February 07, 2010
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Title: Kämpfer
Genre: Action, Romance, Comedy
Rating: 6/10

Kämpfer

Summary: The plot revolves around Natsuru Senō, a normal high school boy with blue hair. One day he wakes up to find himself turned into a girl. A stuffed tiger “Harakiri Tora” comes to life and tells him to fight as a female psychic fighter “Kämpfer”. Having no idea about what’s going on, Natsuru is involved in many battles against other female Kämpfer.

Review: I think everyone can tell from the image above that this anime is basically fan service. Kämpfer isn’t really meant for anyone who is looking for a storyline, although it attempts to make one. Most of the episodes were just seeing the different girls in bikinis, on dates, and cosplaying. The school where the Kämpfer’s are found also is rather strange. It is supposed to be a co-ed school but a giant wall was built in the middle of it that separates the girls and the guys. That’s… strange? And for some reason their advance technology blocks any guys from going to the girls side. This being said, the guys are ridiculously horny (or desperate to even talk to a girl?) and the girls have all turned lesbian. The fan service for this anime is rather funny, but kind of awkward when you realize the main “girl” character is actually a guy that only turns into a girl when fighting Kämpfers. The story that was attempted actually seemed pretty interesting. However, only 3 maybe 4 episodes actually revolved around the story. It isn’t until the last couple episodes you actually learn what Kämpfers are meant to do, but still don’t get a real reason “why”. To be honest, I actually did enjoy the story they had going and wished to see more of it (possibly in a season 2). Unfortunately I knew that this was pretty much a fan service anime and a season 2 hasn’t even been announced yet. The manga progression is also very slow, and still needs to catch up to the anime. I could see this anime having a really good season 2 also, since it left the viewers with such a cliffhanger. The artstyle was pretty nice, nothing eye popping but not an eyesore either. The soundtrack was actually pretty cool and I enjoyed the “Ode to Joy” use in the final battle. The character models were really what got me though. Every Kämpfer had such a different personality but they all meshed so well together. It was a little strange that personalities can also change when turning into Kämpfer form, but that just made the anime funnier and much more entertaining. Comedy wise I would give this anime an average rating. Romance was pretty strange considering the main character was very dense but still had a harem going, and the girls side falling for his girl form. The action scenes pretty short but interesting to watch.

Final statements: Like I said, the anime is a fan service and most likely wont continue. I didn’t hate watching it, and actually enjoyed it for the little story that it had. I hope that they come out with a season two and give a little more story. Low priority watch.

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