Netflix Adds Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato Anime Film on September 13
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Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming the Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film on September 13.
The film opened in Japan on May 10 and screened for a two-week limited engagement. The film opened at #10 at the box office in Japan and topped the mini-theater ranking in its opening weekend. The anime previously debuted on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in Japan.
The film features a returning cast, and Shinichiro Miki plays the new character Kageyuki.
Tetsuro Araki returned to direct the film at Wit Studio, and is also the film's scriptwriter. Code Geass creator Ichiro Okouchi, who wrote the TV series' scripts, is credited with organization. Haruhiko Mikimoto (Macross 7, Gunbuster) is credited with the original character design, and Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Aldnoah.Zero) returned to compose the music. Shochiku Media Division distributed the film. EGOIST performed the theme song "Sakase ya Sakase."
The film's story focuses on the character Mumei. The film follows a battle between humans and Kabaneri at Haikō Station on the coast of the Sea of Japan, half a year after the story of the original television anime series. The official website for the anime lists the film as the "middle volume."
The original Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress television anime aired from April to July 2016. The series streamed on Amazon Prime Video with English subtitles as it aired in Japan. The series has also received two compilation films that premiered in December 2016 and January 2017 in Japan. The two films covered the anime's first season with some new and enhanced scenes. Crunchyroll screened the films in North American theaters in April 2017.
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.
Thanks to Eric Potter for the news tip.
Source: Netflix's NX Twitter account