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Today marks the 1st of what will be another long, arduous semester at Butte College as I try to knock out the majority of the core classes that makes up the Radio/TV/Film degree that I seek. With me having to stay at college from 8:00 AM to roughly 6:00 PM Monday thru Thursday every week until May 25th, the free time that I had is essentially gone, and with that being said, I will not be as active on this site. Fear not, for I will try to get in a hour or two every night on the days that I am at college after I complete my assignments and yes, I will be active like I usually am on the weekends (depending on either assignments or events that might interfere with my schedule).

With the return of college, my ability to perform the assorted Wiki Submissions that I am currently working on for three series will be limited for now and most likely will be moved to Friday/Saturday/Sunday if my schedule allows. I am currently working on various "large" submissions for Highschool DxD (manga + character pages), Sora no Otoshimono (character pages + new volume pages when Vol. 13/14 are released), and several smaller edits for Aria the Scarlet Ammo (character page work and main page work?), Kampfer (manga, resume work on Volume One), KanoKon (manga, doing volumes + info), Triage X (manga, for images), an "secret" project that I was helping sotyfan16 with, getting back into an active role for work in TEAM BEELZEBUB on Beelzebub with my three project teammates, and perhaps get to tweaking some character pages that relate to my recent edits (see above).

Wish me luck in my upcoming endeavors...and hopefully I can survive this tough semester (18 units) while still being a active contributor to AnimeVice with both my Wiki and Forum Mod work.

Upcoming Work

Series to Work On:What Needs to Be DoneSchedule (TBA/TBD)
Sora no Otoshimono Vol. 12 JPN (Jun 2011)
Sora no Otoshimono Vol. 12 JPN (Jun 2011)
1. Sora no Otoshimono (Manga)
Tomoki, Sohara, Ikaros, Eishiro, Mikako pages need to be reworked or completed.
Updates to Astraea, Chaos, Nymph, and Man of Synapse pages.
Add/Create Volume 13 and 14 when they "officially" come out.
Start:
1/28/2012
End: TBD
Highschool DxD (Contents Page)
Highschool DxD (Contents Page)
2. Highschool DxD (Manga)
Continue work on Issei Hyoudou's page and get to work on Rias Gremory, Koneko
Tojo, Asia Argento, Yuto Kiba, and Akeno Himejima pages.
Resume work for Volume One and Two (manga)
Start:
1/28/2012
End: TBD
Natsuru (Kampfer)
Natsuru (Kampfer)
3. Kampfer (Manga)
Resume postponed work on Volume One, prep Volumes 2-4 for upcoming work.
Go back and make adjustments/edits for character pages and add content.
Start: 1/28/2012
End: TBD
Chizuru Minamoto
Chizuru Minamoto
4. KanoKon (Manga)
Work on Volume One, look into work for other volumes.
Add basic info to the majority of character pages and submit new content.
Start: 2/4/2012 (?)
End: TBD
Triage X (Volume Three Cover)
Triage X (Volume Three Cover)
5. Triage X (Manga)






Furuichi, Oga, and Beel
Furuichi, Oga, and Beel
ONE PIECE
ONE PIECE
6. Beelzebub (Anime)





7. One Piece
(Anime)
Mainly add images (if needed). Minor work on pages as well (only if needed)








Catch up to where TEAM BEELZEBUB is at and contribute images & minor edits.






Work on pages related to Baroque Works Saga (and Alabasta)
Start: 1/27/2012
End: TBD







(See Above)







(1/31/2012)
Aria the Scarlet Ammo
Aria the Scarlet Ammo
8. Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Anime)
Do work on Episode pages.
Perform work on several Character pages that are lacking in content/format
Start: 1/27/2012
End: TBD
Quiet! 'Tis a Secret!
Quiet! 'Tis a Secret!
9. Secret Project (powered by sotyfan16 and others)
Contribute to Project (via images, minor work on character pages or volume pages)Start: TBA (?)
End: TBD

Reading

As of now, I am on Volume Two of the four volumes included in the Highschool of the Dead: Full Color Edition Vol. One that I purchased last year.

Highschool of the Dead Full Color Edition Vol 1 JPN (Feb 2011)
Highschool of the Dead Full Color Edition Vol 1 JPN (Feb 2011)
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Something I've noticed popping up quite a bit in anime recently is gender bending, an interesting concept to say the least. Is it more popular than it used to be? Or has it always been present to the extent it is right now?

    
 Your breasts can cause more trouble than you might think
 Your breasts can cause more trouble than you might think
I bring this up mostly because I recently watched through Kampfer, an anime about a guy who wakes up one morning to find he's transformed into a girl... he then finds out his tiger plushie can talk, but that's beside the point. He'd been transformed into a girl because he'd been chosen to be a 'Kampfer', a being born to fight other Kampfers, but the catch is all Kampfers are female, hence the transformation. Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed the series, goofy and ridiculous as it was.

Not long after that I saw some artwork for the second season of Seikon no Qwaser, and to my surprise (I'd forgotten about the teaser at the end of the first season...) the main character in that show appears to be a woman now too!
I think it's actually quite an interesting concept, watching as the character has to adjust to their lives as the opposite sex, and deal with all the funny and awkward situations that arise from it.

There was also the character 'Charles' in Infinite Stratos who was disguised as a boy, but turned out to be a girl, only to the surprise of the other characters in the series of course, as it was obvious all along to the viewer. I'm know this counts as a 'trap' rather than gender bending, but in many ways it's a similar premise.

I'm sure many of you can think of other recent examples.

So, what are your thoughts on this, has this sort of thing become more popular recently? Do you like the idea in general?
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Hello, my fellow AnimeVice members. Welcome to my second part of my first full-fledged attempt at a blog review of the hit harem/ecchi-action anime Kampfer (2009). If you have not read the first part of my review, please go to my blog page and look it up (My Impressions: Kampfer [Part One] [Remastered]) first before reading this review. Again, I will try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but whatever spoilers that are revealed will be hidden behind the "Spoiler Warning! " banner. This part of the review goes into greater detail and into deeper logic to help those better understand the themes and logic of the show. Enjoy!
 

4. The Moderator's War and Creation of Kampfers

 The reason behind the existance of Kampfers and why they must always fight against fellow Kampfers of the other side is a complicated one, full of speculation and unknown factors. The following information (containing some plot spoilers) roughly explains the war that the Moderators fought with each other, why Kampfers were created, and why they must fight against each other to represent each faction. It is revealed later in the anime the series of events that led to the creation of Kampfers and why they must fight the war that the Moderators had once fought among themselves.

5. The Bracelet of Oath

The Bracelet of Oath is a small, crown-edged metallic bracelet that resides on each Kampfer's right wrist. The bracelet comes in three different colors: Red, Blue, and White. This represents the Kampfer's faction, their allegiance, and signals when the transformation to their Kampfer form whenever the bracelet begins to glow brightly. For Natsuru, this means that his transformation into his female form is imminent, and that he goes and finds a area away from those who do not know about Kampfers so they do not witness his change of gender.  

6. Transformations (Explained)

Natsuru after finishing the change to his female Kampfer form
Natsuru after finishing the change to his female Kampfer form
The transformation process is what turns the selected person into a Kampfer in order to use their granted abilities against their enemies. Each Kampfer's power resides in the small, colored bracelet called the Bracelet of Oath; which is attached to their right wrist. Most of those who are chosen to become Kampfers are already female in gender, but it seems that Natsuru is apperently the first ever guy to be chosen to become a Kampfer. Since the person must be of the female sex to have full access to their granted powers, Natsuru must first change into a female version of himself in order to use his Zauber-Type Kampfer abilities. The indicator that the gender change for him is going to occur within a short period is when his Bracelet of Oath starts to brightly glow a bluish hue, essentially warning him that the change is about to occur and to go somewhere secure so that someone who does not know about the existence of Kampfers can not witness the transformation. 

7. The Three Types of Kampfers

There are three types of Kampfers created by the Moderators that exist in the show. Below is the list of those types,  who possesses them, and what powers does that type grants the user.
 
 Gewehr-Type
 Gewehr-Type
1. Gewehr-Type: This Kampfer has the ability to use various guns in battle. Akane Mishima (Blue) is a Gewehr-type and has access to a 1911 .45 Caliber Pistol when in her Kampfer form.     
 
 
 
 
 
 Zauber-Type
 Zauber-Type
 2. Zauber-Type: This Kampfer has the ability to use either magical fire or powerful energy attacks in battle. Natsuru Seno (Blue) is a Zauber-type and has access to magical fire attacks when in his female Kampfer form. 
 

  
   
 Schwert-Type
 Schwert-Type
 
3. Schwert-Type: This Kampfer has the ability to use deadly melee-based bladed weapons in battle. Both Shizuku Sango (Red) and Mikoto Kondo (Red) are Schwert-types; with Shizuku using twin daggers connected on a long chain and Mikoto wielding a deadly Japanese katana when they are in their Kampfer forms.  
 


8. Conclusion

In conclusion, Kampfer will entertain some with some of the wacky humor and others with the sexually-charged moments. This anime is full of great fan-service (if you are into those type of shows) and even when the plot and story sometimes falls flat, the mostly-interesting plight of Natsuru Seno and his Kampfer ordeal will keep you interested in the show. Not recommended for those who fail to appreciate the ecchi/harem aspects of the show.
 
The Good: Interesting characters, cool concepts, lots of fan-service to be found, several fast-paced action scenes, great graphical style.
The Bad: Stumbling plot, story never fully expands into it's potential, some dull moments, suffers from dissapointing moments, somewhat hit-or-miss pacing, show seems somewhat rushed and is confusing at times, Natsuru seems too much like a girl at times even when in his male form.

Final Score: 3.75 Stars out of 5 Possible Stars.
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Hello, my fellow AnimeVice members. Welcome to my first blog review of one of the anime series that I have recently finished! In this blog, I will discuss the anime show Kampfer (2009), which is a 12 episode series that will appeal to most harem and ecchi fans. I will try to make this a spoiler-free as possible, but whatever spoilers do appear, they will be cloaked behind the spoiler banner. Enjoy! 
 
Kampfer: Superpowered Girls at Play
Kampfer: Superpowered Girls at Play

1. The Plot (Beginning)

 The main plot revolves around a male high school student by the name of Natsuru Seno, a average blue-haired boy who attends Seitetsu Gakuin High School and lives alone. One night, he has this strange dream, in which he is being pursued by a red-headed girl who is trying to kill him with her pistol. In his dream, he manages to escape from his pursuer and return to safety. However, when he awakes in the middle of the night, Natsuru is shocked to discover that he has mysteriously turned into a girl, saying "My chest has gotten bigger!" as he tries to come to grips with the current situation that he finds himself in. He is even more shocked after the stuffed tiger doll (Disembowled Tiger) that his high-school crush Kaede gave to him starts talking to him, telling him that he has been chosen by the moderators to be a blue Kampfer, a female super-warrior that fights against rival Kampfers to battle for the Moderators. Disembowled Tiger tells him that he is his messenger, to help advise and assist him in times of need. Displeased with this revelation, Natsuru wishes that this was all a bad dream, that none of this was true, and as he lays back down on his bed, Disembowled Tiger crawls onto him and with a mighty blow, knocks Natsuru out cold. When he wakes up, he is relieved to see that he was still a boy, and that what happened last night was a bad dream, but this logic gets tossed out the window when he notices a bright blue bracelet on his wrist, the bracelet that brands him as a Kampfer.  

Waking up to find out that you are now a girl must really be a embarrasing hit to your manhood
Waking up to find out that you are now a girl must really be a embarrasing hit to your manhood


 Thus starts the adventures of Natsuru as he not only has been chosen to become a Kampfer, but now faces the issue of transforming into his female self in front of others who do not know about Kampfers when danger arises.  
 
 The plot of Kampfer might be the single issue I have with the show, for at times it stumbles around blindly (leaving the viewer perplexed) and in some episodes it shines. This can be a slight issue for rookie anime viewers, but seasoned viewers can overlook this issue and keep up with the story.   

Plot: 3.5/5 Stars

2. Main/Supporting Characters (Mostly Spoiler-Free)

Natsuru comes to know several other individuals during the course of his adventures as he learns the ropes of what it takes to be a Kampfer. Listed below is the side characters, the other Kampfers that he comes across for the duration of the show, along with the messengers that play a key side-role in Kampfer. 
 
Natsuru Seno
Natsuru Seno
1. Natsuru Seno: A average male student in his second year at Seitetsu Gakuin High School, Natsuru is the main protagonist in the Kampfer show. He has a very strong crush on fellow classmate Kaede Sakura (one of the school beauties) that tends to make him very single-minded with his feelings for other women. When it comes to other women, especially his feelings for Akane, Shizuku, and Mikoto, he seems to ignore those and put his attention to Kaede. He was choosen by the Moderators to become a Blue Zauber-Type Kampfer who can wield the power of fire for battle. Becoming a Kampfer, however, means that Natsuru must change into a girl before he can use his powers, and his change into a female Kampfer is triggered when other Kampfers (especially the Reds) or serious danger is around. After his female form is revealed at school after battling with Shizuku, he is enrolled into the female side of the high school (which keeps the two genders of students apart). He unfortunately becomes a subject of intense affection from Kaede (who shows little to no interest in his male form) and by both the female student body (all who wish for him to swear a oath of sisterhood to them) and the boys at school.
 
Akane Mishima
Akane Mishima
2. Akane Mishima: The school librarian and the first of several friends that Natsuru gains after he becomes a Kampfer. She is also a Blue Kampfer (Gewher-Type who wields a 1911 .45 Pistol) and changes from a timid, shy girl into a tough, foul-mouthed girl who is too trigger happy for her own good. She tells Natsuru more about what being a Kampfer is than his messenger Disembowled Tiger does, revealing that he is a Zauber-Type (A magic-wielding Kamper who shoots either fire or beams of energy from his hands when attacking). Natsuru is Akane's first male friend and after awhile she begins to harbor strong feeling about him. She usually becomes very envious and irritable whenever he talks about other girls (such as his high school crush Kaede) or whenever another girl seems to take interest in him. 
 
 
Shizuku Sango
Shizuku Sango
3. Shizuku Sango: The president of the Student Council on the female side of the high school, one of the three "Beauties" of Seitetsu, and a model student with a flawless record of attendance. She is a member of the Red Kampfers (battle enemies of the Blue Kampfers) and has the powers of a Schwert-Type Kampfer (she wields twin daggers that are connected to each other on a long chain), and yet after battling against Natsuru and Akane several times, they call a truce among themselves and team up to expose the Moderator's true intentions. She too develops strong feeling for Natsuru (she prefers his male form) and tries to gain his affection by giving romantic hints and even going as far as to make out with him in front of Sakura. Her advances, however, are treated with suspicion and mistrust by Natsuru, who still seeks the love of Kaede and treats her romantic advances as if she was up to something.
 
 Mikoto Kondo
 Mikoto Kondo
4. Mikoto Kondo: Natsuru's childhood friend who usually lives abroad (due to the fact that her father is a avid archaeologist) and returns to the high school after being away for a long trip. She is not afraid to do things that most people would have second thoughts about  the danger involved ahead due to the rugged lifestyle that she experenced as a archaeologist.  She has a big love of curry, and almost all of her meals consist of eating curry. Not originally a Kampfer when the story begins, she becomes one after catching a bundle of flowers that Kaede had thrown at the school festival and coming into contact with the messenger hidden within. She has very strong feelings for Natsuru and become quite bothered when she discovers another girl at school who goes by the same name (which is Natsuru in his female Kampfer form) until the big misunderstanding is later cleared up. She grows extremely nervous and jumpy when seeing the romantic advances of Akane and Shizuku on Natsuru, thinking that it is hurting her chances to be with him.  She is, like Shizuku, a Schwert-Type Red Kampfer, the only exception is that she wields a deadly katana .
 
 Kaede Sakura
 Kaede Sakura
5. Kaede Sakura: One of the three "Beauties of Seitetsu" and the childhood friend of Shizuku Sango, she has a mass of admirers at the high school (Natsuru being one among them). She boasts a massive collection of stuffed Zomotsu Animal dolls and she tends to share her dolls with her new friends at school. She wants nothing to do with Natsuru's male form (much to his dismay), but begins to develop a major crush on his female form soon after he saved her from a attacking Akane back in the beginning of the show. She seems to think that the male Natsuru is trying to score with the female Natsuru, and thus becomes his rival for the female Natsuru's affection.  This leads to her becoming more hostile towards him at high school (again to his dismay). 

3. The Messengers of Kampfer

Given to Natsuru and his friends by Kaede Sakura, these dolls (infused with the power of the Moderators) are given to those choosen to become Kampfers and act as their guides and advisors to their new life. Listed are the messengers that appear in Kampfer:
 
Disembowled Tiger
Disembowled Tiger
1. Disembowled Tiger: The tiger messenger doll originally given to Natsuru Seno by Kaede Sakura, he acts as both a guide and advisor to Natsuru after he becomes a Kampfer. A tiger doll with a eye-patch over it's one eye from the Entrails Animal dolls line, it loves to watch the anime show Sazae-san.
 
 
 
Suicidal Black Rabbit
Suicidal Black Rabbit
2. Suicidal Black Rabbit: The rabbit messenger doll given to Akane Mishima by Kaede Sakura, he also acts as a advisor and guide for Akane and her Kampfer situation. A black rabbit doll that features blood-red eyes and a dribble of blood from the mouth, he speaks in a very sarcastic tone and loves to watch pornography when no one is around.
 
 

 
Electrocuted Wildcat
Electrocuted Wildcat
3. Electrocuted Wildcat: The messenger doll given to Shizuku Sango by Kaede Sakura, it also acts as a advisor and guide for Shizuku and her Kampfer situation. A white wildcat doll that has bristling hairs, it enjoys to watch baseball games and the Hanshin Tigers play.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Strangled Stray Dog
 Strangled Stray Dog
4. Strangled Stray DogThe messenger doll given to Mikoto Kondo by Kaede Sakura, she acts as a advisor and guide for Mikoto and her Kampfer situation. A yellow dog with a belt tightly strapped around it's neck, it talks in a very soft, subdued voice and currently enjoys watching rare commercials from other countries. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Burnt Alive Lion: The oldest messenger in the hands of Kaede Sakura after she got it by mere chance (for it was a older doll and hard to find). It serves as a link between the Moderators and Kaede, although it sleeps most of the time due to its age. It has the apperence of a burnt lion, and does not speak much.
 
In my opinion, the cast of Kampfer is both entertaining and diverse. The humor that emerges from the Akane/Shizuku/Mikoto clashes over who has the right to be the affection of Natsuru is priceless (just see the top picture at the top of the review to see what I mean) n_n  

Characters: 4.5/5

***(This concludes the 1st Part of my 2 Part blog review of Kampfer. Look for Part 2 tomorrow!)***
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