An elemental workshop.

Available now is the first preview clip of “Campione!“, a series which based on the PV, looks to be no different than any other generic fantasy anime about a busty heroine and sword wielding male protagonist.

Now the PV is certainly not lacking, rather what it does have simply isn’t so great – another anime with a highschool male lead who is invincible and girls want to mate with, only difference is here he has magic powers and a sword. Essentially, the concept itself is all around weak. The video does not leave us wanting to watch the anime series – however it does leave us wondering if they purposefully imitated the Fate series with their scene of unlimited blades.

Unfortunately, if we turn to the official synopsis in hopes for a clearer idea of this anime, it just turns out that we were correct – it is literally just a “harem love comedy plus magic battles” as we determined from the PV:

A harem love comedy plus magic battles. Kusanagi Godo is a 16-year-old high school boy, who once killed the god “Verethragna” and acquired the title of “Campione (god killer)” when he was 15. Erica Brandelli is a 16-year-old Italian girl, who is a “Great Knight” of the magic society “Bronze Black Cross” and had fought together with Godo to defeat Verethragna. Godo doesn’t like fighting but his title of “Campione” makes him get involved in battles against other Campiones and uncontrollable gods.

Adding another conventional element to an already overdone mix does make it any less generic – and that holds true here, this series isn’t looking anything above average, and that’s only if one would be kind enough to consider it average to begin with. Yet in any case, at least the visuals and animation seem ever so slightly better than standard.

Campione’s release date remains unknown – although it’s doubtful many are looking forward to this to begin with.


  • Anonymous says:

    Why Japan why?! So many good manga/LN/eroge to adapt and you choose the super cliche shonen/harem romance that lets us predict 90% of events. We know this guy and girl will get together no matter what and it will be torture to see better girls appear especially if he shows any interest in them (fvckyouIchika!!).

  • So they’re trying to copy Unlimited Blade Works, are they?

    …It’s almost too laughable to even feel sorry for, though I’d be lying if I said I had even the faintest inclination of that at all. Disgraceful.

    As for the series itself, throw in a realistic slice of death and some real emotional baggage and I’ll be interested. Otherwise this will chalk itself up to an afternoon watch with nothing else to do.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, I’m used to copying in anime. Did you realize the whole culture in Japan is about copying and adding slight changes in it?

      In fact, they even did that way before media even existed, think of copying the Chinese kanji. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing their approach, it’s just that it’s something typical Japanese.

      • I’ve nothing against drawing on another’s work for inspiration, but there’s a fine line between doing that and being a damned copycat, IMHO.

        Now as I’m watching this PV again, I look at that sword scene and call it an almost carbon copy of Unlimited Blade Works. The swords are sprouting out of the ground, for heaven’s sake.

        In all fairness however, we won’t know the full scope of what’s going on here until the series premieres, so final judgment will have to wait. If things turn out to be as they appear however, this is nothing more than laziness and a sheer lack of creativity on this series’ producer.

        Justify it however you may want, there’s no excuse for that and I won’t condone it with either my time nor my money.

  • Anonymous says:

    The airdate confirmed that this show will air in winter. Although so generic, I expect to see plenty of epic fight scenes. And the music by Tatsuya Katou (the man who composed both Seikon no Qwaser and Kyokai Senjou no Horizon’s music) looks pretty great.

  • Anonymous says:

    Even though it’s generic, it sells. I guess that’s why they keep making shitty generic harem/love comedy shows.

    • Seven says:

      There’s two things that always sell well apparently – “shitty generic harem/love comedy” and sex.

  • Anonymous says:

    Have you guys even read the Light Novel? The story is actually really interesting.

    • Seven says:

      You can read the light novel ten times over and the anime will still look to be a generic harem comedy with a few blatantly Fate borrowed scenes, which it more than likely is if the PV is any indication.

  • Anonymous says:

    All of you people should seriously read the light novel….don’t bash a good story with baseless attitudes.
    BTW don’t limp this with your generic harem…..
    well i ought to admit anime adaptation could fail (denyuden T_T)
    also this is not a copy of fate unlimited blade work…
    Golden sword are only a 1/10 part of power..

    “In the Persian mythology, Verethragna[1A 2] was a god which had many complex attributes.

    He was originally a follower of the chief god of the Indian mythology —— Mithra’s[1A 3] war god, and after Zoroastrianism[1A 4] began to worship to him as a war god, he had been promoted as a divine guard.

    And this god had the characteristics of having ten forms.

    At the beginning, his form was one of an impetuous wind, but he can also have the form of a bull, a white horse, a camel, a boar, an adolescent, a bird, a ram, a goat and a warrior with a golden sword.”

    • Seven says:

      I understand what you mean in respect to the light novel, yet it doesn’t matter what the light novel delivers if the anime fails – our interest is in the anime, and it certainly doesn’t look very impressive.

  • Anonymous says:

    it’s awesome in the context of having lot of source material …personally i have been fascinated by mythology around the world and this light novel has given every detail of the origin of the gods ….and anime would be awesome as the hero needs to unlucky every detail just to win over the rival he has ……this novel defines harem for me….no other anime i watch has done so for me ….

  • ancer says:

    i’ve read the campione light novel and from what i’ve seen in the anime , this adaption is just a huge disappointment . the story in the anime was just rushed , skipped lots of character developments . the harem in the light novel is decent , in a good way but in the anime , it feels so cliche and horrible . what’s more , they should have put more effort in the kiss scenes . i mean in the light novel they were like french kissing and stuffs but it only took 3 or 4 seconds in the anime, just what the hell . the anime adaption is just gonna ruin the reputation of the light novel . also , i dont remember the UBW stuffs in the light novel

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