve into the top of the food chain.

Having said that, I think I pretty much understand Ikoma’s concern and actions during this episode. He’s pretty straightforward to a fault, but I can’t blame him for this — it’s what makes him a hero even from the very start of the show. As it turns out, his hunch about Biba is on point — he’s a madman in disguise. A person who kills without hesitation is suspicious enough; much more if that person is smiling like the reaper himself.

It’s too early to speculate Biba’s intention as this episode practically dragged us with its pacing. At first we’ve seen in awe how the Hunters one-sidedly wipe the invading kabane like it was nothing, then next we find ourselves in the thick of some mysterious conspiracy involving Biba and the shogun. If I have to guess, his bloodlust seems to be driven by revenge. We’ve gotten a hint that they were left to die in order of the shogun. Unfortunately, this obviously backfired as Biba takes on the job of a mass murderer and heads out to kill anyone who is involved and whoever obstructs his plan. This and his “scheme” using an organism of kabane that, for some reason, has the ability to turn a human into a kabaneri is still clouded in mystery. I won’t be surprised if he turns out to be a kabaneri. I actually hope he is. At least that will serve as an excuse for his love of murder.

I’m sure I’ve said this before but I guess it’s apt to say it again. The kabane is not the actual enemy, but rather, it’s humanity itself. I like to think that the kabane is just there to act as a catalyst and instill insanity to everyone. In the face of great adversary, the line between what is wrong and what is right is easily blurred. Moral ambiguity is fairly common in post-apocalyptic settings, and Kabaneri just happens to bring this theme with a different kind of twist.

Well, this episode felt so-so (aside from those awesome steampunk action which I think Kabaneri should just focus more on). Maybe because at this point of the show, it’s safe to assume that Biba’s going to be the final boss. I’m just getting curious as to what his plan is. I like to think he’s on the side of the kabane; plotting to spread the scourge of the kabane and turn everyone into a kabaneri, or maybe overthrowing the shogunate’s power. Whatever it is, it’s not looking good for our crew.

6 Replies to “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Episode 8”

    1. Actually, Kabaneri has always been subjected to criticisms of bad writing with all the glaring plot holes and whatnot. Regardless it’s still a pretty entertaining show.

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  1. Honestly, I was a fan of how Biba was introduced, so I’m curious what his story ends up being. We got hints at his complicated relationship with the Shogun this week, so it sounds like he might actually have a good reason for the way he is. Still remains to be seen, though.

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    1. He reminds of Griffith a LOT though. And yes, I think there’s more to his backstory than that of his relationship with the shogun. Revenge really is not enough to explain his bloodlust. Probably his pride got wounded when the shogun thought they can kill him? In the first place why do they want him dead? Idk :/ there’s a lot to digest from this episode alone.


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