Fans of the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress series have a new way of revisiting the project through streaming thanks to Crunchyroll. They’ve now added the two compilation films, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Light That Gathers and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Life That Burns to their lineup. Both are available in their original Japanese language with English subtitles and are available to viewers in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.
The films were produced to provide an ease of access to the original film, Battle of Unato, that came later. It does feature some new footage to them.
The series was an interesting from a design perspective as it reunited some Attack on Titan colleagues with director Tetsuro Araki and writer Ichiro Okouchi. Okouchi is the main force behind the original Code Geass story and most of its spinoffs as well as having done the first two Berserk features for their screenplays.
The Japanese cast included Tasuku Hatanaka as Ikoma, Sayaka Senbongi as Mumei, Maaya Uchida as Ayame, Toshiki Masuda as Kurusu, Yuuki Kaji as Takumi, Kanae Oki as Kajika, Mariya Ise as Yukina, Ryota Ohsaka as Sukari, Kensuke Satou as Kibito and Mamoru Miyano as Biba.
Plot Concept: The world is overrun with Kabane, infected humans with an appetite for flesh. While the last of humanity has retreated into fortress-like stations connected by armored trains, some remain as hopeful as Ikoma. Servicing the trains for a living, Ikoma uses his spare time to build a weapon that could defeat the Kabane. Unapologetically optimistic, he eagerly awaits the day when he can test it. When a train is hijacked by the Kabane, he may finally get his chance. But an unexpected turn of events puts him in a situation that will test not only his weapon but his own humanity.