All right, boys. So how do we make Kabaneri interesting again?
Easy. Let’s kill Takumi!
Ehh!? We should include Ikoma too because he’s the MC and our viewers can be sure he’ll be back next episode with some newly acquired supah powah!
Well done, Kabaneri. Just… well done.
Honestly, I should’ve taken Kabaneri with a grain of salt from the start they tangent off the zombie-action wild-ride. The former arc of the series is probably one of the season’s best. The latter? Eh, not so much. I just love how Kabaneri kept the steam hot and gave us a thrilling blast with that train chase in the end and, by all means, it would have been more entertaining if they followed the same track. Sadly, we’re reduced to swallowing the prospect of humans vs humans backdrop which… doesn’t sound flashy.
Biba’s debut is indeed festive and intriguing but how he forcefully sells his villainy to us just feels cheap. It’s kinda like Kabaneri‘s bad attempt at giving us a final boss and, well, it doesn’t seem to be working all too well. Even his supposedly backstory of revenge isn’t selling. Heck, anyone can probably be tagged as an “antagonist” if you’re smart enough to link “mass murderer” and “villain” together. As I feared, there really isn’t that much of a substance for his motives and it just made the revelation even more underwhelming. Biba, dude, killing innocent people won’t make you any better than your otou-san. For the sake of all good things Kabaneri has to offer, at least I’m happy to know that Gaijin-san is up and kicking. We haven’t seen (or heard) much of him from these past few episodes and his off-kilter way of announcing his presence is a saving grace from Kabaneri‘s recent ass pulls. Really, I guess if I’m finding Gaijin-san more interesting than that of what’s happening is probably one of the indications that the show is going downhill.
Don’t get me wrong. I still like Kabaneri with all of its 80s visuals and steam-punk theme. It’s just that for a show that started with a BANG, it’s truly disappointing to see it fall short in the end. The sloppy writing and execution would have been more bearable if they just stuck with the humans vs kabane formula but, oh well, I guess we just have to give Kabaneri one last chance to redeem itself. Who knows, Ikoma and the crew may be hiding something up their sleeves for their last hurrah! And no, I’m not talking about that brainwashing crap. Please, no more of that.
*I intended to keep this post short. Too tired I’m thinking of increasing the word amount next season as part of my plan of stepping out my output.