All News All Reviews anime Anime / Manga Anime Blu-ray Reviews Anime/Manga Reviews avery smithhart brittney karbowski christina kelly Games kampfer katelyn barr sabrina owen sentai filmworks

Kampfer Complete Collection Blu-ray Anime Review

Kampfer Complete Collection Blu-ray Anime Review

Posted by Chris Beveridge

Might 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Natsuru instantly finds himself within the midst of a lethal recreation which is dangerous sufficient, however being become a lady solely makes it worse.

What They Say:
Natsuru used to dream of being a woman killer. As an alternative, he received become a Kampfer – a woman who’s alleged to struggle and kill different women in mortal fight! That may trigger sufficient issues all by itself, nevertheless it seems that his greatest childhood pal swings the opposite means and she or he has a crush on her new physique. To not point out, his faculty has separate sections for girls and boys, and now he’s enrolled in BOTH of them. And the rumor-mill has it that he’s courting herself. Then there are these different pesky Kampfers who need to “take her out.” He’s simply unsure which of them imply “on a date” and which of them imply “completely”!

Issues get even trickier when Natsuru permits himself to be satisfied that it’s a good suggestion to maneuver in with three different Kampfers for his or her “mutual protection.” Getting in contact together with your female aspect’s a full-contact, no-holds-barred, Amazon action-fest as Natsuru should develop into a full-fledged marvel lady or die making an attempt!

Incorporates episodes 1-12 plus OVA episodes 1-2 (Fur die Liebe).

The Evaluation:
Audio:
The audio presentation for this launch brings us the unique Japanese language monitor and now an English language dub, each of that are in stereo and encoded utilizing the DTS-HD MA codec. It nonetheless feels bizarre to have a dub for this out of the blue nevertheless it’s such a strong fanservice present that a wider viewers for it on this type is welcome. And it’s a strong dub that follows the type of the unique with a forged that handles all of the breathless moments and foolish moments nicely. The present has a very good stability between the motion and dialogue with neither one overly dominating the opposite. The music is the place issues have one of the best full feeling, however general the combination right here is fairly good with the motion having some good placement to it and in some situations some good depth. Dialogue is analogous because it comes throughout very clear all through each within the quieter segments and the louder ones when everyone seems to be overreacting to issues and yelling lots. Dialogue is clear and clear all through and we had no issues with dropouts or distortions throughout common playback.

Video:
Initially airing in late 2009, the switch for this collection is introduced in its unique facet ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec. With the unique twelve episodes and the 2 episode OVA collection, the present is unfold throughout two discs with 9 on the primary and 5 on the second. Animated by studio Nomad, the present has a really vibrant and fluid look to it with some fantastic colours that basically leap off the display. The excessive definition switch undoubtedly provides all of it an excellent bump as the colours are much more strong right here and the vibrancy goes up a few notches as properly. Kampfer offers with some good real-world backgrounds which have a richly detailed look which enhances the character paintings rather well. There’s some good element seen right here and the animation is robust which the encoding captures nicely.

Packaging:
The packaging for this launch is available in a regular sized Blu-ray case that holds each of the discs towards the inside partitions. The entrance cowl modifications issues up from the earlier version because it virtually has a little bit of an action-pose fashion factor to it. Whereas earlier covers have been targeted on white backgrounds, this one goes darkish and that does change the tone so much, sadly. The character paintings is sweet nevertheless it doesn’t fairly promote it as strongly as a fanservice comedy challenge. The again cowl makes use of lots of the identical colours however provides a big chunk of black within the center which is the place the abstract goes in addition to a block of small photographs from the present. The batch of character paintings right here is sweet because it options the identical characters in Bowel Acquainted type sporting bathing fits which makes them actually cute. The abstract covers issues nicely and there’s a few good taglines right here as properly. The manufacturing info and technical grid are all cleanly listed with correct info that’s simply learn. No present associated inserts are included nor are there any present associated inserts.

Menu:
The menu design for this launch works properly because it makes use of numerous the tones and colours from the back and front cowl in a great way. The format has the paintings dominating the correct two thirds the place it makes use of the white background together with shades of blue and pink throughout it that provides some good colour and pop. The primary disc has the forged of their faculty uniforms bouncing round whereas the second disc provides us a couple of of them of their swimsuits. The left third is given over to the navigation, which has a black background with a couple of angles to it that works properly. the textual content is completed in blue and pink, tying to the gender aspect of the present, with the symbols alongside them which have the episode numbers in them. It’s straightforward to navigate and works properly in the best way it strikes throughout each playback and because the prime degree menu.

Extras:
The extras for this launch are on the second disc and we get a bit of greater than the norm. The clear opening and shutting sequences are right here which is all the time welcome, particularly as they appear so good. The added additional right here is an eleven-minute image drama that includes the Bowel Acquainted characters who principally do a chat present internet hosting gig right here happening about issues whereas bringing in Akane briefly. It’s not dangerous, nevertheless it wasn’t the type of humor that I appreciated and it left me feeling slightly bland about it.

Content material: (please notice that content material parts of a assessment might include spoilers)
Based mostly on the sunshine novel collection of the identical identify which ran for fifteen volumes and manga by the identical writer that began up earlier than the anime which has a couple of volumes to its identify, We’d seen the present launched on DVD beforehand from Sentai after which a Blu-ray version in 2014. With the necessity for extra content material on streaming providers possible within the background of their minds, a dub for this present was a no brainer as a result of it comes right down to one thing interesting: Kampfer is a twelve episode collection that performs with acquainted story concepts but decides that it needs to be soiled and runs with it. That change, somewhat than being cutely playful, provides the present a little bit of an edge because it’s not totally protected. Much more uncommon is that the collection actually does finish on the eleventh episode and as an alternative of doing the twelfth as a straight on OVA type piece, it ties into issues a bit. The eleventh episode doesn’t actually offer you a way of closure which makes the final episode really feel much more surreal in a means. After the collection ended, a pair of OVAs have been created which weren’t a part of the earlier DVD launch however are included right here.

Kamper introduces us to your common respectable man of Natsuru, a highschool scholar who doesn’t stand out in an excellent or dangerous approach. He’s received fairly the crush on a good friend of his, a woman named Sakura who is certainly cute however not an extreme magnificence. He undoubtedly needs to get nearer to her however hasn’t found out the suitable approach to do it. And as fairly as she is, she hasn’t proven any curiosity in him past a very good good friend, however she hasn’t been courting anybody else both, which provides him a bit hope. What’s throwing him for a loop proper now’s a dream he had about being a lady. That dream turns into actuality when he’s on the bus cease with Sakura as he realizes the blue bracelet he had on within the dream is actually on his wrist and he can really feel his physique altering.

It seems that Natsuru has been chosen as one thing referred to as a Kampfer, one who has been set to battle towards others of the identical nature who put on a special colour bracelet. He’s acquired the blue one and we study that there are purple ones on the market as nicely. How he learns of that is via the stuffed animals referred to as Bowel Familiars, one which he has which was given to him by Sakura. He comes throughout one other Kampfer shortly, although she’s on his aspect after they undergo some forwards and backwards preventing. As a Kampfer, Natsuru turns into a woman. For Akane, she turns right into a a lot angrier and rawer character that makes use of a gun in comparison with Natsuru’s new flame capability. And his chest measurement is a weapon as properly. Naturally, quite than open up to Sakura, he hides it and that results in the primary drawback right here.

When Sakura does see him as a woman, she’s immediately in love with that Natsuru as she has an absolute disdain for males in a romantic sense. And Natsuru’s saving of Sakura from Akane once they first meet provides her a hero complicated for her much more. Including to the complication is that Akane’s common character has a really robust curiosity within the male Natsuru (not that there’s any actual distinction personality-wise) nevertheless it will get conflicted when she transforms into Kampfer mode. It could’t be simply that difficult although as the scholar physique president, the darkly alluring Shizuku, is definitely a purple bracelet Kampfer who has a aim of her personal along with the battle they’re presupposed to struggle as organized by these mysterious Moderators which are by no means proven. Natsuru definitely may be all for her, however she’s much more concerned with him. Natsuru, no matter type, actually solely has an curiosity in Sakura however he needs her to love him as a him.

Kampfer finds a surprisingly good stability between the varsity materials with its campy enjoyable and the motion sequences themselves. The interpersonal relationships that develop among the many Kampfer conscious and Sakura works fairly properly, since she’s stored out of the loop however faculty should go on. The varsity is fascinating in that it’s segregated by gender, so Natsuru will get pressured by Shizuku to switch into the women aspect for awhile which provides much more enjoyable since she’s the recent new switch scholar all the women have an idolized crush on. And a number of other of them monetize it fairly properly since Natsuru can usher in a great chunk of change with footage and so forth. When the present goes to the sweetness pageant angle, it’s a bit pressured and overlong, however they nonetheless handle to seek out numerous actually good humor with it.

On the flip aspect, the motion is absolutely very engaging right here. Animation studio Nomad actually provides this a really fluid feeling to it with a variety of element and a few nice choreography. The animation has an exquisite move all through it, accented by such robust character designs that work the stereotypes properly, and it seems like much more of a prime tier manufacturing than you’d anticipate for this type of story. The most effective points is that the transformation sequences are stored very minimal with Natsuru solely going by way of it round 3 times or so at most, one thing that could possibly be simply abused. It’s comical when it occurs since he will get the women physique and faculty uniform, however it’s additionally the sort of factor you hesitate to seek out titillating as a result of she’s a he. The animators and designers do a robust job right here in making you need to overlook that although with the manufacturing high quality behind all of it.

Whereas the TV present doesn’t precisely offer you something resembling a conclusive ending, or any type of ending actually, the ultimate episode does play issues up in an OVA type sense of enjoyable. The main target for that is extra on the Bowel Familiars, that are very amusingly designed, as they get their minds swapped into their respective house owners our bodies. So we get the women as regular, sans Sakura in fact, with a few of their Acquainted points like ears and tails thrown on them as they expertise life in a method they couldn’t in any other case. It’s the type of easy gag that does work, and works nicely if finished proper, and principally fires on all cylinders right here because it made me giggle commonly in seeing them experiencing meals and extra. They do cope with the women within the Acquainted’s our bodies to some extent, however they know to rightly concentrate on the fanservice aspect.

And that’s what this present does so nicely. It performs up the fanservice good nevertheless it additionally makes issues decidedly soiled alongside the best way. Sakura falls robust for feminine Natsuru and does a variety of naughty issues to get nearer to her, be it in road garments, faculty uniform or the washing go well with. There’s a robust sexual element right here all through the present which reaches some very enjoyable ranges throughout a sleepover phase, which introduces extra Kampfer’s and a bigger take a look at the present, however elsewhere as nicely. When Natsuru as a man is ordered to sleep with Shizuku, and thru the facility of command he tries, we virtually get that comply with by way of that would have been actually robust in displaying how far they’d go. Plenty of exhibits don’t go so far as this to start with, so I appreciated the truth that the entire thing determined to behave like youngsters truly would.

Whereas the TV collection ran in 2009, a pair of OVAs ended up popping out in 2011, which was a little bit of a shock all issues thought-about. Kampfer didn’t mild the world on hearth, however it was enjoyable. And it’s additionally very welcome to see Sentai going and grabbing these, making for an much more worthwhile improve for followers because it’s concerning the content material. However just like the final episode of the TV collection, these are all concerning the enjoyable and fanservice and little to do with the story. Kaede continues to be a menace in her different type, however Natsuru’s actual drawback is just all the women as they’re continuously making an attempt to one-up one another with getting nearer to him. With Shizuku primarily straddling him bare, which confused him considerably, to others getting their first kisses or butt touching, it’s acquainted simplicity carried out with a cuteness that manages to work after seeing the primary collection. The primary OVA has all of them staying collectively to attempt to shield one another after the current battle, nevertheless it’s simply a number of silliness and sexuality, although no outright full nudity. The second episode is extra “on a regular basis life” in a method as we get Natsuru realizing he wants a greater bra however being unable to afford it. So he takes a temp job internet hosting at a membership in his feminine type whereas additionally discovering that he’s presupposed to go on a gaggle date there as nicely to help considered one of his male associates. There’s loads of sitcom materials right here to make certain, nevertheless it’s additionally enjoyable to see how Natsuru is admittedly getting extra snug together with his feminine type.

In Abstract:
Throughout my unique viewing I had no concept what to anticipate and what I obtained was a present that lays out an idea and performs with it properly, however focuses on different areas that you simply wouldn’t anticipate. And it does it with an enormous dose of very sexual fanservice slightly than the “let’s fake it’s all harmless” fashion fanservice. I favored seeing the aggressive ladies who know what they need and I favored seeing Natsuru going via the challenges he in making an attempt to win over Sakura as a man and never giving in to doing it as a lady. That’s additionally dealt with nicely within the dub right here because the forged does an awesome job with it as Sabrina Owen does a terrific job of capturing a number of the male parts of their different self whereas the remainder of the primary forged hit their roles good, particularly Avery Smithhart as Kaede. And I’ll all the time admit an actual delight at listening to Katelyn Barr in these sorts of roles as she simply hits the most effective notes with it, even with a personality like Shizuku. And getting all of this plus some soiled OVAs that takes it a step additional? Oh, that’s good.

The manufacturing values are robust, the animation strong and there’s a very nice sense of enjoyable about it. Revisiting now a few years later reaffirms the sort of enjoyable I had with it and that hasn’t diminished. I had fun with the brand new dub facet of it as our main viewing and much more so with the OVAs. It’s not revolutionary or something, however it’s the type of goofy motion/fanservice enjoyable that I crave between different exhibits. It additionally makes out fairly nicely with the excessive definition improve as the entire thing simply feels prefer it stands out extra in a cleaner approach.

Options:
Japanese DTS-HD MA 2.zero Language, English DTS-HD MA 2.zero Language, English Subtitles, “Unbelievable Bowels,” Clear Opening Animation, Clear Closing Animation

Content material Grade: B+
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B

Launched By: Sentai Filmworks
Launch Date: Might 28th, 2019
MSRP: $69.98
Operating Time: 350 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Evaluation Gear:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray participant by way of HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Chris has been writing about anime, manga, films and comics for nicely on twenty years now. He started AnimeOnDVD.com again in 1998 and has coated almost each anime launch that’s come out within the US ever since.

He likes to write down rather a lot, as you’ll be able to see.

Chris Beveridge – who has written 57695 posts on The Fandom Publish.


Favored it? Take a second to help the location on Patreon!

Posted on Might 17, 2019 by Chris Beveridge and saved beneath All Information, All Critiques, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Critiques, Anime/Manga Critiques and tagged with anime, avery smithhart, brittney karbowski, christina kelly, kampfer, katelyn barr, sabrina owen, sentai filmworks