Campione! ~ Review
“A fantastical harem with cute girls and god killers!”
If you thought that you can’t kill a god, then think again! Because here’s an anime that shows you just what happens when you “kill a god”. It also shows us the awesomeness that is the “harem” genre; I mean we see the harem scenes in quite a few anime’s (that’s what makes anime different from normal animated series, I guess…), but here is a harem series that takes the genre to the next level. If you’ve seen this series, then you’ll know what I mean when I say this… but if you haven’t, then let me explain to you why.
Campione! revolves around Kusanagi Godou, a highschool student who gained the power of the gods after defeating the God of War in combat and gaining the title of the Campione (translated as “champion” in Italian). However, the title of Campione comes with many problems and difficulties. For one, it gains the attention of many different girls, including the ultra-bold swordsman, Erica Brandelli, who swears to serve under Godou with all her heart and love. Another problem that Godou must face is the many threats and enemies that come from the Heaven’s. Godou must continue to face enemies and girls to maintain his title of the Campione.
The image above perfectly describes the combination of harem and fantasy that this anime revolves around
The anime contains a total of 13 episodes and aired during the Summer 2012 Anime Season (July 2012 – September 2012). The series is animated by Studio Diomedia; an animation studio that is not particularly well known but have animated some recognizable series in the past, including Chokotto Sister, Bokurano and Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. The anime series is originally based off a light novel series written by Taketsuki Jyo.
The series casts some recognizable voice actors, including the now-attention-seeking voice actor Matsuoka Yoshitsugi who voices Kusanagi Godou (and is also known as the voices of Kanda Sorata from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo and most famously voices Kirito from Sword Art Online), the long-standing voice actor Hikasa Yoko who voices Erica (and is also known as the voices of Mio from K-ON! and Rias Gremory from High School DxD) and other well-known voice actors such as Hanazawa Kana, Kitamura Eri and Saito Yuka.
The series was highly acclaimed for its rather large push in the harem genre, ocasionally showing some quite hard kiss scenes (that could’ve almost being included in the erotica genre) and its rather unique story and character development. I quite enjoyed this series, for both its visuals and its story; although there were a couple of minor flaws that were present as the story progressed, I believe this is another great one to watch if you like your harem or fantasy anime. A word of advice though: you should probably watch this series while your parents aren’t in the room, or they might get the wrong idea…
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 6.5/10