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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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:
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
2. Suicidal Black Rabbit:
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.
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.
4. Strangled Stray Dog:
Strangled Stray Dog
The 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!)***