「Weihnachten ～臓物たちの奇跡～」 (Zoumotsu-tachi no Kiseki)
“Christmas ~The Zoumotsu Animals’ Miracle~”
Well it looks like episode eleven is all we’re getting story-wise, so the manga and light novels are the next step for any more Kampfer-related needs. Despite leaving things open-ended (as expected), they provided a climactic finish with all the fights at least. Natsuru also made a decision amongst the girls, which landed him the touted harem ending.
For this last episode, we have a zoumotsu animal story body-swap style, which doesn’t really slot into any time frame of the actual story. It’s more or less a random bonus episode you’d expect with the DVD releases, but it’s been tacked on at the end of the broadcast. The characters are still their Kampfer selves, but the whole issue of Kaede being a Moderator is non-existent here. The biggest change of course is the Kampfer/Messenger body swapping, which I found pretty amusing with the seiyuu cast. I probably could’ve done without Nomura Michiko as female Natsuru, but Tamura Yukari as Akane, Mizuki Nana as Shizuku, and Noto Mamiko as Mikoto were interesting to see and hear. The only semi-downside is that they were still their silly/stupid Messenger personalities, enjoying what it’s like to feel alive for the very first time. Aside from the fact that this is supposed to be a Christmas story (read by parents who look like male and female Natsuru) and the reindeer sleighs at the end, the Christmas title is far from being warranted.
Regardless, I like how they didn’t fail to poke fun at themselves in various ways. Masumi in particular expressed displeasure over being a mere sub-character. They also had the Messengers do and say stupid things as humans, and brought in the nameless class president, vice president, and treasurer to stir things up. The whole “making the Messengers pay for their food with their bodies” bit led to less fan-service than I was hoping, but the zoumotsu animal theme park that Kaede drags everyone off to more than makes up for it. I guess it’s not surprising that the park isn’t popular when it’s designed for masochists and all, but if it means we can subject Kaede to our personal desires and force her to orgasm left and right while tied up, I’m so there. Kaede is remarkably tolerable when she’s restrained and at everyone’s nibbling mercy.
Perhaps this was to make up for Nakajima Megumi not getting any moaning screentime in the previous episode. If that’s what they were trying to address, they sure as hell succeeded, to the point where Kaede had to confess for falling for more girls. Again, this is where you have to credit the class trio for telling her outright that she’s a loose woman (i.e. a slut). I was hoping Kaede would get a good whip cracking for her naughty promiscuous ways, but all I got were silly Messengers experiencing pain for the first time and enjoying it. I’ll admit it was pretty amusing watching them slap one another though, but it was just as entertaining watching them get aroused. I would’ve liked to see more of their human counterparts as stuffed animals, because watching Shizuku stick it to Natsuru for ordering her around was pretty good stuff. Aside from that, we had two very nice eyecatches here, which left me wanting a high resolution copy of the second one to use as a wallpaper.
In terms of final impressions, I’ll try to keep things brief for all my shows this time around. I’ve gone into fairly lengthy impressions for my previous posts (since I’m apparently never short on things to say), so hopefully you have a good idea of my thoughts throughout the season. In Kampfer’s case, I mentioned before how it was the only show I was planning to cover after getting back into the blogging swing of things. Well we’re at approximately two and half months later now, and I can say it wouldn’t have been a bad decision to do so. Yes, I realize it’s not a series you’d recommend to anyone and everyone, but it landed well within my initial expectations.
I loved the character designs and artwork from the get-go, plus the awesome cast that compliments them. Those alone probably would’ve kept me watching, but they had some surprises in Shizuku’s forceful behaviour, Akane’s foul-mouthed personality, and just overall action. As far as any series with an above average reliance on fan-service goes, I don’t know if you could really ask for any more than that. Kampfer has been a series that I get the impression a lot of people ended up watching, but many of which were hesitant to admit they enjoyed despite the harem genre’s obviously flaws and clichés. Well I’m not afraid to admit I enjoyed it, so if there’s anyone out there who likes this genre of anime and knows how to set their expectations accordingly, I really don’t see any reason not to check out Kampfer.
It’s been fun. If you’ve been following my posts on a weekly basis, thanks for reading.