Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Drama CDs Tie Into Game With New Story

posted on by Karen Ressler
Epilogue drama CDs to be distributed at compilation film screenings

Noitamina revealed additional details on its drama CDs for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress on Thursday. The staff will release the original epilogue story, titled "Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Shigure no Yume" (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Dream of the Late Autumn Shower), on two CDs as special gifts for attendees of the two compilation film screenings in their respective first weeks. The main cast is returning for the CDs.

In addition, the drama CD story will tie-in with a Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress game that is in development from DMM Games. The staff describe the CD as having "important story developments that connect the game with the original anime's sequel."

DMM Games' Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress game is slated for winter 2017. It will be a turn-based RPG that takes place after the end of the anime, and will include familiar characters such as Ikoma and Mumei. The game will also add original characters designed at Wit Studio, the animation studio behind the original anime. Junpei Kasaoka, who handled the overall setting of the anime and wrote the Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Akatsuki (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Daybreak) novel, is writing the game's story.

Noitamina also revealed on Thursday that a new Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime has been greenlit and is slated for 2018.

The compilation films will open for two weeks each in Japanese theaters. The first film will premiere on December 31 and the second is slated for January 7.

The "steampunk survival action" story takes place on the island country Hinomoto, where humans hide themselves in fortresses called stations against the threat of zombie-like beings with steel hearts known as "Kabane." Only armored locomotives known as "Hayajiro" go between the stations.

The original television anime premiered on April 7 and ended on July 1. The second episode was delayed due to special news coverage of the Kumamoto earthquake on April 15. The series' broadcast resumed one week later with the second episode.

The anime reunited director Tetsuro Araki and Wit Studio, the team responsible for Attack on Titan. Code Geass creator Ichiro Okouchi wrote the scripts. Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross 7, Gunbuster) designed the original characters, and Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Aldnoah.Zero) composed the music.

The series streamed on Amazon Prime Video worldwide in countries that have the service. Crunchyroll announced plans to release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America with an English dub, and Funimation is now handling the release as part of the two companies' partnership.

Update: More information added about the game.

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