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Kämpfer’s story revolves around Senou Natsuru, an average high school student who is thrown into a conflict involving female Kämpfer fighting for ultimate supremacy. A stuffed tiger named 'Harikiri Tora' gives him everything he needs to know about the situation at hand, and he has to follow one strange rule: only females can participate. So poor Natsuru has to transform into a girl via a special bracelet on his left forearm. Natsuru has to deal with other Kämpfer that are also involved in the struggle, whether they are after him/her, or make unlikely allies and figure out the mysteries between the Kämpfer and the Moderators that manipulate them.
As interesting as that sounds, Kämpfer’s storyline is its weakest aspect. The first few episodes pretty much gives you the rundown on what’s going on, while introducing new characters along the way. But during the middle, the plot pretty much takes a step backward and instead focuses on Natsuru’s love life; from sexy girl-to-girl moments with obsessed fans, to numerous hit-and-misses with the other main characters/love interests it’s pretty much what you’re going to see for majority of watching Kämpfer. Only towards the end that the plot actually makes decent progress and you’re probably going to be left wondering if there’s going to be a much needed second season. I’m not just saying that because I want to see some more heated Akane-chan or Shizuku and Natsuru (normal or Kämpfer form) moments, I’m also hoping that more of the anime’s overall plot would finally make more sense.
While its story is muddled in several parts, Kämpfer redeems itself with its sexy, gorgeous cast of characters. From Natsuru’s extreme cluelessness to Akane’s demure personality, you’ll both love and hate some of the show’s protagonists. I think it’s safe to admit that they’re pretty much there for fanservice that some people can enjoy immensely, but surprisingly I found their personalities quite engaging. They were gorgeous enough to look at, believe me; but I’m glad they’re not the kind of girls that are ditzy or stuck-up like what I’ve seen the countless ecchi/harem shows in years past. As a result, it was hard to pick a favorite *cough*Akane!*cough* in the end.
The quality of the animation style is good, mostly because of the cute character designs, their incredibly revealing outfits, and of course, the fanservice moments. Almost every shot in every angle is meant to be that way, and I found myself laughing from the entertainment provided. The Kämpfer transformation sequences are a pleasurable sight to see, and the environment is pretty well-detailed. There were some rough spots here and there, but with all the bunny girl/cosplay/bikini costumes, you could say it was a very…distracting experience for me.
Although it would awfully seem too far-fetched, Kämpfer’s music is what I enjoyed the most. Some of the rock/metal tracks exhibit some intensity in the battle sequences, but the rest is a blend of jazzy tunes, bluesy melodies, and upbeat ska/reggae songs, giving the show its general mellow feel. I would often find myself re-watching the episodes just to listen these tracks over and over again. Though those were relaxing to hear, Minami Kuribayashi’s opening theme, “Unreal Paradise,” as well as two of Kampfer’s voice talents Marina Inoue and Megumi Nakajima lending their vocals for the ending theme, “One Way Ryouomoi” are definitely the best tunes out of the whole soundtrack (if there actually is one).
I also enjoyed the voice acting of Kämpfer’s talented cast, especially hearing Yui Horie as Akane’s Kämpfer form, in which she provided such profane insults towards the other protagonists. Though that would initially pull you away from the character, she is actually one of the main driving force in making the show’s already enjoyable dialogue so hilarious. Ironically that’s what makes her character the most memorable overall. There are some awkward moments here and there, but altogether, it is entertaining to listen to each of their conversations because of the fun you get out of it.There were so many things that pulled me away from the show, but at the same time, there were also redeeming aspects that made it so intriguing. At least Nomad is not afraid to admit that Kämpfer itself is one big fanservice dedicated to all those guys (and gals) who find their craziest fantasies about hot anime girls wearing the most provocative clothing the universe has to offer - come to life in these kinds of shows; weirdly enough, Kämpfer would be nothing without it. Overall, Kämpfer is a pretty enjoyable anime that may focus too much on its fanservice, but one that’s difficult to turn away from. It’s also one of the few heavily fanservice-d anime shows that will stick out in my mind for years to come.