I loved Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress’ first eleven episodes. But the last episode?
I’m not saying it’s terrible. I am saying I was disappointed. After the show built anticipation to a feverish pitch, it fumbled as it crossed the finish line.
All is not lost! I’ve come up with three changes that would redeem the final episode and turn it into a fitting end of the series.
If you haven’t watched the last episode yet, stop right now! There are spoilers below!
So, Biba injected Ikoma with the white blood? When? Forget when, why? Biba was a ruthless, brutal, murderous monster who leveled cities. And I’m supposed to believe that he suddenly grew a heart and helped his enemy? What is Biba, the Grinch? Did his heart suddenly grow 3 sizes (starting at about 2:50)?
I couldn’t buy that.
My first change would be to keep Biba consistent and murderous until he’s dead.
As an alternative, the show could have foreshadowed more self-doubt and creeping humility in Biba. As it is, though, only the last episode would have to change if we keep Biba consistent and brutal.
First, I want to give credit to the show for letting Mumei put the knife in Biba. Ikoma took the fight as far as he could, but it was up to Mumei to finish it.
If we change Biba so he doesn’t willingly give up the white blood, my second change would be this: Biba tries to inject himself with the white blood, Mumei forcibly stops him. So not only does she confront her fears to take him down, she also saves Ikoma in the process.
But of course, Ikoma was unconscious.
So what did they do?
They threw him through the air.
An unconscious, injured man.
They threw him. Into the canvas.
If he had hit wrong, he could have snapped his neck.
Or tangled one arm so he could cartwheel onto the track — and under the train. There are just too many ways that could have gone wrong!
If they absolutely couldn’t stop the Koutetsujou, having Mumei carry Ikoma (princess style!) and leap into the canvas would have worked for me. Or having Kurusu leap onto the train, catch Ikoma as Mumei threw him to her — that would have worked, too.
But just flinging his limp body?
No. Just no.
In my (not so) humble opinion, I think those three changes would have made for a more dramatic ending. I think that ending would have given Mumei’s character arc more punch.
And Biba would still be dead!
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What do you think of my three ideas? Helpful? Not so much? What are your ideas?