23rd Animation Division Jury Selections
KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS: THE BATTLE OF UNATO
Animated feature film
ARAKI Tetsuro [Japan]
Sequel to a TV anime show broadcast in 2016. During the industrial revolution, Kabane, immortal monsters that proliferate by biting humans and turning them into more Kabane, suddenly appear. Protagonist Ikoma and his Kabane-fighting friends on the armored steam locomotive Kotetsujo arrive at Unato, an abandoned mine station facing the Sea of Japan. The battle is rendered realistically with powerful combat depictions and beautiful backgrounds.