Fall Anime Review: Kampfer
Posted November 5, 2009on:
A show like Kampfer reminds me why I hate anime just as much as I love it. All of the pieces are in place for it to be a very enjoyable and solid show – an interesting cast of superpowered teenagers, an excuse to get them to beat each other up, and… really, that’s all you need (see: Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, and 75% of all Shonen Jump properties).
But, instead of the hyper action interspersed with school-age comedy that we should expect from a show like this, Kampfer throws you a lot of lesbian fan service, mixes in some more lesbian jokes, and calls it a day.
The premise of Kampfer is interesting enough – a young man named Natsuru finds himself in the possession of a magical stuffed animal which turns him temporarily into a flamethrowing young woman. According to the little stuffed animal, Natsuru is now a Kampfer (German for “fighter”) and is supposed to fight other Kampfers for some unknown purpose. He meets his first Kampfer minutes later, a foul-mouthed, gun-toting firebrand named Akane, and the two of them tear up the streets in a pretty exciting opening fight before realizing that they’re actually on the same side.
It all goes downhill from there, though – after episode 2, the characters just stop fighting and become more interested in jumping up and down in short skirts than actually trying to figure out what’s going on. There hasn’t been a single explanation as to why the Kampfers exist and just who they’re fighting for. Even in the presence of an honest-to-goodness enemy in the form of student body president Shizuku doesn’t lead to more than one decent conflict before the characters go right back to their girl-on-girl hijinks. If that’s all you’re looking for, you’re golden. If you want anything more than that, you’re out of luck.
What redeeming qualities does Kampfer have? Well, the cast is pretty spectacular. Starchild has gathered up pretty much every famous female seiyuu available, but they’re mostly wasted. The endless parade not-quite-pornographic moaning and squealing gets tired fast, and beyond that there isn’t any substance to the show at all. If you find any real reason to keep watching, let me know, but I’m not very optimistic.
– Cute characters who can be genuinely funny when the writers aren’t busy making lesbian jokes.
– Just about everything else. Every scene just gets dumber and dumber as time goes on.
– Who would ever want a disemboweled bunny as a stuffed animal? Wait, don’t answer that.