Technically, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress isn’t a remake, but an adaptation made by the same studio that created Attack on Titan. But, if you watch the show, there is a CLEAR similarity between the two shows. So, screw it.
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. Based on Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga, Shingeki no Kyojin follows Eren, along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before the last walls are breached.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri)
As the world is in the middle of an industrial revolution, a monster appears that cannot be defeated unless its heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. By infecting humans with its bite, the monster can create aggressive and undead creatures known as Kabane. On the island Hinomoto, located in the far east, people have built stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the station, as well as transport wares between them, with the help of a locomotive running on steam, called Hayajiro. Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu in order to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikoma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for.
Attack on Titan – Many plot twists and betrayals. The show provided interesting backstories and explanations.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Like Attack on Titan, there were many plot twists. Very captivating plot and action sequences.
Attack on Titan – A lot of major character death. The main characters were cool, I guess. Personally, I thought Eren was a huge tool.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – The characters were more likeable, with the exception of Murumi. Didn’t really like her character much. However, this show did provide an awesome main character (Ikoma).
Attack on Titan – Pretty good.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Not very consistent. Sometimes it was good, and sometimes it was just terrible.
Attack on Titan – Beautiful.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Really eye-catching and spectacular.
Attack on Titan – Only when Armin showed up.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – My moe detector did not go off while watching this anime.
Attack on Titan – I’ve never seen anything like it. The character backstories are a little cliche, but every thing else is definitely creative.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Although this series is obviously based on AoT, it’s original in its own unique way. I like how the creators incorprated the idea of steam-powered machines and used it to create a steampunk spin on Attack on Titan.
Attack on Titan – Unless you count the butt-naked Titans (I don’t), there is little to none.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Naked corpses, if you guys are into that kind of thing.
Attack on Titan – Linked Horizon = AWESOME
The opening theme is legendary. It definitely fits the theme of the show.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – I’m probably going to trigger a bunch of people by saying this, but I think this soundtrack blows Attack on Titan’s OST out of the water. The whole “I am Kabaneri” scene at the beginning of the opening theme was epic!
Attack on Titan – Does Levi count?
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – This guy. He’s an asshole. A very hot asshole.
Attack on Titan – Funny at times, though humor isn’t really expected because of the characters’ situations.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Not really funny.
Attack on Titan – Weapons? Badass.
Fighting scenes? Totally badass.
Levi? THE KING OF BADASSERY.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – This show has his own Levi, and his name is Ikoma. He may have been kinda wimpy at first, but he turns into a complete badass.
Oh, and if you thought the weapons from Aot were awesome, you should check out the ones from Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. They’re even better.
I thought both shows were very interesting and exciting to watch. However, I have to say that I though Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress was a better anime. Overall, the show provided much more substance than its predecessor. So, for all you AoT fans out there, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress if definitely a must-watch.