On May 14, 2013 anime publisher Sentai Filmworks released “Kampfer: Fur die Liebe”, an OVA sequel to their romantic comedy series “Kampfer”, and they provided us with the opportunity to see just how crazy the series can get.
Based on the light novel series written by Toshihiko Tsukiji, with illustrations by Senmu, “Kampfer” follows the story of Natsuru, a normal guy with an intense crush on his childhood friend Kaede, who one day finds himself transformed into a girl. To make matters worse, Natsuru is also informed by his/her new bowel familiar (a stuffed animal with its intestines hanging out) companion, Disemboweled Tiger, that in his/her female form she/he is a Kampfer, a mystical fighter able to use magical abilities to battle against other Kampfers that wear different colored bracelets.
Along with Akane, another Blue Kampfer, Natsuru battles against the Red Kampfers, Shizuku and Mikoto, but eventually, in harem anime fashion, manages to convince the girls that fighting isn’t the answer. This leads to each of the girls developing feelings for him as well as the White Kampfers entering the fray, forcing the foursome to battle a new enemy, led by someone Natsuru is very familiar with.
If you haven’t watched the main series yet, you may want to hold off on finishing this review until after you do so.
“Kampfer: Fur die Liebe” is a two OVA collection with one episode that continues the main story, as both Shizuku and Akane make moves on Natsuru and put him/her in a very awkward situation early on, leaving Mikoto feeling left out. This leads to her falling into the White Kampfer’s trap and being hypnotized to fight against her friends under the command of Kaede.
The second episode really doesn’t have anything to do with the main story and follows Natsuru and Akane as they look for a job, so that Natsuru can afford to buy bras. The two end up being blackmailed into working at a bunnygirl cafe and after a hard days work Natsuru joins his friend at the cafe at the promise of a date with one of the school’s idol, he hopes it is Kaede, but when Shizuku, Akane and Mikoto show up things go from bad to worse.
While neither episode really gives the series an ending, they aren’t bad. Fans of “Kampfer” are already familiar with the fanservice that the series delivers and these OVAs steps things up tenfold. Poor Natsuru spends the majority of the series in his female form and in situations his male side would die to be in.
The first OVA has a fair level of combat, which breaks up the comedy and fanservice just a bit. The second episode on the other hand really sticks to the fanservice and comedy, with no real action. Fans of the anime shouldn’t be too disappointed, but a little more story would have been nice.
Visually the series looks great, the picture quality is clear and everything is vivid with smooth animation. OVAs tend to have a better overall look and it appears that “Kampfer: Fur die Liebe” continues that tradition.
The voice acting for the OVAs were really well done, all of the characters match up nicely, although Natsuru’s male form sounds a little too feminine, or at least it felt that way to me. The subtitles were clear, easy to read and had good overall flow while remaining on screen for a fair length of time.
The single DVD comes in a standard DVD case that features an image of Natsuru, Akane, Shizuku and Mikoto in some skimpy outfits, which doesn’t look too bad and should give you an idea of what to expect from the anime. Included as on-disc extras are the clean opening and closing animations and trailers for other Sentai Filmworks titles.
All-in-all “Kampfer: Fur die Liebe” is a little too short and doesn’t add much to the series’ main story, but that doesn’t necessarily hurt the experience if you’re a fan of the series. While it may not be very story driven it will definitely offer plenty of comedy to keep you entertained, along with a ton of fanservice that should please fans of the anime. Personally I was just glad to see the return of some of my favorite anime mascots, I don’t know why but I just love the bowel familiars.
If you’re a fan of “Demon King Daimao”, “Sekirei” or “Rosario + Vampire” then “Kampfer” is worth a watch. If it’s more “Kampfer” you’re looking for, then you should look into “Kampfer: Fur die Liebe”. I definitely would advise a little higher age rating though, TV-14 seems a little low.
3.5 out of 5
Kampfer: Fur die Liebe
Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Runtime: 50 minutes
Number of Episodes: 2 OVAs
Number of Discs: 1 DVD
Languages: Japanese with English subtitles
Age Rating: TV-14
Release Date: May 14, 2013
(Sentai Filmworks provided a copy of “Kampfer: Fur die Liebe” on DVD for review.)