Some people suddenly find religion, but for 16-year-old Kusanagi Godou, it’s that REALLY old time religion that’s found him! As the result of defeating the God of War in mortal combat, Godou’s stuck with the unwanted position of Campione!, or God Slayer, whose duty is to fight heretical Gods whenever they try to muscle in on the local turf. Not only is this likely to make Godou roadkill on the Highway to Heaven, it’s also a job that comes with a lot of other problems. Like how to deal with the fact that his “enhanced status” is attracting a bevy of overly eager female followers. After all, they’re just there to aid him in his demigod duties, right? So why is it that the demonically manipulative sword-mistress Erica Blandelli, seems to have such a devilish interest in encouraging some VERY unorthodox activities? The anime is only 13 episodes long and I don’t want to spoil anymore than I already have. So, let us just leave those question at hypotheticals, shall we?
Campione! was in itself physically gratifying to any male audience for it’s sensuality. It was also funny and had its moments for comedic relief. However, in terms of plot, I thought the story was weak and was merely fan-based. The show is harem in a way but it isn’t at the same time unlike in some other Harems you see, plus the personalities of the girls involved are kick ass knights, what more do you want? Godou’s tale of adventure and early debauchery set the bar high for what a modern day harem’s expectations are. From quick paced action scenes with beautiful scenery and adrenaline pumping background music to hysterical gimmicks, antics, jokes and situations to heavy romantic moments between the main characters; this show offers entertainment for lovers of various genres and styles. From those seeking a little more dialogue and action, to those who love a little history lesson from a subject adored throughout the ages, enjoy Godou’s conquest of not just the impossible to beat Gods of old, but the hearts of the maidens around him.
What starts off as an incident isolated within a single pantheon quickly expands to cover a wide variety of different gods and myths, from Greece to Persia. Our male lead, Godou, is blessed/cursed with various abilities that he can only use once per day, which makes it absolutely essential that he use them at the perfect moment. These abilities are a rainbow of destruction and visuals that keeps the action intense without all that “pause every twenty seconds to talk about our moves” nonsense that the larger anime are known for. In a good anime, every character gets a shot at the spotlight (preferably more than once) and this one delivers excellently. The powers and abilities of each character are rather diverse and have their own visuals to accompany them. The characters themselves are very likable and we see that each female’s feelings for Godou seem genuine and aren’t forced like they are in other harem anime. Campione! clearly didn’t have the budget an action show would demand, but it does a decent job of sidestepping this problem rather than trying to ignore it and suffering decreased visual quality. Naturally, being only thirteen episodes helps in this regard as well.
After that first episode, I swear I could feel the excitement of the fight that Godoh had felt during his fight with the Persian God of Victory, Verethragna. And after that first episode, I waited and watched each new episode and fell in love with the characters. Sure I am not its target audience, and I thought the plot needed work, however, despite myself, I liked Campione!. It was fun, competently put together, and occasionally intelligent. This is a good watch for not only some intense action but for other intense things as well. *WINK*.