Sep 30, 2012

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Campione! episode 13

I knew that this was the final episode, but I still checked several sources to see if I was right. It had truly been a straight journey. I just can’t help but wonder what the point of it all was. Let’s face it; this wasn’t much of an ending, was it? It feels as though we’ve only seen half of it.

The story ended with a win for Godou. Although he needed the help of all his friends, including a god, in order to defeat Athena’s mother, I still cannot help but feel that it’s strange. The story behind it is pretty interested, but it’s strange that they decided to end it here. More importantly, what was with that unknown character at the ending? One cannot help but wonder if there’s going to be another season.

Let’s face facts here guys; nothing has been solved yet. There are still other Campione and Greek gods (most of whom we haven’t even met yet), plus the situation revolving around that ancient witch is still a bit too vague. What was her purpose at this point? There are just too many things left undone, so I wouldn’t be surprise if we hear something about a second season soon. If not; bad ending.

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Sep 23, 2012

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Campione! episode 12

I was worried about the ending and for good reasons too. I don’t see how they are going to end this right now. The only explanation I can come up with, amongst several other unlikely ones, is that they will be working on a second season, even if the sales look bad. So many things have not yet been covered, so there’s absolutely no way for them to finish it all during the next and final episode.

They start off with the introduction of a new female character, yet his character turns out to possess a strong weapon with the ability to control its owner. The fact that Godou got ‘warped’ to another dimension, where he met up with some old geezer, is not even worth mentioning at this point. He probably gained the ability to use his sword without getting kissed first.

Anyway, this character, Ena, was in way over her head, allowing that sword to overpower her and take control. This was especially bad for Erica, as she almost died from having her Mana drained. Again, I’m not going into the specifics about how she was saved. It’s not interesting that Godou and Erica spent a few minutes kissing. I mean, what else is new?

One could see this sword as the season’s final boss, until Athena’s evil twin suddenly showed up to take control of it. One could almost see how Godou defeats that god, saves the day and enjoys that final moment where he gets smothered by all the girls he ‘collected’ so far. Let’s face it, it would be terrible if things really ended that way, but it’s certainly starting to look like it. I for one wouldn’t be satisfied. It should be alright though; chances of Campione getting a second season are pretty high. There’s plenty of content, the ratings aren’t bad and I’m sure the sales will allow for another season. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens after this.

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Sep 16, 2012

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Campione! episode 11

This week’s episode really got me thinking. It’s been eleven weeks since Campione first started, but what have actually been waiting for here? I mean, how are they supposed to end this? There are two episodes left, yet there are so many gods and Campione left undefeated… Are we to assume that there’s going to be a second season or something?

Putting all that aside, I’m not so sure how to rate this particular episode. We, against all odds, were introduced to yet another character that’s about to join Godou’s harem. When does it end? At what point does one say; okay, we have two episodes left, so let us focus on the story to make sure that nothing gets left untold. I’m starting to get nervous again.

But still, that new character was pretty interesting. She, a friend of Yuri no less, seems to be a pretty strong warrior, seeing as she managed to make Godou ‘disappear’ without too much effort. This makes it all the more complicated. Two episodes left, a lot of gods and Campione left undefeated, yet the hero of this particular story is currently not available.

I’m going to stop here. I don’t want to continue this post of negativity, when in actuality I’m quite satisfied with this episode. I laughed, I cheered and I sat in my chair with my eyes practically glued to my screen. That’s the difference between me and other reviewers. Just because I review the most important parts, which doesn’t always sound as nice as one would expect it to be, doesn’t mean I’m pleased or displeased. I simply focus on the things that I want to focus on, leaving behind all those things that, in my humble opinion, weren’t noteworthy. I will keep an annoyingly close eye on Campione for now. I have high hopes for the remaining two episodes, unlike with Natsuyuki Rendezvous.

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Sep 9, 2012

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Campione! episode 10

Well, well, well… Who knew that this would turn out to be such an amusing episode? I’m not even talking about the action. The action was pretty uninteresting if you ask me. I’m focussing more on the relationship between Godou and Liliana. She too has finally for whatever magical charms that guy has, adding one more to that messed up harem of his.

I’m not going to question the reason why those characters kissed so much in order to bring forth Godou’s powers, but I’m just going with it. It just seemed a bit too much, that’s all. With Erica it’s usually one short kiss, but this was something else… This was one small step beyond your average kiss, as strange as that may sound right now.

Anyway, it did the trick. Liliana and Godou kisses (for a long time), allowing Godou to use his shiny golden sword. Naturally, Perseus was defeated, although with a little bit of Liliana’s help. I pretty much saw that coming, which is why I’m not going to focus too much on it.

However, I want to focus on one little thing though before I finish this post. The serpent god that killed Perseus at the end of the episode… Surely that couldn’t have been Athena? I know that she’s somehow connected and that it looked like her (although we only saw its shadow), but come on now… How would Athena benefit from killing Perseus? It doesn’t make sense.  Unless… No, I don’t think that Athena gets stronger after killing a god. Besides, that other Campione, Salvatore, would’ve killed him afterwards anyway. I’m rather curious about why he’s so interested in Godou, but I’m pretty sure that we’re all about to find out anyway.

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Sep 2, 2012

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Campione! episode 09

Here we go again; yet another girl that ends up joining Godou’s harem. I would travel to the end of the world in order to have what he has. What kind of guy wouldn’t want half a dozen of women swarming around him? My god, it just keeps getting better and better for him.

It gets better and better for us too though. The just got a whole lot more interesting after Godou got killed. Sure, he may have revived again due to all that magic and whatnot, but that’s not the issue here. The issue here is that he got defeated by some blonde egomaniac. A little bell must’ve rung during that time, at least.

Meanwhile things got out of control on both sides; Erica and the rest of Godou’s harem crew were trying to make their way to him, seeing as they were aware of what happened to that, but Salvatori, another Campione that unleashed Perseus on the world, made sure that the couldn’t do anything. He wanted to make sure that Godou did this without their help.

Fortunatly (I think), Godou still had Liliana. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. She’s very self-conscious and doesn’t want to kiss him, so that means that he can’t use his shiny sword. She is also slowly falling for him, which could prove to be quite problematic. Liliana even ended up drugging Godou in order to meet up with Athena. She’s quite the troublesome girl that requires a lot of maintenance.

Next week should make things clear on whether or not Godou is fit to be a king. He has been relying too much on other people, and although most kings are like that, I still can’t help but feel that he has to find a way to deal with things himself. It will be interesting to see how he will turn out during the next few episodes.

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Aug 26, 2012

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Campione! episode 08

Well, well, well… A pretty damn good start for an otherwise disastrous episode. Of course, I mean disastrous good. It was nice to see that things aren’t always going the right way. It makes it all a bit more believable, despite it being a show about gods and humans with supernatural powers.

Godou seemed pretty relaxed during the first part of the episode. He had just defeated another Campione, escaped without getting violated any further by the girls and met up with that mysterious woman from the first episode. That’s pretty much standard stuff. This anime is supposed to be a mixture between ecchi comedy and action, so no problems there.

I also liked the fact that Athena, the goddess that Godou defeated a few episodes back, showed up again during this episode. I don’t like to see new characters during each and every episode. It’s nice to see that Athena is here to stay, even though yet another god showed up during this episode.

Speaking about a new god; let’s talk about Perseus, the god that appeared to slay a dragon. Some people say that Perseus isn’t a god at all, but one of the Campione. I think that’s a bit of a grey area, as they weren’t entirely clear on that. Let’s just accept the fact that he’s here, he’s pissed and he’s Godou’s latest adversary, meaning that we can expect a lot of action next week.

Next week’s episode will probably end up in Liliana kissing Godou, so that he may use that shiny golden sword of his, seeing as he can’t draw it out on his own. That’s kind of lame when you think about it. Why does the protagonist need any help when using his power? That idea has been milked dry throughout the past ten to twenty years. It’s just not original anymore. Oh well… I’ll be looking forward to next week’s episode. It’ll be interesting to see what happened with Godou after he got pierced by that arrow.

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Aug 19, 2012

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Campione! episode 07

Yet another good episode in the Campione! line-up. I think it’s kind of strange that the ratings haven’t really changed much since the anime began. One would think that the ratings would’ve at least fluctuated a little bit during these past seven weeks. I’m not complaining though. The anime has been holding on to a steady seven and a half rating.

We finally got to see the battle between Godou and Duke Voban during this episode. Truth be told; I have mixed feelings about it. Godou managed, thanks to Erica (again), to summon that golden sword of his. The sword that can cut through a god’s authority. Must be nice to have such power. Anyway, Godou launched attacked after attack, but with no success. It seemed like it was effective at some point, especially after Yuri gave him that extra boost, but it was pretty much wasted energy. Even the power of the “Goat” was useless against Duke Voban.

Now, I like the fact that it wasn’t over quickly, and that it didn’t easily end in Godou’s victory. I definitely like that. Protagonists shouldn’t have it too easy. The one thing that has got me thinking is the difference in power. That old man was way too powerful. That either means that Godou has a long way to go or that he will, like in a lot of other similar anime, somehow obtain a lot more power. I really hope that’s not the case. Campione! has been quite entertaining and, even now, looks quite promising. Let it be said, here and now, that I will drop this anime if such a think were to happen in the unforeseeable future.

And finally, I’m also having a bit of trouble with the fact that Liliana seems to have joined Godou’s side. It’s always nice to have another ally, but can we actually call her that? She switched to their side so easily. A bit too easily if you ask me. Also, I don’t really like the fact that she did it because of some novel that she supposedly wrote. It just seems a bit childish, that’s all. I’m just going to have to wait and see what happens. I don’t think that she will double cross them anytime soon though, as she seems to be pretty fond of Yuri.

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Aug 12, 2012

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Campione! episode 06

Great episode! I knew that it was safe to assume that this week’s episode would be very entertaining. The only thing I can’t agree with is the absurd difference in power between those two Campione. These types of situations usually lead to a point where the protagonist suddenly gains an unexplainable power boost. I really hope that that’s not the case here.

The story continued as both Godou and Erica went after their friend, Yuri. They were aware that she had been abducted by a very powerful Campione, and that fighting that Campione would probably be inevitable. None of them seemed to care. Godou was dead-set on saving Yuri at all cost, so Erica had no choice but to follow her ‘master’.

It seemed easy at first. Their opponents seemed relatively weak; a couple of un-dead soldiers and a golem. I started thinking that it was too easy to be true, until they finally encountered the other Campione. Things soon changed when the hunters became the hunted. Godou should not have messed with Athena.

It got to a point where Godou, Erica and Yuri tried to flee from that guy’s clutches, but he soon caught up. That was pretty predictable. A battle between those two was inevitable. That is also when I realized the difference in strength and experience. There is no reasonable way for Godou to defeat that guy right now, so please don’t ruin it by throwing some kind of secret weapon in the mix. That would be highly disappointing. Godou is plenty strong as is. Just let him and his friends survive to live to fight another day. I think that that would be best, but maybe that’s just me? I can’t wait to see what happens.

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